Investigators from the Union County Prosecutor's Office went door-to-door in the 657 Boulevard neighborhood in Westfield, New Jersey, to swab the Broadduses' neighbors for DNA samples. They never found a match, and the case is still unsolved.
Starring Naomi Watts, Bobby Cannavale, Jennifer Coolidge, and Mia Farrow, The Watcher is based on a true story about the Broaddus family from Westfield, New Jersey, who received creepy letters from an anonymous person named "the Watcher." This person sent letters to their home at 657 Boulevard in Westfield in 2014, harassing the family and urging them to move out. The letters would also describe intimate details about Derek and Maria Broaddus and their children, as well as their day-to-day life, that only the Broadduses would know.
Naturally, after watching all seven episodes in one day, I googled the heck out of the real-life story. I had so many questions, mainly about what was accurate in the show vs. what was made up.
So here are some myths from The Watcher that I'm here to debunk for everyone who's also so darn curious about the whole thing:
Warning: Spoilers ahead! 🚨
Note: Names from the real-life Watcher events were changed for The Watcher. Derek and Maria Broadduses' names were changed to Dean and Nora Brannock, and John List's name was changed to John Graff.
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