Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Was your ancestor a victim of "Burking"?

Picture from
Dr Robert Knox
While looking for something completely different I came across a "headline" (in as far as the papers of 1832 have headlines) "More Burking" in a Hampshire paper describing an incident at Amwell, near Ware, concerning a missing cow boy called Henry Willis.

I was intrigued. A couple of months ago I asked you "Has your Ancestor been Resurrected?

And if. instead, your ancestor had been "Burked" they fetched a better price if they were quickly taken to the surgeons in London.

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