Lawsuit over creepy $1.4M ‘Watcher’ house in Westfield to continue
WESTFIELD — A judge says a lawsuit can move forward from a New Jersey couple who claim they were scared away from their home after receiving anonymous creepy letters from someone named "The Watcher."
NJ.com reports a judge rejected a motion to dismiss the lawsuit Thursday but threw out some of the claims made by Derek and Maria Broaddus.
The couple bought the house in Westfield for nearly $1.4 million in 2014. They say the former owners should have warned them about a letter they received from the person who claimed ownership of the home.
They claim one of the letters they received read: “Do you need to fill the house with the young blood I requested? Once I know their names I will call to them and draw them too (sic) me.” The person signs the letters as “The Watcher.”
But the judge's ruling also indicated that there may be little evidence that the previous owners knew about the letters.
The former owners, John and Andrea Woods, have called the couple’s account fiction and moved earlier this year to have the suit dismissed. But no decision has been made on that request.
The Woods said in a court filing that they received a single anonymous note days before the closing, but they deny the note was disturbing or claimed an ownership right to the home.