Mudcat Café message #173115 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #17805   Message #173115
Posted By: GUEST,Bud Savoie
03-Feb-00 - 06:25 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Burke and Hare (ballads about)
Subject: RE: burke and Hare
The resurrectionists, also called grave robbers, or body snatchers, or sack-them-up men, dug up the newly buried for sale to Dr. Knox. Burke and Hare were not resurrectionists, but outright murderers, Dr. Knox's best source of fresh cadavers. Their big mistake was doing in Mary Paterson the prostitute (some of the medical students were acquainted with her), and "Daft Jamie", the town idiot, whom everyone knew. Burke was hanged and Hare was last seen walking alone down the road toward London. A now out-of-print book called "Dead and Buried?" tells the tale in detail.