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Death's Acre by William M. Bass
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Jul 26, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: crime-forensics
Read in June, 2007

Death’s Acre by Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson is the real-life story of how Dr. Bass started the Anthropological Research Facility at the University of Tennessee, otherwise known as the "Body Farm." At the Body Farm, they do experiments to study human decomposition in all its aspects: entomologically, how it’s affected by temperature, weather conditions, clothing, location (such as in a car, in a structure, etc.), and just about anything one can think of.

Although the subject matter of the Body Farm has a high “Eww Factor,” the book is very accessible (even to those who don’t find this stuff as fascinating as I do) due to Dr. Bass’s way of describing his stops along the way, his motivations and his influences (both personal & professional) which led him to develop this research facility (which I believe is the only one of its kind in the world). After reading the book, one understands the importance of such research in crime-solving and even crime prevention. Plus, the real-life forensics stuff is just neat. Dr. Bass tells his story with humor, humility and a sense of mission. That’s refreshing no matter what the subject matter.

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