Brendan and William Burke and Hare

Brendan and William Burke and Hare

Irish serial killers
Country: Ireland

  1. Irish Immigrants Brendan 'Dynes' Burke and William Hare
  2. Brendan Burke
  3. William Hare
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Irish Immigrants Brendan 'Dynes' Burke and William Hare

Brendan 'Dynes' Burke and William Hare were Irish immigrants who were serial killers operating in Edinburgh, Scotland, from November 1827 to October 31, 1828. They sold the bodies of their 17 victims as material for anatomical studies. Their buyer was Dr. Robert Knox, an anatomy lecturer from Edinburgh Medical College. The accomplices of the criminals were Burke's lover, Helen McDougal, and Hare's wife, Margaret Laird. Their gruesome method of killing victims came to be known as 'burking', which involved deliberate suffocation and compression of the chest quickly and quietly. Obtaining bodies in Britain for legitimate purposes of studying and teaching anatomy was problematic. With the rapid development of medical science in the early 19th century, the demand for bodies sharply increased, but the only legal supply of bodies from executed criminals began to dwindle due to the abolition of the 'bloody code'.

Brendan Burke

Burke was born in 1792 in Urney, Strabane, Ireland, and died on January 28, 1829. He tried his hand at various professions and even served as an officer's assistant in the Donegal Militia. Around 1817, he left his wife and two children in Ireland and emigrated to Scotland, where he worked as a navvy on the Union Canal. It was here that he met Helen McDougal. Later, Burke worked as a laborer, weaver, baker, and shoemaker.

William Hare

Hare was born in 1792 or 1804, according to different sources, near Newry or Derry, both of which were located in the Ulster province of Ireland. Like Burke, Hare immigrated to Scotland, where he worked as a laborer on the Union Canal. He moved to Edinburgh, where he met a man named Logue, the manager of a lodging house in West Port. When Logue died in 1826, Hare married Margaret Laird, Logue's widow. In late 1838, Burke and McDougal moved to the West Port area. After that, the two criminal couples quickly became good friends. Burke later revealed that their first sold body was that of a resident of their lodging house, an old army pensioner who died of natural causes and owed Hare £4. They filled the coffin with bark and delivered the corpse to the University of Edinburgh, seeking a buyer. One of the students directed them to the local anatomist, Robert Knox, who paid £7.10 for the body.

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