SUFFOLK MUSEUM MAY RETURN MURDERER'S GRISLY REMAINS TO RELATIVE
As a child I was fascinated with all the gory details of the Red Barn Murder. Corder's remains as detailed in the article and the gibbet in which his body was 'displayed' were always prominently displayed at Moyses Hall Museum in Bury St Edmunds. Haven't been for a while - and certainly not since their refit, but I wonder how, now recent investigations have cast doubt on the safety of Corder's conviction, these artefacts are interpreted. When all's said and done it's pretty grisly stuff. And I can't see what purpose is served by having these sorts of objects on display in this day and age (or any human remains for that matter).
Incidentally, Corder's skeleton was used at a teaching hospital until the mid-twentieth century (I think).
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