Up the close and down the stair
in the house with Burke & Hare
Burke's the butcher, Hare's the thief,
Knox the boy who buys the beef.
Though we normally discuss DGISs from the early 20th Century the DGIS staff also enjoys some good old fashioned grisly 19th Century crime as well. Always on the look out for something of the macbre I came across a new book on the infamous Burke and Hare murders called The Anatomy Murders. Checking out Lisa Rosner's Amazon author's page I learned she was doing a presentation a mere 90 or so miles away so headed on over.
It was both a fun and informative event. Ms. Rosner spoke on the murderers, victims and early 19th Century life in Edinburgh for a little over an hour with a nice slide show to boot. She was very genial and obviously has a passion for the subject and loves to discuss it. She also hung around afterwards to answer any and all questions. The fact that she to is a fan of Boris Karloff's, The Body Snatcher makes her an honorary DGIS... uh, umm well honoree.
For anyone in NYC who may be interested she will be doing a presentation at the
Brooklyn Observatory on March 18, 2010 @ 8:00pm. Mention this blog and receive... an odd look because she won't know what you're talking about.
Unfortunately she doesn't sell books at her events so you may want to pick one up before hand. The subtitle is worth the price alone.