Maintaining a monopoly
It was only when rival gangs of bodysnatchers started supplying the medical schools that the public was alerted to their actions. In 1828, according to the police: “The number of persons who, in London, regularly live by raising bodies [does not] exceed 10; but the number of persons, occasionally employed in the same occupation, is stated... to be nearly 200.” These men were “thieves of the lowest grade, and the most desperate and abandoned class of the community”.
Working in gangs, they would “do anything to spoil the success of their opponents in the business. If a body were bought by one of the teachers from an