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Dead Men Do Tell Tales: The Strange and Fascinating Cases of a Forensic Anthropologistby William R. Maples
Synopses & Reviews
"When he's not shattering myths about maggots, Dr. Maples is delightfully unraveling true murder mysteries, ancient and modern. He's not just another clever forensic detective — he's a poet, a philosopher, and a sly commentator on the fractured human condition, pre-and post-mortem."
-- Carl Hiaasen, author of Strip Tease and Native Tongue
"Whether Maples' subjects are famous or anonymous, it is how he tells their stories that makes this book so fascinating and — in its fashion — delightful."
--Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World
"William R. Maples and Michael Browning could've written a dry clinical analysis of forensic anthropology; instead they tell tales better than the dead could for themselves."
-- New York Times Book Review
From the Trade Paperback edition.
While explaining the behavior of maggots and the biology of putrefaction a forensic anthropologist recounts his strangest and most horrifying criminal cases, from puzzles of dismemberment to the revelation of the identity of long-buried skeletons. Reprint.
The author recounts his work, from murder cases to the remains of the famly of Czar Nicholas II to traces of Vietnam MIAs.
About the Author
Until his death in February 1997, Dr. William R. Maples was distinguished service professor and curator-in-charge of the C. A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, Florida. He was president of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology and a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. A scholarship fund has been established in his honor. After his death, his students painted a large tribute on a memorial wall at the University of Florida, saying simply: “We have stood on the shoulders of a giant.”
Michael Browning was East Asia correspondent for Knight-Ridder Newspapers from 1983–1992. He now works for the Palm Beach Post and lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Table of Contents
Every day is Halloween — Talkative skulls — "Bolts of bones" — "Enfolding earth" — Flotsam and jetsam — "When the sickness is your soul" — Outpacing the fiend — Unnatural nature — "Sunless place" — Flames and urns — Death in 10,000 fragments — Lost legions — Misplaced conquistador — Arsenic and "Old rough and ready" — Tsar of al the Russians — "These rough notes and our dead bodies" — Acknowledgements — Index.
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