Forensic anthropology is the study of skeletal or other discovered remains to determine cause of death.
Kathy Gruspier is a foresnic anthropologist in Toronto. I had the pleasure of attending a lecture by Ms. Gruspier some years ago, arranged by the Canadian Science Writers’ Association. It was very interesting but not for the squeamish. She has done forensic work for some of our most gruesome and notorious murders as well as for bodies found in the woods. In the last few years, she has been visiting other countries to help with the study of mass graves.
She has worked gathering evidence of crimes against humanity for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, as part of the Canadian government’s team in Kosovo and for the United Nations in East Timor. In the last two years she has participated in gathering evidence for the upcoming UN tribunal in Cambodia.
Kathy has published widely in physical anthropology and forensic journals and is currently completing a book (with co-author M.S. Pollanen) on the Forensic Pathology and Anthropology of Mass Killing (CRC Press).