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Watching the Watcher

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“Have they found out what is in the walls yet? In time they will.”

“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.”

“My grandfather watched the house in the 1920s and my father watched in the 1960s. It is now my time. I have been put in charge of watching and waiting for its second coming.”

“Who am I? I am the Watcher.”

These are just some menacing words in letters received by the owners of a dream home in New Jersey. As a result of these missives, a young couple and their three children have been too afraid to move into their new home, and it is again for sale. This story has made local news, as well as international news, and since it was so close, I had to see the house in person.

The current owners are involved in a lawsuit against the sellers, claiming they were aware of the Watcher but did not divulge the fact that they had also received letters from the house stalker prior to their purchase of the property. As I understand it, New Jersey is a non-disclosure state, which means sellers are under no obligation to disclose to a buyer if a murder or suicide had taken place in the residence. (Please see a real estate attorney for clarification).

So, who is the Watcher? Does he or she exist? Maybe it’s a disgruntled neighbor who, for reasons known only to them, want the house to remain vacant. One theory I heard was that the house was built by the Watcher’s family, but perhaps they could no longer afford to live in it due to its exorbitant price tag and high taxes. It may be an “if I can’t live in it, no one can” scenario.

What if the Watcher has a buyer in mind and is trying to sabotage the property in order to lower the asking price? Maybe someone was outbid for the house and is seeking revenge against the family.

What if this is just a case of buyer’s remorse? Perhaps this is an elaborate hoax on the part of the homeowner to unload a property that was more than they bargained for. If this is the case, I give them props for creativity. It’s a cool variant on the haunted house story.

The current owners bought the house in 2014, never moved into it, but did $150,000.00 worth of renovations. Why would you sink all that money into a house you were too afraid to move into? It does seem odd.

Assuming there is a Watcher, I don’t blame this family for not moving in. They have three young children, and the Watcher’s references to “young bloods,” among other things, is unnerving. One thing’s for sure, if I could afford a million dollar home, I could afford another one without the baggage.

The saga continues. There is a for sale sign on the property. While I was standing for a photo, I couldn’t help but wonder, was the Watcher watching me?

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