Book #78391
Item #78391 The Trial, Defence & Sentence of Bishop[,] May & Williams for the. Broadside, Executions, John Bishop, T. Williams.

The Trial, Defence & Sentence of Bishop[,] May & Williams for the....

Unrecorded Account of the Trial and Execution of the "London Burkers" [Broadside]. [Executions]. Bishop, [John]. Williams, [Thomas]. May, [James]. The Trial, Defence & Sentence of Bishop[,] May & Williams for the Murder of the Italian Boy, Who Were Ordered for Execution on Monday Morning. [London]: Bishop, Printer, Shorts Gardens, Drury Lane, [1831]. 15" x 10" broadside, text in three columns below headline and woodcut vignette of a small boy. Moderate toning, light foxing, mostly to margins, small folds to corner, "December 5: 1831" in small early hand near upper-right corner. $2,000. * Known as the "London Burkers," Bishop, May and Williams were body snatchers whose activities recalled those of the murderous Edinburgh "resurrection men" William Burke and William Hare. Not content to limit themselves to exhumed corpses, they also lured people to their home, then drugged and murdered them in their sleep. Their career came to an end in early November, 1831, with the "Italian Boy Murder," so called because people assumed the victim was an Italian child who had been recently reported as missing. While attempting to sell the body, the anatomist determined that it showed no signs of burial. He initiated an investigation, which led to the discovery of the murder, evidence of other murders and the December 3, 1831 conviction of Bishop and Williams, who were sentenced to hang, and May, who was sentenced to transportation to Van Dieman's land. This was a sensational case that attracted a great deal of attention. Indeed, the language of our broadside assumes that the reader is familiar with the case. It appears to be unrecorded. No copies located on OCLC or Library Hub.

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