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A plaster mold of the head of William Burke after his public execution in 1829 for the "anatomy murders." Burke was named by his accomplices as the head of the body-snatching, black-market trade that supplied the Edinburgh's medical school with…

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William Burke and William Hare carried out murders in the West Port, Edinburgh throughout 1827 and 1828. They sold the bodies to an anatomy school. Burke and his lover, Helen McDougal, stood trial in December 1828.

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Type of watchtowers built along side cemeteries to watch for grave diggers.

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In the 19th century, students at American medical schools stole the corpses of recently-buried African Americans to be used for dissection.

Medical Schools were behind a lot of grave robbing during the 1800s. John Scott was most famous for Ohio grave robbing, Various ways were created to prevent grave robbing such as exploding shells buried underground with coffins.
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