Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The House Where Someone Watches You

There's an old, historic home near us that has been on the market since we moved here a year ago. They're asking more than $1 million for it when you can buy a nice home on the lake for the same price. The historic house is on a main road, not on the lake.



There is a certain type of person who prefers a historic house to a brand new one. Most of the time, that type of person doesn't have $1 million in the bank, though. So it's no surprise that this $1.2 million historic house in New Jersey has been on the market since March.



The house looks innocent enough, but it has earned the nickname "watcher house" and the reason is just as creepy as you would imagine.

In 2013, Derek and Maria Broaddus purchased the house for $1.2 million. Soon after moving in, they received their welcome letter.

"I have be (sic) put in charge of watching and waiting for its second coming...I asked the Woods (the previous owners) to bring me young blood...Have they found what is in the walls yet?  In time they will."

More letters followed. The couple filed a lawsuit against the previous owners, saying they sold the house without disclosing this strange issue.



The previous owners say the couple (pictured below) is making the whole thing up.



The "watcher" claims to have inherited the duty of watching the house from his father, who watched the house in the 60s, and his grandfather, who watched the house in the 20s. Now it's his turn.

Inside view of the house

Interestingly, the previous owners of the house do admit they received an anonymous letter just before moving out. But they "deny that the note was 'disturbing' or in any way claimed a right of possession and/or ownership of the premises," according to NJ.com.

Do you think the couple is really receiving those letters? Or is this a case like the Amityville Horror house?

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61 comments:

  1. If they are receiving letters, they should be able to produce them.
    I never want an old house. Too much work.

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    1. i just assumed they'd turned them over to the police, but I'm sure the previous owners would say they just wrote the letters themselves.

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  2. Wow, that is insanely creepy!!!! Good luck with the giveaway. Mine just wrapped up. :)

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  3. I like to visit historic, old houses, but not to dwell in them. Anyway, the police should be involved in this case to find the identity of the "watcher", if there is any.
    When you buy a house like that you should consider the fact that there will usually be some spooky stories in and about it.

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    1. And many of them aren't even true. It's funny how local legends can grow over time. We listened to a long story on a ghost tour in Savannah about this house and when I researched, it turned out nothing like they described had ever even happened there. Just local legend.

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  4. Spooky! The inside, during daylight hours, looks lovely but I doubt I'd want to live there and I certainly wouldn't pay that much money for it. Have a great week, Stephanie!

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    1. Someone pointed out that since the house near us that's been for sale forever is on the National Register, the homeowner would have to apply for every upgrade...and might even be denied. So I can see why THAT would be a deterrent. I'd rather have a brand new house if I had that much money!

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  5. I love old houses. Modern ones are nice but generally cold and unoriginal unless they're custom built.

    I don't blame the new family for suing the old one. You don't want to inherit someone else's problems, though I'm surprised the police haven't gotten involved.

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    1. I LOVE old houses...I enjoy the history of them and I'm fascinated with them. But people do need to know the issues with buying one, especially if it was built in the 1800s/early 1900s.

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  6. I've read about this before, and it totally creeps me out.

    I like the idea of older homes with "character" but in reality, my husband and I are not handy enough to live in them. :)

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    1. So true! You need to be a bit of a DIY-er...or at least have a handyman on speed dial who will show up at a moment's notice. It's not so easy to find a handyman who will actually show up when you call!

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  7. This whole story sounds suspenseful.

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  8. that is really creepy, but nice looking house

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    1. It is an attractive one, especially on the inside.

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  9. One never really knows what is true and what isn't. I'm sure we'll hear more about this at some point.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. I'd be curious to hear what the next owners say.

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  10. If they are producing the actual letters then, yes, I believe them. I don't think the house is haunted but that the note writing the notes is just doing this because he is nuts

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    1. That's the only reason I could see for doing it. And the person may have started recently, but I doubt it.

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  11. I have heard of that watcher house...this is why we always buy brand new homes!

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    1. LOL, good idea! My past two have been "used" and it has been a bit easier, actually. Usually the old owner throws in a piece of furniture they don't want to move, which helps if you're moving to a bigger house. (In the previous case, they threw in a BOAT!) And you don't have to buy new curtains and such. But also, you don't have to spend the first year begging the builder to come back and fix all the things that aren't working quite right.

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  12. I've heard about this story. It is creepy. I do love old houses though and grew up in one. They have so much personality.

