Well, this first story isn’t really a crime as it is more creepy, and could totally be adapted into a horror film. But according to Ranker.com, this was voted the weirdest crime on their website. There was an indeed a lawsuit though, let me explain.
In June of 2015, a couple named Derek and Maria Broaddus received a threatening letter in the mail from “The Watcher.” In response, the couple left the newly purchases home and filed a lawsuit against the former homeowner for not mentioning the history of “The Watcher” and his/her relationship to the house.
According to The Watcher’s first letter to the Broaddus family, this particular house has been in his family for decades starting with this grandfather in 1920, his father in the 60s and now himself.
In the second and third letters, he mentions oddly specific things like how he disapproves of the remodeling and how they won’t let their children play.
An independent investigator went on the hunt to see if he could get some answers. After some digging, there was something odd about the lawsuit filed. The Broadduses claimed they spent a lof of money on renovations (as did The Watcher describe) yet no neighbors saw any contractors nor did the Braodduses file any permits with the city. One local visitor claims that the Broadduses wrote the letters to themselves to get out of their mortgage which was evaluated at one million dollars.
Meanwhile, as of March of 2016, the former owners John and Andrea Woods, filed a counterclaim for defamation of character. Another update happened on September 26, 2016. A superior court judge rejected the motion to dismiss the defamation lawsuit against the Braudduses. As of
As of February 2017, a new resident of the Watch home has taken residence and seems to be “unphased” by the stalker threats. The alleged author of the letters has not been identified and the suit and countersuit are still pending in court.
Here’s the news coverage from ABC News about a 4th letter that was sent to the home: