From the Star Ledger:
Owners of “The Watcher” house, who bought the $1.3 million dwelling but never moved in because of threatening letters from a stalker, now are seeking permission to tear it down and build two new homes on the property.
Derek and Maria Broaddus, who own the home on the Boulevard that was targeted by somebody calling himself “The Watcher,” have applied for permission from the township planning board to raze the home and replace it with two others, Mayor Andrew Skibitsky confirmed Sunday.
A hearing on the application will be at the Oct. 5 planning board meeting, the Broadduses’ lawyer said. He said another lawyer is handling the planning board application.
Levitt said the Broadduses are seeking a “de minimis variance,” for creating two lots, requiring an exception of a few feet for a side-yard setback on one side.
The couple, who have three children, bought the six-bedroom, home in June 2014 and started making thousands of dollars in renovations, but never moved in. Within a week after the purchase, the couple received the first to three threatening letters in which the writer claimed to be watching the house and waiting for the new owners to bring him “young blood,” an apparently reference to children.”
After trying unsuccessfully to sell the house, the Broaddus in 2015 filed suit against the previous owners, John and Andrea Woods, claiming they had also received a letter from “The Watcher” just prior to the closing but never disclosed it. News outlets around the world reported on the suit, which is now in court.