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Death's Acre by William M. Bass
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Sep 13, 2010

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I thought that the book would purely discuss knowledge gained from experiments conducted at the Body Farm, and it does to a certain extent. For example, it contains wonderful descriptions of the sequence of insects that inhabit a dead body, and illustrates examples where this understanding was a key to prosecuting a criminal. The Body Farm also allowed scientists to create a guide to identifying saw marks on human bone - they then showed how this information was applied in the Paul Bernardo trial. Death's Acre is half true crime and half biography. Perhaps I could do without the biography bits. What keeps the book interesting is that each chapter looks at a particular case in which Dr. Bass was involved. I couldn't put this book down, and yet I don't think it's pure genius - more like a just really fun book to take with you on a long car trip or plane ride.

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