Murder Act 1751

(redirected from 25 Geo.2 c.37)

Murder Act 1751

A UK Parliamentary Act designed to deter “the horrid crime of murder”, adding further terror and peculiar infamy to the punishment by not allowing the burial of a murderer’s body, mandating either public dissection or “hanging in chains” of the cadaver, and further stipulating that a murderer was to be executed within two days of sentencing. Murderers were thus very popular with pre-Victorian-era anatomists as a source of fresh material for dissection.