Last year, Derek and Maria Broaddus bought a six-bedroom, 4,000-square-foot turn-of-the century home for $1.3 million. Soon after signing the papers, however, they started receiving spine-chilling letters from someone who calls himself “The Watcher” – and claimed to be part of a long line of stalkers who have “watched” the home for generations. He writes: “My grandfather watched the house in the 1920s and my father watched in the 1960s. It is now my time. I have been put in charge of watching and waiting for its second coming.”
The creepy letters also mentions the Broaddus’ children: “Do you need to fill the house with the young blood I requested?” the mysterious Watcher asked. “Once I know their names I will call to them and draw them out to me.”
From Oddity Central:
Two other letters, sent one month apart, on June 18 and July 18, 2014, managed to spook the new owners even more. “Have (your children) found out what is in the walls yet?” the mysterious person asked. “In time they will.”
“I am pleased to know your names now and the name of the young blood you have brought to me,” one of the letters read “Will the young bloods play in the basement?”
“Who has the bedrooms 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.”
“Who I am?” it read. “I am the Watcher.”
Part of the letters suggested that someone was actually watching them: “You have changed it and made it so fancy,” The Watcher wrote in one of the letters. “It cries for the past and what used to be in the time when I roamed its halls. … When I ran from room to room imagining the life with the rich occupants there. And now I watch and wait for the day when the young blood will be mine again.”
The Broaddus family have since moved out of their “dream home” and filled a civil complaint earlier this month, suing the former owners for “knowingly and willfully” failing to disclose the history of the house, particularly information about The Watcher, who claims possession of the property. Derek and Maria Broaddus claim they would never have bought the house had they known it was stalked.
In their complaint, the couple said that in one of the letters The Watcher mentioned having written to the previous owners as well, but they never said anything about it when the papers were signed. Their lawyer said “they have been consumed daily by stress, anxiety and fear regarding what ‘The Watcher’ will do.”
All of which is completely terrifying, of course. Except. It all seems a bit “high concept,” doesn’t it? Like it’s a pitch for a horror movie. Like someone wants to go viral, and has created an instant urban legend to profit from.
What do you think? Real or coming soon to a theater near you?