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Horrible Histories - Robert Knox

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Uploaded on Jul 16, 2009

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.

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