There is no scientist in the world like Dr. Bill Bass. A pioneer in forensic anthropology, Bass created the world's first laboratory dedicated to the study of human decomposition—three acres of land on a hillside in Tennessee where human bodies are left to the elements. His research at "the... read more
Introduction: A Half Century of Forensic Evolution and Revolution
1. The Golden Bowl, the Burning Palace: Applying Modern Science to Ancient Bones
2. Splash Landing, Part 1: Finding Answers in Teeth and Skull Morphology
3. Shedding Light on a Victim's Bones: Using UV to Illuminate Identity
4. Forensics at the Speed of Flight: Interpreting Teeth and Trauma
5. The Rockets' Red Glare, Bodies Bursting in Air: Dealing with a Mass Disaster
6. Dead for the Holidays: Determining Time Since Death
7. A Texas Scorcher: Finding a "Fingerprint" in a Frontal Sinus
8. No Butts about It: Convicting a Killer by Matching Bite Marks
9. Listening to the Bugs: Pinpointing Time Since Death with Forensic Entomology
10. The Professor versus the Computer: Harnessing Software to Determine Race and ID a Victim
11. Science at the Cutting Edge: Scanning a Knife Mark with Electron Microscopy
12. Leoma Patterson, Part 1: Reopening an Old Coffin--and an Old Case--with DNA.
13. Splash Landing, Part 2: Searching the Depths with Sonar
14. Leoma Patterson, Part 2: Putting a Face on the Dead
15. The Day the Bopper Died: Digging for the Truth, and Finding It with X-rays
16. Leoma Patterson, Part 3: Pushing the Limits of DNA Testing
Afterward: What Next?
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