The Watcher story that has come to us from New Jersey is possibly the most interesting thing to happen on a national news level in a while. A shadowy person has sent three terrifying letters to a family who recently purchased a $1.3 million home in Westfield, NJ. The newspapers are calling it a “dream home” but then, they call every place a dream home.
For Derek and Maria Broaddus and their three small children though, it’s more of a nightmare. The home, located at 657 Boulevard, has a stalker that either doesn’t want the Broaddus family to live there … or really wants them to live there. The Watcher, who is so far sexless, speaks of calling out to the children in the letters and having them come to him. Freaky, right?
Gawker did us a solid by lining up the highlights from each of the three letters, allowing us to give you the same clues to help you decide for yourself who is involved:
From the first letter:
From the second letter:
From the third letter:
The family has filed a lawsuit against the previous owners of the house, alleging that they knew the place was creepy central and they didn’t disclose that. This is a straight up Scooby Doo mystery. Especially the “Have you found what is in the walls yet?” comment. Sounds less like a watcher and more like a doer. That or someone wants the house torn down free of charge?
But since Scooby Doo isn’t real, that leaves …. us. So who is this phantom menace that wants to know who is sleeping where so they can better make a plan? Here are three purely speculative guesses:
1. A Real Estate Hawk
What happens when a house is “evil”? It typically sells for far less than its value. Far, far less. No one wants to live in a house where people have been murdered or it’s reputed to have a freaky creep watching and meticulously planning some manner of home invasion homicide. Clearly, the Broaddus family wants nothing to do with the house now, so it will likely go back up for sale at a huge discount (depending on the lawsuit and who actually sells the house). So then, it becomes about looking into who is legitimately interested in purchasing the house.
Was there someone who was outbid for the house in the initial process? A neighbor perhaps? These are the likely candidates, more so than any actual Watcher. Who believes some multi-generational family has actually been placidly observing a house for 60 years?
2. The Broaddus’ Themselves
This is a highly likely possibility. What is the motivation, you ask? Try fame. It worked for the Lutz family of the famous “Amityville Horror” house. What better way to make a lot of easy money than from the talk show circuit and a possible book & movie option? Type up some creepy letters and then cause a stir around them — it could be as simple as that. Or perhaps there were money troubles to begin with … maybe the young family overextended themselves a bit and had to figure a way out of the hole?
I wish I could say that people were above bizarre spectacle, but take the case of the Balloon Boy from a few years back in which a father pretended his son had gotten lost in a hot air balloon mishap. He did it hoping that he would get a reality TV show out of the deal. People, when they want something, can be crazy.
3. The Former Owners
This one hinges a lot on whether they received letters from “the Watcher” themselves. We haven’t yet heard if earlier letters exist yet, but my guess is they don’t … the letters from the Watcher do claim there was previous contact, which will be interesting, but the easiest way to get out of the lawsuit is for the previous owners to claim they’ve never heard of this Watcher at all. “We’ve never received a letter or heard word one about a ‘Watcher,’ your honor.” “Case dismissed.”
But why would they be the ones responsible for the letters? It did result in a lawsuit, after all. How about seller’s remorse?
There’s an Occam’s Razor at play here … the most likely solution is often the correct one. If a wife ends up dead, usually the husband did it. A house is being mysteriously “haunted”? The above scenarios are the most likely.
The problem with the second one is, if done correctly, we’ll never really know the answer. That’s good entertainment.
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