A New Jersey family terrorized by “The Watcher” have been forced out of their dream home. The stalker appears to have a “chip on his shoulder” about money, according to criminal profilers. The unknown and mysterious individual has sent eerie letters to the Westfield area family.
Derek and Maria Broaddus received the first of the letters from The Watcher only three days after signing the deal to purchase the $1.3 million New Jersey home. The letters referenced the three children in the family as being “young blood.” The Westfield family was so terrified they never even moved into their luxurious dream home.
New Jersey police investigators and criminal profilers are continuing to investigate the letter sent to Maria and Derek Broaddus. Two of the three criminologists involved with the case believe The Watcher letters could be a hoax.
Joe Navarro, one of the criminologists and a former FBI profiler, states that the writer persistently uses words such as “rich” and “fancy.” The phrasing has led Navarro to believe the author has issues relating to money.
“Did he suffer from a loss of money? Come from a poor family? Once want to live there and couldn’t? You don’t want to ignore a theme that’s repeated,” Navarro said. “Paranoid individuals are very sensitive to space, and that space can include an entire neighborhood. They’re very sensitive to strangers moving in.”
The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University in Boston’s interim dean, James Fox, feels the individual terrorizing the New Jersey family could be “delusional.”
“If you’re just looking to terrorize people, why stick with one house? It makes you worry this person is mentally unstable and truly believes there’s something about the house and in the walls and so forth,” Fox said.
Police have not yet released The Watcher letters. Profilers have also stated that a lot could be learned from the sentence structure, grammar, tone, and handwriting in the notes. The individual claims to have been “watching” the house for generations, and claims he can see through the windows and watch what the family is doing. The man also reportedly accused the family of “changing” the New Jersey home.
“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. Stop changing it and let it alone.” one of The Watcher letters reportedly states.
The dream home disaster case first made national headlines after the Broaddus family filed a lawsuit against former owners John and Andrea Woods, accusing her of hiding details about The Watcher in order to get rid of the property.
“Why are you here? I will find out,” one letter from The Watcher reportedly read.
“My grandfather watched the house in the 1920s and my father watched in the 1960s. It is now my time. Do you need to fill the house with the young blood I requested?… Once I know their names I will call to them and draw them to me. I asked the [prior owners] to bring me young blood. And now I watch and wait for the day when they [sic] young blood will be mine again.”
“Have they found what is in the walls yet? In time they will. I am pleased to know your names and the names now of the young blood you have brought to me,” another terrifying letter read. “Will the young bloods play in the basement. Who has the rooms 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.”
The Watcher letters also informed the New Jersey family that the windows in the house and the door permit him to track the couple and their children as they move through the home.
An excerpt from The Watcher lawsuit is as follows.
“This action arises out of Defendants’ fraudulent, avaricious, intentional and negligent concealment and misrepresentation of material facts regarding the single family dream home Plaintiffs were purchasing located at 657 Boulevard, Westfield, New Jersey. John Woods and Andrea Woods sold to the Plaintiffs on or about June 2, 2014 for the sum of One Million Three Hundred Fifty-Five Thousand Six Hundred Fifty-Seven ($1,355,657.00) Dollars, despite knowing the potential harm that could foreseeably befall the Plaintiffs and their three (3) minor children.”
The former owners received a letter from The Watcher just days before the property closing, according to the lawsuit.
Would you stay in the New Jersey home if The Watcher was sending letters to your family?
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