The Edinburgh body-snatchers


Body-snatching was rife in Edinburgh during the early 19th century. An insufficient number of cadavers for use in medical schools, brought about by a reduction in the number of executions, led to a market in dead bodies. Between 1827 and 1828 two Irish immigrants, William Burke and William Hare (pictured below), even murdered 17 people and sold their corpses to provide material for dissection. Grim times indeed.

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