A body farm is a research facility where human decomposition can be studied in a variety of settings. The aim is to gain a better understanding of the decomposition process, permitting the development of techniques for extracting information (such as the timing and circumstances of death) from human remains. Body farm research is particularly important within forensic anthropology and related disciplines, and has applications in the fields of law enforcement and forensic science.
Bass’ body farm was the inspiration for Patricial Cornwell’s first book, The Body Farm. You can youTube “Body Farm” and enjoy all the gory details, and if you love your TV’s CSI programmes, then you will enjoy Bass’ Death’s Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab the Body Farm Where the Dead Do Tell Tales. His follow up book is Beyond the Body Farm: A Legendary Bone Detective Explores Murders, Mysteries, and the Revolution in Forensic Science. He has also co-authored 4 novels where the main character is much like him, running a body farm and investigating deaths.