The Body Snatcher by R Louis Stevenson

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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.

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