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Former New Jersey Homeowners Deny Getting Creepy Letters From ‘The Watcher'

The former owners of a New Jersey home supposedly stalked by an anonymous creepy-letter writer known as "The Watcher" say the account is fiction and a lawsuit filed against them by the home's current owners should be dismissed. 

Attorney Richard Kaplow, who represents the Westfield home's previous owners, told his clients have been defamed over allegations they didn't warn the new residents about a letter they received from "The Watcher," who claims his family rightfully owned the home.

The previous owners say in a court filing that they received a single anonymous note days before the closing, but they deny the note was disturbing or claimed an ownership right to the home.

"My clients have gone through having to experience serious allegations that have made their way to the Internet," Kaplow said. "They have been embarrassed and humiliated and subject to public ridicule."

The new owners, Derek and Maria Broaddus, bought the house for nearly $1.4 million, but have refused to move in because of the letters they say they received.

According to their lawsuit, one letter reads, "Do you need to fill the house with the young blood I requested? Once I know their names I will call to them and draw them too (sic) me."

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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