"He must have done something. They don't kill you for nothing." - Chicago Gangster Ted Newberry. Rubbed out January 7, 1933

Monday, February 22, 2010

Dead guys in frocks, capes and whatever else they wore in the 1820's

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.


Lisa Rosner said...

Thanks for coming to my talk, Pat! Very cool blog, too.
Lisa Rosner

Lisa Rosner said...

OOOOPS! It would help if I gave the correct link,
Lisa Rosner

Patrick Downey said...

Hey Lisa!
Thanks both for stopping by and for explaining to me what a "close" is on Sunday. That was gnawing at me for some time.
I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of your book from Amazon. I'd love to interview you for the blog if you are up for it. If this sounds like something you would be interested in feel free to contact me at dgis1931@yahoo.com at your leisure.
Best of luck and I wish you much success with your book. Pat