Dead Men Do Tell Tales

The Strange and Fascinating Cases of a Forensic Anthropologist
Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (74 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From a skeleton, a skull, or a mere fragment of burnt thighbone, prominent forensic anthropologist Dr. William Maples can deduce the age, gender, and ethnicity of a murder victim, the manner in which the person was dispatched, and, ultimately, the identity of the killer. In Dead Men Do Tell Tales, Dr. Maples revisits his strangest, most interesting, and most horrific investigations, from the baffling cases of conquistador Francisco Pizarro and Vietnam MIAs to the mysterious deaths of President Zachary Taylor and the family of Czar Nicholas II.

©1994 William R. Maples (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"When he's not shattering myths about maggots, Dr. Maples is delightfully unraveling true murder mysteries, ancient and modern. He's not just another clever forensic detective - he's a poet, a philosopher, and a sly commentator on the fractured human condition, pre- and post-mortem." (Carl Hiaasen, author of Strip Tease)

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Recommended book

The book was written and performed well
Very interesting stories if you enjoy forensics and understanding the science behind it.

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awesome

I thought it was a great informative book and I am looking forward to hearing another one

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Outdated and plodding

I found that the years between when this book was written and this current year take a lot of the "fascinating"out of this book. I bailed out just before the end because I found each successive chapter to be more redundant. The author was not lacking in self-esteem which also became tiresome.Those interested in forensic anthropology have a plethora of more recent books to read on this topic.

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Dr. Maples is the realist

The book was just ok, Dr. Maples wants you to know he’s the Jay-Z of the Forensic Anthropology world, which he is. So there’s a lot of “I did this, I did that, I held the bones of this famous person, etc.” It’s not a bad thing but he only touches on some very fascinating cases that you wish he would go deeper into. I fell in love with forensics as a young girl watching Dr. Baden’s show Autopsy on HBO in the 90s. So I listen to every forensics book I can get my ears on. If you’re a hardcore fan of the subject you will enjoy this book regardless, Dr. Maples had lived an extraordinary life.

The narrator did very well, no complaints there.

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Great story if you can get past the narrator

The story is worth the listen for sure, however the narrator's voice is horrid to listen to! If you can handle it give a listen.

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captivating I love this book

I have attention deficit disorder so reading is hard but not with book love it

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Fascinating!

I NEVER tire of learning knowledge and hearing the stories on forensic science. I’m convinced Dr. Maples may be a Psychopath though! Wouldn’t you have to be to endure this professional? DR. Maples is very boastful of his accomplishments and went on long rants about his own greatnesses. It was annoying in the beginning, but the information was so interesting, I’d just roll my eyes and keep listening. 🤷🏼‍♀️😂 He has experienced some pretty intense and unusual cases. I’d probably be proud too. Great listen! Not for the queasy!

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Excellent book!

Highly recommend if you are interested in forensic anthropology and some of the great history behind it.

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I loved it!!!!!

This really encourage me to finish my degrees in forensic anthropology and head straight to Florida University for a PhD!!!!!

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Pedantic, Self-Aggrandizing, But Interesting

It is rather pedantic, so unless you have a keen interest in forensic anthropology and biology, you may find some the content somewhat dry and self-aggrandizing. While I don't doubt Dr. Maples knows his stuff, the tone is a hint pontifical.

Some stories were rather interesting, others not so much. I don't think it was necessary for Maples to go into so much detail about how he went about getting into anthropology. Some origin information is fine, but Maples goes into excruciating detail in odd places. He does name drop a few noteworthy figures in forensics (Bass, Baden, etc) and the ongoing need for specialized individuals, such as himself, in aiding law enforcement, etc.