|Born||July 1948 (age 67)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Genre||Crime, since 1997|
|Notable works||Break No Bones (2006)|
Kathleen Joan Toelle "Kathy" Reichs born July 7, 1948) is an American crime writer, forensic anthropologist and academic. She is a professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; as of 2013[update] she is on indefinite leave. She divides her work time between the Laboratoire des Sciences Judiciaires et de Médecine Légale for the province of Quebec and her professorship at UNC Charlotte. She is one of the eighty-two forensic anthropologists certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology and is on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Her schedule also involves a number of speaking engagements around the world. Reichs has been a producer for the TV series Bones, which is loosely based on her novels, which in turn, are inspired by her life. She has two daughters, Kerry and Courtney, and one son, Brendan.
Reichs earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in anthropology from American University in 1971. In 1972, she completed her Master of Arts in physical anthropology from Northwestern University, and in 1975 she completed her Ph.D. in physical anthropology from Northwestern University. Since then, Reichs has taught at Northern Illinois University, University of Pittsburgh, Concordia University, and McGill University, and is currently Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In the past, Kathy Reichs has consulted for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in North Carolina.
Reichs has appeared in Tanzania to testify at the United Nations's International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. She has assisted Dr. Clyde Snow and the Foundation for Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology in an exhumation in the area of Lake Atitlan in the highlands of southwest Guatemala. She was a member of the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team assigned to assist at the World Trade Center disaster.
- "Quantified comparison of frontal sinus patterns by means of computed tomography". Forensic Science International 61: 141–68. October 1993. doi:10.1016/0379-0738(93)90222-v.
- "Effect of age and osteoarthritis on bone mineral in rhesus monkey vertebrae". Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (American Society for Bone and Mineral Research) 8 (8): 909–17. August 1993. doi:10.1002/jbmr.5650080803.
- "Forensic anthropology in the 1990s". The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology 13 (2): 146–53. June 1992. doi:10.1097/00000433-199206000-00014.
- "Treponematosis: a possible case from the late prehistoric of North Carolina". American Journal of Physical Anthropology 79 (3): 289–303. July 1989. doi:10.1002/ajpa.1330790305.
- "Cranial suture eccentricities: a case in which precocious closure complicated determination of sex and commingling". Journal of Forensic Science 34 (1): 263–73. January 1989.
- "Ontogenetic plasticity in nonhuman primates: I. Secular trends in the Cayo Santiago macaques". American Journal of Physical Anthropology 73 (3): 279–87. July 1987. doi:10.1002/ajpa.1330730302.
- Forensic Osteology: Advances in the Identification of Human Remains (1st ed.). Springfield: Charles C. Thomas. 1986. ISBN 9780398068042.
- Reichs, Kathy, ed. (1983). Hominid Origins: Inquiries Past and Present. University Press of America. ISBN 9780819128645.
In addition to technical books, Reichs has written 19 novels to date, which have been translated into 30 languages. Her first novel, Déjà Dead, won the 1997 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel.
The fictional heroine in her novels, Temperance "Tempe" Brennan, is also a forensic anthropologist. Her lifestyle closely mimics that of her creator, with Reichs stating that Brennan and she "have the same CV" and that "Some of Tempe's personality traits are also mine", but there are differences in their personal lives such as the character's alcoholism. A good portion of the novels are based on real life science, and Reichs has stated that she is "fastidiously conscientious about getting the science right". She has used experience from her career in her novels, and said about Déjà Dead that "Everything I describe in the book, I actually did". In the novel Grave Secrets, she uses her experience from her visit to Guatemala.
Temperance Brennan series
Reichs has released six downloadable short stories -
|Shift||2013||Set in the Virals country, but featuring both the Virals characters and Temperance Brennan.|
|Bones In Her Pocket||2013||A Temperance Brennan story giving details of a case briefly mentioned in Bones of the Lost.|
|Swipe||2013||A Virals story, also featuring Temperance Brennan, set at Comic-Con in San Diego|
|Swamp Bones||2014||A Temperance Brennan story set in the Florida Everglades.|
|Shock||2015||A Virals story telling how they first meet.|
|Bones On Ice||2015|
The 2005 Fox television series Bones is inspired by Reichs' life and writing. The series borrows the name of the books' heroine, Temperance "Bones" Brennan. As in the books, Brennan (Emily Deschanel) is a forensic anthropologist; however, there are many differences: the television character is younger, more socially awkward, and is based in a fictionalized version of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Additionally, the TV-Brennan moonlights as an author, writing about a fictional forensic anthropologist named Kathy Reichs. Aside from the character name and occupation, there are few tie-ins between the TV show and the books.
Reichs works as a producer on the show to "keep the science honest" and has appeared in the episode "Judas on a Pole" from the second season, in which she played Professor Constance Wright, a forensic anthropologist on the board conducting Zack Addy's dissertation defense. Additionally, she wrote the Season Five episode "The Witch in the Wardrobe" and the Season Nine episode "The Dude in the Dam" with her daughter Kerry.
Casey Anthony murder trial
In 2011, Reichs was an expert witness in the Casey Anthony murder trial. After initially refusing to be a part of Anthony's defense, she cited biased media coverage as the reason she changed her mind. “Initially, I said no, and then I started seeing media coverage and it made me angry. This woman needed to be tried in court, not in the press.” Reichs did a full skeletal analysis of Anthony's daughter, Caylee, but could not determine a cause of death. She concluded that there was no evidence of abuse and that the child appeared to be well-nourished.
- "Reichs, Kathy", Britannica Online (see below: References).
- "Kathleen J. Reichs Biography". notablebiographies.com.
- Department of Anthropology faculty at UNCC
- "ABFA - American Board of Forensic Anthropology". theabfa.org.
- Reichs, Kathy (2002). Grave Secrets: A Novel. Simon & Schuster, Inc. pp. XII. ISBN 978-0-671-02838-1.
- "Kathy Reichs - About Kathy". kathyreichs.com.
- "History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places - Smithsonian". smithsonianmagazine.com.
- Kathy Reichs book suppliers. Personal website. Retrieved 1/11/09.
- Arthur Ellis Award - list of past winners. Crime Writers of Canada website. Retrieved 1/11/09.
- "This much I know:Kathy Reichs, forensic anthropologist and writer, 60, London". Tom Templeton (The Guardian). 2008-10-26.
- "Meet this season's best discovery: Kathy Reichs". Bookpage. September 1997. Retrieved 2008-11-16.
|last1=in Authors list (help)
- "Kathy Reichs: The ice queen of crime". Peter Stanford (The Independent). 2006-07-21.
- Bones Show Info
- "Kathy Reichs: 20 Things You Need to Know". Yahoo!7. Yahoo! Pty Limited. Archived from the original on 2008-07-28. Retrieved 2008-11-16.
- "Bodies in the Book". Bones. Season 2. Episode 15. 2007-10-14.
- IMDB profile for Bones episode Judas on a Pole
- IMDB full credits for Bones episode "The Witch in the Wardrobe"
- "BONES Recap: ‘The Dude in the Dam’". givememyremote.com.
- Reichs Examines Murder Victim Caylee Anthony
- "Reichs, Kathy", Britannica Online Encyclopedia, 2009, webpage: EBc-KReichs.
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- Official website
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- Kathy Reichs: Turning a lifelong career into writing success at Jarrah Loh.com
- Kathy Reichs Interview Shots Ezine October 2012