William Burke, Robert Knox, Laurin Vogel discussed on BrainStuff
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Even if it meant you'd be aiding the advancement of science, but that's not the case for everybody take William Burke and William hair to Irish immigrants who ran a boarding house and NBA Scotland and killed at least fifteen people during a ten month period across eighteen twenty seven and eighteen twenty eight. And we're not trying to aggrandize serial murders here, but they made a small fortune doing it Burke and hare had no criminal records before they got into the murdering business Burke was a cobbler and hair a laborer who owned a lodging house with his wife when a border who owed the hairs, a good deal of background died one day in November, eighteen twenty-seven hair, complained to his friend Burke. The two decided that the best way to recoup hairs financial loss was to sell the man's corpse to in the Natalie professor at the university of Edinburgh, anatomy. Research was a. Booming business and Edinburgh in the early eighteen hundreds and though many human dissections were conducted every day in the city. Human remains were hard to come by a grave, robbing was frowned upon, but anatomist were only technically allowed to study the bodies of deceased prisoners suicide victims, orphans and abandoned children. So and embarrassed. Underbelly was crawling with body snatchers since the demand was high for good Avs, and these supply relatively low. Many anatomist used the services of so-called resurrection men to fill their human corpse requirements. Resurrection men were folks who made a business of bodysnatching or Clinton Lee, removing a body from a burial site. There was no Loggins digging up dead body and selling it since the dead didn't officially belong to anyone. Oh, what an innocent time. But the general public was perhaps understandably dismayed by this practice. In addition to the living's emotional attachment to loved ones remains at the time. Many Christians were concerned that the dissection of bodies after death would prevent the deceased from. Rising during the final judgment. However, anatomist desperate for cadavers were willing to pay good money for bodies, sometimes terrible condition without asking questions about where those bodies came from. Dr anatomist named Robert Knox was a popular lecturer at the university of Edinburgh. When Burke and hare came to him with that first cadaver from the boardinghouse knocks, pay them seven pounds ten for the body in today's money. That's almost seven hundred and fifty pounds or over nine hundred and fifty American dollars and was almost double with deadman owed hair in background. The body was pretty fresh, which pleased Knox, and he was even more pleased. A few months later with the body of Birkin hairs first murder victim. She was a lodger who fell ill with fever in the boarding house, perhaps worried that her illness would mean bad business for the boarding house or perhaps looking to make a quick buck the two men. Suffocated her knocks, paid them ten pounds. That's thirteen dollars for that cadaver worth over thousand pounds or thirteen hundred dollars today over the course of the next year, Knox bought a total of sixteen bodies from the pair mostly women. Most of their victims were killed likely with the knowledge of the murderers, wives by plying them with whiskey and then suffocating them Burke, and, hey. Preyed on people who are poor and alone or disabled. During the eventual trial. The three victims named in the indictment were a mentally disabled young men, a young woman reputed to be a prostitute and their final victim. The one who got them caught a middle aged Irish woman named Margaret Dougherty reportedly in Edinburgh, searching for her missing son Birkin hair were discovered by a couple of stain hairs boarding house. They saw the two men during game with the woman in the evening. And the next morning she had disappeared. They found her body packed in straw under a bed ready to be taken to Knox after the couple of learned the police, the authorities raided Knox's cadavers and found the woman's body among them in the trial hair testified against Burke, and he and his wife were released. Burks wife was also released, but Burke was executed. Knox was exonerated of all charges because Burke testified that Knox didn't know about the providence of the bodies. He was buying the case was extremely high profile and along with other murder cases, including copycat crimes. It led to the passing of the anatomy act of eighteen thirty two. To this controversial legislation opened up anatomist options. Any donated body could not be dissected, but with dissections still considered a sort of desecration. The only people who considered such donation tended to be those in poverty. The act therefore shifted dissection from being a sort of secondary punishment for criminals after execution, to being a sort of punishment for not having the family or funds to provide for yourself after death and led to riots at the Cambridge medical school, though attitudes and laws have changed since then, the issue of the ownership transfer and treatment of the dead is definitely still under discussion. Today's episode was written by Jesulin shields and produced by Tyler clang for more on this and lots of other grave topics visit our home planet, how stuff works dot com. Hello. I'm Anna and I'm Laurin Vogel bomb and our show foodstuff all about these ci- history and culture of food drink is relaunching as saver re along with our super producer, dealing Fagin are hitting the road to find the stories behind all the things we like to eat and drink. We will be talking to the culinary creators and eaters of the world to get to the bottom of why we like what we like and how we can find more of those things. On our first trip, we went to Asheville North Carolina, a city that pulled itself out of a seventy year economic depression with beer and food. New episodes will be coming out Wednesday and Friday on apple podcasts.