NEW YORK -- Terrifying letters forced a New Jersey family to flee their new home, and what happened left residents in a quiet community more than a little unnerved, CBS New York reports.
The large six-bedroom home in Union County is being watched, according to a lawsuit filed by its new owners.
They paid $1.3 million for their "dream home" in the picturesque town of Westfield. They claim the previous owners were aware of a man who calls himself "the Watcher" but they never said anything.
"I would be pretty upset if I bought a house and found out that the previous owners knew about it," said Robert Hagen of Westfield.
Since moving in, the owners said they have received numerous letters from the mysterious person. "The Watcher" claimed the home "has been the subject of my family for decades" and "I have been put in charge of watching and waiting for its second coming."
The new owners have several children, and other letters asked, "Have they found out what's in the walls yet?" and "I am pleased to know your names now, and the name of the young blood you have brought to me."
The bone-chilling letters were enough to send the new family packing. The incident was so unnerving that Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsky addressed the issue at a Town Council meeting Tuesday night.
"Our police department conducted an exhaustive investigation based on the factual circumstances and evidence available," Skibitsky said.
No charges have been filed in the case. Whether the owners have any legal case remains to be seen.
The mayor said under New Jersey law, the letters are classified as a disorderly person's crime.
Last Edit: Jun 25, 2015 14:53:52 GMT -5 by natalie
I agree, and I am surprised they haven't bothered to put a camera on the property to see who is delivering these letters.
I lived in an apartment community where people who played loud music, made noise at the pool, drove fast through the complex, let their kids run wild, or didn't keep their patios and balconies clean, etc. would receive a poison pen letter from someone who knew everything about them. In the letters, they were told that if they didn't stop whatever they were doing, a lot of embarrassing information would be posted about them on the bulletin board. No one knew who was doing it and no one really cared, because they were keeping the trouble-makers in line. Years later, I found out that the letter writers were a group of three residents -- one worked for the state, another for a law firm and the third was a private detective. They knew how to look up court records, credit reports, etc. and they were using that information against other residents who were causing problems. I wouldn't have reported them even if I had known who they were, because I felt that they were providing a public service. They sent their letters through the mail.