[ read online ] Death's Acre:Inside The Legendary Forensic Lab The Body Farm Where The Dead Do Tell TalesAuthor William M. Bass – Avengersinfinitywarfullmovie.de

On a wooded hillside in Tennessee blowflies, bacteria and buzzards feast on human flesh, unhindered by coffins or mausoleums They re buried in shallow graves submerged in tanks of water concealed under slabs of concrete locked in the boots and backseats of rusting cars They are serving the needs of science in the cause of justice In Death s Acre Dr Bill Bass, the facility s founder and one of the world s leading forensic scientists, describes how he created it and how the work of he and his colleagues have brought murderers to justice and cleared the names of the innocent Within a riveting narrative he details his own career and the many criminal cases he has been involved in, bringing forensic science vividly to life and highlighting its crucial role in modern day policing


10 thoughts on “Death's Acre:Inside The Legendary Forensic Lab The Body Farm Where The Dead Do Tell Tales

  1. Shovelmonkey1 Shovelmonkey1 says:

    Visiting the Body Farm in Tennessee would be my idea of a good day out A scientific research facility which treats death as an informative transition period rather than something static and final, the Body Farm has become world famous.As someone who has been routinely staring death in the face oraccurately into the faces of hundreds of deceased, recent or otherwise , my desk is usually awash with texts and field manuals produced by William Bass and his colleagues People often mistakenly Visiting the Body Farm in Tennessee would be my idea of a good day out A scientific research facility which treats death as an informative transition period rather than something static and final, the Body Farm has become world famous.As someone who has been routinely staring death in the face oraccurately into the faces of hundreds of deceased, recent or otherwise , my desk is usually awash with texts and field manuals produced by William Bass and his colleagues People often mistakenly believe that archaeologists only deal with the driest of bones This is not true and a number of my experiences have been remarkably similar to those of Prof Bass bodies appearing recently buried turning out to have been in the ground for over 120 years like Colonel Shy body bags really not being leak proof being two examples.Deaths Acre takes you inside the body farm, providing detailed descriptions of the advances in forensic research, as well as an insight into the inspiration and relationships which led Prof Bass on his remarkable journey from army researcher to forensics lecturer and founder of the worlds most infamous research facility.I have to admit to reading this for the forensic case details rather than info on Bill s personal life but despite being a ghosted volume perhaps in the literal and literary sense it was an informative and educational read Some of the descriptions and images are not for the squeamish so if you re not in possession of an ironcast gut then maybe you should just stick to Patricia Cornwell novels If you re feeling double tough and want further access to forensic material then Bass s field guide to human osteology should be your next port of call


  2. Becky Becky says:

    As someone who has had a lifelong fascination with death, decomposition, murder, funerary and burial practices, and all manner of morbid stuff, I was eager to read Death s Acre I had read a little about the Body Farm previously, so I couldn t wait to get the whole story from the man who started it all, Bill Bass.I expected the book to focus very narrowly on the Body Farm itself, but that isn t the case The reader does get information about Bass s background and how he got into anthropology As someone who has had a lifelong fascination with death, decomposition, murder, funerary and burial practices, and all manner of morbid stuff, I was eager to read Death s Acre I had read a little about the Body Farm previously, so I couldn t wait to get the whole story from the man who started it all, Bill Bass.I expected the book to focus very narrowly on the Body Farm itself, but that isn t the case The reader does get information about Bass s background and how he got into anthropology and then forensics in the first place This moves into logical background about Bass s initial work with corpses and the eventual founding of the Body Farm I thought it was interesting that the Farm got started not only as a much needed research facility for learning about an uncharted area of science, but it also seemed to have been started because Bass was running out of place to store messy dead bodies a broom closet at the university and even the trunk of his beloved Mustang proved to be not the best places after all.The book then gets into some of the difficulties the Farm has had protests about its location, protests about the use of unclaimed cadavers particularly those of U.S veterans and some of the projects it has hosted including an adipocere formation experiment and an experiment suggested by crime author Patricia Cornwell.But most of what comprises this book are stories about Bass s career his failures and successes The failures most notably the Shy case point up the need for a facility like the Body Farm, and the successes point to the value of the data gathered at the site All the workers at the Body Farm living and dead are doing a great deal to aid forensic science In the future, justice for murder victims will be servedswiftly and accurately because of the work done at the Body Farm.Avid readers of true crime will enjoy the specialized professional view of cases that may already be familiar to them I was familiar with the Madison Rutherford and Perry Rubinstein cases, but getting the technical details from Bass shaped for maximum readability by his capable co author Jon Jefferson gave the stories a new dimension Especially fascinating was the description of the study Bass s student made of the effects of different types of saws upon bone, which helped lead to a conviction in the death of Leslie Mahaffey, one of the victims of the diabolical Paul Bernardo, the male half of the Canadian Barbie and Ken husband and wife murder team There s also an inside look at the infamous Tri State Crematory case from 2002.There s a lot of eye popping detail in this book, some of it horrifying, some of it poignant, some of it dare I say hilarious See if you can keep yourself from laughing when you find out why Bass had to buy his first wife two new kitchen stoves, or why he had to buy his third wife a new blender.Even when the tone of the book becomes humorous, Bass is always professional and respectful Bass sees himself as a scientist, first and foremost, and his ultimate goal is to use his science to bring criminals to justice He s humble, big hearted, and always willing to learn from anybody be it a colleague, one of his own students, or the voiceless dead who speak to him with their inert, shattered bones


