The Broaddus family has been in trouble since they bought the house in 2014 when they started receiving threatening letters from “Watcher”.
Netflix and Ryan Murphy did it again. After destroying Jeffrey Dahmer’s story last month, a new project has already overtaken him, positioning itself as the number one popular series on the streaming platform, “The Watcher”. A chilling plot based on true events and tells the story of a family that arrives at the house of their dreams, which turns out to be their biggest nightmare.
For context, the Netflix plot unfolds over seven episodes that chronicle the lives of Dean and Nora Brannock (played by Bobby Cannavale and Naomi Watts), who move to 657 Boulevard in Westfield, New Jersey, in 2014 when everything seems to be well. going well. Excellent, until they start getting threatening messages from someone who calls himself an “The Watcher.”
In some letters where it is also estimated that they bring “little blood” in reference to their children. Some scripts make the protagonists suspicious of their neighbors, leading them to go to the local police to find who is watching them, suspecting Jasper and Pearl Winslow (Terry Kinney and Mia Farrow), who are acting out of character. common, and the former always enters the family home without permission.
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Moving from fantasy to reality, the series is based on an article by Reeves Wiedeman published in New York Magazine’s The Cut in 2018, which tells the story of Maria and Derek Broaddus, who bought exactly 657 Boulevard in Westfield, where the series also takes place in. A place that looked dark and gloomy just three days after they’d bought the house for about a million and a half dollars when they got their first letters from the watcher.
Fear began to take hold of the family, who turned to the police, and then called the previous owners, who also received a strange letter just before the sale of the house, but they did not give it importance because they had lived in it for 23 years. There they had no problem.
While in the series they are on the move, in fact, they never do, although they live very close by and come regularly to check out the renovations and meet security, which leads them to be suspicious of all the neighbors, although it’s the Langford family that was suspicious of them, although neither the police nor private investigators have found evidence against them. In fact, for the rest of the city, the Broaddus themselves were suspicious, because they thought they were sending letters to get some economic benefit through a lawsuit.
A story, however, that does not have a closed-end, which is that the police could not find the person behind the case. As for the house, they put it up for sale several times, until they were able to sell it after five years, in 2019, for $959,000, about $400,000 and $500,000 less than they paid.
Also, Derek and Maria filed a legal claim against the previous owners because they didn’t tell them they had received a letter from the watcher.