THE Watcher is the terrifying new series on Netflix that tells the true story of a family tormented by a mysterious stalker in their new home.
Derek and Maria Broaddus received a series of creepy letters starting in 2014 from an anonymous maniac known only as “The Watcher” — here’s everything we know about the house today.
What happened to the house in The Watcher?
The Broaddus’ home in New Jersey was the subject of a campaign of terror by the unknown “Guardian”.
After a series of letters threatening her family and claiming to be watching her children, the couple understandably tried to sell the home.
Unsurprisingly, the home wasn’t sold when they listed it in 2014 and again in 2016.
Prospective buyers kept shying away when the family showed them the letters and told them what was going on.
Eventually, a family agreed to rent the house, but two weeks later another letter arrived, directly threatening the Broadusses.
They continued to rent the house until a sale was agreed in 2019 for just $400,000, far less than in 2014.
Where is the house in The Watcher?
The house in The Watcher is located at the now-famous address of 657 Boulevard in Westfield, New Jersey.
The city is located in Union County and is only 16 miles from Manhattan.
In 2018, it was ranked the 99th highest-earning place in the United States and 18th in New Jersey.
It was also ranked the 30th safest city in the country, although that was in 2014, before the full extent of The Watcher’s activity was revealed.
Has The Watcher ever been caught?
The guard was never caught or identified, despite police efforts and mainstream media attention.
The family thought at first that they might have hit someone to buy the house, but of the other two interested buyers, one had pulled out due to medical reasons and the other had found another home that they preferred.
They also suspected it might be a neighbor and even sent a letter saying they planned to demolish the house, hoping it would infuriate The Watcher enough to reveal themselves.
A DNA test on some of the envelopes that contained the spooky letters showed that the sender was female.
The most likely suspect was a woman who was observed by police when she parked her car in front of the house for an extended period of time and was living with a local man.
Even more convincing was that her boyfriend apparently enjoyed playing video games as a character called The Watcher.
The police tried to question him twice but never showed up.
Some neighbors reportedly suspect the Broaddusses sent the letters to themselves, but Maria’s DNA did not match that on the envelope.
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