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Are These Bones Victims of the Body Snatchers? Five Skeletons Found Behind Scottish Townhouse May Be Victims of 19th Century Murderers William Hare and William Burke

Posted by admin on Jan 9, 2014

They were the real-life bogeymen whose murderous trade in bodies for medical research led to their names going down forever in infamy. Now, bones from five skeletons found in a shallow grave behind an upmarket townhouse in Edinburgh are thought to be linked to the period of ‘resurrectionists’ William Burke and William Hare.

Archaeologists have determined that the five bodies – four adults and one child, which were found in Grove Street in the Haymarket area of the capital – date back to the early 19th century.

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