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Let’s Talk About The Macabre World of Body Snatching!
Hello, I’m Suzie and welcome to my site!
If you want to know about a darker side to Britain’s graveyards then you’ve come to the right place!
I’ve been fascinated with the macabre world of body snatching ever since 2005 and it’s taken me to quite a few places I could only dream about.
I’ve explored parts of Britain that I didn’t even know existed and I’ve given my talks all the way from The National Library in Edinburgh, Scotland to The Medical History Society in Auckland, New Zealand.
I’ve recently returned from living in New Zealand and I couldn’t believe that there would be people interested in the macabre world of body snatching!
If You’re Looking for Different Stories About Graveyard Then You’ve Come to the Right Place
Ever since I completed my Under Grad dissertation on the subject all those years ago I’ve spent most of my spare time exploring the darker side to Britain’s graveyards.
I can’t thank my lecturer enough when he told me to read Ruth Richardson’s ‘Death, Dissection and the Destitute’. I’ve never looked back and my interest in body snatching has taken me far and wide ever since.
Not Sure Which Posts To Read First?
Not sure where to start on my site? Let me help you. These are two of my favourite posts! Mainly because I loved researching and writing them but also because I’ve had a lot of engagement on Twitter about them which I love.
There’s nothing better than talking about body snatching sometimes!
If There’s One Thing You Should Know About Me It’s That I Absolutely LOVE Giving Talks
If there’s one thing I love doing most it’s sharing my findings through talks. No matter what the group size, I really enjoy the engagement and sharing my findings.
I recently gave a talk for the Churches Conservation Trust Lunchtime lecture series that they started during lockdown.
You can watch me in action on their Youtube Chanel below. If you want to dive straight into my talk just skip through to 16:04.
I think you can see just how much I love talking about body snatching!
The live talk aired on 29 October, just before Halloween in 2020. The audience number was a macabre 666 which I was thrilled about.
Please do check out their other lunchtime lectures here as there’s a whole world of different talks to discover.
Despite restrictions, I regularly give talks via Zoom for different organisations and I’d be delighted to chat with you about future talks if you so wish. You can see just some of my talks here on my dedicated talks page.
BBC Two’s Britain’s Biggest Dig
I was beyond surprised when I was approached by a researcher from Lion Productions for BBC Two’s Britain’s Biggest Dig and asked to discuss body snatching with Professor Alice Roberts.
The programme concentrated on two key sites along the route of the much-debated High Speed Railway HS2; St James’s next to Euston Station in London and Park Street next to Curzon St Station in Birmingham.
I appeared in Episode One of the series where the team were looking at the Georgian burial site of St James’s Garden with over 50,000 burials in it. Some amazing things were found including a coffin collar!
In a whirlwind morning in November 2019, I met up with everyone at The Old Operating Theatre in London and did my first ever bit of filming! I got to meet the team at the Old Operating theatre too which was fantastic as we chat regularly on Twitter, so it was nice to be able to finally meet them in person!
I’ve never been more nervous in my life but loved every minute of it! I was even invited to Brunch with the crew before they whisked off for more filming in a secret location.
Definitely a morning I’ll never forget!
Proud Member of the Crime Writers Association
When my book was published in 2016 by Pen & Sword, I never dreamt I’d be able to become a member of the Crime Writers Association.
Packed full of references to long-forgotten body snatching accounts, together with images that have been tucked away in County Archives for years, I couldn’t have had more fun writing my book if I’d tried.
With over 15 years worth of body snatching experience behind it I’ve packed it full with names of forgotten body snatchers and managed to keep the murderous duo Burke and Hare out of the limelight for once!
I received some amazing feedback when it was first published all of which I’m absolutely thrilled about!
You can grab copies of my book from the usual places, Amazon.co.uk and AbeBooks.co.uk although I like to try to support local bookshops where I can. I’m sure they’ll order a copy in for you if you ask them.
It’s Not About All Body Snatching However
Not only do I write about the history of body snatching but I also visit the sites that the body snatchers themselves targeted so that I can get a feel for what they may have encountered.
For those of you who are familiar with my work, you’ll know I have a few firm favourites like Oxnam in the Scottish Borders in the picture above, but don’t let that put you off, there’s heaps more going on on my blog to keep you interested!
I’m also starting to dig deeper into other stories that I find during my research relating to corrupt sextons or dark goings-on in churchyards. If you want to hear a different side to our churches and ancestors then stick around as I put a different slant on church history.
I Get To See Some FANTASTIC Memento Mori
With all this visiting of graveyards, I’m bound to see some fabulous gravestones and I’ve seen some fantastic examples of Memento Mori on my travels.
While I’m yet to become a fully-fledged taphophile in the traditional sense of the word I can certainly appreciate the vast array of Memento Mori that I find while wandering through Britain’s graveyards.
I Need Your Help!
With the best will in the world, I can’t research everything although I’d like to!
If during your research or travels you come across any mention of body snatching then I’d love to hear from you, and I’d be very grateful for any additional information that you may find.
Following the publication of my book, AGRA Member Jane Roberts who runs Past To Present Genealogy reached out and told me that one of her ancestors, Robert Hudson was one of the bodies snatched by solicitor’s clerk John Craig Hodgson in Leeds in 1831, so you never know what you’re going to find!
If you do find anything during your research and would like to contact me, please drop me a line via the contact form below.