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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In the original study in the summer of 1953, we hired an expensive law firm to look up the law of body snatching. This compendium is available to you.
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So it was with dismay that I read Richard Leonard, in his post as secretary of the Keir Hardie Society, claim that Joan was guilty of "body snatching".
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Comment OF THE DAY JOAN McAlpine's article on Keir Hardie was a dreadful piece of body snatching.
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'Body snatching took place in order to supply fresh corpses to medical schools for anatomical study.
THE boss of a body snatching gang that stole the bones of broadcaster Alistair Cooke pleaded guilty yesterday in a deal that could jail him for more than 50 years.
A friend of Prince Charles has been accused of body snatching after police found the remains of several human corpses.