No Bones About It: The Body Farm Changed Forensics

Imagine peering through the slats of a fence only to spot a handful of corpses, in varying states of decay, littered across the ground. 

That’s exactly how one unsuspecting construction worker learned about the infamous Body Farm, more formally known as the University of Tennessee’s Anthropological Research Facility

Join Candy and Ashley as they trace the fascinating history of the Body Farm, the brainchild of Dr. Bill Bass and a featured element of a best-selling Patricia Cornwell thriller, and discuss how this innovative approach has helped revolutionize criminal investigation. 

You’ll also hear details from intriguing– and in some cases, notorious– criminal cases that Dr. Bass helped solve through his skills as a forensic anthropologist. 

This Spooktober episode is one you won’t want to miss, no bones about it!

Note: Break Music “Ghost Town” composed by Rafael Krux and purchased on

#Spooktober #BillBass #TheBodyFarm #PatriciaCornwell

Show Notes for Episode 58!

Top Left: Primary source for the episode, book by Dr. Bass and Jon Jefferson
Top Right:
Middle Right: Smokey Mountain Living Magazine
Bottom Left:, Forensic anthropology training
Bottom Middle: Author Jon Jefferson and Dr. Bill Bass looking through Body Farm fence, Jefferson Bass official website
Bottom Right: Recent photo of Bill Bass, from website


Death’s Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab The Body Farm Where the Dead Do Tell Tales (2003), by Dr. Bill Bass and Jon Jefferson

Published by ashley raymer-brown

Ashley is an award-winning Independent Filmmaker from Northern Kentucky. Her first film, “No Lost Cause” is currently internationally distributed and was recently featured on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network). Her memoir recalling her experience creating a film on a micro budget, “The Why Not Philosophy or How We Learned to Let Go, Trust God and Defeat the Raptors,” was released February 2015 and is available on Her second feature film, “The Hepburn Girls” was released on and in the summer of 2016. Ashley is also a long-time lover of all things theatre and in the spring of 2014, she helped found and became the Vice-President of the theatre company, “The Theatre Downstream.” Their first large scale summer musical, “Beauty and the Beast” was awarded Best Musical (Local), Best Actor in a Musical (Local), Best Actress in a Musical (Local), and Best Set Design by the BroadwayWorld Louisville awards in 2016, and their 2017 production of "Annie" sold over 2,100 tickets, a company record-breaking number! No matter what the project, Ashley is happiest when she is able to bring talented people and their art together for the consumption and appreciation of the public. While her taste remains vintage, she is grateful for the technology of the modern world and the opportunity to share her thoughts, aspirations, and misadventures. Her lofty dreams are to create things that people remember and to one day own an alpaca. Above all, she loves God, her family, her friends, her cats, and brownies. External websites: “No Lost Cause”- The Theatre Downstream- “The Why Not Philosophy”-

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