‘Old Cunny’: King Of The Ohio Body Snatchers

Image | National Galleries Scotland

In this guest post, discover the story of the man they called ‘King of The Ohio Body Snatchers’, a man named William Cunningham, AKA ‘Old Cunny’.

The Complete History of The Burke And Hare Murders

Find the answers to all your questions about the notorious Edinburgh Murderes Burke & Hare

Edinburgh’s Nor Loch (Witches, Skeleton’s & Why it was Drained)

Image | The History of Witches, 1720 | Wellcome Collection

From a fetid dumping ground for human waste & criminals to a place to try witches, discover the dark side to Edinburgh’s Nor Loch

Ghosts & Murderers At The White Hart Inn, Edinburgh

From detatched legs to resident ghosts and links with murderers Burke & Hare, Edinburgh’s White Hart Inn seems to have it all

Which Famous People Had Their Bodies Stolen? (5+ Cases)

Image | The Funeral of Shelley by Louis Édouard Fournier 1889 | Public Domain

The more the famous the person, the more chance they have of having their corpse stolen. Be it for reconstructive surgery, ransom or even occult rituals, no-one is safe from body snatchers

Does Body Snatching Still Happen? (8 Real Cases)

Think body snatching was a thing of the past? Think again. Here’s 8 modern day body snatching cases that will make your toes curl

Edinburgh Miniature Coffins: Discovering the Fairy Coffins of Arthur’s Seat

Found in the ‘Daith Comes In’ gallery at Scotland’s National Museum, the Edinburgh miniature coffins or Burke & Hare murder dolls still have a sense of mystery

Old & Spooky Graveyards in Edinburgh’s Old Town (Visited & Recommended)

Edinburgh’s graveyards are the oldest & spookiest in Scotland. Visit the Old Town for Greyfriars Kirkyard, the most haunted graveyard in the world and walk down the Royal Mile for Canongate, St Giles

The Cursed Grave of Seath Mor

Five ‘homing stones’ stand on top of the cursed grave of Seath Mor. They were encased under a cage, designed to look like a mortsafe, in 1983 to protect people visiting the grave.

Half Hangit Maggie: The Woman Who Survived A Hanging

  The legend of Half Hangit Maggie, is one of the most re-told tales on Edinburgh’s Grassmarket and a story that is universally known as being about the woman who survived a date with the hangman.  I’ve come across Maggie’s story many times as I’ve been researching different aspects of body snatching and it’s perhaps… Continue reading Half Hangit Maggie: The Woman Who Survived A Hanging

Making A Killing: How Much Money Did Burke and Hare Make?

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… Continue reading Making A Killing: How Much Money Did Burke and Hare Make?

The Hope Street Body Snatching Scandal: Liverpool

In 1826 one of the biggest discoveries of cadavers awaiting shipment to the anatomy schools of Scotland was made at George Dock in Liverpool. In this episode, I take a look at the case in more detail, from the bodysnatchers involved to the total body count and even the types of barrels used. In the… Continue reading The Hope Street Body Snatching Scandal: Liverpool

Discover A Darker Side To The Scottish Borders

Discover body snatching and haunted graveyards in the Scottish Borders on this short road trip around Jedburgh

5 Coastal Graveyards In Scotland With A Darker Past

I’m sharing with you my top five hidden coastal graveyards that, on first sight, may not look anything special, but if you know me, then you’ll know they’ll all be linked with the dark art of body snatching somewhere along the line.

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?

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.

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.

Body Snatchers In Northleach House of Correction

Join me as I look at the stories of three body snatching raids in the County of Gloucestershire and meet the men who were sent to Northleach House of Correction

The Victorian Treadmill: Why and How Were They Used?

If a criminal’s sentence consisted of ‘Imprisonment with Hard Labour’, chances are the treadmill would have played a part in their hardship somewhere along the line

Waterloo Teeth | A History of Georgian Dentures

This post is dedicated to a by-product that not only came from a battlefield that shares the same name, but also a product that gave the body snatchers a very lucrative sideline.