Essay heading: A Tale of William Burke and William Hare

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The law provided that only the bodies of recently executed criminals could be used, due to religious beliefs. This lead to a shortage of cadavers for the medical students at the University. This in turn lead to the tail of the so called "Grave robbers", and soon became the occupation of many low-life characters...
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When the University would receive a corpse from someone not authorized to transport and they suspected that they were those from graves, theystill said nothing, in oder to keep the anatomy classes full of PAYING students. Kind of a "No questions asked" type of thing. It wasent just Burke and Hare, it dates back as far as the 1700's , but what makes them different is that there corpses werent from the graves at all, they were murdered by a special form of strangulation that Burke and Hare had perfected...
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