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Burke and Hare

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Burke & Hare by Owen Dudley Edwards

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 outcome, Burke and Hare decide to suffocate another sickly tenant. So begins the criminal career of the most notorious double act in the history of serial murder.

£10.99

Edinburgh Courant souvenir paper

Now you can own a piece of history, a full replica of the 4-page newspaper, which dedicates an unprecedented two pages to covering the bizarre and gruesome case of Burke and Hare, the two men who supplied Edinburgh's Medical School with perhaps as many as thirty bodies for dissection: a trade which they supplied by murdering the poor and desperate of Edinburgh's Cowgate slums.

This is an absolutely unique item, reproduced from the original 180-year old newspaper published within hours of the verdict being returned!

£8.50
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