This song is about a surgeon called Robert Knox He lived in Edinburgh in 1827. Below is some information on what William Hare and William Burke done. The crooks almost got away with it, but a few people prevented that.
In November 1827 William Hare began a new career when a friend of his, a lodger, died. He was paid seven pounds & ten shillings for delivering the body to Knox. Burke thought of a plan to make money, and made Hare his accomplice. Now Burke and Hare set about murdering tramps and drunks on a regular basis.
After 17 more transactions, in what became known as the West Port Murders, on 2 November 1828 Burke and Hare were caught. Burke was hanged, dissected and displayed; while Hare got let free.