Unearthing the macabre history of body snatching

Why were graveyards plundered for fresh corpses?

Stars Insider

25/05/22 | StarsInsider


The grim practice of body snatching reached its zenith in the 19th century when anatomists were clamoring for cadavers to dissect but were hampered by a lack of fresh corpses to work on. To meet demand, gangs of so-called "resurrectionists" surfaced and began roaming graveyards for recent burial sites to plunder. But even this distasteful and immoral act wasn't enough for some, who would resort to murder to boost the body count.

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