Talk:Burke and Hare murders

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September 29, 2016 Featured article candidate Promoted

What are we doing with this...[edit]

"Burke had met Margaret on previous trips to Edinburgh, but it is not known whether he was previously acquainted with Hare. Once Burke arrived in the close, they became good friends."? It was kinda stuck out there all on its own and looks like it was moved during a copy edit (possibly mine) and not put back. CassiantoTalk 22:34, 4 September 2016 (UTC)

Is that the line you took out earlier? If so, I'm happy to leave it out if you are! - Gavin (talk) 10:54, 5 September 2016 (UTC)
Yeah. Well, I think it might be useful to point out that they had no prior association before moving in to the close; but then I think we've said that elsewhere, so there maybe no need for this. CassiantoTalk 21:30, 5 September 2016 (UTC)


"could not sleep at night without a bottle of whisky by his bedside, and a twopenny candle to burn all night beside him; when he awoke he would take a drink from the bottle—sometimes half a bottle at a draught—and that would make him sleep." -- was he talking about Hare then? He talks in the third person all the way through this? CassiantoTalk 20:52, 23 September 2016 (UTC)

  • My mistake on saying it was a quote from Burke, but it's still a quote, so if we get rid of the quote marks, we need to re-word the remainder. – Gavin (talk) 20:59, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
Ah, got ya. Just seen it in the book. CassiantoTalk 21:08, 23 September 2016 (UTC)

New book on Burke by University of Edinburgh Researcher. (Self-published source)[edit]

To whomever wants to update the page,

A recently published book by a University of Edinburgh researcher sheds some light on the life of Burke.

Here is the amazon link:

The book sources lots of historic documents archived at the university and other sources. Some tidbits:

1) Burke (most definitely) did not have testicular cancer.

2) Burke and Hare did not rob graves. They were accused of grave robbing by the court. They never confessed to it, nor was any evidence supplied that they did. The reason it was established in the court case was that Burke's common law wife was also on trial, and her defence rested on the claim that dead bodies were not uncommonly found on their property.

Read the book. I believe it will help you guys improve the wikipedia article.

Kind regards,

Anon Student

P.S The cover shows an rendering of Burke's face using his death mask and skeleton. It was generated at the University of Dundee. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:28, 14 November 2016 (UTC)

  • I am afraid that I just removed the information that someone had included from this book (it was only about one very minor point, so no real problems on the integrity of the information) as I see that the book is a self-published source (SPS). Please see WP:SPS for more details. There is a caveat in the policy that allows information from some SPSs, but that is in a case where they "may be considered reliable when produced by an established expert on the subject matter, whose work in the relevant field has previously been published by reliable third-party publications". I am not sure that is the case in this instance (at least not so far). All the best, - The Bounder (talk) 08:17, 5 April 2017 (UTC)