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By William R. Maples

From a skeleton, a cranium, a trifling fragment of burnt thighbone, Dr. William Maples can deduce the age, gender, and ethnicity of a homicide sufferer, the way during which the individual was once dispatched, and, eventually, the identification of the killer.  In lifeless males Do inform stories, Dr. Maples revisits his strangest, finest, and such a lot bad investigations, from the baffling instances of conquistador Francisco Pizarro and Vietnam MIAs to the mysterious deaths of President Zachary Taylor and the relations of Czar Nicholas II.

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I learned the power of cold reality, how it acts like a fly whisk to chase idle minds away; and I admired those students who stayed behind. You always have a fondness for your first cases, and I found this skeleton very interesting. Under analysis, it turned out to be that of a toothless elderly man with a lot of union or fusion of bones in his back, due to old age. The really fascinating thing was that he had a large opening where one ear would have been on the skull. It was all hollowed out and eaten away.

In a few moments after the needle sank in, the beasts would get groggy. Then they would sway, totter and collapse on the cage of the floor. We waited a bit, then kicked the side of the cage to see if there was any reaction. Then came the moment of truth. I would open the door, grab the inert baboon firmly by the scruff of the neck and the base of the tail and haul the- creature out of the trap. It is essential to act quickly and decisively: grab, grab, yank and hoist. If you move quickly and get the proper grip, it is very hard for the animal to turn its head and bite you.

But apart from these cases, the annals of my professional life in this period are rather parched and poor. When I open my filing cabinets the gaunt memories of those starveling years come back to me vividly. In 1972 I had but a single case. In 1973 hope blazed up like a bonfire: a scatter of buried bodies was found less than a quarter of a mile away from where I live in Gainesville. These remains turned up when new utility lines were being laid, and for a while it was feared that we were dealing with the grisly spoils left by a serial killer.

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