Death's Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab the Body Farm Where the Dead Do Tell Tales

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Penguin, Oct 5, 2004 - True Crime - 320 pages
Dr. Bill Bass, one of the world's leading forensic anthropologists, gained international attention when he built a forensic lab like no other: The Body Farm. Now, this master scientist unlocks the gates of his lab to reveal his most intriguing cases-and to revisit the Lindbergh kidnapping and murder, fifty years after the fact.
 

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User Review  - bookswoman - LibraryThing

Although a little "gory" at times, this is a wonderful introduction to the world of forensic science and how the human body decays. The story of how one man went from wanting to be an anthropologist ... Read full review

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User Review  - BrynDahlquis - LibraryThing

A very fascinating and well-written book about forensic science. Not to mention the fact that it's also an autobiography of Dr. Bill Bass's life and the formation of the Body Farm. Put all together, it proves to be quite a book. Read full review

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Contents

FOREWORD The Mayor of the Body Farm
The Bones of the Eaglet
Dead Indians and Dam Engineers
Forensics 101
The Unsavory Uncle
The Case of the Headless Corpse
The Scene of the Crime
The Body Farm Is Born
Art Imitates Death
More Progress More Protest
The Backyard Barbecue
The NotSoAccidental Tourist
The Bloody Beneficiary
Ashes to Ashes
And When I
Bones of the Human Skeleton

CHAPTER 8A Bug for Research CHAPTER 9 Progress and Protest
Fat Sam and Cadillac
Grounded in Science
The Zoo Man Murders
Parts Unknown
Glossary of Forensic and Anthropological Terms
Acknowledgments
Index
Copyright

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Dr. Bill Bass, a legend in forensic circles, has assisted with hundreds of cases for the FBI and numerous other law-enforcement agencies. He created the world's first laboratory devoted to human decomposition: the University of Tennessee's Anthropology Research Facility. He has written or coauthored more than two hundred scientific publications, many based on murder cases and other mysteries he has helped to prosecute or solve. A gifted teacher, he has been named "National Professor of the Year" by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
Jon Jefferson is a veteran journalist, science writer, and documentary filmmaker. His writing has been featured by The New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today, and Popular Science.

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