Derek and Maria Broaddus were under the impression that they were going to purchase a house. They did not realize that they were purchasing a nightmare scenario, which was the basis for a 2018 article in “New York Magazine” and the Ryan Murphy-created drama “The Watcher,” which premiered on Netflix in 2022.
In case you haven’t heard the chilling true story before, let me briefly summarize it for you: In 2014, Derek and Maria Broaddus finalized the purchase of a six-bedroom, $1.3 million house in the New Jersey neighborhood of Westfield, which is where Maria had spent her childhood.
Before Derek and his wife and three children moved into the house at 657 Boulevard, the man who called himself “The Watcher” had written to him in a letter. Derek examined the letter. After that point, the tale takes an even crazier turn. According to a follow-up article written in 2022, the following is what occurred and where the family is currently living.
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Who Are Maria and Derek Broaddus?
When Derek and Maria Broaddus made the purchase of their stunning six-bedroom home in verdant Westfield, New Jersey for $1.3 million in June of 2014, they were just your average, everyday parents. On the other hand, they started receiving ominous letters that threatened them and expressed resentment at the fact that they were renovating the property before moving in.
The couple’s experience is being used as the basis for a new series on Netflix called “The Watcher,” which premiered recently. In the terrifying series, Naomi Watts and Bobby Cannavale will portray a fictionalized version of them called Nora and Dean Brannock. Their characters will be called the Brannocks.
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What Happened To Derek And Maria Broaddus?
As depicted in the show, the real-life case of The Watcher turned out to be a living nightmare for Derek and Maria Broaddus after they purchased their dream home for $1.3 million in 2014. This happened after they had purchased the home in 2014.
After receiving the first letters from The Watcher, the couple began to fear for their own safety as well as the safety of their children. Within six months of buying the house, the couple decided to put it back on the market because of their concerns about the safety of their family. The details of the ordeal are detailed in an article published by The Cut.
When prospective purchasers were shown the letters that the Broaddus had received, however, they became reluctant to complete the transaction. A year later, in 2015, the couple filed a lawsuit against the house’s previous owners as they had supposedly failed to disclose that they had also received an ominous letter from The Watcher prior to selling the property.
However, the judge dismissed the couple’s lawsuit – although not before the case gained attention from national media outlets. The Broaddus tried once again to sell their home in the spring of 2016, but they were unable to find a buyer for their property located at 257 Boulevard.
In an effort to help them sell the house, Derek and Maria investigated a number of other options, one of which was the possibility of selling it to a developer who would tear down the existing home and replace it with two smaller homes on the same land. However, a local planning board that included a number of the Broaddus’ neighbors voted against approving this plan.
The couple eventually succeeded in selling 657 Boulevard in 2019 for the price of $959,000, which is almost $400,000 less than what they had initially paid for the home. This was accomplished after renting the house out for several years.
Where Are Derek And Maria Broaddus Now?
According to reports, Derek and Maria Broaddus continue to make their home in Westfield, New Jersey, the same community in which their horror was carried out.
According to an article that was published in The Cut, the Broaddus took out loans from members of their family in order to be able to purchase a second residence in Westfield in the year 2016.
However, it has been stated that they purchased the home through a limited liability company (LLC) in order to conceal the location and ensure that the mystery Watcher would not be able to follow them to their new residence.