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Burke And Hare: The West Port Murders

posted 9 Jul 2010, 06:31 by David Rintoul   [ updated 9 Jul 2010, 06:59 ]

William Burke and William Hare – names that even today are capable of sending shivers down the spine.

More than a century after their exploits scandalised Victorian Edinburgh, the tale of the murderous Irish labourers continues to fascinate film makers, writers, artists and locals alike.

Earlier this year, Holywood director John Landis rolled into town to film scenes for his comic horror based on the true story of the serial killers who sold the bodies of their victims to Edinburgh University for dissection, while on Market Street the Edinburgh Dungeon features a whole section dedicated to the pair.

You can take a Burke And Hare Murder tour in which many of their regular haunts are explored and long before he became the tenth Doctor, David Tennant played the dim-witted Daft Jamie, their penultimate victim, opposite Colin Baker's sixth Doctor in a radio play called Medicinal Purposes.