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Burke and Hare

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At Christmastide, 1827, in a boarding house in Edinburgh’s West Port, an old army pensioner dies of natural causes. He owes the landlord 4 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 anatomist. They make a profit of 3.10s. After this encouraging out
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Paperback, 294 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by Mercat Press (first published 1980)
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Sarah Cain
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I really enjoyed this examination of the infamous serial killers William Burke and William Hare who provided corpses to Dr. Robert Knox of Old Donald in Scotland. By turns grim and funny, this (very dense) book takes you through the background of the killers and places them within the context of their time historically, culturally and politically. It's not necessarily a fast read, but it is a fascinating one.
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Owen Dudley Edwards is Reader in Commonwealth and American History at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. He is the general editor of the Oxford Sherlock Holmes series, and is a recognised expert on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, P. G. Wodehouse and Oscar Wilde, about each of whom he has written.

The son of Professor Robert Dudley Edwards, and brother to the Irish writer, Ruth Dudley Edwards, Owen
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