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Death's acre : inside the legendary forensic lab the Body Farm where the dead do tell tales

by Bass, William M., 1928-

Format: Print Book ©2003.
Availability: Available at 10 Libraries 10 of 10 copies
Available (10)
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Bethel Park Public Library Nonfiction 614.1 BA
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  614.1 BA
CLP - East Liberty Non-Fiction Collection GN69.8.B37 2003
Location  CLP - East Liberty
Collection  Non-Fiction Collection
Call Number  GN69.8.B37 2003
Carnegie Library of Homestead Non Fiction 614.1 Bass
Location  Carnegie Library of Homestead
Collection  Non Fiction
Call Number  614.1 Bass
Carnegie Library of McKeesport Nonfiction 614.1 B293
Location  Carnegie Library of McKeesport
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  614.1 B293
Community Library of Castle Shannon Non Fiction 614.1 Bass
Location  Community Library of Castle Shannon
Collection  Non Fiction
Call Number  614.1 Bass
F.O.R. Sto-Rox Library Non-Fiction 614.1 Bas
Location  F.O.R. Sto-Rox Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  614.1 Bas
Northland Public Library Nonfiction 614.1 B29
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  614.1 B29
Penn Hills Library Non-Fiction 614.1 BAS
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  614.1 BAS
Shaler North Hills Library Non-Fiction 614.1 B
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  614.1 B
Springdale Free Public Library Adult Nonfiction 614.1 BASS
Location  Springdale Free Public Library
Collection  Adult Nonfiction
Call Number  614.1 BASS
Nowhere is there another lab like Dr. Bill Bass's: On a hillside in Tennessee, human bodies decompose in the open air, aided by insects, bacteria, and birds, unhindered by coffins or mausoleums. At the "Body Farm," nature takes its course, with corpses buried in shallow graves, submerged in water, concealed beneath slabs of concrete, locked in trunks of cars. As stand-ins for murder victims, they serve the needs of science - and the cause of justice.

For thirty years, Dr. Bass's research has revolutionized the field of forensic science, particularly by pinpointing "time since death" in murder cases. In this riveting book, he investigates real cases and leads readers on an unprecedented journey behind the locked gates of the Body Farm. A master scientist and an engaging storyteller, Bass shares his most intriguing work: his revisit of the Lindbergh kidnapping and murder, fifty years after the fact; the mystery of a headless corpse whose identity astonished the police; the telltale bugs that finally sent a murderous grandfather to death row; and many more.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Bill Bass' forensics lab at the University of Tennessee is like no other. At the "Body Farm," corpses are allowed to decay naturally, exposed to the elements; they are locked in automobile trunks, submerged in water, buried in shallow graves--all to help pathologists understand what happens to people after they die. In this informative book, cowritten with science writer Jefferson, Bass gives us a guided tour of the Body Farm and takes us behind the scenes of some of his most interesting cases, including his reappraisal of the Lindbergh kidnapping. Fans of the forensics-oriented novels of such mystery writers as Kathy Reichs and Patricia Cornwell (who supplies the introduction to this book), not to mention television series like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation0 , will make an eager audience for this one. On the other hand, readers whose queasy meter hits the danger zone at the mention of decaying flesh should proceed with caution. --David Pitt Copyright 2003 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this memoir, Bass, a premier forensic anthropologist, recounts how a life spent studying dead bodies led to the creation of "The Anthropolgy Research Facility" (aka the Body Farm), a plot of land near the University of Tennessee Medical Center where Bass and his colleagues monitor the decomposition of human corpses in various environments. The book is structured around the 1981 creation of the Body Farm, and the early chapters focus on some of Bass's trickier cases to demonstrate his need for more information about the science of forensics. The later chapters take a closer look at how the scientific analysis of Body Farm corpses has helped Bass and other anthropologists solve some of the toughest and most bizarre cases of their distinguished careers. Though professional and conscientious when describing the medical facts of each case, Bass, writing with journalist Jefferson, proves to be a witty storyteller with a welcome sense of humor. He also does a nice job balancing accounts of death and decomposition with decidedly not-so-morbid tidbits from his personal life. Furthermore, the poignancy of how he reacts to the deaths of his first two wives reflects the compassion he feels for the dead and their surviving family members he encounters in his working life. Bass may deal with the dead, but he has a lust for life that comes across in his writing. While the grisly details may not make this a must-read for everyone, those who do pick it up might just be pleasantly surprised by how Bass brings death to life. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Forensic anthropology -- United States.
Forensic anthropology -- Tennessee.
Crime laboratories -- Tennessee.
Human body -- Identification.
Human skeleton -- Identification.
Publisher New York :Putnam,©2003.
Contributors Jefferson, Jon.
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description xii, 304 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 0399151346 (acid-free paper)
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