This past weekend, both the Scotsman and BBC History Magazine showed some love for Lisa Rosner's The Anatomy Murders: Being the True and Spectacular History of Edinburgh's Notorious Burke and… READ MORE
Mary Paterson's corpse was, as historian Lisa Rosner put it, "the most notorious cadaver." Her murder at the hands of William Burke and William Hare, and the subsequent preservation of… READ MORE
Many ironies surround the life and body of Robert Knox. Unlike the 16 people who William Burke and William Hare murdered and sold to anatomist Robert Knox for use in his teaching facilities, Knox died of natural causes. Knox’s corpse was buried in tact in 1862, over 30 years after he and his underlings had dismembered and pickled the victims of Burke and Hare.
Historian Lisa Rosner writes, “Robert Knox has been an enigma since his purchase of Burke’s and Hare’s cadavers was first made public.” How could a man of medicine be involved in a series of cold-blooded killings? How could a brilliant scientist fail to notice or suspect that the remarkably fresh bodies on his dissection table had been the victims of foul play? Was Knox, “the boy who buys the beef,” a villain or a fool? History rarely gives simple either-or answers to these questions.
One of the most despicable acts in the series of Burke and Hare murders was the killing of Daft Jamie. Young James Wilson wandered the streets of Edinburgh "barefoot and… READ MORE
Whether Abigail Simpson or Joseph the Miller was the first person to be murdered is still a matter of controversy. Historian Lisa Rosner, author of The Anatomy Murders: Being the… READ MORE
Tomorrow Lisa Rosner kicks of a series of events in support of her new book The Anatomy Murders: Being the True and Spectacular History of Edinburgh's Notorious Burke and Hare,… READ MORE