Watch your neighbors watching you

A creepy new show is going to start on Netflix soon. It is based on true story. Here it is. So many scary details, mostly how neighbors turn on neighbors.

https://www.thecut.com/article/the-haunting-of-657-boulevard-in-westfield-new-jersey.html

About CJ

I was a Spanish teacher for 5 years in the Public School system in 3 different states. I homeschooled and taught at a democratic free school. I heard about cohousing in 2010 and wanted to move in right away. I met a group building one in 2018 and got to move in the summer of 2019. It only took a year to want out.
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3 Responses to Watch your neighbors watching you

  1. Flower says:

    I read the article. I hadn’t heard of it otherwise. It was creepy and what a bunch of jerks for neighbors. Some people think that difficult neighbors are a problem only in “certain neighborhoods”. They can be a problem anywhere. Well to do doesn’t mean well behaved.

    What struck me was that the couple suddenly became outcasts from their home and town and the neighbors demonstrated very little compassion towards them and their predicament. The article stated that many locals seemed more concerned that the national press might ruin the town’s good name. They were primarily worried about arson, or vandalism, or whether the couple would maintain the lawn, etc. They didn’t seem to care about the couple at all. Then this quote, “…the neighborhood’s representative on the town council, told me the primary concern he heard from residents was that they “were worried about their property value and the stigma of the neighborhood.” So the human element of the story was lost on the neighbors.

    I probably won’t watch the movie, but the article was good.

  2. Flower says:

    I liked this quote from the article, “My mother always told me don’t have a false sense of security,” she said. “It wasn’t that bad things were going on all the time, it was that bad things happen everywhere. She didn’t want me to think that this is Mayberry.”

    It’s good advice and spot on. Gavin de Becker in his book, The Gift of Fear wrote about this subject well. People stick their heads in the sand. They can’t face the truth.

  3. CJ says:

    Yes it’s sad that no one felt compassion for the family who were scared out of their minds. In the show the police are like “meh” and they actually even use your quote “bad things happen everywhere.” You don’t have to see the show, it’s more for fun and scares but the article shows the real horror story.

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