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Burke and Hare by ChrisRawlins Burke and Hare by ChrisRawlins
In November 1827, Burke and Hare stole the body of a dead tenant, an old army pensioner who owed Hare £4 rent, from its coffin and sold it to the Edinburgh Medical College for £7. This was their first meeting with Dr. Robert Knox, a leading Edinburgh anatomist.

Burke and Hare then shifted their tactics from grave-robbing to murder, as they were paid more for the very fresh corpses.

In all ther were 17 victims sold to the Edinburgh Medical College for dissection. Their principal customer was Doctor Robert Knox.
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eoppen Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013
Nice picture, but as far as I'm aware, they never opened a grave. They were murderers, not resurrectionists. Other than that, a fine, atmospheric piece.
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HannaKarlsson Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work!!! :D
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nightchildmoonchild Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Some parts of history, everyone wants to forget.

Problem is, however, doing so would allow history to happen again. Besides, it would be disrespectful to those who were murdered.

As for this piece, well done!
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Stone2Gold Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
Question: Is Burke's first name William or Brendan "Dynes"?
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SimaraMorgana Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
They both (Hare and Burke)were named William.
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blargberries Featured By Owner May 10, 2010  Student Filmographer
oh wow~!
this is just lovely : D
but.. you do know that they were never grave robbers xD
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lastbranch Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2008  Student General Artist
it's a weird feeling doing a linage project for your anthropology class and finding out your related to a serial killer.
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ChrisRawlins Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008
Which one, Burke or Hare?
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lastbranch Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008  Student General Artist
Burke; yeah its weird seeing your last name in the dictionary especially for something so unpleasant but it may explain my interest in all things morbid.
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StigmaChina Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008  Student Digital Artist
    wonderful work !!
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