NETFLIX users are having sleepless nights after viewing creepy series The Watcher.
American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy uses artistic licence to turn the true story of a family harassed by a mysterious person, dubbed 'The Watcher', after moving into their dream home into a nightmarish piece of television.
The dramatisation and its many sub plots leaves fans guessing who could be menacing the Brannock family over seven anxiety-inducing episodes.
In the series, previous homeowner John Graff also received letters from The Watcher before murdering his own family and fleeing.
One story arc imagines Graff as part of a bloodthirsty neighbourhood cult, while another casts suspicion on estate agent Nora, who is accused of trying to drive the Brannocks out of the property for a low price so she can capitalise financially.
While reviews for the mystery are mixed, many found it terrifying.
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One wrote: "The Watcher on Netflix is great, if you never fancy sleeping again."
Another said: "The Watcher gave me nightmares last night had me up watching myself."
A third said: "Who here was saying they like shows like 'The Watcher?' I trusted you and now I’m having nightmares."
The real story behind the series dates back to 2014 when Derek and Maria Broaddus received a series of creepy letters from an anonymous weirdo known only as "The Watcher".
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The Broaddus' house in New Jersey was the subject of a campaign of terror by the unknown "Watcher".
After a series of letters threatening their family and claiming to be watching their children, the couple tried to sell the house.
Unsurprisingly, it failed to sell when they listed it in 2014 and again in 2016.
Interested buyers repeatedly backed out when the family showed them the letters and told them what had been going on.
Eventually a family agreed to rent the place but two weeks later, another letter arrived, which directly threatened the Broadusses.
They continued to rent out the house until a sale was agreed in 2019 for just $400,000, far less than what they paid in 2014.
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