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April 27, 2023

The Burke and Hare Murders

The Burke and Hare Murders
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What happens when a medical school needs cadavers to dissect, but they lack a supply of bodies? In the early 19th century in Edinburgh, Scotland, this was the issue plaguing doctors and anatomists who wanted to study the human body. Gravedigging became a popular and lucrative way to close the gap in the market, but it wasn't foolproof on account of having to wait for a person to die to sell their bodies. William Burke and William Hare decided the best way to get rich quick was to speed up the process themselves.

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