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August 2006
Teasing Secrets from the Dead
by Emily Craig

Dr. Emily Craig

After earning her master’s degree in medical illustration from the Medical College of Georgia in 1976, Emily Craig worked at the Hughston Sports Medicine Foundation in Columbus, Georgia for 15 years. During that time she earned a worldwide reputation for her anatomical illustrations and three-dimensional teaching models of the human musculoskeletal system.

In 1994 Emily earned a Ph.D. in forensic physical anthropology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Here, under the tutelage of Dr. Bill Bass, Emily became one of the few forensic scientists in the world to undertake extensive research at the infamous “Body Farm.” This is a secluded facility dedicated to the study and documentation of human decay processes.

Emily now works full-time as the state forensic anthropologist within the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office. Her job requires that she conduct the field recoveries, laboratory analyses, and identification of decomposed, fragmented, and skeletonized human remains. She also helps direct the Kentucky Coroners/Medical Examiners Mass Fatality Response Team.

Dr. Craig was a key member of the team that discovered and analyzed the fatal gunshot wounds in the Branch Davidians in Waco, and she helped identify victims from Waco, the Oklahoma City bombing, the World Trade Center, and the Tri-State Crematory incident in Noble, Georgia.

Emily’s narrative nonfiction book Teasing Secrets from the Dead was first published in August 1994 (Crown Publications) and is now in seven different languages and in paperback.



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