The Bone Lady

The Bone Lady

Life as a Forensic Anthropologist

Written by: Mary H. Manheim

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140291926
  • 160 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


When a skeleton is all that’s left to tell the story of a crime, Mary H. Manhein, otherwise known as “the bone lady,” is called in. For almost two decades, Manhein has used her expertise in forensic pathology to help law enforcement agents–locally, nationally, and internationally–solve their most perplexing mysteries. She shares the extraordinary details of the often high-profile cases on which she works, and the science underlying her analyses. Here are Civil War skeletons, cases of alleged voodoo and witchcraft, crimes of political intrigue, and the before-and-after of facial reconstruction. Written with the compassion and humor of a born storyteller, The Bone Lady is an unforgettable glimpse into the lab where one scientist works to reveal the human stories behind the remains.

Table of Contents

1. Behind the Levee
2. Lost from the MV Mollylea
3. Sis
4. Kevin Paul
5. Beneath the Corn Crib
6. Under the Porch
7. The Rose Garden
8. Among the Shadows
9. In the Woods
10. The Cast-Iron Coffin
11. Fire in the Sky
12. Lost and Missing Children
13. Capitol
14. Indian Woman
15. Voodoo Woman
16. Prophecy
17. The Boat
18. Clouds and Horses
19. Bugs
20. The Lake
21. The Bat-Wing Filling
22. Bayou Bleu
23. Who Killed Huey Long?
24. A Witch’s Tale
25. Duralde’s Return
26. Civil War on the Bluff
27. For Those Who Wait