William Corder.As he appeared in Bury Gaol a few days previous to his Trial
Fine aquatint and etching with hand-colouring, sheet 200 x 120mm (8 x 4¾"), on Whatman paper. Trimmed; glued to backing sheet at top corners.
William Corder (1803-28), the Red Barn murderer. 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 and wrote home pretending the two were together, but Marten's body was discovered and a hunt for Corder started. He was, arrested, tried, 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 demonstrate 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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