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In town for the Betoota Gold Cup at the weekend, homely Brisbanese man Dennis Spears was woken in the night by a blood-curdling scream.

“What the fuck was that?” he said, springing up in bed.

The 28-year-old was so confronted by the noise that he decided to wake his host, Mike Pearson of Yulumba Street in the French Quarter, to ask if they should go investigate.

Speaking to The Advocate this morning, Mike said the lights went on in his room not long after they got home from the pub at around 4am.

“So Dennis has come in and told me that somebody was being murdered out the front of the house,” he said.

“Naturally, I got up. Put my ugg boots on and followed Dennis out the front. Nothing. He swore he heard some girl scream or something. Then we both heard it.”

Pearson then began laughing as he told our reporter what happened next.

“Won’t be the first time, won’t be the last,” he giggled.

“It was a fox. The first time you hear one scream in the night, it’ll shock you if you don’t know what it is! They sound just like somebody being stabbed to death in the night. Google it if you don’t believe me.”

The friends then said they retired back to their beds – but not before Mike had told his group chat that he shares with Dennis all about it.

More to come.


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