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    1. They do! The only problem is the heat and air and wiring may not be up to modern standards. And sometimes old houses are drafty, but they're often insulated better than today's houses...

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  13. It's probably wise for them to get a few big dogs

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    1. And a good alarm system? When you mess with kids, though, it takes it to a whole new level.

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  14. I think it's a case of buyer's remorse. :)

    I would have buyer's remorse if I bought that house for $1.2 million. Making up a story to get out of a deal is what it smells like to me.

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    1. I don't know what housing prices are like in different areas, but that does seem ridiculous for that house.

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  15. Holy crapping A!!! I would crap my pants and move. I am hoping it is all a strange scam. That is a scary movie in the making!

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    1. It does sound like a great horror movie.

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  16. I'm thinking that would be a great motivation to move for me. Crazy stuff. And of course the previous owners would deny getting creepy letters. Duh!

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    1. Yeah, I think either way they'd for sure deny it. The fact that they started backing off that denial with, "Well...we DID receive a letter just before we moved" tells me they're hiding something...

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  17. I dunno about this story. Sounds more like something fishy of the human being variety, not the paranormal variety. Something's not quite right here.

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    1. Could be...but why buy a house if you're going to start by sending a letter to the previous owner before you even move in? It can't have been the current owners...so maybe someone who stands to gain from this?

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  18. Sounds strange!
    Oh god, Amityville....don't even get me started on that crap. I still can't believe people think that was real.

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    1. Right? Many people don't even realize there was an actual mass murder in the house before the scam. That's the only scary story there. I guess they missed that part of the book/movie and just focused on floating pigs and such.

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  19. Yikes.
    There was a case where a woman lost the bid on a house and tormented the new owners. She was eventually arrested. So who knows?

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    1. That actually sounds like a good explanation for all this...

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  20. That's spooky. Old houses all have lengthy stories.

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    1. And often they're fascinating...as long as I'm hearing them while standing outside, not while living there!

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  21. That is creepy. I think a human is behind it.

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    1. I think so, too...but is it a creepy-psycho human or someone who just wants to get that couple out of the house so they can somehow benefit?

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  22. Creepy! I do think some mentally ill person is behind it, and I'd be really worried about my children.

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    1. Even if it's just someone trying to get them out of the house, I think I wouldn't want to risk it if kids were involved.

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  23. That is so creepy! But another example of something that would make for a great scary novel! I've entered the giveaway and I've preordered copies. Can't wait!

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  24. That is spooky. I wouldn't want to live in that house.

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  25. I saw this story on the news, including the entire text of the letters, and this is Uber Creepy. I think I have some of the articles *favorited* and tucked into a file for future ideas -- because, yes, there's a story in here somewhere!

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    1. Definitely--either going the scary route or having it end up that someone was just trying to get the couple out of the house. And how much further would they go...?

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  26. I'm kind of uncertain what this person means they are watching the house or why they may be doing so. Is it just to creep the owners of the house out? Seems like there should be some kind of an investigation into this and get more answers.

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  27. Intriguing story. I can't help but think the culprit secretly lives in that big old house somewhere. I'd love to check this out, but I really wouldn't bring an entire family (kids) in on it.

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  28. This would be a great mystery to solve. But it can't be a ghost - I have studied too much parapsychology to know that. It is a real person. I rather have a ghost "watching" me any day than a real person. People are harmful, ghosts are not. Fun stuff

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  29. I'd love to have a historic house! I don't have that kind of money though.

    Once when I was in college - my friends and I snuck into an old house near Kansas City Art Institute. It was an old home. I can't believe we managed to sneak in there. Man it was cool!

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  30. Yikes! That's creepy! I wouldn't want to live there. I'd be packing up my stuff ASAP!

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  31. I think it's legit. But I think it's some idiot just having fun.

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  32. I love old houses- but to visit, not live in. For my living purposes, the newer the better! And yeah, if I got a letter like that, I'd be out in a heart beat!

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  33. I actually remember reading about this in the newspaper here (CT). I think the letters are really from someone- but I am not sure what the motive is behind them. They definitely sound creepy.

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  34. Hmmm, sounds like the makings of a movie to me....

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  35. That is really creepy! I like historic homes, but I sure wouldn't stay there or pay that price!

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  36. Wild! The previous owners of our house had some wild ideas about DIY electrical wiring but no undisclosed supernatural phenomena.

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