N.J. couple sells home that’s been stalked for decades

Realtor Magazine

Five years ago, a New Jersey couple and their family bought what they presumed was their dream home. But soon after Derek and Maria Broaddus closed on the purchase, they started receiving letters from a stalker dubbed “The Watcher,” who claimed to be casing the house. News of the stalker and his letters to the family has gone viral over the past few years, and a suspect has not been found. But the family recently made headlines again—after they sold the house for $500,000 less than they originally paid for it.

The Broadduses paid $1.4 million for the six-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom Dutch Colonial home, built in 1905, in Westfield, N.J. Three days after they closed on the home in 2014, they began receiving menacing letters. One note read: “657 Boulevard has been the subject of my family for decades now, and as it approaches its 110th birthday, I have been put 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.” The letter were signed from “The Watcher.”


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