Netflix has become the go-to place for thrilling true-crime stories, whether through puzzling docuseries or chilling dramas like the recent Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.
The streamer’s latest effort, The Watcher, is another story that will likely give you goosebumps as it tells the true story of a couple who move into their dream house only to have it turn into a nightmare when They begin to receive a series of threatening letters from an anonymous ‘Observer’.
Created by Ryan Murphy of the aforementioned Dahmer series, the Netflix adaptation follows Dean and Nora Brannock, but in reality, real-life couple The Watcher are based on Derek and Maria Broaddus – but what exactly happened to them and where are they now ?
- FILMING LOCATIONS : WHERE WAS THE OBSERVER FILMED?
The Watcher: release date and plot preview
The Watcher crawled onto Netflix on Thursday, October 13, 2022.
Inspired by real events and based on the article The Cut by Reeves Wiedeman, the series tells the story of Dean and Nora Brannock (based on the real Derek and Maria Broaddus) who have just bought their dream house at 657 Boulevard in the idyllic suburb of Westfield. , New Jersey.
Soon after moving in, however, the Brannocks quickly begin to realize that the quiet neighborhood may not be as welcoming as they first thought, as their eccentric and nosy neighbors try their best to make them feel like strangers.
Things take an alarming turn when they begin to receive disturbing letters from an anonymous individual calling themselves “The Watcher” and the family begins to fear for their safety.
What happened to Derek and Maria Broaddus?
As the series shows, The Watcher’s real-life case turned into a living nightmare for Derek and Maria Broaddus after they bought their dream home for $1.3 million in 2014.
According to The Cut article which details the ordeal, the couple began to fear for their safety and especially that of their children after receiving the first letters from The Watcher and within six months of buying the house, the couple put the property back on the market.
However, all potential buyers were dissuaded from closing the deal when shown the letters the Broadduses had received.
A year later, in 2015, the couple took legal action against the former owners of the house, allegedly for failing to disclose that they had also received a disturbing letter from The Watcher before selling the property, but the lawsuit was dismissed by the judge – although not before the case attracted national media attention.
In the spring of 2016, 257 Boulevard was put back on the market, but the Broadduses no longer found takers.
Derek and Maria explored a number of options to help them sell the house, including potentially selling it to a developer who would demolish the old house in favor of building two smaller properties on the land. However, this plan was rejected by a local town planning board which included a number of the Broadduses’ neighbours.
After renting the house for several years, the couple finally managed to sell 657 Boulevard in 2019 for $959,000, nearly $400,000 less than what they originally paid for the property.
Where are Derek and Maria Broaddus now?
Derek and Maria Broaddus are believed to still live in Westfield, New Jersey, the same town where their ordeal took place.
As reported in The Cut article, the Broadduses borrowed money from family members so they could buy a second home in Westfield in 2016.
But they reportedly used an LLC (limited liability company) to purchase the property to keep the location private so the anonymous observer couldn’t find them at their new home.
The Watcher is available to stream now on Netflix after releasing on Thursday, October 13, 2022.
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