Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports: A Sourcebook compiled by Rictor Norton

Grave Robbery

Saturday 3 May 1718   We have Intelligence from Lincoln, that a man being hanged there the last Assizes, within three days after his execution, a couple of apothecaries contracted with a butcher for a sum of money, to take the body out of the grave, and cut off all the flesh, fit for them to make a skeleton of; which flesh he sold for venison to an inn-keeper; who making it into a pasty, invited many of his neighbours to the eating of it; but sometime after the villainy being detected, the butcher and the two apothecaries were committed to Lincoln Goal [sic]. (Weekly Journal, or, British Gazetteer)

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CITATION: Rictor Norton, Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports: A Sourcebook, "Grave Robbery", 18 February 2007 <http://grubstreet.rictornorton.co.uk/graverob.htm>

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