A Real-Life American Horror Story.
— Gawker (@Gawker) June 25, 2015
This story may sound like fiction—like a nightmarish plot from a horror movie—but it is reality, straight from an all-American small town.
The quiet suburb of Westfield, New Jersey is a beautiful and historic town filled with tree-lined streets and sprawling parks, located only 30 minutes from the hustle and bustle of New York City. Yet lurking among the town’s stately homes lies something far more sinister.
Three days after the Broaddus family bought their $1.3 million-dollar dream home in Westfield last summer, they received the first of a series of ominous letters from someone calling himself “The Watcher.” Among countless terrifying threats made by The Watcher, who appears to be some sort of deranged stalker, the notes have read:
“Why are you here? I will find out [….] My grandfather watched the house in the 1920s and my father watched in the 1960s. It is now my time [….] I am pleased to know your names and the names now of the young blood you have brought to me [….] Will the young bloods play in the basement? [….] Have they found what is in the walls yet? In time they will [….] I am in charge of [the house].”
After receiving the first of the letters, the family—which has several children—refused to move in to the house. When they found out that the previous owners were aware of The Watcher and his threats, the Broaddus filed a lawsuit citing a failure to disclose such information.
While Westfield may be a peaceful suburban paradise, the town is no stranger to dark secrets. I grew up in the town next door so, of course, I know all about my area’s local myths and legends, but when it comes to scary things happening in Westfield, it’s all facts. In 1971, John List—sometimes called the Boogeyman of Westfield—murdered his mother, wife, and three children in their Westfield mansion. He then fled the state and disappeared for nearly 18 years before being apprehended in Virginia in 1989. List was only caught because his case was broadcast on America’s Most Wanted, making his capture one of the show’s first success stories.
Westfield is also the home of Charles Addams, the inventor of the Addams Family. He based the family’s creepy house off of the towering Victorians that Westfield is well known for. Perhaps The Westfield Watcher has simply taken his inspiration from the towns former co-inhabitants.Sweigh
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 24, 2015
“Bring me young blood.” This story is TERRIFYING.