Mortsafes were contraptions designed to protect graves from disturbance. The necessity for medical students to learn anatomy by attending dissections of human subjects was frustrated by the limited allowance of dead bodies - the corpses of executed criminals - granted by the government. As such, there had been body-snatching close to the schools of anatomy in Scotland since the early 18th century.
*ABRAHAM LINCOLN ~ Workmen carry President Lincoln's coffin from the sepulcher room in the tomb after his coffin was opened + his identify was confirmed by a select group of people Sept. 26, 1901. Robert Todd Lincoln, the president's oldest + only surviving son, insisted on modifications to the redone vault. After making the changes in the summer of 1901, which involved the addition of a steel cage and cement enclosure, the president's remains were moved for the last + final time.
Remember when your parents told you that you needed to learn to entertain yourself (when you complained about not having someone to play with)... this is what happens when you grow up learning to entertain yourself ;)