body snatching

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The illegal removal of a dead body from a grave or vault, usually for profit. The practice was common in the 19th century due to demand for cadavers for medical students studying human anatomy

body snatching

Robbing a grave of its body, which was done in the past to obtain bodies for anatomical study in medical schools.
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Antonis Kitas is facing four more charges related to masterminding the grave robbing and convincing his brother and Singh to commit the criminal offences.
BBC aren't the only ones grave robbing at the moment.
Histories of medicine tend to treat emotions as they appear in anecdotes of patients' experiences, and histories of anatomy locate affect in the ghoulish episodes of grave robbing that began in the mid-sixteenth century and culminated in the Resurrectionists of the eighteenth century and in suspected accounts of human vivisection.
The story involves grave robbing, stolen skulls, cut off hands and feet, clandestine dissection, a pouch made of human skin and a fight over the man's bones.
KILLER Matthew O'Donnell was on bail on a grave robbing charge when he stabbed a hapless victim to death in a frenzied knife attack.
THE MISSING CORPSE: GRAVE ROBBING A GILDED AGE TYCOON details the circumstances of the grave robbing, the many theories which abounded at the time, likely events, and its social impact.
Citing 17th-century British common law on grave robbing, the state's highest court unanimously ruled last week that a Florida man did not own a kidney promised to him by the widow of a lifelong friend, according to an Associated Press report.
What I do object to though is the grave robbing that goes on - whichever way you put it, that's what it is.
THE MISSING CORPSE: GRAVE ROBBING A GUILDED AGE TYCOON details the circumstances of the grave robbing, the many theories which abounded at the time, likely events, and its social impact.
Against the backdrop of high society Manhattan and Gilded Age decadence, Fanebust tells an improbable but true story about the grave robbing of a wealthy tycoon, Alexander T.
Mr Blair said: "The appalling details of the campaign of intimidation - which include grave robbing - show the depths to which the animal extremists are prepared to stoop.
Criminals steal them in a 21st Century version of grave robbing.