The Broaddus family was sure they'd found their dream home when they bought a sprawling historic house in 2014. Little did they know that this seemingly perfect Westfield, NJ, house also came with a house stalker. An entity known as the Watcher haunts this home, and has sent letter after letter containing creepy threats to residents. Even more frightening, this Watcher speaks about himself as if he's some paranormal entity, or even the house itself, leading to theories that he is not even a real person, but a malicious spirit or creature.
There have been haunted places in New Jersey before, but the Watcher stands out among them as more than just an urban legend. Police have been involved, though they have found nothing, and the letters keep coming. For the family that moved in there, it has been like a real life nightmare ever since they got the first letter.
But what do these letters say? Who or what is the Watcher? Why won't locals talk about it? There are more questions than answers, but no matter how you look at it, the Westfield Watcher house is more of a nightmare home than a dream home.
Someone Has Been Stalking The House For Decades
The Westfield "Watcher" house, as it has come to be known, was built in 1906, and was originally purchased for a dollar. Throughout the years, it has been inhabited by a mayor and struck by lightning. Also, it may be home to some sort of strange sinister presence. We know this because owners of the house have received letters, threatening and menacing in nature, and the letters have been coming for decades. While much of the news about this house has happened in the last few years, the recorded trouble actually started in the 1990s. We don't know exactly when the first letter came, or what it said, but we know that the previous owners of the house, the Woods, received a letter from someone claiming to be a "watcher," and that the letters have continued since then.
It May Be A Multi-Generational Stalking
So, what exactly did these letters say that was so chilling? When the Watcher first identified himself to the Broaddus family, he also gave a bit of background as to why he was observing the house. He said that he had been waiting for a new family, and that the Woods had sold the house when he had asked them to. He also said that he was in charge of the house, and that it was something that ran in the family. Previous generations had watched the house, and now, for the past two decades, the honor had fallen to him. In particular, the note stated:
"(The house) has been the subject of my family for decades. I have be (sic) put in charge of watching and waiting for its second coming. My grandfather watched the house in the 1920s and my father watched in the 1960s. It is now my time."
The Watcher May Be A Supernatural Creature
Initially, it sounds like the house is being stalked by a creepy person obsessed with whoever lives there. However, many points in the Watcher's letters indicate that he may not be human at all. In the letters sent to the residents, the Watcher often referred to himself as the address of the house itself. He also spoke of a "second coming" of the house, as if it was alive, and has even warned "You don’t want to make 657 Boulevard unhappy." He also speaks as if he is in the walls, or running from room to room, as if he is a ghost that lives in the house even now. It has been suggested that the Watcher may be the spirit of a local murderer named John List, or a previous owner who has died and come back to haunt the pace. However, the Watcher is able to send tangible letters, so whoever and whatever they are is likely tangible as well.
The Watcher Seems Interested In Any Children Who Live In The House
As creepy as some of this is, just in concept, possibly the most disconcerting part about these letters is the fascination with children. The Broaddus family does have children, and the basement of the house had been set up as a playroom for kids (because that's not creepy at all). When the letters came in, the Watcher seemed downright obsessed with the idea of "young blood." Throughout the four notes given to the family over the years, the Watcher has criticized the family's treatment of their child, have said that the house needed young blood, and that he was looking for them. In the Watcher's own words:
"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 a later note, the entity reiterated this point again:
"And now I watch and wait for the day when they (sic) young blood will be mine again.”