Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A Look at a Book on Identifying the Dead

Did you read the awesomely hilarious post yesterday by guest hosts Megan Miranda and Elle Cosimano about what they took part in during the Writer's Police Academy last month? If you missed it, read it -- it is a fun post!

I attended the WPA with Megan and Elle and besides a ton of information and a lot of fun memories, I also brought back a book I thought I'd share: Forensic Identification: Putting a Name and Face on Death by Dr. Elizabeth Murray.

Dr. Elizabeth Murray is both a professor of biology at Mount St. Joseph's,and a forensic anthropologist. As a forensic anthropologist, Dr. Murray is often called upon by law enforcement to help with identifying the dead. 

Her book Forensic Identification: Putting a Name and Face on Death goes through the processes it takes to identify bodies when identification is unknown. It is written for grades 7-12  -- which means for a not-so-scientifically-oriented adult, I found it easy to comprehend!

This is a great resource for writers, science enusiasts, and those aspiring to go into forensics or law enforcement. I highly recommend it.

Want to learn more about Dr. Elizabeth Murray or forensic anthropology? Here are a few links:

Lerner Publications Facebook Interview with Dr. Murray

CAA website profile of Dr. Murray

WPA speaker profile

Forensic Anthropology site

Another forensic anthropology site


Laura Ellen is the author of Blind Spot which releases October 23rd!

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