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snatchingChicago Tribune, June 23, 1878. Could be this interview is vaguely on the level, could be it’s a total put-on. It’s worth noting that “cunny” was then a well-known term for ye nether lady-parts of the fairer sex at a time when the general vocabulary lacked polite equivalents. It’s a noun now generally forgotten except by attentive followers of HBO’s Deadwood. Anyway, the ensuing description of the mechanics of body-snatching has an impressive verisimilitude. snatching2

The racial stuff here is interestingly explicit and likely not to be taken at face value. From what I’ve seen and read, black people were quite correct in worrying that they were disproportionately likely to end up on a busy slab rather than in that “fine and private place.”

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