History Main / Graverobbing

6th Oct '17 8:15:15 PM MoonByte
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* In Scotland back in the day, selling corpses to medical schools could be quite lucrative as mentioned in the article. Thus, many were obtained through not-so-legal methods. Many graves had mortsafes - a sort of metal cage - installed over them to deter grave-robbers.

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* In Scotland back in the day, selling corpses to medical schools could be quite lucrative as mentioned in the article. Thus, many were obtained through not-so-legal methods. Many graves had mortsafes - a sort of metal cage - installed over them to deter grave-robbers. Poor families who couldn't afford mortsafes usually had to resort to literally sit on the grave for a few days and nights until the corpse would be too old and thus uninteresting to be used by doctors.


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** Edinburgh has the local story of how at every hanging of criminals, there would be three groups watching: onlookers, the family of the criminal and medical students. Once the criminal was dead, a struggle would always errupt on who got the corpse down first.
18th Sep '17 1:18:41 AM Doug86
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian story ''Literature/TheHourOfTheDragon'', necessary to revive the BigBad.

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian story ''Literature/TheHourOfTheDragon'', necessary to revive the BigBad.
13th Jul '17 4:36:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Taboo}}'': During the time period it was an unofficial practice among some medical professionals to perform experiments on recently buried, excavated corpses. After James hires a doctor to perform an autopsy on his father so he can confirm that the man was killed through poison, the latter makes a sly remark that it would be wise to bury him a bit deeper the second time around. James immediately threatens to kill him and any of his colleagues if the body is desecrated in any way.

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* ''Series/{{Taboo}}'': During the time period it was an unofficial practice among some medical professionals to perform experiments on recently buried, excavated corpses. After James hires a doctor to perform an a post-burial autopsy on his father so he can confirm that the man was killed through poison, the latter makes a sly remark that it would be wise to bury him a bit deeper the second time around. James immediately threatens to kill him and any of his colleagues if the body is desecrated in any way.
17th Jun '17 7:27:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Taboo}}'': During the time period it was an unofficial practice among some medical professionals to perform experiments on recently buried, excavated corpses. After James hires a doctor to perform an autopsy on his father so he can confirm that the man was killed through poison, the latter makes a sly remark that it would be wise to bury him a bit deeper the second time around. James immediately threatens to kill him and any of his colleagues if the body is desecrated in any way.
5th Jun '17 6:09:34 PM Mdumas43073
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* The Creator/AmbroseBierce short story "One Summer Night" involves a couple of medical students who hire a cemetery keeper to do this... unaware that the guy they're digging up was actually BuriedAlive.

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* The Creator/AmbroseBierce short story "One Summer Night" involves a couple of medical students who hire a cemetery keeper to help them do this... unaware that the guy they're digging up was actually BuriedAlive.
5th Jun '17 6:08:59 PM Mdumas43073
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* The Creator/AmbroseBierce short story "One Summer Night" involves a couple of medical students who hire a cemetery keeper to do this... unaware that the guy they're digging up was actually BuriedAlive.
15th May '17 8:42:54 AM nielas
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* In ''We Are From The Future'', the four protagonists make a lot of money digging up old World War 2 battlefields and selling the artifacts they find, including personal items found on corpses. They get LaserGuidedKarma when they are transported back in time to 1943 and discover that the bodies they have desecrated in 2008 were their own.



* In ''We Are From The Future'' the four protagonists make a lot of money digging up old World War 2 battlefields and selling the artifacts they find which include personal items found on corpses. They get LaserGuidedKarma when they are transported back in time to 1943 and discover that the bodies they have desecrated in 2008 were their own.

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* In ''We Are From The Future'' the four protagonists make a lot of money digging up old World War 2 battlefields and selling the artifacts they find which include personal items found on corpses. They get LaserGuidedKarma when they are transported back in time to 1943 and discover that the bodies they have desecrated in 2008 were their own.
15th May '17 8:41:21 AM nielas
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* In ''We Are From The Future'' the four protagonists make a lot of money digging up old World War 2 battlefields and selling the artifacts they find which include personal items found on corpses. They get LaserGuidedKarma when they are transported back in time to 1943 and discover that the bodies they have desecrated in 2008 were their own.
15th May '17 3:30:15 AM LondonKdS
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* In the ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode "Taking the Stone", set on an entire planet used as a cemetary for royalty, LovableRogue Rygel steals gold and jewels from graves, but returns them after suffering poltergeist phenomena. It's [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane left unclear]] whether this was due to actual vengeful spirits, or to the team psychic Zhaan using her powers to teach him a lesson.
14th May '17 7:58:58 PM Stealth
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* A variation where people aren't stealing the corpses, but the ''gravesite itself''. Reports indicate that numerous sunken ships of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII vintage have been attacked by scrap dealers who use explosives to break up the wrecks and sell the metal. This has actually resulted in the complete loss of vessels like [[https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/16/british-second-world-war-ships-illegal-scavenging-java-sea HMS Exeter and Encounter as well as USS Perch]] and significant damage to vessels like [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/11187603/Celebrated-British-warships-being-stripped-bare-for-scrap-metal.html HMS Repulse and Prince of Wales]]. Needless to say, these are ''war graves'' where hundreds of men perished and this has been cause for widespread outrage from veterans' groups in many countries, who view it as a MoralEventHorizon on par with digging up entire cemeteries with dynamite.
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