Five years after purchasing their Westfield home and receiving threatening letters from a mysterious “Watcher,” Derek and Maria Broaddus have finally sold it — but for much less than they bought it for.
The couple claimed the previous owners failed to disclose the existence of the “Watcher,” a letter-writer who said he was carrying on a family tradition of stalking the house and its occupants.
The Broadduses never moved into the property because they were spooked by four threatening letters from the “Watcher,” including the first letter received just three days after buying the home.
But now another couple has taken the infamous property off their hands.
The deed filed with the Union County Clerk’s office on July 1 shows the Broadduses sold the home for $959,360 to Andrew and Allison Carr. The Broadduses bought the home for $1,355,657, and it was originally listed for $1.25 million in March 2016.
One of the brave new homeowners, Andrew Carr, declined to comment on the purchase when reached by phone. The Broadduses did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment.
In the series of letters, the “Watcher” asked if the Broadduses were bringing “young blood” into the home and then asked the names of their two children, saying he would “call them to him.”
“Why are you here?” the first letter read. “I will find out.”
The Broadduses sued the previous owners — John and Andrea Woods — in June 2015, claiming they also received a letter from the Watcher days before the sale but didn’t disclose it. The Woods then counter-sued for defamation.
A Superior Court judge threw out the couple’s lawsuit last year. Authorities have never publicly identified any suspects in the case.
The fourth letter was received by the Broadduses in 2017, less than three weeks after a renter moved in. The renter told NJ.com he hadn’t heard about the threatening letters until after he responded to the ad for the six-bedroom home.
In December, the entertainment blog Deadline reported that Netflix won the rights to adapt a widely read story on the case, published this fall on New York Magazine’s The Cut.
“I’m happy for them they sold it,” said Lee Levitt, the Broaddus’s lawyer who represented them in suing the former owners. “I hope this nightmare is behind them, and I look forward to the Netflix version.”