  3. Val Val says:

    What a fascinating book to read I learned a lot A LOT about what happens to the human body when a person dies What a journey Dr Bass had, leading up to the creation of the body farm He shared many different cases and some were truly heart wrenching to read He also shared anecdotes about his life, leaving me smiling and chuckling quite often I think one of the things I admired the most was how respectful Dr Bass was of every body he examined I loved how he grasped any and every opportu What a fascinating book to read I learned a lot A LOT about what happens to the human body when a person dies What a journey Dr Bass had, leading up to the creation of the body farm He shared many different cases and some were truly heart wrenching to read He also shared anecdotes about his life, leaving me smiling and chuckling quite often I think one of the things I admired the most was how respectful Dr Bass was of every body he examined I loved how he grasped any and every opportunity to learn even when it included learning from one of his students The first time I heard of a body farm was on the original CSI Learning that one actually exists, and the long road bringing it into existence, makes for an engrossing read


  4. Rachel (BAVR) Rachel (BAVR) says:

    I picked up this book because the Body Farm fascinates me Seriously, I m so taken with that place that I would consider willing my future cadaver there someday if my family approves In Death s Acre, Dr William M Bass, his tale written by the vastly capable Jon Jefferson, takes us on the journey of his exciting career as a forensic anthropologist, professor, and founder of the Body Farm There are some very graphic descriptions of human decomposition in this book, which doesn t bother me, but I picked up this book because the Body Farm fascinates me Seriously, I m so taken with that place that I would consider willing my future cadaver there someday if my family approves In Death s Acre, Dr William M Bass, his tale written by the vastly capable Jon Jefferson, takes us on the journey of his exciting career as a forensic anthropologist, professor, and founder of the Body Farm There are some very graphic descriptions of human decomposition in this book, which doesn t bother me, but I know some readers may want to take that into account before reading Bass manages to remain respectful throughout all of the tough stuff, though, from outlining the case of a murdered toddler to commenting on charred human remains That undercurrent of respect for the decedents and the work really sets this book on a pedestal for me Because I m hardly a science scholar, I was relieved to find that Bass and Jefferson explain the processes in layman s terms At times, I felt like one of Dr Bass s students, called to class to study another pile of bones As the book went on, I got better and better at figuring out the rationale behind time of death estimates and cause of death explanations No wonder the man is a legend in his field I would recommend this story to anyone who has the stomach for and the interest in forensic science


  5. Jim Jim says:

    The writing could be tighter, but his wandering through his life is interesting How he, an anthropologist developed into a pioneer in the field of forensics is interesting funny, in rather horrible ways A corpse in the closet over the weekend the poor janitor The development reasoning behind the body farm is also interesting See Mary Roache s book on corpses, Stiff The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers She has a chapter on the body farm does a wonderful job, too The writing could be tighter, but his wandering through his life is interesting How he, an anthropologist developed into a pioneer in the field of forensics is interesting funny, in rather horrible ways A corpse in the closet over the weekend the poor janitor The development reasoning behind the body farm is also interesting See Mary Roache s book on corpses, Stiff The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers She has a chapter on the body farm does a wonderful job, too


