Murder Act 1751
Murder Act 1751A 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.
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