Family leaves Westfield, NJ home in fear of "The Watcher"

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The Watcher House

Scribe: N. Tru Bass



Derek and Maria Broaddus filed a lawsuit alleging the previous home’s owners failed to warn them about a local menace who calls him/herself, ‘The Watcher.’ 

The Westfield Watcher sent the Broadduses several letters last summer that threatened the entire family.  The Couple and their three young children have left their home, in fear of their safety.    The mysterious writer says the house has been “the subject of my family for decades,” and continued, “My grandfather watched the house in the 1920s and my father watched in the 1960’s. It is now my time.”

The previous owners also received the letters and never told the Broaddus’s about the letters or the familial threats.  The Westfield police and Union Country Prosecutor’s Office have investigated the frightening letters.  In a Tuesday night town council meeting, the Westfield Mayor Andrew Skibitsky addressed residents requesting anyone with information about “The Watcher” to speak up. 

“The Watcher” in one letter said, “I asked the Woods [the previous owners] to bring me young blood.”  And added, “Once I know their names I will call to them and draw them to me.” The author also asked the couple, Why are you here” saying, I will find out.”

He or she in later letters asked, “What’s in the walls?”  “Have you found all the secrets it holds?”

The couple moved out of the $1.3 million dollar home for the sake of the family’s safety.  The lawsuit is requesting, damages, including, compensatory damages, consequential damages, rescission of the contract, an unwinding of the closing and a full refund of the purchase price with interest, title coverage for loss of in the value of the property due to the title defect, reasonable attorney’s fees, accost and interest and any other relief. 

The home is located at 657 Boulevard, Westfield, New Jersey.  

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