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The Burke and Hare Murders - Part One The Ministry of History

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In the early 19th century, an illicit trade known as 'gravedigging' plugged the gaps for doctors who wanted to experiment on dead bodies but whose supply had dried up. It was a lucrative trade, and in 1828 two couples in Edinburgh stumbled across an excellent business opportunity - they would cut out the middle man and produce their own corpses, rather than go through the trouble of digging graves. Luring vulnerable people to their lodging house, the two couples set off on a murderous spree. Would they be caught and punished? Well, this story doesn't end in quite the way you may have imagined...Explore the blog for more great content! https://www.theministryofhistory.co.uk/ SUPPORT THE SHOW by becoming a patron and receive great benefits! I need your support to help keep the show going. £1 or £3.50 a month is not much to you, but it makes a world of difference to me! https://www.patreon.com/ministryofhistory Thank youReference: Ben Johnson article on the Burke and Hare murders for Historic UKhttps://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofScotland/Burke-Hare-infamous-murderers-graverobbers/

In the early 19th century, an illicit trade known as 'gravedigging' plugged the gaps for doctors who wanted to experiment on dead bodies but whose supply had dried up. It was a lucrative trade, and in 1828 two couples in Edinburgh stumbled across an excellent business opportunity - they would cut out the middle man and produce their own corpses, rather than go through the trouble of digging graves. Luring vulnerable people to their lodging house, the two couples set off on a murderous spree. Would they be caught and punished? Well, this story doesn't end in quite the way you may have imagined...Explore the blog for more great content! https://www.theministryofhistory.co.uk/ SUPPORT THE SHOW by becoming a patron and receive great benefits! I need your support to help keep the show going. £1 or £3.50 a month is not much to you, but it makes a world of difference to me! https://www.patreon.com/ministryofhistory Thank youReference: Ben Johnson article on the Burke and Hare murders for Historic UKhttps://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofScotland/Burke-Hare-infamous-murderers-graverobbers/

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