During the 19th century the criminal profession of body snatching was a big business as medical schools were in desperate need of fresh, semi warm corpses to be used in medical schools for the purpose of training surgeons and for anatomical dissection classes. Thousands of bodies in Europe and in North America were dug up illegally for medically purposes. And in many cases some of the victims were murdered in a set up to make it look like a suicide. The body would then be buried and dug up by the original killers and sold to unscrupulous medical schools. The practice of body snatching became so prevalent and wide spread that people would be buried with irons bars around their coffins or the bodies would be bolted to the coffin floor. But the most simple method of prevention was to hire a night watchman at the graveyard to keep an eye on the freshly buried bodies. The problem with the watchmen was that they were poorly paid and open to bribes, especially if they were lucrative ones.
But on the east coast of the United States in the late 19th century the problem had raged out of control and despite watchmen at the graveyards they did very little to help the snatching of the bodies. Then one dark night four men walked out into the bush to a remote graveyard with a tip that there had been a couple who had been freshly buried. The graveyard was deep in the bush which meant getting the bodies out through the rough terrain would prove difficult. But the four men made the mile mile trek into the dark bush and once they found the burial site of the corpses they were looking for they started to dig by the light of a lantern. The four men worked like demons to get to the corpses, but as the minutes turned into hours the four men looked to the east and saw the first glimpse of sunrise. They knew that their time was limited, so they increased their speed. After nearly three hours of digging they were more than eight feet into the dirt. Then finally they hit a hard substance which they thought was the coffin but it turned out to be a giant rock.They continued to dig around the perimeter of the rock in an attempt to find the coffins. The men continued to struggle and were concerned that their ropes may not be long enough to pull the bodies up to ground level. The men finally dug deep enough to know that their were no bodies in the plot. Then all of a sudden the light in their lantern died. The men did their best to feel their way out in the moonlight. Suddenly something blocked the moon rays and their world went black. The last thing they saw were four flashes from the muzzle of a revolver. The killer then vanished into the night.