NT2573 : The skeleton of William Burke

taken 10 years ago, near to Edinburgh, Great Britain

The skeleton of William Burke
The skeleton of William Burke
An exhibit in the Anatomy Museum of the Edinburgh Medical School in Teviot Place.

"You now stand convicted, by the verdict of a most respectable jury of your country, of the atrocious murder charged against you in this indictment, upon evidence which carried conviction to the mind of every man that heard it. (...) In regard to your case, the only doubt that has come across my mind, is, whether, in order to mark the sense that the Court entertains of your offence, and which the violated laws of the country entertain respecting it, your body should not be exhibited in chains, in order to deter others from the like crimes in time coming. But, taking into consideration that the public eye would be offended with so dismal an exhibition, I am disposed to agree that your sentence shall be put in execution in the usual way, but accompanied with the statutory attendant of the punishment of the crime of murder, viz.- that your body should be publicly dissected and anatomized. And I trust, that if it is ever customary to preserve skeletons, yours will be preserved, in order that posterity may keep in remembrance of your atrocious crimes." -- Lord Justice-Clerk's address to the prisoner, Christmas Day 1829

NT2573 : Edinburgh Medical School, Teviot Place
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Saturday, 24 September, 2011   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 27 September, 2011
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