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The Doctor Dissected: A Cultural Autopsy of the Burke and Hare Murders

Caroline McCracken-Flesher


A series of bizarre disappearances filled the citizens of early nineteenth-century Scotland with terror. When the perpetrators were finally apprehended in 1828, their motive roiled the nation: William Burke and William Hare had murdered for profit. The cadavers supplied a ready payout, courtesy of Dr. Robert Knox, who was desperate for anatomical subjects. Nearly two hundred years later, these scandalous murders continue to fire imagination in Scotland and beyond. From the start, the sensational events provoked artists and writers. While Sir Walter Scott resisted public comment, his correspond ... More

Keywords: Scotland, William Burke, William Hare, Dr. Robert Knox, Sir Walter Scott, David Pae, detective fiction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199766826
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199766826.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Caroline McCracken-Flesher, author
University of Wyoming