Item description for Burke & Hare: Crime Archive by Alanna Knight...
Burke and Hare were infamous suppliers of corpses to the Edinburgh medical establishment in a reign of terror from 1828-9. History remembers them as body snatchers, but there is no proof that the pair ever robbed a grave; instead they created fresh corpses by suffocating hand-picked victims. This is just one of the myths exploded by this bloody history , which features trial reports, confessions, prison records and contemporaries accounts. A rich cast of characters includes the pairs implicated lovers, Helen and Margaret; Professor Knox who received the bodies; and local victims from Daft Jamie to ageing prostitute Mary Haldane. New light is thrown on the bodies trade through a recent find at the National Archives: a confession from John Bishop perhaps a copycat burker -- who with Thomas Williams was executed for the murder of the Italian boy in 1831.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5" Height: 6" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Aug 3, 2007
Publisher The National Archives
ISBN 1905615132 ISBN13 9781905615131
Availability 0 units.
More About Alanna Knight
ALANNA KNIGHT, MBE, was born and educated in Tyneside, and now lives in Edinburgh. Since the publication of her first book in 1969, Alanna Knight has written more than forty novels (including eleven in the successful Inspector Faro series), four works of non-fiction, numerous short stories and two plays. She is a founding member of the Scottish Association of Writers and Convener of the Scottish Chapter of the Crime Writers Association and gives talks through the Writers Register of the Scottish Book Trust.