A very strange story is hot on the web these past few days. A family is suing the former owners of their new house for not disclosing that the home has a “watcher”.
A couple sold their Westfield, N.J., home for $1.3 million but never advertised that the property came with threatening letters from someone who calls himself “The Watcher,” the new buyers claim in court.
As the parents of three children, the plaintiffs say that the bizarre letters they have received from an unknown person fixated on their home has left them too scared to move in.
The first of three letters arrived on June 5, 2014, three days after the closing, and quickly revealed “‘The Watcher’s mentally disturbed fixation and claim to possession and/or ownership of the home,” according to the complaint.
Telling the new buyers that the property “has been the subject of my family for decades,” The Watcher allegedly claimed to have been “put in charge of watching and waiting for its second coming.”
The sellers were “so desperate to sell the million dollar home, [they] knowingly and willfully failed to disclose to [them] this disturbing letter,” knowing “the materiality of such disclosure and the very high likelihood if not absolute certainty that such disclosure would defeat the transaction,” according to the complaint.
The letters have been quite extreme. At least one letter seem to threaten to harm the family by saying “it will help me to know who is in which bedroom, then I can plan better.” The plaintiffs are seeking damages for fraud and breach of contract. The story first appeared on Courthouse News (linked above) but is now widespread all over media. I’ve read lots of the various piece and none really give good information. The police say they have done an investigation and have no arrests. There is little given out to the public. Thinking out loud here: many MANY questions come to mind:
The letters do seem to contain threats. They were delivered via US Mail? Doesn’t that give us some lead or extra teeth to pursue this case? Did the old owners get more than one such letter? If it just started with the new owners, that is really suspicious.
Has anyone looked into the deed or history of the house? That is mentioned nowhere.
Does this owner or the previous ones have any instances where someone would seek revenge with such a prank?
What do the neighbors know? It’s not even clear what the past owners knew. Did they never call police? If they truly failed to disclose this as an issue, it might be bad for them. The laws of New Jersey may require such disclosure. But perhaps they didn’t think it was a big deal.
There are SO many gaps in this story, it reads more like a movie than a true story. We can’t make heads or tales from it. Although it could be that due to the legal action that no one is allowed to talk about it. However, making such a story public is a good way to find whomever is doing this. Crowd source your investigations. However, that does mean a frenzy of the curious descends upon it. Well, too late now…
It will be interesting to hear a follow up to this story. The info we are given is too sparse to make any conclusions. Keep watching. Here, keep watching HERE.