  6. Julia Julia says:

    This book is based on the University of Tennessee s Anthropological Research Facility, aka The Body Farm The 1st facility of it s kind, The Body Farm researches the decomposition process of the human body in varied controlled settings Results in these studies have helped federal and local law enforcement solve murders and missing persons cases.The author, who joined UofT s anthropology department in 1971 and founded the original Body Farm in 1981, injects a nice balance of humor to off set t This book is based on the University of Tennessee s Anthropological Research Facility, aka The Body Farm The 1st facility of it s kind, The Body Farm researches the decomposition process of the human body in varied controlled settings Results in these studies have helped federal and local law enforcement solve murders and missing persons cases.The author, who joined UofT s anthropology department in 1971 and founded the original Body Farm in 1981, injects a nice balance of humor to off set the scientific language of the book Thanks to the author explanation and the internet, I thought this book was quite easy for the layperson to understand The author is also half of the writing duo Jefferson Bass who writes The Body Farm series After reading this book, I am looking forward to reading The Body Farm series


  7. Melissa Chung Melissa Chung says:

    I can t remember if my friend Keely bought me this book or I bought it myself because she loved it so much With that being said, I want to thank my friend Keely for making me read this book It s an amazing piece of non fiction that I highly recommend reading.On the front cover of the book it says foreword by Patricia Cornwell A relative told me in college, if you like crime books you have to read Patricia Cornwell I picked up her first book of the Scarpetta series and was hooked I was hap I can t remember if my friend Keely bought me this book or I bought it myself because she loved it so much With that being said, I want to thank my friend Keely for making me read this book It s an amazing piece of non fiction that I highly recommend reading.On the front cover of the book it says foreword by Patricia Cornwell A relative told me in college, if you like crime books you have to read Patricia Cornwell I picked up her first book of the Scarpetta series and was hooked I was happy to read a book that Patricia had a small hand in I also love anything that has to do with death I m odd like that So picking up this true crime non fiction was a real treat Dr Bill Bass is the creator of the Body Farm, a scientifically run facility, that recreates different scenarios where a body could decompose Through this scientific research we now can tell when a body died Time of death is an important marker for police in murder investigations Through the body farm, Dr Bass and his fellow forensic anthropologists, entomologists, medical examiners, forensic dentists and other scientists and law enforcement have learned the stages of decomposition Through decades of research, the body farm has helped to broaden and create aaccurate analysis of death We know what to look for in order to catch that killer This book doesn t just talk about the body farm it also follows Bill Bass s journey from getting a masters in counseling and taking an anthropology class just for fun, to becoming a world renowned forensic anthropologist Death s Acre or the body farm is where Bill Bass became famous, but it was his coming up that was the most fascinating We get see cases that Bass worked on over the years We get to read about his aha moments, and his oops moments With the help of some anthropology pioneers, Bill Bass and his body farm would not be possible.If you like true crime, forensics, non fiction, mystery and death in general you ll really enjoy this book Those with a weak stomach be aware there are mentions of bugs, body liquid, juicy flesh, horrendous smells and other unpleasant adjectives to describe a rotting corpse I ate while reading this so I m fine teehee Check this book out You won t be disappointed


  8. Sarah Swann Sarah Swann says:

    This was fascinating It really shows the importance of forensic science and what it can prove If I had the stomach for it, I think this is a fascinating fieldbut I can t, lol


  9. Sarah Sarah says:

    I really enjoyed learning about the Body Farm and how it came to be I have read Patricia Cornwell s book The Body Farm and so learning the lengths she went to for her research for a death scene in the book was great and encouraging to hear that she really cared if her books are realistic Also learning where the techniques that are taken for granted today came from, who thought them up, and the experiments done to create these techniques I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the I really enjoyed learning about the Body Farm and how it came to be I have read Patricia Cornwell s book The Body Farm and so learning the lengths she went to for her research for a death scene in the book was great and encouraging to hear that she really cared if her books are realistic Also learning where the techniques that are taken for granted today came from, who thought them up, and the experiments done to create these techniques I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the behind the scenes, real life aspect of shows like CSI and Criminal Minds


  10. Diane in Australia Diane in Australia says:

    4 Stars Outstanding It definitely held my interest.