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Burke and Hare

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The unvarnished, human story behind the infamous Burke and Hare murders. In a boarding house in West Port, an old army pensioner dies of natural causes. He owes the landlord 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 Edinburgh anatomist. They make a profit of GBP3 and 10 shillings. 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 serial killing. Here is the unvarnished, human story behind the infamous Burke and Hare murders. We delve into their past, their personalities and the circumstances that made them resort to murder as a money-making scheme. It's a tale of desperation and greed, of outsiders, ambition, corruption and betrayal. And it's all true!

Product code: 9781780272177

ISBN 9781780272177
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H195xW130xS35
No. Of Pages 352
Publisher Birlinn General
The unvarnished, human story behind the infamous Burke and Hare murders.