Death's Acre

Death's Acre

Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab the Body Farm Where the Dead Do Tell Tales

Book - 2003
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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.

Publisher: New York : Putnam c2003.
ISBN: 9780399151347
Characteristics: xiii, 304 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Jefferson, Jon


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bookfanatic1979 Sep 21, 2011

Dr. Bass is also a university professor, a fact that comes through loud and clear in this book. He takes even the most abstrusely scientific explanation and translates it into normal English. This book is fascinating, and a little stomach-turning. Bass definitely does not shy away from graphic descriptions of what happens to our bodies when we die.

Apr 28, 2011

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.

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