The murderous spree of Burke and Hare in 1828 usually dominates accounts of the macabre profession of bodysnatching, but the stories of Henry Gillies, William Patrick, Joseph Grainger and the Borough Gang are all just as gruesome. In this chilling history of the black market trade in second-hand bodies Suzie Lennox will tell the tales of Britain's lesser known Resurrection Men who robbed graves during the winter months of 1742 - 1832, selling cadavers to anatomists up and down the country, all in aid of medical advancement.
In early 19th Century Britain only the bodies of criminals executed for severe crimes were available to the anatomy schools for dissection by students, leading to an acute shortage of cadavers. Medical schools would pay high prices for fresh corpses, asking no questions about their origins. This created the criminal underworld of the “Sack em up Men” or bodysnatchers, who left behind disinterred and desecrated churchyards and spread fear and horror throughout the United Kingdom. Join Suzie Lennox to hear the grisly truth about a murky and often forgotten side of Britain’s history.
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Disclaimer: All information given is correct at the time of compiling the listings. Any questions about the event should be directed to the event organiser.2021-10-09 15:30 2021-10-09 15:30 Europe/London Digging Up The Untold Stories of Britain’s Bodysnatchers In this chilling history of the black market trade in second-hand bodies Suzie Lennox will tell the tales of Britain's lesser known Resurrection Men. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2021/10/09/digging-up-the-untold-stories-of-britains-bodysnatchers-274223 Kensal Green Cemetery Dissenters' Chapel,391 Ladbroke Grove,London,
Kensal Green Cemetery Dissenters' Chapel,