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Burke & Hare G.B.Shaw, a man for all opinions, once offered the thought that "Lack of money, not money, is the root of all evil: Old G.B. couldn't have found a better confirmation of his waggish wisdom than in the doings of the famous miscreants, William Burke G. William Hare. The story starts in Ireland around 1817 when the twenty-five-year-old Burke skipped off to Scotland, leaving his wife and children behind. After working on the Union Canal between Glasgow and Edinburgh, he eventually became a cobbler and a seller of old shoes. In 1827, Burke met William Hare while they both were living in a cheerless lodging house.The two men and their respective lady friends became a close foursome. One day another lodger died, leaving behind a £4 debt owed to Hare. With no chance of getting £4 back from the stiffening boarder, the two Williams hit upon the ingenious idea of selling the corpse to the famous anatomist, Dr. Robert Knox, who lived, appropriately enough, in Surgeon's Square. The going price for a slightly cold cadaver was E10s. and no questions asked. Burke & Hare, in continual need of money, quickly learned their first lesson in political economy. Demand must create supply. With this little bit o' luck, the two malefactors set up a real coming and going business. Rather than wait for the grim reaper
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to take his natural drawn-out way the way, was the eminent Doctor Burke & Hare decided to speed Knox, who was by now paying a stiff things up. Their method was simple: £8 14.2 for every delivered body. (1) Decoy a traveller; (2) ply him or Like all good things, Burke & her with drink; (3) suffocate the Hare's enterprise came to an end besotted victim. In the pursuit of the after eight months of ghoulish proscoin of the realm, Burke & Hare perity —a simple case of some snoop knocked off some fifteen people, spotting one of the bodies being included among whom were: Joe the readied for delivery in the old roommiller; old woman from Gilmerton; ing house. The public, too, was beginMary Paterson, a well-known pros- ning to sense something foul about Dr. Knox. Burke & Hare were arrested, titute; a "cinder woman"; an Irishwoman and her deaf-and-dumb tried, and found guilty. The not-sograndson; a washerwoman; two mad Hare turned King's evidence more prostitutes; James Wilson, and was alive enough to watch his "Daft Jamie"; and Margery Docherty. confrere Burke publicly hanged on Before evil got its proper due, January 28, 1829. Burke's remains Burke & Hare were ready to open were then properly tanned and the branch offices in Glasgow and Ire- eminent Professor of Surgery Dr. land. Their sole Scotch account, by Munro did the final dissection job
on him. The per formance was the hit of Edinburgh. 30,000 people clamored outside the hall to see Burke getting his what for; Burke's skeleton still is on view at the university's Anatomical Museum. Marc Antony was right; the evil that men do does live on. Burke & Hare's exploits have been the inspiration of plays and novels, including Robert Louis Stevenson's The Body Snatcher. One gruesome coda: the journals of the time noted that when Burke was hanged, the populace shouted: "Burke Him! Burke Him!" Now, if you'll turn to your dictionary, you'll find that the verb "to Burke" means to suffocate. William Burke's enduring contribution to the mother tongue.
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