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Big hit on Netflix for the series The Watcher, at number 1 in the platform’s streaming rankings. However, the real family whose story inspired the Ryan Murphy series has made it known that he has no intention of looking at it.
The Watcherthe intentions of the true family
The Watcher sees protagonists Naomi Watts and Bobby Cannavale in the retelling of a real crime. The protagonist of this story is a family who have just moved into a new, idyllic mansion in New Jersey. One day the couple begin to receive a series of threatening letters from an anonymous stalker. The (royal) family that inspired the series have made it known that they have no intention of reliving the heartbreaking events by watching the Netflix production. “We contacted the Broaddus family. They refused to comment, but they still live here in the Westfield area. And we’re told that they have no plans to watch the show; the trailer was quite shocking, “said ABC News correspondent and face of Good Morning America Eva Pilgrim, speaking on ABC7 afternoon news in New York. Murphy’s project was inspired by the experience of the Broaddus family, told for the first time in depth in a 2018 article on The Cut. In the series the names of the protagonists have been changed, with Derek and Maria Broaddus becoming Dean and Nora Brannock. It took five years for the Broadduses to find buyers for their $ 1.4 million home, which they sold off for $ 400,000 in 2019.
The Watcherthe true story behind the series
As now all fans of The Watcher they know, the facts narrated in the series are inspired by real events. In fact, in June 2014 Derek and Maria Broaddus received a threatening letter shortly after they entered the new home, a dream home worth $ 1.3 million in Westfield, New Jersey. “Do you know what lies within the walls of 657 Boulevard? – it said on the letter – You don’t want to make 657 Boulevard miserable ”, signed The Watcher. The letter bore the names of the children of the Broaddus, claiming “the young blood I requested”. The letters seemed to indicate that the Observer was someone known to the family, possibly one of the neighbors. Without revealing too much to those who have not yet seen the series, we can say that the identity of the Observer remains the central question of the story, both the real one and, of course, the fiction.