In a story that could have been lifted from the script of a Hollywood movie, a New Jersey family has seen their dream home turned into a house of horrors.
The nightmare began when a person called “The Watcher” started leaving overtly threatening notes after the family closed on a $1.3 million home in June 2014.
“Why are you here? I will find out,” the first ominous message read.
“I am pleased to know your names and the names now of the young blood you have brought to me,” another said.
The incident takes an even stranger turn when the new owners, who never moved into the house out of fear, say the sellers were aware of “The Watcher” and kept it from them.
Claiming the previous owners received a letter from the unknown stalker days before closing and never disclosed that information, the new owners filed suit.
But, from a legal standpoint, it’s questionable whether a seller is required to tell a prospective buyer something of this nature, according to NJ.Com.
Jack Feinstein, a lawyer and director of the Rutgers Civil Justice Clinic at Rutgers Law School in Newark, told NJ.com that in order for the new owners to make their case, they’d have to show how long the prior owners had known about the letters, and whether the messages appeared to be credible and could be taken as a serious threat.
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