Thursday, January 3, 2013
REVIEW: Death's Acre by Dr. Bill Blass and Jon Jefferson
Audience: Adult/Older Teen
Summary: Straight from an episode of CSI, this book details the life and times of Dr. Bill Blass, who established "The Body Farm". The Anthropological Research Center, colloquially known as "The Body Farm" is a one-of-a-kind research facility that studies how the human body decomposes after death by studying actual human subjects (most are donated by well-meaning donors after their deaths) through the various stages of decomposition. This research has and is aiding forensic scientists all over the world in the quest to identify remains and identify murders, charlatans, and criminals.
Lucinda's Views: As a person with an interest in forensic anthropology, this book was right up my alley. Dr. Bass brings a very technical and intense branch of science down to an approachable, layman's level. Through easily understood, but fascinating scientific tidbits, Dr. Bass relates some of his more memorable cases and even the mistake that lead to the establishment of "The Body Farm". Over his more than forty year career, Dr. Bass has been called upon to aid with many interesting, unique cases, from 3,000 year old Native American burials to a man who was shot, blown apart, and then had his house burned down around him in order try and conceal his murder. If you are interested in forensic science and love CSI, then this book would definitely be of interest.