“The Watcher” not found but lawsuit number two has been filed

In June 2015, we brought you the story of the Broadduses, a family in New Jersey who were plagued by a creepy-letter writer who was called The Watcher. Just three days after the family with small children closed on a million-dollar-plus house in a lovely town of Westfield, NJ, their move-in plans were curtailed when they received the first of three letters by an anonymous stalker. They never moved in. And they sued the prior owners for not disclosing the house had some mysterious history as described in the threatening letters.

Nearly two years later, the house is rented to someone who doesn’t care about the hubbub surrounding the house. The first lawsuit (and counter-suit) is still in the courts. Meanwhile, the township planning board rejected the Broadduses plans to demolish the house, subdivide the property, and build two new homes. The locals objected to ruining their fine neighborhood. The Broadduses are now suing the township for this decision.

As for the identity of The Watcher, the police aren’t working on it anymore. They never found any leads. The neighbors don’t seem to be worried about it either. In this piece from The Gothamist, a reporter finds out that at least neighbors were always suspicious about the family and their motives. No one seemed to know anything about the rumor that there was a mentally unstable man living nearby who was sending the letters. The newspaper editor, Mr. Corbin, doesn’t see how it was possible for the couple to afford the house and stated that records showed the couple had 12 mortgages in the past 10 years. He also pointed out that there were no permits or observations that supported the Broadduses claim that they spent money on renovations, they didn’t go to the police but to the media and the house was not put on the market until a year later.

“There are a lot of weird things—protocol and timing things, that don’t make sense,” he said. It’s clear he thinks the new owners wrote the letters to themselves to get out of their million dollar mortgage, though he does not explain why they would choose such a glitzy publicity stunt sure to attract media attention. {source}

Sounds a bit like the Amityville setup. The story has been picked up for development.

Questions still remain that are not obviously answered by the media reports. We don’t even know what the letters look like or if they still continue. Something is very off with this story. It’s highly doubtful indeed.

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