The Watcher True Story: This is the age of True Crime and while it might have been famous before, in the age of streaming True Crime has thrived like never before.
Every week, content releases like crazy and there is always a True Crime based show in there this week, Netflix has released the show “The Watcher” based on the bizarre stalking, harassment through letters, and blood rituals in a small town of New Jersey which the writer Ryan Murphy has adapted into this series that is available right now. But what happened in the original story, when did it happen?
The Watcher is based on the real-life story of Maria & Derek Broaddus who moved into 657 Boulevard in Westfield, New Jersey, and shortly after they started receiving disturbing letters from someone who called himself “The Watcher” who talked about them Young Blood and surprisingly was aware of everything that went on in the house, from their children’s exact age to them installing security cameras to capture him. The Watcher sent Broaddus a couple of letters which are;
“Dearest new neighbor at 657 Boulevard,
Allow me to welcome you to the neighborhood. 657 Boulevard has been the subject of my family for decades now and as it approaches its 110th birthday, I have been put in charge of watching and waiting for its second coming. My grandfather watched the house in the 1920s and my father watched it in the 1960s. It is now my time. Do you know the history of the house? Do you know what lies within the walls of 657 Boulevard? Why are you here? I will find out.”
The second Letter
came shortly after that and read;
“Welcome again to your new home at 657 Boulevard. The workers have been busy, and I have been watching you unload carfuls of your personal belongings. The dumpster is a nice touch. Have they found what is in the walls yet? In time they will.”
“All of the windows and doors in 657 Boulevard allow me to watch you and track you as you move through the house. Who am I? I am The Watcher and have been in control of 657 Boulevard for the better part of two decades now.”
What happened after that, is Maria & Derek tried to sell the house but no one would buy it so in the end because of the rumors about the house so they rented the house in 2016 but kept the house listed and sold the house in 2019 for $500,000 less than what they initially paid for the house.