William Burke was hanged on 29 January 1829. He was said to have wept a great deal and to have been truly remorseful for what he had done. He faced his before a large crowd.
His corpse was dissected for the benefit of the students at Edinburgh’s College of Surgeons
Today, his death mask, skeleton, and a wallet (made from his tanned skin) remain as exhibits in the College Museum.
His accomplice, William Hare, was released from custody in January 1829 and left Edinburgh after being attacked in the street and seriously injured.