Burkers captured a baby and almost slit a woman's throat.
Date March 1955
Track ID 97603
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Track Information

Original Track ID

SA1955.028

Original Tape ID

SA1955.026.029

Summary

Burkers captured a baby and almost slit a woman's throat.

When the contributor's mother was a girl she met a poor woman by the roadside who had part of her neck missing. The woman told her what had happened to her. With her baby in her arms she was looking for shelter at a farm. A machine [vehicle] pursued her. She hid in a cart shed, but the kidnappers followed, and so she squeezed through into a pig crue [sty], pulling her baby behind her. However, the kidnappers caught hold of the baby and she had to let it go when she heard its bones cracking. They killed the baby and tried to pull the woman through the hole by the hair, then tried to cut her throat. However, she escaped to the farm, and spent many months in hospital.

Item Notes

Travellers were vulnerable to burkers, murderers who supplied bodies to anatomists for dissection.

Language

English

Genre

Story

Collection

SoSS