Underground remains “tell” grievances

  65-year-year-old professor at George Hunter University of Birmingham is an excellent archaeological experts, spare time was charged with the difficult task of helping police find the bodies of people killed.
  A senior scholar who studies archaeology, why is he obliged to help the police to survey and find the remains of victims?
  The matter goes back to the spring of 1983. That night, Hunter and his wife stopped for dinner and sat on the sofa to watch TV news. Suddenly a report about a homicide attracted him: There was a serial homicide in a neighborhood in North London. Make every effort to find the victim’s body to collect more sufficient evidence to accuse the suspect. On the camera, more than a dozen investigators used shovel to turn over large areas of soil on the ground to confirm whether this is the place where the body was buried.
  Seeing this, Hunter could no longer sit still. In his opinion, in order to obtain secrets from the soil, one must sieve the soil little by little with a fine sieve, and then conduct identification and analysis of the retained material. The current practice of the police is more appropriate than digging up evidence as it is destroying evidence.
  On the third day, Hunter drove to the West Yorkshire Police Station:
  Please allow me to recommend myself. I am a university professor and archaeologist. I can help you free of charge. Through a more scientific method, I can find the remains of the scene. Objects and evidence buried in the ground, let the unknown truth and evidence reappear. “A
  week later, Hunter followed the forensic technicians to the scene for the first time. An eyewitness took them to a piece of farmland and said: This morning, his shepherd dog found a dog under a collapsed stone wall. Pressed bones.
  After the on-site investigation of the remains, it was determined that the deceased was a boy about 3 years old. Investigators inferred that the child might have been playing under the corner when the stone wall suddenly collapsed, causing the child to be buried under the broken wall for 26 years .
  However, Hunter observed for a long time but denied the inference. he put his hand slowly remove pressure on the bones of the size of the stone, gently poke the soil, found the bones scattered stones neatly arranged some children, and stone The blocks are similar in size, and if the wall collapsed, they would never be arranged so orderly.
  Hunter also carefully analyzed the damage of several bones and confirmed that the cracks on the bones were not caused by the collapse of the stone wall. The child died before being pressed under the stone wall.
  Based on the extent of the remains, he also inferred that after killing the child, the murderer wrapped the body tightly with an organic substance and buried it under the stone wall. He explained this in this way: “If you just press the corpse under the stone wall, the smell of the carrion has long attracted scavengers, they will dig out the corpse, and then scatter it around, it is impossible. The remains so intact now appear.”
  According to Hunter’s inference, the police quickly turned their attention to the child’s single father. However, the father refused to admit the crime of killing his son and burying his body. Instead, he asked the investigator: “Why do you suspect me? Didn’t you say that my son’s body was wrapped in something? What about the stuff that wraps the corpse?”
  Hunter smiled confidently and said, “Sir, I just said that what you wrapped the corpse was an organic matter. Twenty-six years, enough time to let it gradually decompose underground. If I If you guessed it correctly, you wrapped the corpse in a sack at the beginning.” As
  soon as he said, the man’s face suddenly turned pale, and there were beads of sweat on his forehead. Under the strong psychological pressure, the man’s psychological defense finally collapsed and he confessed to the crime of killing his son and burying his body 26 years ago.
  you only learn more about the murderer, the probability of finding the bodies will be high. “This is the experience that Hunter has summed up over the years.
  One early morning in the winter of 2004, a woman came to the police station to report that: her neighbor had temporarily entrusted her to look after her nine-month-old daughter yesterday morning, but she has not returned. The
  police investigation revealed that the missing person was named Massena, who was just 19 years old at the time, and she usually made a living from prostitution. According to a prostitute who knew Massena well, she recalled that the last time she saw Massena, she found out. She was taken away by a burly man with thin hair. The
  police’s attention soon fell on a man named Paul.
  Paul under investigation only admitted that he drove Massena to the suburban woods that night and had sex with her, but refused to admit that he had hurt Massena.
  As time went on, Massena remained silent. As a result, the police concluded that the possibility of Marcela being alive is close to zero. If she is really killed, where is the body hiding?
  The police had to ask Hunter for help again.
  Regarding the place of the corpse, Hunter first considered whether Paul, who was dehumanized, would mutilate the corpse and abandon it, because it is difficult to discard the whole body. However, from Paul’s earlier criminal record, he had no experience of breaking a body. Therefore, Hunter concluded that Paul would not mutilate the body this time.
  So, where would he hide the body? For this reason, Hunter specifically consulted relevant mental and psychological experts, analyzed the trend of the murderer’s psychological activities, and concluded that: the murderer generally spent no more than two hours with the corpse after the murder, and did not drive the car to throw the corpse. It will be more than 200 kilometers.
