The Watcher Pt. 2

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The Watcher Pt. 2




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Hello, everyone. I’m Kaitlyn Mahle, and welcome to my TED Talk. The story of the Watcher is far from over, and because I greatly admire how chilling this story is and would like to analyze the story and the theories on who the Watcher really is. If you’re as interested in this story as I am, I highly suggest you read my last article before diving into this one so you’re not completely lost:

For those of you who have already read the first part, let’s begin.

To bring you up to date, the Broaddus’s considered selling their home to a developer who would tear it down and split the property into two different homes. However, the two plots of land were three feet too small for the mandated size of the neighborhood. The neighborhood ruling board unanimously rejected Maria and Derek’s proposal. Note that just last year, 2018, the Westfield planning board approved the same idea for a different house just around the corner from 657 Boulevard. The house also required a larger exception that the Broaddus’s originally requested.

That Christmas, families who had vocally protested the Broaddus’s plan received threatening hand-delivered letters. These letters were signed, “friends of the Broaddus family.” More information on these in a moment.

In spring of 2016, the Broaddus’s found someone willing to rent the home. The family had two large dogs, fully grown children, and “a clause in the lease that let them out of there was another letter.” Can you guess what happens next? Yep, that’s right, within two weeks another letter arrived at the house. It began,

“To the vile and spiteful Derek and his wench of a wife Maria..”

Obviously, this watcher guy was pretty pissed.

“..657 Boulevard survived your attempted assault and stood strong with its army of supporters barricading its gates.. My soldiers of the Boulevard followed my orders to a T. They carried out their mission and saved the soul of 657 Boulevard with my orders. All hail the Watcher.” The letter continues,

“Maybe a car accident. Maybe a fire. Maybe something as simple as a mild illness that never seems to go away but makes you fall ill day after day after day after day after day. Maybe the mysterious death of a pet. Loved ones suddenly die. Planes and cars and bicycles crash. Bones break.”

“You are despised by the house.. and the Watcher won.”

Despite this letter, which is somehow tops all the others which are equally as terrifying, the renters decided to stay in the house after more cameras were installed around the house. Now, up to current day, let’s take a look at some suspects for the Watcher.

Suspect #1, “The Gamer”

(This man was dubbed “the Gamer” by Ryan Bergara, who did an analysis on this case. I do not know his real name).

-At 11:00 pm one night, two detectives were watching over 657 Boulevard. A suspicious looking car stopped at the house. The car was traced to a young lady close by. Her boyfriend’s home was on the same block as 657 Boulevard.

-The lady told investigators that her boyfriend was interested in “some really dark video games.” One of those games include a character he might have played called the Watcher (according to a detective’s memory).

-The Gamer agreed to be questioned by police, but he never turned up to his interviews. Due to the fact that there was not enough evidence to force him to come, the Gamer was never questioned.

Yeah, it’s shady that this guy never showed up, but I don’t think it was him. Only because this next suspect is much more convincing than the Gamer.

Suspect #2, Micheal Langford

-A neighbor of the Broaddus family

-Derek grew suspicious of Langford while they were at a neighborhood barbecue shortly after receiving the first letter. Langford lived in the house next to the Broaddus’s, which belonged to his ninety year old mother. Several of her children, who were all in their sixties, lived with her. The family was seen as strange, but harmless.

Remember that highlighted phrase about how the Watcher’s father and grandfather watched 657 Boulevard too? Good, ’cause here’s where the connections are made.

-The Langnford’s had lived in the house since the sixties, which is when the Watcher claimed his father watched the house. (“..and my father watched in the 1960’s..). Michael’s father had died about twelve years before the first letter arrived, which may be why the Watcher claimed to have done the job of watching for “the better part of two decades.”

-Langford was known for scaring new neighbors with his odd behavior. He would walk through their yard and look through their windows, and due to positions of the two houses, Langford would have had a perfect view of the easel set on the front porch.

-Langford was questioned by police, but he denied knowing anything. There was also, I guess, little evidence to connect him. Because the interview was before the second letter, some believe that it would have been especially risky and reckless for Langford to continue sending letters. Those who knew Langford also thought him incapable of doing such a thing.

Now, I need to say, that I call such BS on that. You know what psychopaths, sociopaths, serial killers, and downright insane people are really good at? Being charming! That’s why people don’t suspect them-especially their friends and family, because they’re blinded by the person’s seemingly kind nature. Based off of my knowledge on Langford and compared to these other suspects, I do believe that Micheal is the Watcher.

-Maria and Derek sent a letter to the Langford’s stating that they were planning on demolishing the house. They hoped that this would cause the Watcher to send another letter. No response.

-A DNA test was done on the letters, and the DNA belonged to a woman, making Micheal’s sister Abby another suspect. The DNA of the Watcher and Abby Langford was compared, and.. no match.

-Shortly after this DNA test, the police ruled out the Langford’s as any of the suspects.

That bring us to our third suspect.

Suspect #3, The Broaddus Family

-People found it odd that the family was able to move from a $315,000 home, to a $770,000 home, to a $1.3 million dollar home. Some accused them of getting in over their heads about the move, and turned to a “desperate ploy” to get out of it.

-Some also wondered why the Broaddus’s kept renovating the house after they decided they would not move in, and when major movie studios came to them for the rights to their story, a big deal like that could have given them more motivation for concocting the Watcher.

Let’s go back to those anonymous cards sent to the neighboring families around Christmas time. Those letters were written by..

Derek Broauddus.

-Derek claims that those were the only anonymous letters he sent, and it resulted in years of frustration. The psychological trauma the Broaddus’s faced, however, makes them less suspicious.

-Another family on the same boulevard received a letter from the Watcher around the same time as the Broaddus’s. Like the Woods family, they threw the letter away. The question is,

“If the Broauddus’s were trying to get out of their home or make a movie deal, why send a letter to another house as well?”

I do not believe that the Broaddus’s are the Watcher-I have my money on Langford.

Though, I won’t speak too soon, because we definitely have not heard the last of the Watcher and 657 Boulevard.

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