Alarm in Durham!

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I find many ‘Dead Ends’ during my research. Mere mentions of a body snatching attempt that quite often leads to nothing. I share them because otherwise they will be forgotten. They are intended to be just that, mere snippets of the past.

Alarm in Durham!

The Morning Post: 10 February 1824

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The bellman of Durham created much alarm among a certain portion of the female inhabitants last Monday night, by cautioning them to keep their children within doors in the evening…

[As it]… was understood that some resurrection men were going about stealing the living!

The story is surely very ridiculous, and the object of the propagator must be to make light of the grave subject!

I've been researching the macabre world of body snatching since 2005 when I looked at the topic in depth for my Under Grad dissertation. Since then, I've been absolutely fascinated by this often forgotten side of Britain's history.