The Watcher of Westfield (female profile)

Jun 25, 2015

The self-named Watcher of Westfield has turned a New Jersey family’s recently-purchased dream home into a royal nightmare, with a series of creepy letters that contain thinly veiled threats. 

"Have they found what is in the walls yet?” the unknown author asks in one particularly menacing missive. “In time they will. I am pleased to know your names and the names now of the young blood you have brought to me."

That declaration, and more, has freaked out the recent buyers of the “effected” mansion to such a degree that they’ve opted not to move in after all.

Moreover, they’ve not only put the place right back on the market, but sued the seller as well as the realtors who assisted the seller in perpetrating a deceptive land deal…

It seems the previous owner had likewise been contacted by the ominous Watcher and, in a desire to get rid of the home as quickly as possible, decided not to mention that fact to prospective buyers.

The U.S. Supreme Court has regularly upheld the right of real property purchasers to be compensated by sellers and their agents who either actively hide structural defects or fail to honestly disclose shadows on the chain of title which might render a property unmarketable or reduce its fair-market value.

But camouflaging imperfections and shadowy abstracts that encumber clear ownership are a different can of worms than, say, not wanting to talk about a stalker with a flair for intimidating people:

"My grandfather watched the house in the 1920s and my father watched in the 1960s. It is my time," reads one lethal-sounding letter. "Will the young bloods play in the basement? Who has the rooms 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," the author vaguely threatens.

It’s a weird and unpleasant situation to be sucked into, and if one also has children (as the new purchaser does), definitely not worth gambling that the person sending such ugly letters isn’t going to drop by one night with an axe and a shovel.

But there’s probably little to fear from this obviously very fearful and uncommon criminal -- they’re sending malicious mail, remember, instead of trespassing or lobbing bombs.

Such calculated restraint likely means the poison penman holds more animus toward the house itself and the neighborhood it stands in than it does for any particular person who may want to reside there.

Besides, she’s small in stature and respectable; she’s old “blood” as opposed to new, and fairly well educated; she also has a connection to the property that’s not necessarily apparent on its face or known by newcomers and a “right” therefore to a festering grudge; and she’s close by the premises she secretly covets, although due to her age and demeanor hardly noticeable.

This will be difficult bird to catch though, the worldly and exceptionally sly, patient and well-connected Watcher of Westfield.

Unless someone can figure out her motive.

@EponymousRox
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