Ever Wondered Why Some Graves Have Cages Over Them?

Wander into a graveyard and you may be lucky enough to see a grave with a cage over it. But what exactly was it used for?

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Why Did Anatomists Hire Body Snatchers?

Ever wondered why anatomists stopped raiding graveyards and the professional body snatcher took over the task of acquiring cadavers for the dissecting table...

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The Tedious Job Of Oakum Picking In A Victorian Prison

If you’re doing any research into criminal ancestors and the time they spent in a Victorian prison, chances are you’ll have heard about oakum picking. But what exactly was it? In this post I try to find out.

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Body Snatching In Lasswade Old Kirkyard, Midlothian, EH18

It took one word from the Miller woman in 1829 and a quiet Midlothian village was awash with resurrection men.

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