Like something out of a horror movie the owners of a new $1.4“dream” home in New Jersey found out that their house was being stalked by an obsessed maniac who continually sends deranged letters to the address. He calls himself “The Watcher” and wants to know why they are in the house. The first letter they received said;
"My grandfather watched the house in the 1920s and my father watched in the 1960s. It is now my time."
In a lawsuit filed this week against the previous owners the couple, who has three young children alleged that they were not informed when they bought the house in 2014 that the home came with its very own stalker. While the sellers of the house allegedly received letters from “The Watcher” right up until just days before closing the sale, they never mentioned it. The first letter to the new owners came three days after they purchased the six bedroom house. The lawsuit outlines some of the messed up things The Watcher says including threating their children with lines like “Do you need to fill the house with the young blood I requested?”
Either Stephen King likes to prank people in his spare time or there is one twisted son of bitch living in their woods, watching their house. Another letter from “The Watcher” says;
“Will the young bloods play in the basement. Who has the rooms facing the street? I’ll know as soon as you move in. It will help me to know who is in which bedroom then I can plan better…All the windows and door in (the house) allow me to watch you and track you as you move through the house…I am in charge of (the house).”
Sleep tight! Don’t worry, I’m sure after a few bedtime stories the kids will get to sleep; maybe try reading them The Babadook. The worst part is they have not even moved into the house yet and can’t sell the house because potential buyers are frightened of the stalker – because unlike what happened to them they are honest about The Watcher.
Rockwell would really hate this house.
Unlike the horror movies the mayor of Westfield, New Jersey and the police are taking the situation very seriously. As opposed to giving the family a stern look and asking “what are you kids going on about with a stalker?!” –Or not wanting the town’s annual summer gala to be ruined by news reports of a crazy guy running amok, the mayor issued a statement saying; “Our police have conducted an exhaustive investigation into the threatening letters. Our police went the extra measure and left no stone unturned.”
Maybe the letters are from the house itself? Woaaaah.
In addition to the previous owners of the home, the lawsuit names “The Watcher” – although a real name or address or not given. Police are still trying to identify who this person is and are even asking for the public’s help in finding “The Watcher”- but I’m guessing it could be someone who died in the house 100 years ago.
While the disclosure of murders or tragedies in a home is standard in most state’s real-estate law, home sellers are also required to disclose any “defects” with a home that might impact the buyers of a property. In some places like Japan home sellers have disclosed “hauntings” – which has actually driven up the price of a home. However, thus far “The Watcher” appears to be a flesh and blood, mortal crazy person hell bent on terrorizing whoever lives in this home.
The good news for the family is that they made it this far. Now that the wider world is aware of and believes them that someone is threatening their home they have a better chance of getting their home’s unwanted pen pal.
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