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Burke & Hare

Author: Owen Dudley Edwards
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Polygon Books, [1980?]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In a boarding house in West Port, an old army pensioner dies of natural causes. He owes the landlord rent. Instead of burying the body, the landlord, William Hare, and his friend, William Burke, fill the coffin with bark and sell the corpse to Dr. Robert Knox, an ambitious Edinburgh anatomist. They make a profit of £3 and 10 shillings. After this encouraging outcome, Burke and Hare decide to suffocate another  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Named Person: William Burke; William Hare; William Burke; William Hare
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Owen Dudley Edwards
ISBN: 0904919277 9780904919271
OCLC Number: 7122360
Description: ix, 300 pages : portrait ; 23 cm
Responsibility: by Owen Dudley Edwards.

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"In a boarding house in West Port, an old army pensioner dies of natural causes. He owes the landlord rent. Instead of burying the body, the landlord, William Hare, and his friend, William Burke, fill the coffin with bark and sell the corpse to Dr. Robert Knox, an ambitious Edinburgh anatomist. They make a profit of £3 and 10 shillings. After this encouraging outcome, Burke and Hare decide to suffocate another sickly tenant. So begins the criminal career of the most notorious double act in serial killing. Here is the unvarnished, human story behind the infamous Burke and Hare murders. We delve into their past, their personalities and the circumstances that made them resort to murder as a money-making scheme.It?s a tale of desperation and greed, of outsiders, ambition, corruption and betrayal. And it?s all true!" -- Provided by publisher.

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