‘The Watcher’ is the latest true story on Netflix to get you to watch


Netflix has found its sweet spot of freaking us all out. “The Watcher” is no exception.

Here’s what you need to know about the new limited series airing:

Netflix describes it as follows: “The Brannock family moves into what should have been their dream home in their neighborhood, but it quickly turns into an inferno.”

“Ominous letters from someone calling himself ‘The Watcher’ are just the beginning as the neighborhood’s sinister secrets unfold,” according to the show’s description.

In 2018, New York magazine published an article called “The Haunting of a Dream House” written by Reeves Wiedeman, which told the story of the family of Derek and Maria Broaddus.

The couple bought a six-bedroom home in Westfield, New Jersey for $1,355,657 and spent about $100,000 on renovations. After finishing painting for a day, Derek Reeves went to check the mail and found a letter addressed to “New Owner”.

“657 Boulevard has been a fixture in my family for decades and as its 110th birthday approaches, I’ve been busy waiting and waiting for its second coming,” the letter read in part. “My grandfather saw the house in the 1920s and my father in the 1960s. Now it’s my time.”

“The Watcher” continued to send letters, some of which focused on the family’s three young children, who became increasingly hostile and threatening.

The family was put on high alert, contacted the police and even hired a private detective to discover the identity of the letter writer. Neighbors were asked to voluntarily submit DNA to compare with what was found on an envelope.

Scared and wary, they were never taken home.

Eight months after buying the house, the Broaddus put it up for sale. Despite reducing the price several times, they could not sell it.

They filed a lawsuit against the previous owners for not warning them that they too had received letters from “The Watcher”.

After failing to get a zoning permit to sell the house to a developer who razed it to split it into two lots, the couple sold the house for less than they paid five years after buying it.

Where is the family now?

The family still lives in Westfield, according to New York magazine, in a smaller house. Derek Broaddus He has a Twitter account where he has recently been publishing stories about the Netflix series.

The show stars Bobby Cannavale, Derek Broaddus, and Naomi Watts, his wife, Maria.