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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It was abandoned during later dynasties because it was too costly, and the grand structures were too prone to grave robbing.
Both meanings of resurrection apply here: resurrection as grave robbing and resurrection as return to life from apparent death.
government agency adds weight to what the site represents, and public relations attempts by salvagers or investors to rationalize grave robbing as preservation and education do not alter the fact.
A grave robbing body guard and family man, Cruncher delivers some well needed comic relief.
From the unusual - such as an 1812 conviction for grave robbing - to minor offences such as drunkenness and 'using profane language', all can be revealed with a trawl through the archives.
People were filled with horror and revulsion by the idea of grave robbing and for Burke and Hare to kill people for the purpose of then selling their bodies on for dissection, was just about the worst horror imaginable.
This attempt at burial of a still alive corpse and grave robbing by the Mail Group is a shameless act of commercial vandalism.
Antonis Kitas is facing four more charges related to masterminding the grave robbing and convincing his brother and Singh to commit the criminal offences.
There are missing pages from a diary obviously cut out a secret panel in a cabinet that hides an antique triptych and the missing blanket and bones of an unintentional grave robbing.
Bailey Jr, 43, faces grave robbing charges after cops found an ashes urn in his living-room.
Cardinal Newman's specific wish was for his body to rest beside that of his companion Ambrose St John and not content with removing some of his bones the Vatican commits a far more serious act of grave robbing in separating the bodies of these friends regardless of the ultimate intended destination for the purposes of veneration .
Mr Warwick said, 'The more we find out about our ancestors the better, but what I object to is the grave robbing that goes on.