William Corder.From a Drawing Made at the Time of his Trial.
Bury: Published Aug. 16, 1828, by T.C. Newby, & R. Ackermann, 96 Strand, London.
Lithograph with large margins. Printed area 140 x 100mm (5½ x 4"). Rare.
William Corder (1803-28), convictedfor the 'Red Barn Murder' of 1827. Corder, a fraudster and ladies' man, made a rendezvous with his girlfriend Maria Marten at the barn on the pretext of eloping. Instead he killed her, stuffed her body in a sack and buried her. Corder disappeared but wrote home pretending the two were together, but her body was discovered and a hunt for Corder started. He was discovered, arrested, tried and convicted, and sentenced to be hung and dissected. The hanging attracted a huge crowd; the dissection was performed before an audience of Cambridge students. A battery was connected to his limbs to demostrate muscle contraction; Corder's skin was tanned by the surgeon George Creed and used to bind an account of the murder; and his skeleton was put on display in the Hunterian Museum in the Royal College of Surgeons
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