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Creepy messages from 'The Watcher' drive family from $1.3 million home

Julie Ryan Evans is an editor and writer who has covered everything from Capitol Hill to the politics of preschool. A mother of two, a runner of races, and a gourmet chef wannabe, she currently lives outside of Orlando, Florida.

'Bring me young blood' and other chilling messages from 'The Watcher'

It's the perfect script for a horror flick, only these terrifying events happened to a real family in New Jersey who has been forced from their home by "The Watcher." (Cue the creepy music.)

If you haven't been following what is hands down the most terrifying/best story on the internet, here's the background. Derek and Maria Broaddus purchased a lovely six-bedroom, $1.3 million home in Westfield, New Jersey, back in June 2014. You would think for that kind of change, all would be lovely and good, but then entered "The Watcher."

The family didn't make that name up either — it's what he (or she?) calls himself in a series of letters left for them, beginning just days after they moved in. "I am the Watcher and have been in control of 657 Boulevard for the better part of two decades now," he wrote. "I asked the [previous owners] to bring me young blood. And now I watch and wait for the day when they [sic] young blood will be mine again."

And the letters just get creepier from there. Here are five of the most chilling snippets you won't be able to get out of your head.

1. "I am pleased to know your names now, and the names of the young blood you have brought to me."

The young blood is their children (they have three), and oh my God, how does he know their names?

2. "Have they found out what's in the walls yet? In time they will."

Someone tear those walls down now; we need to know what's in them.

3. And Now I watch and wait for the day when they [sic] young blood will be mine again."

That sounds like a threat.

4. "You have changed it and made it so fancy."

He's not down with the upscale.

5. "Why are you here? I will find out."

Um, I think a better is question is why the hell are you here freaking us all out!

Like any sane people who ever want to sleep again would, the couple has left the home. They've also filed a lawsuit against the home's previous owners, John and Andrea Woods, who apparently knew about "The Watcher" but failed to mention it when the Broaddus family was buying. It's not exactly the kind of thing you're going to tout, but it seems like a pretty shady move to not at least warn them.

But lawsuits aside, the big question remains: Who is "The Watcher"? He (or she) says the house has been watched by his family since the 1920s, but that doesn't necessarily mean they've owned the home, or it would be pretty easy to track him down. As of yet, however, no charges have been filed.

There are a couple of possibilities here. 1. It could be a seriously sick individual behind all these letters, who needs help. In that case, it's just sad. 2. It could be an elaborate hoax for a movie promotion or something. In that case, I will be pissed. 3. It could be some sort of supernatural phenomenon that is just as bizarre and creepy as it sounds. In that case, holy hell! I know which one I'm rooting for.

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