  Therefore, Hunter immediately suggested that the police start searching in the courtyard of Paul’s residence.
  Hunter searched the 125-square-meter courtyard for 5 hours, sieving the dirt inch by inch with his hands, and finally found that the dirt in a depression at the corner of the courtyard seemed to have been turned over. Therefore, he immediately suggested that the police bring police dogs specializing in corpse searching for identification.
  The police dog was brought before him. However, the police dog did not react abnormally. So far, he announced that this is not a place for corpses.
  At this time, Hunter suddenly remembered that Paul had mentioned the woods where Massena had been taken. Could it be that night, after Paul killed Massena, and buried her on the spot?
  the next morning, I drove to the outskirts of the woods alone Hunter investigation. He searched carefully for more than two hours, and finally found two suspicious evergreen plants in this woods. These plants not only have low stems, but also luxuriant foliage, covering the land tightly.
  Hunter bent down first and tightened the laces of his boots so that he felt more noticeable under his feet. Then, he slowly “walked” around the evergreen plants. On the surface, it looks no different from walking on a normal day, but in fact, every time he takes the next step, he will carefully guess and judge the subtle changes in the ground structure under his feet through the feeling under his feet.
  With years of archaeological experience, he knew in his heart that no matter how much pressure he had digged on, it would not be very solid. Because the longer the body is buried in the ground, the more the soil covering it will sink. Especially in the chest cavity of the corpse, the soil will sink more and more as the degree of decay and collapse intensifies.
  Then, Hunter began to judge whether someone had dug the ground through the broken branches, cracked dead leaves, and the depth of the moss; carefully searched for the lush vegetation, because this piece of vegetation may grow due to the decaying body as a nourishment. Flourish.
  In addition, Hunter also looked for suspicious “marks” here, such as a stone, a tree, and so on. However, after several searches, he found nothing suspicious in the woods. So far, the search for the corpse has not progressed, and the detection of the entire case is completely deadlocked.
  A week later, he accidentally got an important clue from other investigators: Paul was working at a garbage disposal station recently.
  Hunter immediately suggested that the police conduct a full search of the garbage disposal station. However, the investigators said that they had searched the garbage disposal station and believed that there was no suspicion of hiding the body there.
  Under Hunter’s repeated insistence, the police once again came to this garbage disposal station.
  The garbage station is separated from the road by only a fence, covering an area of ​​about 700 square meters, piled with pungent waste and debris everywhere, and in the center of the yard is a cement pond for incineration of garbage. According to the employees here, on the second day of Massena’s disappearance, it was Paul who was on duty to burn the garbage.
  Hunter immediately decided to inspect the ashes in the incinerator, and the police immediately blocked the garbage disposal station.
  According to records, in the past few weeks since the incident occurred, many garbage has been burned here. The ashes in the pool are 2 meters wide at the top and about 30 cm deep.
  Hunter put on a special paper jumpsuit and shoe covers, and walked carefully into the pool. He pinched a spatula with his thumb and index finger, and carefully pushed aside the ashes. The newly burned ones are relatively soft, and the previously burned ones are more compact underneath. Hunter shoveled the ashes on the metal sieve one by one, and then carefully looked for the valuable remains on the metal sieve.
  Two hours later, Hunter had searched the bottom of the ashes, and still found nothing. Just when everyone was about to give up, Hunter stood up and slowly held up the metal sieve with his hands. A small black thing was placed on the metal sieve.
  The investigators next to him immediately stepped forward to check, and the experienced case handlers quickly recognized that this was a human tooth.
  Afterwards, Hunter found 15 bones from the ashes. Some of these bones are even as subtle as hair, and they were obviously stepped on deliberately. Later, cremation archaeologists confirmed that all these bone fragments came from a woman about the age of Massena.
  At the end of 2005, Paul was charged with intentional homicide. The strong evidence made him unable to deny his crimes.
  He finally admitted: On the day of the crime, he took Massena home to engage in sex transactions. Later, the two had a dispute over the issue of prostitution. In anger, he choked Massena to death with his hand, and the next day The body was taken to the garbage disposal station for incineration.
  Three months later, the heinous Paul was sentenced to life imprisonment by the court for intentional homicide.
  ”The murderer thought that by burying the corpse of the victim, he could conceal it. But I wanted to find the corpse of the deceased and give them a chance to’tell’ their grievances and use scientific evidence to bring the murderer to court…”
  This has been the case for 23 years. A belief allows Hunter, an ordinary archaeologist, to use his wisdom and justice to let countless unjust souls rest in another world.