Forensic expert Arpad Vass has researched dozens of groundbreaking techniques to track down murder victims.
He is working on a technique called “decomposition odor analysis”, or “DOA”, which he says will help identify the distinctive gases produced by the decomposition of human bodies and has even suggested the use of implanted “cyborg” flies. with a tracking chip. to find dead bodies.
Using flies as detectives “would have worked really well,” he said, “but birds eat flies. I lost most of my trackers.
But perhaps Vass’s weirdest crime-detection innovation is an ancient paranormal technique that was once considered “witchcraft.”
Vass, 62, teaches detectives the ancient art of “witchcraft” or “divination” in order to locate buried human remains.
He teaches the technique at the famed University of Tennessee Forensic Anthropology Center, known to Vass students as Body Farm.
At Body Farm, detectives learn all there is to know about how the human body can be damaged and deformed by bullets, bombs, fire and knives.
Students study techniques such as bite mark analysis, blood spatter analysis, bullet matching, UKTN matching. The facility has been described by The Washington Post as “Hellishly violent Harvard”.
And Vass is determined to use every tool to help bring killers to justice – even “wizards”.
He told the Marshall Project that metal dowsing rods can pick up microscopic electrical charges that build up in bones under pressure — for example, bones buried in a shallow grave.
Not everyone can dowse for bodies, he says, because “if people don’t have the right tension, it won’t work.”
Vass says the technique will only work for finding corpses.
“The electric field you generate from your bone dissipates through the water and moisture in your skin, so it ends up being so weak,” he explains.
“The rods won’t detect you if you’re alive. You have to be dead for about two to three hours before it works.
There is no scientific evidence to support Vass’ claims, and some lawyers have actively opposed his techniques.
Chris Fabrication, of the justice reform group The Innocence Project, expressed concern that Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Todd Crosby was allowed to demonstrate to a jury how he located the body of murdered beauty queen Tara Grinstead using “witchcraft”. .
“The search for truth is never advanced by junk science,” he said. He has since described Crosby’s testimony as “a dispatch from the Flat Earth Society.”
Crosby said he used the “witchcraft” technique in at least 40 other instances. Many other law enforcement agencies have tried dowsing as a technique to find bodies and other evidence.
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Vass himself recently passed from “witchcraft”. Instead, he is working on an even more “external” method which he has called the “quantum oscillator.”
He says each material emits its own frequency, and under the right circumstances those frequencies can be detected – and his device can even distinguish specific UKTN strands from individuals separated from a distance of up to 75 miles.
When asked if he could locate a missing child simply with a UKTN sample, he replied, “Yes, absolutely. It doesn’t take long to find them…”