The Netflix series The Watcher tells the story of a family harassed outside their home by an anonymous stalker

Netflix’s upcoming horror series The Watcher will tell the real-life story of a couple who were stalked and kicked out of their dream home by a creepy stalker, and whose identity remains a mystery to this day.

Set to air on the streaming platform in October in the UK, the series is executive produced by Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, who are best known for their hit series Ratched, The Politician and Pose.

It stars Naomi Watts, 52, and Bobby Cannavale, 51, as a married couple who just moved into their dream home and find themselves in the crosshairs of a stalker, as well as Jennifer Coolidge, 61. years, like the real estate agent who sells them the property. property.

After moving into the New Jersey house at 657 Boulevard, The Watcher sends cryptic and threatening letters to the couple, who wants to force them out of their house.

The Watcher is based on the true story of a New Jersey couple who were threatened by a stalker; Derek and Maria Broaddus bought the house in 2014 for $1.4 million.

Netflix's upcoming series The Watcher features the story of a real-life couple who moved into their dream home at 657 Boulevard (pictured) before being stalked by an anonymous stalker who called himself 'The Watcher' '.

Netflix’s upcoming series The Watcher features the story of a real-life couple who moved into their dream home at 657 Boulevard (pictured) before being stalked by an anonymous stalker who called himself ‘The Watcher’ ‘.

Derek and Maria Broaddus (pictured with their children) received lurid letters from The Watcher that ultimately forced them to sell the property.

Derek and Maria Broaddus (pictured with their children) received lurid letters from The Watcher that ultimately forced them to sell the property.

The series features Jennifer Coolidge as the real estate agent who sold the couple the house (here in a promotional video for the show, showing off the house)

The series features Jennifer Coolidge as the real estate agent who sold the house to the couple (here in a promotional video for the show, in which she shows off the house)

Between June of that year and February 2017, The Watcher sent four letters to his home in Westfield.

The stalker’s letters claimed that they had been “watching the house for decades” and one of his ominous notes read, “I am the Watcher.” Bring me your young blood.

According to The Watcher, the observance of the house had been passed down from father to son.

‘657 Boulevard has been the theme of my family for decades, and as his 110th birthday approaches, I have been put in charge of watching and awaiting his second coming,’ the letters read.

‘My grandfather watched the house in the 1920s and my father watched it in the 1960s. Now it’s my time. Do you know the history of the house? Do you know what lies within the walls of 657 Boulevard? Why are you here? I’m going to check.’

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The letters kept the family on edge, with Derek revealing he was a “depressed wreck” in an interview with The Cut.

John Woods, one of the home's owners, said he had received an anonymous letter but said it was not threatening.

Derek Broaddus (pictured) sued the former owners of the house, claiming they failed to disclose receiving an anonymous letter from The Watcher.

The Broaddus (Derek Broaddus pictured right) sued the previous owners, John Woods (left) and his wife Andrea, in 2015 claiming they also received a letter from ‘The Watcher’ but never disclosed it.

Meanwhile, Maria Broaddus admitted that The Watcher’s letters left her with terrifying nightmares, including one with a man “wearing these boots and carrying a pitchfork and calling the children”.

His fears about how The Watcher might hurt his children were justified, as they were mentioned in one of the letters.

It read: ‘It has been years and years since young blood ruled the halls of the house. Have you already found all the secrets it keeps? Will the young blood play in the basement?

Or are they too afraid to go there alone? I would like to [be] very scared if I were them. It is far from the rest of the house. If you were upstairs, you would never hear them scream,” one letter read.

Police, who were unable to identify the stalker despite an extensive investigation, suspect the letters came from someone within 300 yards of the house, which has a new tenant.

However, some people believe that it may have been the couple themselves who sent the letters, a claim they have always denied.

Police suspect the letters came from someone who was within a 300-yard radius of the house (pictured)

Police suspect the letters came from someone who was within a 300-yard radius of the house (pictured)

Derek said: “There’s a natural tendency to say, ‘I’ve lived here for 35 years, nothing has happened to me.’

“What happened to my family is an affront to their claim that they are safe, that mental illness does not exist in their community. People don’t want to believe this could happen at Westfield.

In June 2015, the Broadduses sued the previous owners of the house, claiming they also received a letter from The Watcher but never disclosed it.

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The Woodses said they had only received a note, which was not threatening. The lawsuit was dismissed.

Because of the letters, the Broaddus family put the mansion back on the market and it was eventually sold again in 2019 for $959,000, but The Watcher’s identity was never discovered by police.

His story was at the center of a bidding war between six studios in late 2018, before Netflix acquired the rights and decided to make a miniseries instead of a movie.

The Watcher will air in the UK in October, on Netflix.

10 CREEPY QUOTES FROM THE WESTFIELD WATCHER

1. ‘Who am I? I am the Watcher.

2. ‘My grandfather kept watch in the house in the 1920s and my father kept watch in the 1960s. Now it’s my time. I have been put in charge of watching and waiting for the second coming of him.’

3. ‘Do you know the history of the house? Do you know what lies within the walls of 657 Boulevard? Why are you here? I’m going to check.’

4. ‘Do you need to fill the house with the young blood I asked for? Once I know their names, I will call them and draw them to me. I asked the (previous owners) to bring me young blood.’

5. ‘Have you found what’s on the walls yet? In time they will. I am pleased to know your names and the names now of the young blood you have brought me.

6. ‘Who has the bedrooms facing the street? I’ll know as soon as you move in… It’ll help me know who’s in which room so I can plan better.’

7. ‘Let me watch and track you as you move around the house.’

8. ‘And now I watch and wait for the day when they (sp) young blood will be mine again.’

9. ‘Years and years have passed since young blood reigned in the halls of the house. Have you already found all the secrets it keeps?

10. ‘Will the young blood play in the basement? Or are they too afraid to go there alone? I would like to [be] very scared if I were them. It is far from the rest of the house. If you were upstairs you’d never hear them scream.

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