Episode 4: Making A Killing: How Much Money
Did Burke and Hare Make?
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In This Episode:
Notorious murderers Burke and Hare made money from their killing spree by selling the bodies of their victims to anatomist Dr Robert Knox. But how much money did they actually make during their ten month killing period?
Join me in this episode where I take a closer look at the prices paid for the corpses and tally the final total made by the pair before their murders were discovered just after Halloween 1828.
Taking Things Further & Recommended Reading
You can read my blog post that accompanies this episode, Making a Killing: How much money did Burke and Hare Make? on my website
If you’re interested in reading about the murder of their last victim Mary Docherty you can find my blog post here
If the London body snatchers are more your thing then why not try my post ‘A Week In The Life of A London Body Snatcher’
Although there have been many books written on Burke and Hare, the two I mentioned in this episode are:
Both are excellent although I found it quite hard to get into Edwards’ book if I’m honest.
Finally, access to The British Newspaper Archive to look at the trial of Burke and Hare can be reached here, although there is a subscription for this service.