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    Body Farm at University of TN

    Here's a link to the "Body Farm" if you would like to learn more about it.
    http://web.utk.edu/~anthrop/FACcenter.html

    It is Forensic Anthropology, essentially the study of a deceased person. This farm actually uses REAL deceased bodies (from body donations after death). They set up various senarios to be able to study how a body reacts to certain situations after death. Education is usually a Masters Degree and PhD.

    I haven't had time to fully check out the link, including the type of testing they are doing on this case. But I'm positive my fellow sleuthers will be adding more info so we may all learn more about this fascinating education and forensic studies they do.

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    There was a TV thing on this place, too...but I can't remember what network or what it was called. Interesting to see how they do it...bodies everywhere! =p
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    Quote Originally Posted by cjm11 View Post
    Here's a link to the "Body Farm" if you would like to learn more about it.
    http://web.utk.edu/~anthrop/FACcenter.html

    It is Forensic Anthropology, essentially the study of a deceased person. This farm actually uses REAL deceased bodies (from body donations after death). They set up various senarios to be able to study how a body reacts to certain situations after death. Education is usually a Masters Degree and PhD.

    I haven't had time to fully check out the link, including the type of testing they are doing on this case. But I'm positive my fellow sleuthers will be adding more info so we may all learn more about this fascinating education and forensic studies they do.
    I've been posting bits and pieces of information on varying threads about how quickly a body actually begins decomposing. I read an article about this place recently and it was actually fascinating to learn the science behind this.
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    I swear sometimes in the heat of summer when the humidity is high you can smell it as you drive around that area on Alcoa Highway. Maybe it's something else, but I don't know many other things that can waft death stench like that.
    Just my opinion anyway... cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sariebell View Post
    I swear sometimes in the heat of summer when the humidity is high you can smell it as you drive around that area on Alcoa Highway. Maybe it's something else, but I don't know many other things that can waft death stench like that.
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    http://www.jeffersonbass.com/
    http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=924
    http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/c...ass/index.html
    http://www.boingboing.net/2007/10/30...e-body-fa.html


    I have been reading about Dr. Bass and the Body Farm for years. My b-i-l told me about him - he studied under him and worked in his office when he went to UT. Some pretty interesting stuff going on down there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happy2bn10ec View Post
    http://www.jeffersonbass.com/
    http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=924
    http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/c...ass/index.html
    http://www.boingboing.net/2007/10/30...e-body-fa.html


    I have been reading about Dr. Bass and the Body Farm for years. My b-i-l told me about him - he studied under him and worked in his office when he went to UT. Some pretty interesting stuff going on down there.
    Woa! You definately have to be a special person to be able to endure that education. I'm interested in medical science, but don't think I could do that. Thank your b-i-l for helping in such a needed way. This is relatively new in the field of forensics and look how far they come with it!

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    Patricia Cornwell writes about the Body Farm in her Kay Scarpetta books...

    You really can get a noseful if you park in the back lots at UT Hospital

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    Quote Originally Posted by happy2bn10ec View Post
    http://www.jeffersonbass.com/
    http://www.damninteresting.com/?p=924
    http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/c...ass/index.html
    http://www.boingboing.net/2007/10/30...e-body-fa.html


    I have been reading about Dr. Bass and the Body Farm for years. My b-i-l told me about him - he studied under him and worked in his office when he went to UT. Some pretty interesting stuff going on down there.
    Not only interesting but humanitarian. The work The Body Farm does helps bring victims home to their loved ones. Despite the fact of the matter of death, more explicitly murder, the clues developed help identify the victim and help identify the murderer.

    The work may never stop murders but it will be a detriment to those who consider that an alternative. They will be caught.

    Your BIL and Dr. Bass and others are remarkable people for getting to the core matter and treating all victims with humanity. The families that donate remains to the The Body Farm are to be commended as well. With all the effort put forth and the knowledge brought forth it will soon be a thing of the past where someone believes they can get away with murder.

    The indignity of death and the spoils are only rewarded by being in a better place afterwards. The resulting death before their time is a matter for our earth community.

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    "Hi, I'm Dr. Bill Bass, let me welcome you to the body farm! How 'bout coming and taking a little tour with me!"

    As he beckons you inside like a sweet old grandpa asking you to come in for hot chocolate.

    I LOVE HIM! He makes the macabre so happy and fun.
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    It would be interesting to see what Dr. Bass would say would be left of a tiny 2 year old's body after heat, humidity and animals in that area. IMO, not much.........so sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TaylorJ4 View Post
    Patricia Cornwell writes about the Body Farm in her Kay Scarpetta books...

    You really can get a noseful if you park in the back lots at UT Hospital
    That is how I came to know about the Body Farm, a long time ago... it is extremely interesting to research, if you are into the intricate complexity of forensic science.

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