The Body Snatching of John Roll: The Aftermath

John Roll was finally put to rest on Tuesday, January 18, 1881. The snatching of his body from his grave a few days earlier shocked the local community, though grave robbing was occurring throughout Ohio at the time. How much did the medical community know about these grave robberies? What happened to those involved? AfterContinue reading “The Body Snatching of John Roll: The Aftermath”

The Body Snatching of John Roll: The Corpse Buyer

The investigation of what happened to the body of John Roll, robbed from his New Philadelphia grave in the middle of the night, was coming to an end. The trail had taken Roll’s friends to Cleveland, to a prominent druggist, and now would find them at three of the city’s medical colleges. There were threeContinue reading “The Body Snatching of John Roll: The Corpse Buyer”

The Body Snatching of John Roll: The Corpse Dealer

The four men who removed John Roll from his grave did so because there was a market for cadavers. The channels in which these “products” moved, perhaps not surprisingly, included legitimate entities. William Campbell’s trip to Cleveland to recover John Roll’s body would shed light on those channels. William Campbell was determined to recover theContinue reading “The Body Snatching of John Roll: The Corpse Dealer”

The Body Snatching of John Roll: The Grave Robbers

The body of John Roll was snatched from his grave in the middle of the night in January 1881. His family and friends managed to discover the name of one of the local men involved in the deed, but the investigation did not end with him. More men, all of them well known in theirContinue reading “The Body Snatching of John Roll: The Grave Robbers”

The Body Snatching of John Roll: The Victim

The clandestine removal of corpses from burial sites, or “body snatching,” was a common practice during the 19th century. The goal of the snatchers, or “resurrectionists,” was to dig up a recently deceased person and sell the corpse for dissection or anatomy lectures at medical schools. As you will discover, Tuscarawas County was not immuneContinue reading “The Body Snatching of John Roll: The Victim”