300 years ago, in the Massachusetts seaport of salem, Matthew Maule was sent to the gallows after being convicted for witchcraft. As for the crafty man with a heart of stone, who secured his conviction, by spreading false stories about him, Maule had said this about him:
God will give him blood to drink!
Maule, was a poor Puritan* who owned a freshwater spring. The man, Gilbert Pyncheon was a wealthy merchant, and dearly coveted the site and would do anything to have it under his possession. So ardent was his desire, that he engineered Maule’s trial on false charges of sorcery.
After Maule was gone, he acquired the land, and built himself a grand mansion. The building-the House of the Seven Gable-was finished in 1688.
But Pyncheon did not live long enough to enjoy the fruits of his deceptive scheme.
On the very night of the housewarming, Gilbert Pyncheon was found dead of a haemorrhage. His fine white shirt was stained by the blood that ran from his mouth.
Those who witnessed remembered Maule’s curse and trembled with fear.
*-The Puritans were a group of English Reformed Protestants in the 16th and 17th centuries who sought to “purify” the Church of England from its “Catholic” practices, maintaining that the Church of England was only partially reformed.