Earlier this month, a couple named Derek and Maria Broaddus filed a lawsuit in Union County, New Jersey, alleging their home’s former owners had failed to warn them about a local individual who calls him- or herself “The Watcher.”

“The Watcher” allegedly sent the Broadduses three letters last summer in which he or she threatened the couple and their three young children. The entire family has since vacated their home, located in the town of Westfield, in fear of their safety. Below you’ll find the disturbing contents of the letters revealed in court papers so far.

The First Letter

According to the lawsuit, “The Watcher” began their correspondence with the Broadduses in a letter dated June 4, 2014 (a few days after the plaintiffs closed the sale of the house). A key theme appears to be the Watcher’s familial connection to the Broaddus’s home:

  • The couple’s house “has been the subject of my family for decades”
  • “I have be put [sic] in charge of watching and waiting for its second coming”
  • “My grandfather watched the house in the 1920s and my father watched in the 1960s. It is now my time.”

In the same letter, “The Watcher” threatened the plaintiffs and their children:

  • “Now that they have it to flaunt it, they pay the price.”
  • “Tsk, tsk, tsk ... bad move. You don’t want to make 657 Boulevard unhappy.”
  • “I asked the Woods [the previous owners] to bring me young blood.”
  • “Once I know their names I will call to them and draw them too me.”

The Watcher also asks the couple:

  • “Why are you here? I will find out.”
  • “Do you need to fill the house with the young blood I requested?”

The Second and Third Letters

The following passages reportedly appeared in two letters, dated June 18 and July 18 of 2014, that the Broadduses received from “The Watcher.” It is not precisely clear which passages appeared in which letters; we’ve listed them in the order they appear in the lawsuit.

  • “Have they found what is in the walls yet?”
  • “In time they will.”
  • “I am pleased to know your names now and the name of the young blood you have brought to me”
  • “Have you found all the secrets it holds[?]”
  • “Will the young bloods play in the basement[?]”
  • “Who has the bedrooms facing the street? I’ll know as soon as you move in”
  • “It will help me to know who is in which bedroom then I can plan better’’
  • “All of the windows and doors in 657 Boulevard allow me to watch you and track you as you move through the house.”
  • “Who am I? I am the Watcher and have been in control of 657 Boulevard for the better part of two decades now. The Woods family turned it over to you it was their time to move on and kindly sold it when I asked them to.”
  • “You have changed it and made it so fancy.”
  • “It cries for the past and what used to be in the time when I roamed its halls.”
  • “When I ran from room to room imagining the life with the rich occupants there.”
  • “And now I watch and wait for the day when they young blood will be mine again.”
  • “657 Boulevard is turning on me it is coming after me.”
  • “I am in charge of 657 Boulevard.”
  • “Let the young blood play again like I once did.”
  • “Stop changing it and let it alone.”

You can read the entire lawsuit here.

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