Burke & Hare

By Owen Dudley Edwards

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The shocking true story of 19th century Scotland’s most famous serial killers is “gruesome and funny and sometimes both together” (The Observer, UK).   In a boarding house just off Edinburgh’s 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. It’s a nice profit for not a lot of work. 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.

Subject: Social Sciences -> Criminal Justice -> True Crime

Burke & Hare
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media, Inc. 12/9/14
Imprint: Birlinn
Language: English

ISBN 10: 0857907530
ISBN 13: 9780857907530
Print ISBN: 9780857907530

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