Happy Halloween! We’ve been counting down to All Hallows’ Eve by going over some of the creepiest and most famous letters throughout history, but we’ve saved the best for last. To celebrate the spookiest day of the year, we’ve decided to go over one the creepiest stories about writing letters — the tale of The Watcher. This may sound like the title of your favorite horror movie, but the horrors that this family faced were all too real.

In 2014, Derek and Maria Broaddus purchased what they thought was their dream home in Westfield, New Jersey. It was a beautiful, colonial home that had wood floors throughout and six bedrooms, and it seemed like the perfect home for the couple and their three children. That was until they received a letter on June 5, 2014, just three days after they closed on the house, from someone who referred to himself (or possibly herself) as The Watcher and claimed rightful possession and ownership of their new home.

In the letter, which happened to be the first of many, The Watcher claimed that the Broaddus’s new home had been an obsession in his family for generations. “My grandfather watched the house in the 1920s and my father watched it in the 1960s. It is now my time.” He also claimed that he was “put in charge of watching and waiting for its second coming.” The letter also informed the family that The Watcher would find out who they were and why they were there, and then went on to ask them to “bring me young blood.”

As we mentioned, after that first letter came, many more followed,  each one getting more sinister and threatening. One letter allegedly said, “I am pleased to know your names now and the name of the young blood you have brought to me,” and in another,  “Who has the bedrooms facing the street? I’ll know as soon as you move in … it will help me to know who is in which bedroom, then I can plan better.” In other letters, The Watcher expressed his distaste in the upgrades the family made on the house, “You have changed it and made it so fancy… It cries for the past and what used to be in the time when I roamed its halls. … When I ran from room to room imagining the life with the rich occupants there… And now I watch and wait for the day when the young blood will be mine again.

It didn’t take long for the Broaddus family to file a civil complaint in the Union County Superior Court and flee the home. They also filed a suit with the previous owners for willfully and knowingly failing to disclose the history of the home and The Watcher’s threatening letters. They also put the house on the market, but with all of the publicity surrounding The Watcher’s letters, it still remains empty to this day.

At Worcester Envelope, we certainly don’t condone stalking and sending threatening letters, but we do offer custom printed envelopes for all of your mailing needs! Shop our custom printed envelopes today, and have a Happy Halloween!