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

 
 
 
 
Death's Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab the Body Farm Where the Dead Do Tell Tales
Author: William Bass - Jon Jefferson
ISBN 13: 9780425198322
ISBN 10: 425198324
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: 2004-10-05
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
List Price: $16.00
 
 

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.

This is a book for forensics purists: voyeuristic oddballs like myself who are only mildly intrigued by the details of the book's true-crime narratives, who skip ahead to the part where the forensics guys arrive with their Ziploc bags and delectably horrid puns. ("Bill, give me a hand," we hear a fingerprint expert at a crime scene say when he wants a corpse's severed hand.) The cases in Death's Acre seem to have been chosen not for the dramatic arcs of crime unfolding and justice served -- indeed, many chapters end in anticlimax -- but because they work well to illustrate the essentials of decomp science: timelines of decay, identifying burned or skeletal remains, forensic entomology. — Mary Roach