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 Posted: Mon Mar 23rd, 2009 03:50 pm
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Same here, I enjoyed it for the second time in a short span. What a bizarre plot to begin with, and the ineptitude of those involved is almost comic.

Mr Hess53 writes:
"It still amazes me that there was no law against grave robbing in Illinois back in 1876!!!!"

Grave robbing was a prime business up until the late 1800's. Many states besides Illinois did not have laws to protect the cemetery or the grave of an individual. Most bodies were used for doctors and medical colleges. Another famous story about the same time was as follows:

Several states received the incentive they needed to enact such laws in 1878 when US Senator John Scott Harrison (son of president W. H. Harrison and father of president Benjamin Harrison) died and was buried three days later in Ohio. Having received word that the body of William Devin, a friend of the family, had been stolen from its grave and transported to the Medical College of Ohio, Senator Harrison's son and his nephew surveyed the college. Although they found no trace of Devin, as they were about to leave, they spotted the body of Senator Harrison being hoisted into the dissecting room! Soon thereafter anatomy laws were passed in Ohio and Indiana.

There are numerous cases of famous medical schools and colleges found to be on the other side of the law in order to gain cadavers for their dissections. There was certainly little respect for the grave. The 1870's seemed to be prime time for many of these stories to appear in local papers.


"the way to whip an enemy is to get 'em skeered, and then keep the skeer on 'em"
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