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Wise, Sarah.
The Italian Boy. Murder and Grave-Robbery in 1830s London.

London Jonathan Cape: 2004.

"Towards the end of 1831, the authorities unearthed a series of crimes at Number 3, Nova Scotia Gardens in East London that appeared to echo the notorious Burke and Hare killings in Edinburgh three years earlier. After a short investigation, three bodysnatchers were put on trial for supplying the anatomy schools of London with suspiciously fresh bodies for dissection. They later became known as The London Burkers, and their story was dubbed "The Italian Boy" case. The three were eventually convicted of the murder of a fourteen-year-old supposed immigrant, causing a citywide furor that led to legislation signaling the end of bodysnatching in Britain. Sarah Wise's history not only investigates the case but also vividly portrays the warrens of lower-class London in the 1830s".

Hardcover. 6"x9.5", 347 pages, b/w illustrations, dj. New. Published at $35.00.

Inventory #: 95044
Price: $ 15.00      

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