New Jersey family says they are being stalked at new home

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Michelle Charlesworth has the details. (WABC)

A North Jersey family says they are being stalked at their new home.

The new homeowners say that ever since they bought their house in the upscale town of Westfield, in Union County, they've been receiving threatening letters. It's a case so bizarre and upsetting to this tight-knit community that the mayor is now speaking out.

"The homeowners received what can only be classified as disturbing letters shortly after closing on their house purchase," Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitsky said.

The family is so afraid that they don't want their names released. They say the letters come from someone calling himself "The Watcher" and were mailed to them just days after they bought the 6 bedroom, $1.3 million home last June. With three kids, they won't move in.

"Over a year ago, our police department conducted an exhaustive investigation," Skibitsky said. "Such efforts, however, have not yielded information leading to charges being filed."

The family says the letters include messages like "all of the windows and doors allow me to watch you and track you as you move through the house" and "I watch and wait for the day the young blood will be mine again."

The family is now suing the previous owners, claiming the seller allegedly received one of the letters a week before closing and should have told them about it, adding that this will now affect the value of the home.

Area residents who know the family don't blame them for not moving in.

"I probably would have done the same thing," neighbor Colleen Schmidt said. "If I had that situation, I would not move in with my young children either."

According to reports, "The Watcher" allegedly wrote that the home has been "the subject of my family for decades" and claims he was "put in charge of watching and waiting for its second coming."

"The Watcher" included an ominous question and promise, writing: "Why are you here? I will find out."

The family also says "The Watcher" wrote: "I am pleased to know your names now and the name of the young blood you have brought to me."

"I'd be horrified," neighbor Kaeley Hay said. "I wouldn't want a stalker."

Nobody knows who "The Watcher" is, but this family says they aren't willing to find out.

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