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Brazen bodysnatcher leaves commuters aghast on journey to London Dungeon


By John Glenday | Reporter

July 27, 2022 | 2 min read

Tourists and commuters across central London have been left open-mouthed after encountering a gravedigger going about his business in broad daylight.

London Dungeon bodysnatcher

The bodysnatcher took the ‘corpse’ on the tube, to the horror of commuters

Foregoing a nighttime raid on the local cemetery, the brazen bodysnatcher apparently exhumed a corpse in full view of bemused passersby before proceeding to lug it across the tube network to the London Dungeon. It is not known if he had to buy two tickets.

Evading the Metropolitan Police during his high-profile journey, and with a camera crew in tow, the unidentified Victorian looked every bit the part, wearing a muddy bowler hat, a waistcoat and a permanent snarl.

Located on the South Bank, the London Dungeon is promoting its new Bodysnatchers exhibition, which documents the nefarious real-life activities of grave robbers of the period who would steal bodies or resort to outright murder, before selling the corpses to local hospitals for dissection.

A London Dungeon spokesperson said: “We had a lot of double takes, shocked faces and a couple of people crossing to the other side of the street. But many saw the funny side, with some stopping to make sure it wasn’t a ‘real’ body in there!

“We can’t wait to welcome everyone to our new show Bodysnatchers, which is built from the very real, dark and dangerous history of our own city.”

Owned by Merlin Entertainments, the grisly tourist attraction has made a name for itself by bringing history to life with actors and props.

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