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Respect the Dead and Bury Charles Byrne at Sea


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Charles Byrne made express arrangements before his death that his body would be sealed in a lead coffin and buried at sea. Sadly, his burial wishes were thwarted and his worst fears realised when John Hunter arranged for Byrne’s body to be stolen on its way to sea. Hunter then reduced Byrne’s corpse to its skeleton and four years later put Byrne’s skeleton on display in his Hunterian Museum, now located in the Royal College of Surgeons. His 2.31-m (7 ft 7 in) skeleton still resides in the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons in London.

Imagine today someone stealing your corpse and putting it on display like some circus freak show. 

End the cruel fate that the Royal College of Surgeons has bestowed upon Charles Byrne.

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