No Bone Unturned: Inside the World of a Top Forensic Scientist and His Work on America's Most Notorious Crimes and Disasters

No Bone Unturned: Inside the World of a Top Forensic Scientist and His Work on America's Most Notorious Crimes and Disasters

by Jeff Benedict

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Overview

A curator for the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Doug Owsley painstakingly rebuilds skeletons, helping to identify them and determine their cause of death. He has worked on several notorious cases — from mass graves uncovered in Croatia to the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon — and has examined historic skeletons tens of thousands of years old. But the discovery of Kennewick Man, a 9,600-year-old human skeleton found along the banks of Washington's Columbia River, was a find that would turn Owsley's life upside down.

Days before Owsley was scheduled to study the skeleton, the government seized it to bury Kennewick Man's bones on the land of the Native American tribes who claimed him. Along with other leading scientists, Owsley sued the U.S. government over custody. Concerned that knowledge about our past and our history would be lost forever if the bones were reburied, Owsley fought a legal and political battle for six years, putting everything at risk, jeopardizing his career and his reputation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060958886
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/13/2004
Series: Harper Perennial
Edition description: First Perennial Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Jeff Benedict conducted the first national study on sexual assault and athletes. He has published three books on athletes and crime, including a blistering exposé on the NFL, Pros and Cons: The Criminals Who Play in the NFL, and Public Heroes, Private Felons: Athletes and Crimes Against Women. He is a lawyer and an investigative journalist who has written five books.

Table of Contents

Author's Noteix
Prologue1
1High-Stakes Playground17
2Opening Coffins27
3Bone Fragments31
4Going to Guatemala35
5Outsmarting the Devil41
6Into the Crypt53
7Building People61
8Remains of the Day71
9The Probe75
10Evil is Real81
11Unwrapping a Mummy83
12Somebody Else is Here91
13Humans Remain95
14Airfare for a Skeleton103
15Destination Unknown109
16Rush to Repatriate115
17We Know How Time Began121
18The Client129
19Senior Girl135
20Eight Men Out145
21About-Face149
22Where Did You Get These Africans?155
23Turning the Lights on159
24Stand and Fight169
25Intent175
26Science Evolves181
27Virtual Reality189
28The Cover-Up197
29Lie Detector201
30Skin Thickness205
31Objection211
32One Look217
33Going Deep227
34Spin Cycle231
35Show Time239
36White House Involvement255
37What You See Here Stays Here263
38In Demand269
39The Decision275
Source Notes283
Acknowledgments291
Index295

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Kelso14 More than 1 year ago
This was a great story, well written and engaging, I couldn't put it down. I don't normally read books twice, but I will probably read this again. I thoroughly enjoyed it.