Diary of a Resurrectionist, Friday 21st February 1812

Friday 21st.
Met at Bartho’w Sold part, came home. Met at 2 a.m. went to St. Thomas’s Crib. Got 3 large, met the Patrols, took 1 to St. Thomas’s and 2 to Bartho’w.

3 bodies raised from St Thomas’s Hospital (or Church)’s burial ground; one taken to the hospital and 2 carried over to Barts. Naples doesn’t mention the names of the gang members he worked with on this night.

Selling pieces of bodies was part of the business and Naples had been doing this for a long time. Back in 1802, when he was first tried for body snatching, a witness at the trail (his sister-in-law Harriet Collins) said she had encounted heads in the house, removed for seperate sale (or perhaps to disguise the identity of the body) and it was recalled anecdotally of the resurrectionists Israel Chapman that he would sell parts.

The encounter with the patrols doesn’t seem to have caused Naples any inconvenience on this occaison.


About theresurrectionists

My name is Kirsty Chilton. I am a Medical Historian working in London and relentlessly searching for the body snatchers of 18th and 19th century London. Currently, the content of this blog is a personal project to repost and comment on the diary of 19th century Resurrectionist Joseph Naples 200 years from the time it was written.
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