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Body Farms: tending corpses, not crops

 

November 4, 2020

Jon Jefferson (left) and Dr. Bill Blass (right) write using the pen name Jefferson Bass. The pair has written about ten books, both fiction and non-fiction, about body farms-the forensic anthropological facilities where research about how human bodies decompose is done. Dr. Bass, a retired forensic anthropologist, created the first body farm at the University of Tennessee in 1972. There are now eight such facilities in the U.S.

My wife and I live in the Grande Villa in Chinook and there is a tradition there among residents to put their unwanted items "on the bench." Each floor has a bench by the elevator, the place to leave items no longer wanted or to pick up something that catches the eye. I call the benches "the Mall of America."

Recently I found a paperback titled "Cut to the Bone" by Jefferson Bass. I'd never heard of the author but from the title assumed it was a book about crime. Turns out the book was authored by a writing team-Jon Jefferson, a journalist, and Dr. Bill Bass, a retired forensic anthropolog...



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