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Being Disturbingly Informative. By Shane McCorristine

  Last year I visited a fine old building nestled incongruously close to the skyscrapers and busy financial offices of Market Street in downtown Philadelphia. The building houses the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the oldest private medical...
From: The Power of the Criminal Corpse on 31 Oct 2016

Shot at dawn in the Great War: Re-evaluating justice in the case of Harry Farr. By Floris Tomasini

  Today’s post looks at a re-evaluation of justice in an emblematic case study; Harry Farr who was shot for cowardice during the Great War.   The historical facts of the case are taken and paraphrased from Cathryn Corns and John Hughes-Wilsons...

The Diary of a Dissection: Jane Jamieson and the Newcastle Barber Surgeons. By Patrick Low

  The recent furore in France, over the wearing of Burkinis, has shone a new light on an age-old societal problem; the female body.  Nowhere was the shock of a woman’s form greater than on the c18th and c19th anatomists’ slab. The...
From: The Power of the Criminal Corpse on 19 Sep 2016

Reflecting upon Four Years of Criminal Corpses. By Rachel Bennett

  Almost four years ago to the day I travelled to Leicester to attend my first PhD supervisory meeting armed with only a pen, a notepad and a head swirling with ideas. When I walked out of that meeting I was nervous yet excited about the mammoth...

Rest in Pieces: The story of a hanged woman and her journey to becoming a museum object. By Ali Wells

  When referring to “skeletons in the cupboard” we rarely expect these to be literally true, but in the case of Mary Ann Higgins and the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry, it is.   In the early 1970s the Herbert acquired...
From: The Power of the Criminal Corpse on 27 Jul 2016

Introducing Exciting Guest Bloggers. By Emma Battell Lowman

Here at the Power of the Criminal Corpse blog, it has been a great year.  All of our project team members have contributed, and our posts have been used in undergraduate teaching, spread with interest across social media, and have even nabbed the...
From: The Power of the Criminal Corpse on 21 Jul 2016

Summertime, and the Gibbeting ain’t Easy… By Emma Battell Lowman

    Today is officially the first day of summer, and I welcome the season this year particularly grateful for something that this time last year hadn’t even crossed my mind. Thank goodness Britain no longer practices gibbeting! Between...
From: The Power of the Criminal Corpse on 20 Jun 2016

Dismemberment in Victorian London: The Thames Torso Murders. By Shane McCorristine

  Battersea, London. Source: The A to Z of Victorian London. Harry Margary, Lympne Castle, Kent, 1987.   One of the most disturbing unsolved murder mysteries in London’s history began on the morning of 5 September 1873 when a Thames...
From: The Power of the Criminal Corpse on 31 May 2016

A Historical Long View of Posthumous Harm: Comparing organ snatching to body-snatching. By Floris Tomasini

  Improper Procurement and Retention   Taking organs of dead children without parental permission at Alder Hey is a practice The Economist (2001) dubbed the ‘return of the body-snatchers’.  There is a historical affinity between...
From: The Power of the Criminal Corpse on 16 May 2016

The Bloody Business of the Bloody Code: Dissecting the Criminal Corpse. By Elizabeth Hurren

  Imagine hearing local gossip that a notorious murderer was about to be executed, and that everyone in the vicinity of a homicide was planning to turn out to see the violent culprit punished in Georgian England. Getting to the gallows to secure...


  In late March 2016, the Social History Association (SHA) met for its annual conference. In beautiful Lancaster, at the University of Lancaster, a large group of energetic scholars met to share new research, connect with colleagues, and celebrate...
From: The Power of the Criminal Corpse on 19 Apr 2016

Martyrdom, Memory and the Marquis of Montrose. By Rachel Bennett

  During the past three years a key part of my research as part of the Criminal Corpse project has been to trace the people who suffered the last punishment of the law from their capital convictions before the criminal courts to their public executions...
From: The Power of the Criminal Corpse on 22 Mar 2016

A chance to talk about gibbeting and hanging in France? Yes, please!

  One of the joys of academic work is participating in study days or workshops that bring together a diverse group of scholars to approach a theme or issue from multiple vantage. It is easy to fall into working within the same networks and groups...
From: The Power of the Criminal Corpse on 22 Feb 2016

Effigies, Real Bodies and Iconoclasm. By Sarah Tarlow.

  Last week I was in Chester to examine a PhD thesis there (congratulations to Dr Ruth Nugent – the third person to complete a PhD in the young and dynamic archaeology department there, under the guidance of Howard Williams). As a side note,...

Francesca Matteoni: The Geography of the Criminal Corpse: Magic, therapies and bodily pieces across Europe

  I have been involved in the first two years of the project as a postdoctoral researcher working on the medico-magical employment of the criminal corpse’s pieces: hands, fingers, blood, corporeal fragments, but even those objects who had a...
From: The Power of the Criminal Corpse on 19 Jan 2016

Shane McCorristine: Dismemberment in Prehistory – Not Just for the Criminally Insane

Francisco Goya, “Great deeds! Against the dead!” (1810s). Source: Wikimedia Commons. For as long as humans have been around we have cut up, hacked, butchered, and mutilated corpses. Today, the practice is mostly associated with serial killers...
From: The Power of the Criminal Corpse on 23 Nov 2015

Floris Tomasini: What and When is Death?

  In this blog post I’d like to talk about two forms of death, biological and social death, through the conceptual lens of personal identity. This deceptively simple distinction informs a lot of my subsequent conceptual analysis about the harm...

Richard III’s final journey

Richard III It’s almost two years since it was announced live on national TV that the skeleton discovered under a car park in Leicester was indeed that of King Richard III, killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. I watched the whole of the press conference...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 31 Jan 2015

Remembering Bosworth and the death of Richard III

The 2013 re-enactment of the cavalry charge at Bosworth 22 August marks the anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth at which in 1485 the ruling king of England, Richard III, was killed. With Henry VII taking the throne it was the end of the Plantagenet...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 22 Aug 2014

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