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Netflix series The Watcher tells the story of a family who is harassed from their home by an anonymous stalker

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Netflix’s upcoming horror series The Watcher tells the true story of a couple who were harassed from their dream home by a creepy stalker – and whose identity remains a mystery to this day.

The series, which airs in the UK on the streaming platform in October, is executive produced by Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, who are best known for their hit series Ratched, The Politician and Pose.

Stars Naomi Watts, 52, and Bobby Cannavale, 51, as a married couple who have just moved into their dream home only to be targeted by a stalker, as well as Jennifer Coolidge, 61, as the real estate agent who sells them the home. property.

After moving into the New Jersey home at 657 Boulevard, the couple receives cryptic and threatening letters from The Watcher, who wants to force them out of their home.

The Watcher is based on a true story of a New Jersey couple who were threatened by a stalker; Derek and Maria Broaddus bought the house in 2014 for $1.4 million.

Netflix’s upcoming series The Watcher features the story of a real-life couple who moved into their dream home on 657 Boulevard (pictured) before being harassed by an anonymous stalker calling himself “The Watcher.”

Derek and Maria Broaddus (pictured here with their children) received scary letters from The Watcher that eventually forced them to sell the property

Derek and Maria Broaddus (pictured here with their children) received scary letters from The Watcher that eventually forced them to sell the property

The series features Jennifer Coolidge as the real estate agent who sold the couple their house (pictured here in a promo video for the show, showing her the house)

The series features Jennifer Coolidge as the real estate agent who sold the couple their house (pictured here in a promo video for the show, showing her the house)

Between June of that year and February 2017, The Watcher sent four letters to their home in Westfield.

The stalker’s letters claimed they had “watched the house for decades,” and one of their sinister notes read, “I’m The Watcher. Bring me your young blood.’

According to The Watcher, the celebration of the house was passed down through the family.

“657 Boulevard has been the subject of my family for decades and as it approaches its 110th birthday, I have been put in charge of watching and waiting for its second coming,” the letters read.

“My grandfather watched the house in the 1920s and my father in the 1960s. It’s my time now. 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 look into it.’

The letters kept the family on their toes, with Derek revealing he was a “depressed wreck” in an interview with the cut.

John Woods, one of the owners of the house, said they received one anonymous letter but said it was not threatening

Derek Broaddus (pictured) sued the home's former owners, claiming they failed to disclose receiving an anonymous letter from The Watcher

The Broaddus (Derek Broaddus pictured right) sued the previous owners, John Woods (left) and his wife Andrea, in 2015, claiming they also received a letter from ‘The Watcher’ but never made it public

Meanwhile, Maria Broaddus admitted that The Watcher’s letters gave her terrifying nightmares, including one with a man “wearing these boots and carrying a pitchfork and shouting to the children.”

Her fears about how The Watcher might hurt her children were justified, as they were mentioned in one of the letters.

It read, “It has been years and years since the young blood ruled the corridors of the house. Have you already found all the secrets it contains? Is the young blood playing in the cellar?’

Or are they too scared to go down alone. I would [be] very scared if I were them. It is far away from the rest of the house. If you were upstairs you’d never hear them screaming,” one letter read.

Police, who were unable to identify the stalker despite extensive investigation, suspect the letters came from someone within 300 meters of the house, which has a new tenant.

However, some people believe that the couple sent the letters themselves, a claim they have always denied.

Police suspect the letters came from someone who was within 300 meters of the house (pictured)

Police suspect the letters came from someone who was within 300 meters of the house (pictured)

Derek said, “There’s a natural tendency to say, ‘I’ve lived here for 35 years, nothing’s happened to me.’

“What happened to my family is an insult to their claim that they are safe, that there is no such thing as mental illness in their community. People don’t want to believe this can happen in Westfield.’

In June 2015, the Broadduses sued the home’s previous owners, claiming they also received a letter from The Watcher, but never made it public.

The Woods said they had only received one note, it was not threatening. The suit was rejected.

Because of the letters, the Broaddus family put the mansion back on the market and eventually sold it again in 2019 for $959,000, but The Watcher’s identity has never been discovered by police.

Their story was at the center of a bidding war between six studios in late 2018, before Netflix acquired the rights and decided to make a miniseries rather than a movie.

The Watcher will air in the UK on Netflix in October.

10 SPOOKY QUOTES FROM THE WESTFIELD WATCHER

1. ‘Who am I? I am the Watcher.’

2. ‘My grandfather watched the house in the 1920s and my father in the 1960s. It’s my time now. I have been directed to watch and wait for his second coming.”

3. ‘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 look into it.’

4. ‘Should you fill the house with the young blood I asked for? As soon as I know their names, I call them and pull them towards me. I have asked the (former owners) to bring me young blood.’

5. ‘Have they found what’s in the walls yet? Over time they will. I am glad to know your names and the names of the young blood you have brought me.’

6. ‘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 so that I can plan better.’

7. “Allow me to watch and follow you as you walk around the house.”

8. ‘And now I watch and wait for the day when they (sp)youngbloods will be mine again.’

9. ‘It has been years and years since the young blood ruled the corridors of the house. Have you found all the secrets it contains yet?’

10. ‘Is the young blood playing in the cellar? Or are they too scared to go down alone. I would [be] very scared if I were them. It is far away from the rest of the house. If you were upstairs you’d never hear them screaming.’

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