WESTFIELD, NJ — The family who sold the now-infamous “Watcher” house on Boulevard recently filed a counter claim against the buyers for damages, according to a report on NJ.com.
The current owners of the home have claimed that disturbing letters signed “the Watcher” are preventing them from being able to sell the Dutch colonial, which they purchased for $1.3 million.
Members of the media converged in Westfield over the summer, seeking more information about the story of a creepy stalker whose letters to new buyers, signed “The Watcher,” were so reportedly so terrifying that the family opted not to move into their home. National publications and even British tabloids have featured stories about it, sometimes going into depth about the families who owned it.
When news of the “Watcher” hit this summer, the case itself was already about a year old, Mayor Andy Skibitsky told reporters at a June town council meeting. It came to the media’s attention when the home’s new owners filed a lawsuit against the sellers, saying that they should have disclosed that they, too, had received a “Watcher” letter before closing the deal.
According to the new report on NJ.com, the sellers said that they did receive an anonymous note before closing, but they did not keep it, they not know if it was signed “The Watcher" and they were not required by law to disclose it.
Westfield Police Chief David Wayman told TAP into Westfield in June that police had three letters in evidence, all of which were sent to the home’s buyers.