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Dr. William Bass Lecture "The Case of Leoma Patterson"

"In 1978, 56-year-old Leoma Patterson left a bar in Clinton, Tennessee, and was never seen again. Six months later, a female skeleton was found on a wooded lakeshore in a neighboring county. The bones were consistent with those of the missing woman, and one of Patterson's daughters recognized a ring found at the death scene as her mother's. The bones were buried, and six years later, a relative of Patterson's -- one of the men she was last seen alive with -- confessed to killing her.

Case closed.

But the tentative identification -- made years before DNA testing was available to confirm it -- failed to convince some of Patterson's relatives. And so it was, in 2005, Dr. Bass found himself winding around hairpin curves to the mountainside grave where he would unearth the disputed remains and collect DNA samples. The forensic twists and turns that followed would test the limits of DNA technology -- and of Dr. William Bass's half-century of forensic knowledge."

Come hear world renowned forensic anthropologist, Dr. Bass, creator of the "Body Farm" discuss past cold cases he had a hand in solving! He will talk about the case of Leoma Patterson, a past murder case which tested his knowledge of forensic anthropology. 

Tuesday, April 9 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Student Union, Auditorium
1502 Cumberland Ave. Knoxville, TN 37996

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Humanities & Social Sciences


Current Students, General Public


$5 Student Tickets (with ID), $15 General Public



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Katherine Brown

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