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Teasing Secrets from the Dead: My Investigations at America's Most… (2004)

by Emily Craig

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This excellent and well-written memoir tells about Dr. Craig's life as a forensic anthropologist. I found it absolutely fascinating, from her first career as a medical illustrator, to when she went back to school and studied at the famous "Body Farm", to the cases she saw as the state forensic anthropologist for Kentucky, to her work on disaster sites like the Twin Towers and the Oklahoma Federal Building. She is particularly adept at describing the difficulties of balancing her work as a scientist with her emotions and empathy for the victims of crime. There are some fairly graphic descriptions of her work, so if you have a weak stomach this may not be the book for you. However, if you're interested in crime-solving and/or anthropology, I highly recommend it. Four and a half stars. ( )
  allthesedarnbooks | Mar 15, 2013 |
Great lady, great book. I am a Kentuckian, live near the state crime lab, and have a close friend who works at same said crime lab, so had a particular interest in this forensics book. I think Dr. Craig did an excellent job on this book, loved all her stories, but it ended too abruptly - needs a better closing to the book. Arrogant? Not in my estimation - if you want to see an arrogant anthropologist, read William Maples. ( )
  pilgrimhen | Aug 5, 2008 |
the book tells true crimes in the u.s. ( )
  1ah04gro | Apr 11, 2008 |
The author's style is so insufferably arrogant and full of herself that I couldn't finish it. And yeah, I have read Maples (catalog view, tag = forensic) and found him much less so than St. Craig. ( )
  Bookmarque | Nov 9, 2006 |
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To my mother, Emily Josephine, and to the memory of my father, Rueben. These two gave me life and the courage to think for myself. And to the victims, and the families who loved them.
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Emily Craig first became intrigued by forensics work when, as a respected medical illustrator, she was called in by the local police to create a model of a murder victim's face. Her fascination with that case led to a dramatic midlife career change. She would go back to school to become a forensic anthropologist, becoming one of the most respected "bone hunters" in the nation. Teasing Secrets From the Dead is a frontline story of crime scene investigation, from Emily's training a the notorious "Body Farm" in Tennessee to her behind-the-scenes work on some of the most infamous murder crimes in recent history. As a student working with the FBI in Waco, she helped uncover the first definitive proof that many of the Davidians had been shot to death before the fire, including their leader, David Koresh, whose bullet-pierced skull Emily reconstructed with her own hands. Upon graduation, Emily landed a prestigious full-time job as forensic anthropologist for Kentucky, a state with an alarmingly high murder rate and thousands of square miles of rural backcountry, where bodies are dumped and discovered on a regular basis. She was also often called to crime scenes across the country, including the site of the domestic terror attack on the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City. A mysterious body part-a dismembered leg-had been found at the scene and did not match any of the known victims. Timothy McVeigh's defense counsel contended that the leg might have come from another bomber, the real mastermind of the plot. But through careful scientific analysis, Emily was able to identify the leg's owner, a pivotal piece of evidence that helped convict McVeigh. In September 2001, at the height of her career, Emily received a phone call summoning her to NYC, where she directed the night-shift triage at the World Trace Center's body indentification site, collaborating with forensics experts from all over the country to collect and identify the remains of 9/11 victims. Full of stories from both national and obscure investigation, Teasing Secrets From the Dad is an unforgettable story of one woman's career behind the crime-scene tape. (ARC)
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