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A chilling case of the macabre goes on display

The calling card case, made out of the skin of notorious Edinburgh 'bodysnatcher' William Burke,  is on display.

The calling card case, made out of the skin of notorious Edinburgh 'bodysnatcher' William Burke, is on display.

Leven man Robin Mitchell is preserving his macabre connection with one of Edinburgh’s most notorious criminals.

A calling card case, made out of the skin of notorious Edinburgh ‘bodysnatcher’ William Burke, has gone on display at The Cadies & Witchery Tours shop in Edinburgh, which was co-founded by Robin nearly 30 years ago.

The case, made from skin taken from the back of Burke’s left hand, was sold at auction to Robin in 1988 for £1050 by the family of Piercy Hughes, a descendent of one of the surgeons involved in the famous dark tale.

Robin said: “With so many people asking us about the calling card case, we thought the time was right to move this grisly relic to our shop.”

Robin Mitchell is also a well-known author and producer, whose most recent works include the children’s book and play ‘Princess Pumpalot’.

The calling card case went on permanent display last Tuesday, the 185th anniversary of Burke’s hanging.

 

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