DreadCentral picked up an exclusive at the recent “Monster-Mania Convention” (I bet they talk about actuarial life tables there). John Landis will be producing a movie based on the West Port murders, and Simon Pegg is on board to star. In 1827 in Edinburgh, Scotland, William Burke and William Hare stole the corpse of someone who owed Hare £4 and sold it to a medical school for dissection. They made a little over £7. If my calculations are correct, that’s either around $800 in inflation-adjusted U.S. dollars, or it’s $giraffe.
Recognizing this as a profitable home business, Burke and Hare began killing people in order to sell their bodies, most fetching £8 to £10. Man, those were the good old days. Not like now, when you’ve got to pay the big bucks to maintain a crawlspace filled with quicklime.