"We had a fabulous time there," Margaret Davis tells PEOPLE of her childhood in the home

By Tara Fowler
Updated July 13, 2015 02:30 PM
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When Margaret Davis first heard the story of a family that began receiving frightening letters calling for “young blood” shortly after purchasing their dream home, she never imagined it would have anything to do with her.

But she was shocked to find out that the house in question was none other than the Westfield, New Jersey, Colonial that she grew up in. “I only heard about it when friends told me my house was all over the news,” Davis, 56, tells PEOPLE.

She couldn’t believe it. The happy home she’d lived in for two decades was another family’s nightmare.

The terrifying story starts in June 2014, just three days after the family, who have three young children, closed on the house. That’s when they say they began receiving letters from someone called “The Watcher.”

In the letters, “The Watcher” allegedly writes that his family has watched over the home for decades. “My grandfather watched the house in the 1920s and my father watched in the 1960s. It is my time,” one of the letters reads. “I asked the [previous owners] to bring me young blood.”

Another letter reads: “Have they found what is in the walls yet? In time they will. I am pleased to know your names and the names now of the young blood you have brought to me.”

Panicked, the family never moved into the $1.36 million home. Now, they’re suing the previous owners, claiming they knew about The Watcher but deliberately failed to disclose his or her existence.

For her part, Davis says she never suspected anything was amiss while she lived in the home with her parents and siblings. “We had a fabulous time there,” she says. “Great neighbors, great town, great house.”

As for the idea that someone may have been watching the home, she “doesn’t believe it.”

“It just seems so outlandish,” she says, adding, “It certainly may be true now. I feel badly for these families.”

For now, the identity of The Watcher remains unknown, though police are actively investigating. Authorities declined to comment to PEOPLE on the case.

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