View of a house in Westfield known as the “Watcher” house. 6/25/15 Photo by John O’Boyle for NJ Advance Media
According to the report, sources close to the investigation say the three hand-printed letters were tested for DNA by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and contained female DNA. The report adds that the DNA did not match the female owner of the home.
The report also says the letters were postmarked from Kearny and that the owners of the home went directly to the prosecutor’s office instead of contacting Westfield police.
“The Watcher” house made national news last month when the current owners filed a lawsuit in Union County Superior Court claiming the previous owners failed to disclose there was a mysterious stalker attached to the property.
Three days after closing on the house last year, the family received the first of three threatening letters from “The Watcher,” according to the lawsuit.
“My grandfather watched the house in the 1920s and my father watched in the 1960s,” one letter said. “It is now my time.”
The letters refer to the buyer’s children as “young blood” and warn the family to stop renovating the $1.3 million house.
Police are investigating the case and say they have possible leads to the source of the letters, though no suspect has been identified.
The timeline below tracks the history of the home reportedly claimed by The Watcher, marking dates spelled out in the lawsuit and property records, and from recent events. Click the arrows to explore, or just swipe right to left if you’re on the mobile web.
Union County reporters Tom Haydon and Katie Lannan contributed to this report.