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
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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  - Susan.Macura - LibraryThing

This is the story of the legendary Body Farm in Tennessee, the place where human bodies are allowed to decompose in a variety of situations so that scientists can better understand what happens to us ... Read full review

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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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FOREWORDThe Mayor of the Body Farm
CHAPTER 1The Bones of the Eaglet
CHAPTER 2Dead Indians and Dam Engineers
Forensics 101
CHAPTER 4The Unsavory Uncle
CHAPTER 5The Case of the Headless Corpse
CHAPTER 6The Scene of the Crime
The Body Farm Is Born
CHAPTER 13Parts Unknown
CHAPTER 14Art Imitates Death
CHAPTER 15More Progress More Protest
CHAPTER 16The Backyard Barbecue
CHAPTER 17The NotSoAccidental Tourist
CHAPTER 18The Bloody Beneficiary
CHAPTER 19Ashes to Ashes
CHAPTER 20And When I Die

CHAPTER 8A Bug for Research
CHAPTER 9Progress and Protest
CHAPTER 10Fat Sam and Cadillac Joe
CHAPTER 11Grounded in Science
CHAPTER 12The Zoo Man Murders
APPENDIX IBones of the Human Skeleton
APPENDIX IIGlossary of Forensic and Anthropological Terms

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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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