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Body Detectives

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Two people wearing gloves and examining human bones. Caption: no bones were fractured.

At the Body Farm, the dead speak. Follows the world's first open-air crime lab with founder Bill Bass, of The University of Tennessee, for a close-up look at how cadavers decay. As proxies for murder victims, these decomposing bodies are studied in the name of science and the cause of justice. Talks about the factors and biological markers that help pinpoint time since death, including wind and weather, insects and carnivores, fire damage, soft tissue leachate, mold, and bacteria. Presents three homicide cases that hinged on data and expertise gained at the Farm, and shows Ph.D. students using forensic science and body processing. Shows human bodies in a variety of decomposition stages. Accessibility options on the DVD are: (1) audio description, (2) expanded description, (3) subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.

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