The graveyaerds of old Edinburgh were not safe places, even for the dead.
Bodysnatchers swooped in the night to dig up corpses which were then sold to doctors for medical research, no questions asked.
But that was too much like hard work for William Burke and William Hare. The evil duo targeted gullible individuals who were plied with drink, then suffocated before being carted off to the rooms of the well known Dr Knox. They were sold for hard cash.
This is the true and compelling story of the Irish labourers turned serial killers whose deadly spree shocked not just Scotland but the entire world, and lef to a major change in law on bodies needed for dissection.