Scottish Murders. From Burke and Hare to Peter Tobin by Judy Hamilton PDF

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By Judy Hamilton

ISBN-10: 184934082X

ISBN-13: 9781849340823

Scotland's worst and such a lot notorious murders : contains debts of the notorious Burke and Hare, cannibalistic Sawney Bean, baby assassin Jessie King, still-unidentified Bible John and the present-day crimes of Peter Tobin.

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If they were careful enough, they need never be found out. There were plenty of ‘invisible’ people on the streets of Edinburgh in those days, people who could disappear without anyone even remarking upon their absence. The next victim after Abigail Simpson was also a woman, a prostitute called Mary Haldane. The same methods were used, with the same results – the money rolled in. At one point, Burke and Hare tried to double their money. Two young women of ill-repute were lured into their clutches.

Doctors were entitled to use the bodies of executed criminals and also those of people who died in prison, but it would appear that these bodies were not enough to satisfy the demands of the inquiring minds of the medical profession. Thus it was that a lively trade in body-snatching soon grew up in the city. Certain individuals in Scotland’s fair capital would visit the graves of the newly dead, where the earth piled on top of the coffin had hardly settled, and remove the bodies from their places of eternal repose.

Very shortly after Rizzio’s death, however, Darnley and Mary had found themselves united in adversity. Darnley had realised that his own safety was at risk from his co-conspirators. Morton, Ruthven et al had been quite prepared to use him in their plot against Rizzio, but they still held Darnley in contempt. Personal characteristics aside, as long as Darnley was married to Mary, the threat to Protestantism in Scotland was doubled. Now the conspirators had Darnley and Mary in their power at Holyrood, they were unlikely to let them go.

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