The Observer The miniseries has arrived on Netflix as another Ryan Murphy production. Admittedly, there is a plot of these Murphy projects, and some stand out much more than others. Dahmer may have stood out for the wrong reasons, but it’s still the streamer’s second most-watched series, so Murphy knows a thing or two about crafting gripping shows out of gruesome situations. And The Observer dramatizes a truly upsetting real-life situation for a family who have purchased (what they thought was) their dream home, only for the situation to quickly turn into a mysterious person stalking the house (and the Broaddus family).
The situation then turned into a real estate nightmare. Derek and Maria Broaddus are played by Bobby Cannavale and Naomi Watts on this show, and they originally bought their cursed house from a real estate agent played by Jennifer Coolidge, but it’s not real estate talking about the house these days- this. It would rather be David Barbosa, who came to the concert after a 2018 article by The cup, which details how a mystery party sparked a series of disturbing and threatening letters to the Broaddus family. This person claimed to have been in charge of watching the house for decades, and he knew far too much about parents and their children while calling them “young blood”.
That was just the start of the letters, and the article plunged the house into viral infamy with people flocking to take pictures and generally gawking. Weekly entertainment spoke with Barbosa about how his clients suffered a big loss on the $1.4 million home (listed for $999,000 and sold for $40,000 less), but someone ultimately bought it after a deluge of potential buyers nope-d out:
“The deal was that if you were going to make an offer on the house, you were to go to the district attorney’s office and look [all of the evidence], so you knew what really happened before we entered into a difficult contract,” he explains. A man, whom Barbosa remembers with confidence, told him he hadn’t “given as…” the hostile letters the Broadduses had received, backed off after digging deeper into the matter.
“He came down to the DA’s office and called me and said, ‘Yeah, I’m out. He just said, “Look, after reading everything, there’s no way I’m going to get into this house,” Barbosa laughs.
From there, no one knows what happened with The Watcher because the new owner did not suffer the same harassment. Did he die suddenly and no one knew about it? The abuse does not appear to be aimed at the Broaddus family as a previous owner also received a disturbing letter. Well, Netflix viewers now have to assess the situation, and that’s precisely what they will be doing while binging.
The Observer is streaming on Netflix.
(Going through Weekly entertainment)