Bodysnatchers: Digging Up the Untold Stories of Britain's Resurrection Men

December 2, 2020
Bodysnatchers: Digging Up the Untold Stories of Britain's Resurrection Men

The grim history of England's bodysnatching trade:"Lennox's thorough exploration is riveting" (Naomi Clifford, authorof The Disappearance of Maria Glenn).From the string of murders committed by Burke and Hare, a pairof ghouls who are still the stuff of pop culture legend, to thelesser-known but equally gruesome grave-robbing exploits of HenryGillies, William Patrick, and Joseph Grainger, here is thefascinating true chronicle of England's "Resurrection Men."During the winter months of 1742–1832, selling fresh cadavers toanatomists up and down the country, all in aid of medicaladvancement, was the surest way to earn a living for desperate men.After all, anatomy schools would pay high prices for corpses todissect—the fresher the better. And they asked no questions as totheir origins. This resulted in the criminal underworld of the"Sack 'em up Men" who left behind disinterred churchyards andburial grounds, and spread fear and horror throughout the UnitedKingdom.In Bodysnatchers, Suzie Lennox unearths the truthbehind the macabre tales, separating fact from folktale, andsetting the record straight about Britain's gruesome, oftenforgotten history.