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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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Absoloutely Fascinating!

This makes me want to try my hand at forensic anthropology!
What better way to bring justice to the world?

I was using this to get a better idea of things for a character in a book I'm writing and I got so much more out of it than I thought.

Very interesting and I appreciate the kind of humor I found here; nothing disrespectful but enough that I wasn't left feeling depressed as hell, which is never fun.

Worth every cent!

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Outdated and plodding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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