There are some creepy places around the world. Places I would never want to visit, not even in my nightmares. And that is exactly how I feel about this “body farm” in Texas. Yes, you read that right, it is a body farm full of dead human bodies. Currently there are over 50 bodies that have been placed all over the 16-acre field. The primary purpose is for scientists to do more research on the different stages of decomposition. It helps forensic teams have a better understanding of decomposition and aids them in fighting crimes more effectively.
This is Freeman Ranch. It is part of the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State University. It is one of the premier research institutes for studying how the human body decomposes.
The research from the Freeman Ranch has been invaluable to law enforcement agencies around the world.
Donated bodies are used by researchers to see the effect of different weather conditions and terrain setting on the decomposition of human bodies.
New bodies are delivered to the ranch several times a month. Researchers and graduate students must then clean and catalog the new bodies before they are put out into the field.
The new bodies are either placed out in the open where they are accessible to wildlife, or they are placed inside a two-foot-high cage. The former method allows research to see the effect of bacteria and insects on decomposition.
The body goes through three stages of decay when it’s inside the cage (pictured below). During the first stage, the body bloats out because the bacteria inside release gases as they consume the body’s carbon. Next is advanced decay. This happens after the body bursts and releases decomposition fluids. Finally, there is the dry decay stage, which comes when nearly all flesh on the body is consumed. This stage is usually reached after several weeks, and is the stage most of the bodies at the Freeman Ranch are in.
It seems like these are images from a horror movie.
Every single body is donated for the research. The reason for the body farm is to help gain knowledge that will help in fighting crimes.
Viewing the combined effects of the outside elements, insect life, and natural rotting is vital for scientists to help identify remains, whether from exposure, crime, or natural causes
Check out the video below for a more in-depth look at The Body Farm:
From fresh corpses to the bloated, maggot-infested, putrefied, and the driest skeletons, all stages of decay are studied and examined. I guess if it is for research it is okay, right? I still would NEVER want to visit a place like this, just looking at the pictures gives me the creeps and can you imagine the smell?
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