The Anatomy Murders: Being the True and Spectacular History of Edinburgh's Notorious Burke and Hare and of the Man of Science Who Abetted Them in the Commission of Their Most Heinous Crimes

The Anatomy Murders: Being the True and Spectacular History of Edinburgh's Notorious Burke and Hare and of the Man of Science Who Abetted Them in the Commission of Their Most Heinous Crimes

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by Lisa Rosner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0812241916

ISBN-13: 9780812241914

Pub. Date: 10/22/2009

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

Though neither was native to the city and both are long gone, William Burke and William Hare remain two of Edinburgh's most famous residents. Over a twelve-month period they killed sixteen people-three men, twelve women, and one child-in murder spree which ended only with there arrest in November 1828. The motive was profit, for Edinburgh was a major center of

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Though neither was native to the city and both are long gone, William Burke and William Hare remain two of Edinburgh's most famous residents. Over a twelve-month period they killed sixteen people-three men, twelve women, and one child-in murder spree which ended only with there arrest in November 1828. The motive was profit, for Edinburgh was a major center of medical education, and lecturers would pay high prices for "subjects," that is, cadavers for dissection. The means was a form of suffocation. Assisted by Hare's wife, Margaret, and Burke's companion, Helen M'Dougal, the two men enticed their victims to drink to insensibility, then lay on top of them, compressing the chest while holding the mouth and nostrils closed: "burking", it came to be called.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812241914
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
10/22/2009
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Burke and Hare Murders

Chapter 1 The Corpus Delicti Chapter 2 The Anatomy Wars Chapter 3 Burking Invented Chapter 4 Sold to Dr. Knox Chapter 5 Based on a True Story Chapter 6 The Dangerous Classes Chapter 7 Anonymous Subjects Chapter 8 The Criminal Mind Chapter 9 Crime Scene: Edinburgh Chapter 10 Day in Court Chapter 11 All That Remains

Cost of Characters Notes Selected Bibliography Index Acknowledgments

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