24th November 1786, a young man under the name of Sparke was heavily drinking. But on this particular night he was drinking with his mother who was the landlady of the Black Bull Ale House, which was located in the Flesh Market.
Being as drunk as he was, Sparke told one of his maids that worked at the pub that he was going to kill his own cat. So being he locked the maid out of the pub and then continued onto killing the cat.
The next morning, the maid who was locked out of the premises returned to the pub to be greeted by Sparke. From then on he said to the maid, “I have been up all night fighting with the devil dressed in my mother’s clothes but then she killed me”.
But when the maid went onto start with her work she was unconcerned about Sparke’s behaviour as she just thought he was still drunk from the night before.
But she was wrong to not be concerned.
The maid questioned herself that the landlady was late for shift as she’s normally on time. But the maid just shrugged her shoulders and continued with her own shift. As she went onto clean the upstairs of the Black Bull, she discovered the landlady’s battered dead body in the bedroom.
So, was Sparke’s dream a message from the devil himself or even God? For his wicked behaviour from killing his own cat. Nobody knows but Sparke was arrested for this murder and was committed to Morpeth gaol. However, the assizes took his mental health into consideration along with his temporary, alcohol-induced insanity and acquitted him in August 1787.
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