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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

Author: Lisa Rosner
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2010.
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This text situates the story of Burke and Hare against the social and cultural forces that were bringing early 19th-century Britain into modernity. Each of the murder victims provides a window on a different aspect of this world in transition.
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rosner, Lisa.
Anatomy murders.
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c2010
(OCoLC)795890151
Named Person: William Burke; William Hare; William Burke; William Hare
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lisa Rosner
ISBN: 9780812241914 0812241916
OCLC Number: 320800017
Description: vi, 328 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: The corpus delicti --
The anatomy wars --
Burking invented --
Sold to Dr. Knox --
Based on a true story --
The dangerous classes --
Anonymous subjects --
The criminal mind --
Crime scene : Edinburgh --
Day in court --
All that remains.
Responsibility: Lisa Rosner.
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Burke and Hare were the first serial killers to capture media attention, accused of killing sixteen people in order to sell their cadavers as "subjects" for dissection. The Anatomy Murders is the  Read more...

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"Lisa Rosner ... has carried out a fascinating 'CSI' style investigation... Her remarkable discoveries-told in her new book, The Anatomy Murders-[have] unraveled poignant details which bring to Read more...

 
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by rosnerl (WorldCat user published 2009-10-14) Excellent Permalink

From 1827 to 1828, William Burke and William Hare murdered 16 people in order to meet demands for corpses to be used in medical research, and Dr. Robert Knox paid them for the delivery of fresh cadavers. The term burking was coined for their manner of killing by chest compression and smothering, which...
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