Netflix The Observer is now being streamed and is the central topic of discussion. The show is based on Reeves Wideman’s 2018 article of the same name published in The Cut. It follows the true story of a family who become targets of an anonymous letter writer after buying their dream home.
The Netflix limited series revolves around the Brannock family, but the real family tormented were the Broadduses. Shortly after they bought their ideal home in June 2014, the family of five received chilling letters from a mysterious stalker known as “The Watcher.” The Broaddus family did everything in their power to find out who was behind the letters, including contacting the authorities and hiring private detectives and FBI agents. But every time they were empty.
As the Broaddus family struggled to find a suspect, their neighbors began to come up with their own theories. Many people in the neighborhood came up with the theory that the Broaddus family made it all up because they felt remorse. They believed that the Broaddus hatched an elaborate plan to get out of the house because they couldn’t actually afford it. But was that really true?
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The Watcher on Netflix: Could the Broaddus family actually afford 657 Boulevard?
According to the Netflix series, the Broaddus family (Brannock family) couldn’t afford the house at 657 Boulevard. There is a scene in Episode 1 where Dean Brannock is told that he is not eligible for a loan on the house because he filed for bankruptcy 10 years ago. Dean even mentions to the guy he’s talking to that “everyone buys a house they can’t afford,” meaning he doesn’t have the funds to buy the house. Later in the series, Nora Brannock tells the house agent that they are not rich and have had financial problems after making a few bad investments.
However, we must keep in mind that this is a television series and is not entirely based on actual events. A few things are being made up for the show, and it looks like the Broaddus family may actually be able to afford the 657 Boulevard home. The article on which the show is based states that Derek Broaddus was a senior vice president at a Manhattan insurance company and made enough money “to afford the $1.3 million house.” So it looks like it’s just neighborhood gossip.
Honestly, it’s hard to believe that Derek and Maria Broaddus would come up with an all-out plan to create fake letters and involve the authorities just to get out of the sale. They would have gotten themselves in big trouble if it had really been a plot and they had been caught.
The Observer can be streamed on Netflix.
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