This story has always horrified me: BBC News - Family of man hanged in Bristol in 1821 seek burial I've read several accounts on this, and the most disturbing thing I find about this is the surgeon, Smith, who wanted this boy's body after hanging so badly, and was determined to get him dissected, especially with his skin of "such wonderful complexion". He even denied Horwood's family the body! What's more, it was Smith who operated on Balsom and trepanned her head to relieve the pressure on her brain caused by the thrown pebble, and that it got infected. So in a way, it was Smith who may have killed her. Horwood should've gone down for manslaughter instead. What I find disgusting though is that whilst the skeleton may be given a dignified burial, part of Horwood is still covering a book in the Bristol Records office!! Maybe they should rebind the book and put the tanned skin in with the skeleton. It's truly revolting that a surgeon could do this, although I've heard that this case is not unique.