5) Graverobbing Was a Regular Occurrence
With the advances of medical science came a dark secret- many of the cadavers that enabled doctors to research and dissect the human body were obtained illegally. Grave robbers were given a hefty sum to provide corpses to universities and hospitals.
The grave robbing was a long standing form of robbery that usually entailed stripping the body of valuables but in this later form it was the body itself that was the source of income. The public was outraged, but the doctors and the grave robbers saw little problem with the arrangement. Concerned families began to put protective coverings called mortsafes over the graves of loved ones.