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I think this is actually in Knoxville not to the south. It's in the community of Vestal I think. If anyone knows fix the location. You can't Google this stuff. BDSIII 03:58, 28 February 2006 (UTC)
The second body farm in the USA has been opened in Cullowhee, North Carolina at Western Carolina University. I have updated this article to a more general description of a Body Farm since WCU also uses the term to describe their facility. Please let me know what all of you think and make any changes you see fit. User: NCMattJ 15:20, 28 August 2006 (EDT)
I think that the body farm is really relative to help police and detectives to solve crimes. I think the body farm that is in Knoxville, Tennessee is an awesome way to learn
"The original UT Body Farm..."
In the Popular Culture section's opening statement, it says: "The original UT Body Farm..." which is referring to the University of Tennessee. I'm going to add periods so that it says "U.T." so that it doesn't look like the postal abbreviation for Utah. I'm changing both occurances of "UT". If anybody thinks that this could be handled more properly or reworded in a more sensible way, please discuss. 126.96.36.199 (talk) 03:36, 4 February 2008 (UTC)
I have done some rewording which I think has sufficiently clarified this article to justify the removal of the "confusing" tag. Refs have obviously been added since the "refs" and "citations" tags were put I place, and I have added a couple more citations and the major ref on this subject (Bill Bass's book), which I think justifies the removal of the refs tag too. I've left the "citations" tag in place for now because the article does merit more cites, probably from the Bass book in re the Knoxville facility and for the third facility when it opens this Spring. I have a copy of Bass and will add extra cites as soon as I can. -- 188.8.131.52 (talk) 13:37, 26 March 2008 (UTC)
- Further to my unsigned edit above, extra cites now in place and cite template removed. -- Karenjc (talk) 12:23, 27 March 2008 (UTC)
The Texas State language and information needs to be updated. The second paragraph sounds confusing and as if it hasn't been opened, whereas the first says otherwise. I cleaned it up a bit, so hopefully it's not confusing. It has, in fact, been operational for quite some time and has accepted a little over a dozen donations over the past year. It has also produced published student papers and theses, so I'll link to at least one of these. I'll update information on donation too, since it is also a willed-program (defining what a willed-program is would be beneficial as well).
Also, the language of the "body farm" is more slang than anything else. It can be viewed as offensive to some, since donors are people and the research has a specific, beneficial purpose rather something grotesque. For example, these facilities are sometimes called outdoor research facilities. This probably should be mentioned somewhere in the article. The rarity of these facilities and skeletal collections might something to include as well.
Should there be a section on the ethical implications of working with human cadavers?
The page originally had Sam Houston with the largest facilities, but the sources I find say that Texas State has 7 acres opposed to their 1, and 4200 acres at the ranch where they are located as opposed to 247 acres at Sam Houston State.
I'm unable to find news articles or other sources on the Western Carolina University facility. Is it still operational? What are the ethics of their donation program? Bluebones (talk) 11:18, 28 November 2009 (UTC)bluebones
There is a group called NecroSearch International (http://necrosearch.org/) that had a site at the Highlands Ranch Law Enforcement Training Facility south of Littleton, Colorado and has used pigs as surrogates for human corpses for outdoor decomposition studies since 1986 (see, e.g., this 1995 article, this 2008 article, and this 2009 article). The 2008 article says the site is in Douglas County. I'm not sure whether that is their first or only site or not, or whether they still use only pigs. NecroSearch was the subject of a book, Jackson, Steve (2002). No Stone Unturned: The Story of NecroSearch International. New York: Kensington Books. ISBN 978-1-57566-456-9.. They are also mentioned at Cold Case Files, Forensic Files (season 9) and Ted Bundy. Roughly a decade has passed since I read the book, but I remember reading of their use of one or more such sites that don't seem to currently be mentioned in this article. —BarrelProof (talk) 01:22, 9 January 2015 (UTC)