House With a Creepy Stalker Yours for $1.25M

'The Watcher' house is back on the market
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 28, 2016 5:22 PM CDT
House With a Creepy Stalker Yours for $1.25M
This photo shows the home Derek and Maria Broaddus were scared away from because of creepy letters from a stalker, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Westfield, NJ.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

A New Jersey home supposedly stalked by an anonymous creepy-letter writer who goes by "The Watcher" is back on the market, the AP reports. The current owners, a married couple with three children, bought it in June 2014 for nearly $1.4 million. But they refused to move in due to eerie letters they say they received from a person with a "mentally disturbed fixation" on the home. The couple took the house off the market last summer after suing the previous owners. But they put the house up for sale again last week. The six-bedroom, 3½-bathroom home is in Westfield, 25 miles west of New York City. According to an online post, it has high ceilings, fireplaces, and "elegant foyers," and sits on nearly a half-acre. The listing price is $1.25 million.

Current owners Derek and Maria Broaddus claim in their suit that they should have been warned about the letter writer. They want the former owners to refund them the purchase price and pay punitive damages. They claim one of the letters they received read: "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 too (sic) me." In their suit, they claim they are unable to live in the home "without extreme anxiety and fear for their children's safety and wellbeing." The former owners, John and Andrea Woods, have called the couple's account fiction and moved earlier this year to have the suit dismissed. The Woods said in a court filing they received a single anonymous note days before the closing, but they deny the note was disturbing or claimed an ownership right to the home. (More strange stuff stories.)

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