There are no tours of the Body Farm. People who are interested in learning about decomposition can read “Death’s Acre” or watch a documentary made by Jon Jefferson or go to a lecture by Dr. Bill Bass. On Monday, Dr. Bass will speak at the Blount County Public Library at 7:00 p.m. On Tuesday, he will speak to the FBI Knoxville Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association.
A teacher at William Blount High School realized that if she couldn’t take her forensic science class to the Body Farm, she could bring decomposition to them. Carla Woodard had her students study dead chickens. A great article in The Daily Times by Melanie Tucker (whose email address starts with “melt”) describes the chickens that were left in various locations such as the trunk of a car or floating in a bucket. They gave clever names to the carcasses, including Fabio, Georgia, Paulette, Hank and Nemo.
The news from nearby Blount County reminded me of my own rejected idea for my son’s seventh grade science project. At first, I thought he could track the progress of a few dead critters from our pool. Then I thought he could do something with spare ribs. Years later, we did our own rib experiment at Calhoun’s with Dr. Bass.