The Infamous Burke and Hare: Serial Killers and Resurrectionists of Nineteenth Century Edinburgh
Body snatchers and grave robbers were the stuff of Victorian lore, but two real-life culprits took the crimes out of shadowy cemeteries and into criminal court. William Burke and William Hare aided Scottish surgeons competing for anatomical breakthroughs by experimenting on human corpses. As the duo evolved from petty theft to premeditated murder, they unwittingly brought attention to the medical practices of the era, leading to Burke's death by hanging. This account not only explores the work of the resurrectionists, it reflects the nature of serial killers, 1820s criminal law, and Edinburgh's early role as a seat of European medical research. Readers interested in the legal aspects of these crimes will find the trial testimony included to be a valuable resource.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - loumarday - LibraryThing
I found this book morbidly fascinating but not entirely engaging. It seemed a bit over done to me and by that I mean...repetitive. I did not need to hear I don't know how many time what their "usual ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - TLCrawford - LibraryThing
Burke and Hare are perhaps the worlds best known grave robbers even though they never, technically, robbed a grave. R. Michael Gordon’s “The infamous Burke and Hare: serial killers and ... Read full review