The salacious murder of this New York City prostitute changed the American media landscape
Stephanie Buck
1888

In the early 19th century, the theft of bodies from graves for use in medical school anatomy classes was pretty common. Sarah Wise has written an excellent book on the subject, The Italian Boy, A Tale of Murder and Body Snatching in 1830s London: https://www.amazon.ca/Italian-Boy-Murder-Snatching-London/dp/0805078495/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1493990234&sr=1-2&keywords=the+italian+boy