The phrase “forensic anthropology” may conjure up TV-inspired images of creepy crime scenes or scientists working away in high-tech laboratories. In Teasing Secrets from the Dead, Kentucky state forensic anthropologist Emily Craig shows us the real thing, both in the field and in the lab, while taking us inside mysterious local murders and horrifying national tragedies. She provides a wealth of detail on the “how” of her work—identifying remains based on bones, examining mitochondrial DNA from a body long dead, creating detailed 3D facial reconstructions—while never losing sight of the “why.” Sometimes gruesome but always absorbing, Teasing Secrets from the Dead shows us that whether it takes place in Waco after the Branch Davidian compound fire, at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks, or in a lonely patch of Kentucky forest, Craig’s work is about bringing criminals to justice ... and peace to families.
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