Based on the disturbing true story of a stalker who preyed on a family after they moved into their ideal house, The Watcher has recently debuted on Netflix. Has the actual Watcher been recognized?
The Watcher is currently available on Netflix and is based on the lives of Maria and Derek Broaddus. After moving into their new home in Westfield, New Jersey in 2014, they were delighted to meet their neighbors. However, their lives were permanently altered when they began receiving letters from an unknown stalker.
Has The Watcher’s identity been determined?
The newest true crime series on Netflix focuses on a family who was forced out of their dream house after receiving multiple letters from a relentless stalker. The first letter arrived just as Derek Broaddus was making preparations to move into their new house at 657 Boulevard.
This letter stated: “Dear new neighbor at 657 Boulevard, let me extend a warm greeting to the community. “How did you find yourself here? Did 657 Boulevard appeal to your inner strength?”
“My family has been interested in 657 Boulevard for decades, and as it approaches its 110th birthday, I have been tasked with keeping an eye out for its second coming. “In the 1920s, my grandfather watched the house, and in the 1960s, it was my father’s turn. It is my time now.
“Do you know the house’s history? Do you know what is contained within 657 Boulevard? What brings you here? I shall investigate.” The Watcher hinted at their true identity, but the family never got close to discovering it. “Who am I?” continued the letter writer. “Every day, tens of thousands of automobiles pass by 657 Boulevard. “Perhaps I am in one. Consider all the windows visible from 657 Boulevard. Perhaps I am in one.”
After a police inquiry failed to yield results, the family sought the assistance of private investigators. They investigated numerous evidence-gathering avenues but were unable to develop a compelling case.
At present, The Watcher’s identity remains unknown and has never been revealed. Despite inquiries by the Westfield police department, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, and the couple, no answers have been found. According to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, the investigation is not ongoing but is still considered open.
The Watcher claimed to be “obsessed” with the residence, stating that they “pass by numerous times every day.” In a letter, they stated, “657 Boulevard is my occupation, my life, and my obsession.” And now you too are… Welcome to the fruit of your covetousness!
“Gluttony brought the last three families to 657 Boulevard, and it has led you to me as well.” Due to the location of Michael Langford’s home and the view position he possessed, the family initially suspected that he was The Watcher.
After the first letter was written, police questioned him, but he denied knowing anything and was eliminated as a suspect. They rented out their new house because they were too afraid to move in. Eventually, the couple decided to sell the home, and in 2019 it was sold for $400,000 less than they had paid for it.
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