Case 177

657 Boulevard

Married couple Derek and Maria Broaddus were house hunting when a property in the affluent neighbourhood of Westfield, New Jersey immediately caught their attention. 657 Boulevard was a striking six bedroom, four bathroom Dutch Colonial style home that was the perfect place to raise their family – or so they thought. 

As the couple began renovations on the homestead in 2014, their actions drew the ire of a mysterious objector known only as The Watcher. The Watcher sent letter after letter to the Broaddus family, each more threatening than the last. But who exactly was The Watcher and why were they so attached to 657 Boulevard?



Casefile Presents



Research & writing – Jessica Forsayeth

Creative direction – Milly Raso

Narration – Anonymous Host



‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro –

Audio production – Mike Migas 

Music – Mike Migas 



Logo and website design – Paulina Szymanska




The “Watcher” house is sold years after a family was terrorised with creepy letters – CNN

Inside the spooky “Watcher” house that terrorized a wealthy New Jersey family – All That’s Interesting

The real life story of The Watcher feels like a Steven King novel The Things

Family spooked by letters at New Jersey’s “Watcher” house says neighbors made nightmare worse – NBC

The Watcher – New York Magazine



“Watcher” letters spur N.J. family to flee $1.4M home, sue sellers – The Morning Call

Report: “Watcher” house suit dismissed – The Record

Home sells for $400K less than purchase after threat to kids – The Central New Jersey Home News

Family sues town to demolish house after creepy letters – The Daily Journal AP

Couple’s dream home turns into a nightmare – Standard-Speaker

Fearing “The Watcher,” family sells home at loss – Springfield News-Sun



The eerie case of The Watcher – Buzzfeed Unsolved Network





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