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Resurrection Men

Grave robbers. First applied to Burke and Hare, in 1829, who rifled graves to sell the bodies for dissection, and sometimes even murdered people for the same purpose.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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