William Burke (1792-1829) and William Hare (b. about 1792) murdered between 13 and 30 people in Edinburgh in 1827 and 1828. They sold the corpses to be used as cadavers. After they were caught, Hare turned King's Evidence and escaped the noose. Burke was hanged in January 1829.
Edinburgh Notes: Burke and Hare
A synopsis of the story of these serial killers.
H2G2: Burke and Hare - The Bodysnatchers
Information on bodysnatching in 19th-century Britain, how the infamous duo operated, and what happened after they were caught.
Online Encyclopedia: William Burke (1792-1829)
Biographical entry on the convicted murderer, from the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica.
The Resurrectionists
The dark side of Edinburgh's fame for its medical schools was the trade in cadavers. Photographs of city landmarks accompany the story of Burke and Hare.
Trivia-Library.com: Graverobbers and Dr. Robert Knox
Two-part essay on Burke and Hare follows up on the murderers' best customer and their female companions, after William Burke was hanged.
Wikipedia: Burke and Hare Murders
Biographical article on the immigrant laborers who briefly had a lucrative trade in murder.
William Burke
Lurid and moralizing account of his crimes, trial, and execution. Includes excerpts from an interview with the condemned murderer. From the Newgate Calendar.
The Scotsman: Burke and Hare - Murder for Money?
Profile of these infamous criminals. (February 21, 2005)
The Corpus and the Hare
Supply rose to meet demand in nineteenth-century Edinburgh. Unfortunately, the demand was for fresh corpses. [Modern Drug Discovery] (October 01, 2000)
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