1/27 Radio Broadcast- Discussion with Bone Detective Bill Bass

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Dr. Bill Bass is not only a forensic anthropologist.  He is also a well respected professor at The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where he is the founder and director of “the bodyfarm”.  Dr. Bass acquired land from the university and unclaimed cadavers and exposed them to the elements in order to learn about decomposition rates in different types of conditions under scientific controls, allowing for time of death accuracy.  These cadavers were unknown and never identified, but in death, they provide significant information regarding what happens to a body in a particular environment.  He is also an author, and along with Jon Jefferson, form the prolific writing team known as Jefferson Bass, who are responsible for writing 10 books, including the popular Body Farm novel series.

Meet Dr. Bill Bass! (1:50)

Dr. Bass elaborates on his prolific career. (3:40)

Bass shares his “aha learning experience” with us. (7:34)

Dr. Bass account of “the body farm” and how it came to be. (8:25)

Dr. Bass requests “land to put dead bodies on” and explains why. (13:40)

The bodies in the body farm are discussed. (15:00)

The hundreds of variables that can affect decay rates are discussed. (17:37)

Who can visit the body farm? Dr. Bass fills us in. (21:14)

Bass informs us on the function of the body farm and how it operates. (26:25)

The need for a body farm in every state is elaborated on by Dr. Bass. (28:30)

Dr. Bass defines the term A.D.D (30:20)

Bass describes the area of science known as forensics. (33:55)

Dr. Bass shares his insight on one of his cases. (39:15)

Bass sheds light on what we can learn from bones. (44:00)

Jon Jefferson and Dr. Bill Bass create a book series, together as ‘Jefferson Bass’, which make up the “writer and science duo”. (47:50)

Jon Jefferson calls in to discuss the books! For more info on the body farm, you can go to www.jeffersonbass.com (50:20)

Next weeks guests are announced. (58:17)


About behindtheyellowtape

Joey Ortega started his investigative career early at the age of 18 working as an apprentice investigator for local detectives. He started out doing insurance fraud investigations and background investigations. Proving adept in the areas surveillance and information gathering, Joey continued to seek further investigative challenges. From there he went on to do internal investigations for a number of companies that include; Sears, Roebuck Co., Saks Fifth Avenue, and K-mart. He was largely responsible for investigating issues of internal theft, embezzlement, workers comp fraud, and crime ring investigations. His success eventually earned him a position as a national investigator for a cellular chain, investigating crime rings on a national level. Trained in the Reid technique (interviewing/interrogation), Joey was able to gain confessions consistently without a single prosecution ever being challenged in court. Throughout his career as an internal investigator Joey continued to work for various private investigative agencies. Moving away from insurance fraud, Joey began developing his skills in the areas of criminal defense investigation, fidelity investigation, missing person’s investigations, and stalker investigations. It was the area of stalker investigations that Joey began to discover his passion for computer crime investigations. Having to learn quickly how to trace harassing and threatening emails, Joey began see that this is where the future of crime and justice was heading and decided to throw himself deeply into the subject. As a result, Joey’s clientele began to include those who were victims of internet fraud and cyber attacks. Joey is also the co-founder of The Ullemeyer Group, Inc. an investigative and training firm based in Santa Barbara, California that specializes in forensic training and consulting.
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3 Responses to 1/27 Radio Broadcast- Discussion with Bone Detective Bill Bass

  1. Jessica Pellegrin says:

    Dr. Bill Bass initially majored in psychology.

  2. He initially majored in psychology. The show was great…and I’m always learning something new from him. He is a great professor and is great to his students. Looking forward to the new book that is set to be released in May!

  3. Kim Kolton says:

    Great show!

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