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Lay them to rest : on the road with the cold case investigators who identify the nameless
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- ISBN: 9780306828805
- ISBN: 0306828804
- ISBN: 9780306828812
- ISBN: 0306828812
xxi, 324 pages, 8 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, 2023.
|Bibliography, etc. Note:|
Includes bibliographical references and index.
|Formatted Contents Note:|
Prologue: what came before -- The case: the woman in the woods -- The method: John and Jane Doe -- The case: assembly -- The method: forensic anthropology -- The case: Ina, Illinois -- The method: skeletal analysis -- The case: New Hampshire -- The method: dental comparisons and odontology -- The case: a trip to the dentist -- The method: forensic art -- The case: the reconstruction -- The method: DNA analysis and investigative genetic genealogy -- The case: Astrea -- The case: Redgrave research -- The answer: Susan Minard Lund -- The announcement -- Epilogue: what comes after.
"Fans of true crime shows like CSI, NCIS, Criminal Minds, and Law and Order know that when it comes to "getting the bad guy" behind bars, your best chance of success boils down to the strength of your evidence-and the forensic science used to obtain it. Beyond the silver screen, forensic science has been used for decades to help solve even the most tough-to-crack cases. In 2018, the accused Golden State Killer, Joseph DeAngelo, was finally apprehended after a decades-long investigation thanks to a very recent technique called forensic genealogy, which has since led to the closure of hundreds of cold cases, bringing long-awaited justice to victims and families alike. But when it comes to solving these incredibly difficult cases, forensic genealogy is just the tip of the iceberg-and many readers have no idea just how far down that iceberg goes. For Laurah Norton, forensic science was always more of a passion than anything else. But after learning about a mishandled 1990s cold case involving missing twins, she was spurred to action, eventually creating a massively popular podcast and building a platform that helped bring widespread attention and resources to the case. Lay Them To Rest builds on Laurah's fascination with these investigations, introducing readers to the history and evolution of forensic science, from the death masks used in Ancient Rome to the 3-D facial reconstruction technology used today. Incorporating the stories of real-life John & Jane Does across four centuries-and five countries-Laurah examines how changing identification methods have helped solve cases like The Boy in the Box, The Clocaenog Forest Man, and more. Along the way readers will also get to see Laurah solve a case in real time with forensic anthropologist Dr. Amy Michael, as they try to determine the identity of "Ina" Jane Doe, a woman whose skull and vertebrae were found dangling in a bush in an Illinois park in 1993. More than just a chronicle of the history of forensics, Lay Them To Rest is also a celebration of the growing field of experts, forensic artists, and anthropologists (many of whom Laurah talks to in the book), who work tirelessly to bring closure to these unsolved cases. And of course, this book asks why some cases go unsolved, highlighting the "missing missing," the sex workers, undocumented, the cases that so desperately need our attention, but so rarely get it. Engrossing, informative, heartbreaking, and hopeful, Lay Them To Rest is a deep dive into the world of forensic science, showing readers how far we've come in cracking cases and catching killers, and illuminating just how far we have yet to go"--
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