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Humans have always committed crimes. What can we learn from the criminals and crimes of the past, and have humans gotten better or worse over time?

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Humans have always committed crimes. What can we learn from the criminals and crimes of the past, and have humans gotten better or worse over time?

    How Andreas Vesalius Proved Women Have Just as Many Teeth as Men

    How Andreas Vesalius Proved Women Have Just as Many Teeth as Men

    Andreas Vesalius (Andries van Wesel) was a 16th-century Flemish anatomist whose work revolutionized the study of the human body. And he was able to do so because he was also a body snatcher -- and though he never would have called himself one, he was known to share hands-on tips for how to find fresh corpses. He used human cadavers for hands-on observations, and published groundbreaking, forward-thinking works about how our bodies function. And in doing so, he became the father of modern anatomy. 

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    • 29 min
    Dr. Joseph Warren: American Revolutionist and Secret Spunker

    Dr. Joseph Warren: American Revolutionist and Secret Spunker

    No one truly knows the identities of those who participated in the Boston Tea Party, but one man’s name always ends up on the usual suspects list -- and that's Dr. Joseph Warren: physician and revolutionist. And, resurrection man. Warren, along with some very well-known names, founded an illicit secret society at Harvard in the late 1700s -- the Spunker Club.

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    • 25 min
    Lead By Crime Boss James “Big Jim” Kennally

    Lead By Crime Boss James “Big Jim” Kennally

    The first attempt at snatching and ransoming Abraham Lincoln's body was in 1876. It didn’t work out, as you’ll see. But it wasn’t the only attempt at snatching Lincoln’s remains -- and, as it turns, none of them worked out. Lead by counterfeit crime boss James “Big Jim” Kennally, here's what really went down when the Kennally gang tried to snatch Lincoln and spring their man Benjamin Boyd from prison.

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    • 28 min
    Meet the So-Called Night Doctors: Chris Baker and Grandison Harris

    Meet the So-Called Night Doctors: Chris Baker and Grandison Harris

    The stories of both Chris Baker and Grandison Harris take place during the American Civil War and period of Reconstruction. Both were body snatchers, or night doctors as they were known in the south, and each worked exclusively for a medical school -- and both men were enslaved.

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    • 34 min
    William Cunningham, the Ghoul of Cincinnati

    William Cunningham, the Ghoul of Cincinnati

    Resurrectionist William Cunningham was actively stealing bodies from grave sites around Cincinnati from 1855 to 1871. He was well known, and he was something of a legend. He once returned to the same gravesite at which he had earlier been caught digging – after he’d bought those who had detained him a drink. He dressed the bodies he stole. And, he had a “villainous bald head.”

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    • 23 min
    Cranioklepty, Skulduggery, and the Time of Phrenology

    Cranioklepty, Skulduggery, and the Time of Phrenology

    Snatching bodies from graves to sell them to medical and anatomy schools was once a super-common reason for disinterring corpses, but it’s definitely not the only reason people have disturbed the dead. And as strange as this may sound, it turns out many people have had their skull stolen from their grave -- sometimes for research, sometimes for ransom, and sometimes, because they were considered prized possessions.

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    • 28 min

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Criminalia Loads of fun and facts

The hosts are a delight, the program is very entertaining. Both informative and fun. I have recommended it far and wide. Should be an hour podcast. I would give it a five, but for the frequent, annoying ads which hack out so much time from what is already a brief program. Please liberate this wonderful podcast before the ads drive away even the most dedicated listeners

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Thank you!

So excited to hear your episode on Joseph Warren! My surname is Warren and my great aunt traced our family tree back to Dr Joseph Warren. As a child I always heard the story that one of my relatives was the one who actually told Paul Revere the British were coming. Thank you for shedding some light on this remarkable man.

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This is a great show being completely ruined by its network. It is almost unlistenable at this point due to the frequency, length, and repetition of the ads. Todays ep may literally have more minutes of ad than content. It’s really a shame because this show is really fun.!

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