From the NY Daily News:
A New Jersey couple who thought they were buying their dream home are suing its previous owners, claiming the house has a longtime stalker who writes terrorizing letters and signs them “The Watcher.”
A Union County lawsuit contends the original owners of the six-bedroom, $1.3 million home in upscale Westfield deliberately withheld information about the anonymous, threatening missives.
“Currently, plaintiffs are in the process of selling the home as they are unable to live in the home without extreme anxiety and fear for their children’s safety and well-being,” says the suit that was filed earlier this month, according to Courthouse News Service.
The names of the plaintiffs and the defendants, as well as the home’s address, were not divulged by the site to protect the privacy of those involved.
“Plaintiffs are having trouble selling the home as interested parties, once notified of the letters, no longer view the property as a safe home,” the suit claims.
The letters began arriving on June 5, 2014, three days after closing, the couple contends. They show The Watcher’s “mentally disturbed fixation and claim to possession and/or ownership of the home,” the suit says.
The letters claim the home had been in The Watcher’s family for decades.
The new owners claim the sellers received a letter from The Watcher more than a week before closing on the sale. That correspondence “noted there would be a new family moving into the home.”
The sellers were “so desperate to sell the million-dollar home (they) knowingly and willfully failed to disclose … this disturbing letter,” the suit says.
The new owners are seeking damages for breach of contract and fraud. They are asking for their money back, plus interest.