A Famine of Cadavers: Indianapolis Graverobbing in 1902

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Date
2023-09-22
Main contributor
Flook, Chris
Summary
Lecture delivered by Chris Flook (Public Historian; Senior Lecturer of Media, Ball State University) on September 22, 2023. In fall of 1902, Indianapolis police detectives uncovered a massive graverobbing ring. That summer, ghoulish body snatchers had plundered Marion County cemeteries for fresh corpses and sold them to medical colleges as cadavers. This presentation, based on Flook’s book, "Indianapolis Graverobbing: A Syndicate of Death," explores this history, the state’s anatomy laws at the time, and the trials of those involved.

This event was sponsored by the John Shaw Billings History of Medicine Society, IU School of Medicine History of Medicine Student Interest Group, IUPUI Medical Humanities & Health Studies Program, and the Ruth Lilly Medical Library.
Publisher
Ruth Lilly Medical Library
Genres
Educational; History
Subjects
History of Medicine; Medical Colleges; Dead; Cadavers; Body Snatching; Human Anatomy
Time period
1902-1903
Location
Indiana (state)
Collection
History of Medicine and Medical Humanities Lectures
Unit
Ruth Lilly Medical Library
Rights Statement
In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted
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Presentation Slides 
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Venue/Event Date

Recorded at the Daly Student Center (1050 W. Walnut Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202) on September 22, 2023

Access Restrictions

This item is accessible by: the public.