No Bone Unturned: The Adventures of a Top Smithsonian Forensic Scientist and the Legal Battle for America's Oldest Skeletons - Jeff Benedict (2003)


The primary sources for this book include interviews conducted by the author, the personal papers of Doug Owsley, legal documents from the Kennewick Man litigation (Robson Bonnichsen et al. v. U.S. et al.Civil Case No. 96-1481), and Dr. Owsley’s forensic case files. Owsley’s personal papers included copious handwritten notes, personal correspondence, and logbooks chronicling his travels. Owsley’s forensic files included dental and medical records and X rays, correspondence from state and federal law enforcement agencies, transcripts, personal correspondence between Owsley and surviving family members, crime scene photographs, Owsley’s field notes, and forensic reports from each of the cases featured in the book.

Attorneys Paula Barran and Alan Schneider also provided the author with access to the complete court file from the Kennewick Man litigation.

Secondary sources included scholarly articles, press reports, and personal correspondence to the author.

The author also relied on background material in the form of textbooks, treatises, reference books, laws, maps, and photographs.


Dennis Apodaca, Portland, Oregon • Paula Barran, Portland, Oregon • Bill Bass, Knoxville, Tennessee • Sam Blake, Portland, Maine • Randy Blake, Washington, D.C. • Idy Bramlet, Lusk, Wyoming • Ryan Brown, Kennewick, Washington • Jim Chatters, Richland, Washington • Jenny Chatters, Richland, Washington • Chip Clark, Washington, D.C. • Donald Craib, Washington, D.C. • Amy Dansie, Carson City, Nevada • Dolores Davis, Scranton, Pennsylvania • Joe DiZinno, Washington, D.C. • Richard Donaldson, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania • Robert Fri, Washington, D.C. • George Gill, Laramie, Wyoming • Lauryn Grant, Washington, D.C. • Danny Greathouse, Washington, D.C. • Edwin Harnden, Portland, Oregon • Cleone Hawkinson, Portland, Oregon • Dan Hester, Louisville, Colorado • Audi Huber, Pendleton, Oregon • Richard Hunt, Portland, Oregon • Richard Jantz, Knoxville, Tennessee • Floyd Johnson, Kennewick, Washington • Suzanne Johnson, Kennewick, Washington • Rebecca Kardash, Washington, D.C. • Bill Kelso, Jamestown, Virginia • Bill Lehey, Richland, Washington • Sharon Long, Carson City, Nevada • Julie Longenecker, Pendleton, Oregon • Mike Lyon, RWC, California • Tom McClelland, Richland, Washington • Andy Miller, Richland, Washington • Henry Miller, St. Mary’s City, Maryland • Armand Minthorn, Umatilla Indian Reservation, Pendleton, Oregon • Bill Owsley, Laramie, Wyoming • Douglas Owsley, Jeffersonton, Virginia • Hilary Owsley, Jeffersonton, Virginia • Kim Owsley, Jeffersonton, Virginia • Susan Owsley, Jeffersonton, Virginia • Audrey Pfister, Lusk, Wyoming • Karen Rehm, Jamestown, Virignia • David Riggs, Jamestown, Virginia • Kari Sandness, Washington, D.C. • Lee Sappington, Idaho • Alan Schneider, Portland, Oregon • John Schultz, Richland, Washington • Diane Stallings, Yorktown, Virginia • Dennis Stanford, Washington, D.C. • Pam Stone, Amherst, Massachusetts • Jeff Van Pelt, Umatilla Indian Reservation, Pendleton, Oregon • John Verano, New Orleans, Louisiana • Roz Works, Carson City, Nevada

To ensure the highest level of accuracy, most interviews were tape-recorded and personally transcribed by the author. In many instances, passages in the book containing dialogue were presented to the participants to proofread for accuracy prior to publication.


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