If he means that the reviewers will burke me as far as they can, no doubt he is right; but when I am dead there will be other reviewers and I have already done enough to secure that they shall from time to time look me up.
-- Samuel Butler, The Notebooks of Samuel Butler
Holding her was a rage and a torment and there was the dressing-gown and the teddy and 'Chop, chop, here comes a chopper' to burke him.
-- Audrey Lillian Barker, John Brown's body
"Burke owes its existence as a verb to W. Burke, hanged in 1829 in Edinburgh for a series of brutal murders."