Death puppet

Edinburgh in the 1920s advocated science and invented endlessly; however, behind the dazzling aura, it also hides the dirty and despicable little secret. This year, a series of murders shocked the whole city. The deceased had a total of 17 people. Six years later, 17 wooden figures were found in the same area. Every doll is dressed in clothes and placed in a small coffin. 17 murders, 17 death puppets, is this just a coincidence?

In 1836, in the early morning of a misty morning, several boys went to a hill to catch rabbits, but they bumped into something creepy. They found that 17 carefully carved on three hidden rock shelves. A small coffin of pine, with a simple puppet in each coffin. No one knows the maker of the puppet and the reason for this.

When these coffins were discovered, the local Scotsman published an article stating that puppets are related to witchcraft. It seems reasonable for a witch to make a puppet, but the Scottish witch has always used the Creed doll, which is a clay doll to represent the victim.

They usually recite a curse, use a needle to poke a clay doll, or break it. The X-ray shows that there are no traces of needles on the puppet. There may be witchcraft in Scotland, but there have never been other similar puppets.

The puppet was linked to the “Westport Murder” because six murders occurred in Edinburgh six years ago. In the 19th century, the University of Edinburgh was regarded as the first town in the development of anatomy and surgery. At that time, only the bodies of the condemned prisoners were legally dissected by doctors. However, the number of prisoners sentenced to capital punishment simply cannot meet the needs of anatomical research.

Soon, an emerging industry came into being – that is tomb. The thieves dug the grave, stole the newly buried body, sold it to the surgeon in Edinburgh, and the doctor used the body for anatomy. Considerable profits have caused many people to take risks. Then there was a terrible serial killing case – “Westport Murder”.

Robert Knox was one of the greatest anatomists at the time. In 1827, Knox met two people and got an ideal body from them. Knox bought the body and said he would be happy to see them again. These two people are Irish laborers, William Burke and William Hull.

They sold a total of 17 bodies, but it is worth noting that the two did not dig the grave, but chose some poor objects to start. These people were tricked into Hull’s residence and then suffocated by alive.

One year after the first murder, Berk and Hull fell into the French Open. Mrs. Docety disappeared mysteriously, and the police intervened in the investigation, but it was accidentally discovered that her body was placed on Dr. Knox’s dissection table. Dr. Knox was not arrested or prosecuted, and all evidence points to Burke and Hull.

The prosecutor proposed to Hull to act as a prosecution witness to prove that his simple partner was guilty. Hull accepted the proposal and then fled, leaving Berk to face guilt, and Burke confessed to all murders.

In 1829, Burke was hanged. After hanged, his body was sent to the University of Edinburgh for a final contribution to anatomy research.

DNA appraisal expert Mike Barber is an authority on forensic identification. He believes that further investigation of these murders can lead to clues about the death puppets and their makers. It seems unlikely that it is Hull.

All kinds of sayings think that Hull is deceitful, greedy, and ruthless, and he finally turned his back on Burke. In contrast, Burke did not resist fate. He seems to be a person with a conscience, and it is very likely to seek a balance of conscience by making these little puppets.

Another person is the anatomist Knox, who grew up in a traditional Scottish family and claims to be a relative of the founder of the Presbyterian Church, John Knox. From this point of view, does his research on anatomy conflict with his religious background? Will he be an accomplice?

Mike first sampled the death puppet and hoped to find the DNA sample left by the puppet maker. Then, Mike visited the Department of Anatomy at the University of Edinburgh and sampled from Berke’s remains. He hopes to get the DNA from the bones of 176 years ago and compare it with the human DNA samples that may remain on the puppets. If the two match, it is possible to confirm that Burke has been exposed to puppets, and it is likely that they are made. By.

After Mike and others carefully examined the puppets, they found two tiny cloth fibers that might have human DNA. Then Mike went to the Department of Anatomy at the University of Edinburgh.

After being hanged in January 1829, Burke has been hanging here. Mike wants to collect bone samples that have not been in contact with the external environment. He believes that the bones inside the ankles may give the best results. Next, extract the Knox DNA sample.

The Surgical Museum in Edinburgh houses several Knox personal items. Mike decided to find an item to sample. Knox’s violin performance is extremely high. His own violin will definitely leave a lot of DNA on the piano.

The long two weeks have passed. Mike got the test results. The first thing that surprised him was that he obtained a clear DNA map from Burke’s bone samples. The violin sample also provided good results. They get clear male DNA – but it’s not certain whether the DNA comes from Knox or from other people who can reach the piano and even play with the piano.

Now, with two good samples, here’s what you can get from a puppet. But this time, the results were disappointing. Although the test took more than two weeks, Mike could not find any DNA from the puppet. The puppet is indeed too old and has been contaminated.

Who made the puppets for whatever reason, and worked hard to place them in one of the most beautiful places in Edinburgh? Some people say that the puppet may be made by Burke himself. Some murderers actually want to be arrested. They feel guilty and deliberately leave some clues so that they can eventually be caught. But this is only speculation, after all, there is no credible evidence.