New Jersey couple sues to raze house over creepy letters

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 28, 2017

Maria and Derrick Broaddus, owners of Westfield's now-infamous "Watcher" house at 657 Boulevard, are appealing the Westfield Planning Board's decision in January not to let them subdivide the lot so that the existing home can be torn down and replaced with two new homes.

The couple said that after buying the six-bedroom house for almost US$1.4 million in 2014, they received three threatening letters from a stalker calling himself "The Watcher".

"My clients are good people". The plan was the subject of lengthy hearings before it was rejected.

"Do you need to fill the house with the young blood I requested?" one letter read, according to a complaint viewed by The Washington Post. They said they can't live in the house because of the letters.

The couple, who have young children, are refusing to move into the six-bedroom house, which they bought for $1.3m (£1m).

In June 2015, the Broadduses sued the previous owners, claiming that they had also received a letter from "The Watcher", but never disclosed it.

Westfield police have so far been unable to identify the author of the letters.

The Woods filed a counter-suit, denying the letter they received was threatening and alleging they were defamed through the vast attention given the original suit. The litigation is still in court.

Residents of the neighbourhood have joined together in protest at the Broadduses' lawsuit against the town, arguing that the smaller lots would be out of character for the community. Foerst called the planning board's rejection arbitrary.

A lawyer for the town told she couldn't comment on the lawsuit.

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