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Woman who lived near real house from The Watcher says Netflix series made up fact about John Graff

Anish Vij

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Woman who lived near real house from The Watcher says Netflix series made up fact about John Graff

A woman who lived near the real house from The Watcher claims that the Netflix series made up one specific fact about the real 'Watcher' himself, John List.

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So, it seems that the most talked about series on Netflix has knocked Dahmer off the top 10 spot and viewers are, quite clearly, obsessed with the new thriller.

For those unaware, the premise is based on the true story of a family whose dream move into their suburban home soon becomes a living hell.

Shortly after moving in, the family receive frightening letters from a stalker who has been watching over their home for decades.

The Watcher's star-studded cast includes Naomi Watts as Maria Broaddus, Bobby Cannavale as Derek Broaddus and Jennifer Coolidge as Karen Calhoun.

Joe Mantello plays character John Graff, who is based on real-life serial killer John List.

Real-life serial killer John List. Credit: Bettmann Archive/Bettmann
Real-life serial killer John List. Credit: Bettmann Archive/Bettmann

And now, a woman who claims to have lived nearby List says that the Netflix series made up one specific thing about the character.

She claims that List 'didn’t live in the house/get letters but did live in Westfield'.

Taking to Twitter, Shanna Kelly wrote: "OK let’s talk John Graff — based on John List — from #TheWatcher on @netflix.

"He didn’t live in the house/get letters but did live in Westfield.

"He was on America’s Most Wanted for murdering his mother, wife and 2 children. My mom lived in the next town over during this time.

Joe Mantello plays character John Graff, who is based on real-life serial killer John List. Credit: Netflix
Joe Mantello plays character John Graff, who is based on real-life serial killer John List. Credit: Netflix

"The show captures the premise: They lived with his mom, the wife drank, the daughter did things he didn’t like, he was religious, had $ problems and pretended to go to work.

"After killing his family, he lined all their bodies in the ballroom and left classical music playing.

"He cut his face out of all the photos, making it hard for authorities to find him. He then moved and started a new life and remarried.

"He was eventually found because of #AmericasMostWanted and died in prison."

The Watcher is obsessed with the house and its occupants. Credit: Netflix
The Watcher is obsessed with the house and its occupants. Credit: Netflix

From the creative mind behind American Horror Story, Ratched and Scream Queens, the official synopsis for The Watcher reads: "After the Brannock family moves into what was supposed to be their suburban dream home, it quickly becomes a living hell.

"Ominous letters from someone calling themself 'The Watcher' are just the beginning as the neighborhood’s sinister secrets come spilling out. Inspired by the true story of the infamous 'Watcher' house in New Jersey."

The Watcher is available to watch on Netflix now.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix/Bettmann Archive/Bettmann

Topics: Netflix, TV and Film, True Crime

Anish Vij
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