The Body Snatcher by R Louis Stevenson

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by Gabrielle Riel on Sunday, 3 April, 2011

The Radio Riel Players Present is Radio Riel’s independent radio production of classic stories, poems and plays, all performed by The Radio Riel Players from around the world.

Tales from New Babbage are darker stories brought to you by the residents of the Steampunk City‐State of New Babbage. As they say in New Babbage, what could possibly go wrong?

In the early 19th century in Scotland, medical cadavers were in such high demand that a a criminal element, known as body‐snatchers, or ‘resurrection men’, gave rise to a particular public fear and revulsion.

In the year 1827 a pair of Irish immigrants sold a body which had died of natural causes in a boarding house to an Edinburgh medical school. The money was so good, that for the next year, they set about procuring bodies without the trouble of digging in graveyards in the dead of the night.

Robert Louis Stevenson memorialized the Burke‐Hare serial murders in his 1884 fictional story, The Bodysnatcher, which is read for you by the sultry Scotsman of New Babbage, Victor1st Mornington. Producer: Mosseveno Tenk.

For more history on the Burke‐Hare murders, visit

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