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Suit: Family flees home after getting letters from 'Watcher'

Suit: Family flees home after getting letters from 'Watcher'

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A couple who says they were scared away from their new $1.4 million home because of creepy letters from a stalker has sued the sellers for not telling them about a person with a "mentally disturbed fixation" on the house.

Derek and Maria Broaddus said the former owners of the home in Westfield, 25 miles west of New York City, should have warned them of the person who signs the letters as "The Watcher."

The letter writer claims to have been controlling the house for two decades and that former owners John and Andrea Woods sold it because "it was their time to move on and kindly sold it when I asked them to," according to the lawsuit filed this month.

"Do you need to fill the house with the young blood I requested?" one letter reads, according to the suit. "Once I know their names I will call to them and draw them too (sic) me."

The lawsuit also names an insurance company and settlement company as defendants.

The Broadduses says they would never have bought the house if the sellers had warned them about the letter writer. The suit says they are having a hard time selling because of the letters. They want the former owners to refund them the purchase price and pay punitive damages.

At a township council meeting Tuesday, Westfield Mayor Andrew Skibitsky pleaded with anyone with information to call the police.

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