What Writers Get Wrong – mounded graves

The latest in my ‘Learn Something New Every Day’ series… Taken from The Great Courses’ Trails of Evidence – How Forensic Science Works lecture series (Lecture 22 – Decomposition – Bugs)

TV and fiction often portray discovered bush graves as mounded and loosely weathered.  The truth (apparently) is that most criminals try to level off their bush graves so it’s harder to find but that quickly becomes a  shallow decompression because the earth falls in as the soft tissue of the body decomposes. So experienced investigators will be looking for divots and new plant shoots.

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