Couple forced to flee new home after letters from stalker 'The Watcher'
A U.S. couple who say they were scared away from their new $1.4 million home because of creepy letters from a stalker have sued the sellers for not telling them about a person with a “mentally disturbed fixation” on the house.
Derek and Maria Broaddus said the former owners of the home in Westfield, 25 miles (40 km) west of New York City, should have warned them of the person who signs the letters as “The Watcher.”
The letter writer claims to have been controlling the house for two decades and that its former owners sold it because he asked them to.
“Do you need to fill the house with the young blood I requested?” one letter reads, according to the suit. “Once I know their names I will call to them and draw them too (sic) me.”
The lawsuit also names an insurance company and settlement company as defendants.
The Broadduses say they would never have bought the house if the sellers had warned them about the letter writer.
They are now attempting to resell the house “as they are unable to live in the home without extreme anxiety and fear for their children’s safety and wellbeing,” according to the lawsuit.
But they are having a hard time selling because of the letters, the suit says. They want the former owners to refund them the purchase price and pay punitive damages.
At a township council meeting this week, the town’s mayor pleaded with anyone with information on the stalker to call the police. Prosecutors are also investigating the case.