Bones: A Forensic Detective's Casebook

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2000 - Medical - 317 pages
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Ubelaker, curator of anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian, is one of America's very top 'bone-men', often called upon by the FBI to investigate and help to identify the corpses and body parts of possible victims of foul play. Upon the dozens and dozens of true stories in this book, there are accounts of homicide, cannibalism, ritual sacrifice and other horrific crimes, solved and unsolved, from Ubelaker's own personal casebooks and those of the Smithsonian. Illustrated with over seventy-five photographs and drawings, reconstructions, computer sketches, and photographic super-impositions, this book fascinatingly reveals the indelible stories that bones have to tell.
 

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Contents

1 Helping Hands
1
2 Impolite Society
16
3 Abel and After
26
4 The Other Army of the Potomac
50
5 Partners in Crime
61
6 Is It Human?
75
7 Sex Size Race Age at Death
86
8 Grave Consequences
105
16 Different Strokes
208
17 Angle of Attack
218
18 Family Secrets
227
19 Fair Play and Foul
238
20 Some Assembly Required
252
21 Serial Killings
262
22 Ones That Almost Got Away
271
23 Unwarranted Conclusions
279

9 Scavenging
114
10 Heads Will Roll
124
11 Burning Questions
140
12 Soap
149
13 Beyond Soap
157
14 The Face Is Familiar
167
15 But Are You Sure?
191
24 Brief Lives
286
25 Another Helping Hand
291
Glossary
297
Diplomates of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology 1992
301
Index
307
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Ubelaker is a curator of anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution.

Scammell, a medical writer and researcher, has been involved in the search for a cure for rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory forms of arthritis for over 10 years.

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