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THE Watcher is the terrifying new series on Netflix, telling the true story of a family tormented by a mystery stalker at their new home.

Derek and Maria Broaddus received a series of creepy letters, starting in 2014, from an anonymous weirdo known only as "The Watcher" – here's everything we know about the house today.

What happened to the house in The Watcher?

The Broaddus' house in New Jersey was the subject of a campaign of terror by the unknown "Watcher".

After a series of letters threatening their family and claiming to be watching their children, the couple understandably tried to sell the house.

Unsurprisingly, the house failed to sell when they listed it in 2014 and again in 2016.

Interested buyers repeatedly backed out when the family showed them the letters and told them what had been going on.

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Eventually a family agreed to rent the placebut two weeks later, another letter arrived, which directly threatened the Broadusses.

They continued to rent out the house until a sale was agreed in 2019 for just $400,000, far less than what they paid in 2014.

Where is the house in The Watcher?

The house in The Watcher is at the now-famous address of 657 Boulevard in Westfield, New Jersey.

The town is is Union County and is just 16 miles away from Manhattan.

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In 2018 it was ranked the 99th highest-income place in the US and 18th in New Jersey.

It was also ranked the 30th safest city in the country, though this was in 2014 before the full extent of The Watcher's activities were known.

Was The Watcher ever caught?

The Watcher has never been caught or identified, despite the efforts of police and mass media attention.

The family first thought that it might have been someone they beat to buy the house, but of the two other interested buyers one had pulled out due to medical issues and the other had found another home they preferred.

They also suspected it may be a neighbour and even sent out a letter saying they planned to demolish the house, in the hope it would make The Watcher angry enough to reveal themselves.

A DNA test on some of the envelopes that contained the creepy letters showed that whoever sent them was female.

The most likely suspect was a woman that cops saw stop her car in front of the house for a long period who lived with a local man.

Even more compelling, her boyfriend apparently liked to play video games as a character called The Watcher.

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Police tried to interview him twice but her never appeared.

Some neighbours reportedly suspect that the Broaddusses sent the letters to themselves but Maria's DNA did not match that found on the envelope.


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