By Owen Dudley Edwards
In a boarding condo within the West Port quarter of 1820's Edinburgh, an previous military pensioner dies of usual factors. He owes the owner £4 hire. rather than burying the physique, the owner and his friend-one William Hare and William Burke, either Irish-fill the coffin with bark and promote the corpse to Dr. Robert Knox, an bold Edinburgh anatomist. Burke and Hare make a revenue of £3 and 10 shillings. After this encouraging commence, Burke and Hare choose to suffocate one other sickly tenant, so starting the legal occupation of the main infamous double act in serial killing that may simply finish at the gallows with the worst type of betrayal. It's a real story of desperation and greed, of outsiders, ambition, corruption, love, and betrayal.
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Burke & Hare by Owen Dudley Edwards