Tag Archives: Body Farm

Bearden Bites

Abby Ham covered two topics that especially interested me this week. On Tuesday, she interviewed Paul Simmons of Einstein Simplified about our move to The Well for our weekly comedy improv shows. We perform every Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. at … Continue reading

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Stock of Knowledge

Art Bohanan got some good news on Tuesday night. The Jefferson County Board of Zoning Appeals will allow Bohanan to proceed with his plans to donate a portion of his property to Carson-Newman University for forensic research. The small-scale body … Continue reading

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Farm Bureau

Nathan and Kathleen Robinson of Scrumps Cupcakes were surprised to learn that there is a photo of their store on BoneZones.com. In May, I asked the Robinsons to donate some Death by Chocolate cupcakes to the FBI Knoxville Citizens Academy … Continue reading

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Dead Wait

People and animals have been dying for millions of years. You probably walk over buried fossils every day. Obviously you wouldn’t want to be two feet from a rotting corpse or carcass but what about two-thousand feet? Unless someone told … Continue reading

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YIMBY

The acronym NIMBY means “not in my backyard.” Forensic expert Art Bohanan has the exact opposite view. He donated land behind his own home to Carson-Newman for their new Environmental Forensics Program. The land will be used to study how … Continue reading

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Hallow Points

Happy All Hallows Day! This past Sunday, Fr. Michael Woods reminded his parishioners of the connection between Halloween and All Hallows, a/k/a All Saints’ Day, the feast day that gave All Saints Church its name. Yesterday, I read a great … Continue reading

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District of Columbaria

The first of two podcasts that Fr. Christian Mathis and I recorded with Dr. Bill Bass is now online. You can find it on Fr. Christian’s blog. The episode is about Catholics and cremation. In the podcast, we talk about … Continue reading

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Camp Decomp

What’s the difference between a travel trailer and a camper trailer? I had to look it up. A camper trailer or tent trailer pops up whereas a travel trailer does not. A fifth-wheel attaches to the bed of a pickup … Continue reading

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Double Feature

Seeing the columbarium at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church gave me an idea. What if Fr. Christian Mathis and I recorded a podcast about Catholics and cremation? Fr. Christian liked the idea and suggested that I invite Dr. Bill … Continue reading

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Uncovering a Cover-Up

CNN and NPR both ran stories about Florida’s Dozier School for Boys on Monday. The real-life school served as the inspiration for the fictional reform school in the 2011 Body Farm novel, “The Bone Yard.” There are links to additional … Continue reading

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The Work of Art

Carson-Newman College sent me an email yesterday that made my day. The subject line was “Carson-Newman to Announce Environmental Forensics Program.” They are planning to open their own body farm, specializing in the study of decomposition’s effect on the environment. … Continue reading

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Read Dinger

In Allen Wyler’s thriller “Dead Ringer,” a¬†Seattle neurosurgeon travels to Hong Kong to demonstrate a surgical technique on a cadaver head. He is shocked to recognize the head as belonging to his best friend, a stock broker who is supposed … Continue reading

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Ignoble Georgian

It’s no surprise that the words “Tri-State Crematory” would jump off the page while I was reading the descriptions of the various movies to be screened this coming weekend at the Secret City Film Festival. I have heard Dr. Bill … Continue reading

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Dead Spread

In the olden days, performers would literally sing for their supper. I got a nice lunch on Tuesday and all I had to do for it was crack a few jokes about blowflies and crematories. Dr. Bill Bass was at … Continue reading

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