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Wichita State professor Peer Moore-Jansen's Skeleton Acres was highlighted in an Oct. 29, Wichita Eagle article.

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Wichita State anthropology graduate student C.J. Barringer digs up the remains of a skeleton at the school's Skeleton Acres research station in Butler County. Anthropology professor Peer Moore-Jansen has students dig up mock murder victims buried weeks ago.

Mock murders solved at Skeleton Acres open-air lab

Friday, November 4, 2016

  • Students get hands-on crime scene investigation experience at WSU's Skeleton Acres.
  • Forensic anthropology professor Peer Moore-Jansen leads the class.
  • At Skeleton Acres, students get to solve mock murders.

Peer Moore-Jansen prepared for Saturday the way a psychopath might prepare to conceal serial murders.

He buried one skeleton two and a half years ago. He buried the other five a month ago.

He dumped six bodies into those graves one by one, then filled them in, the loose soil from his shovel filling the eye sockets and the open, toothy grins of six skeletal mouths.

They are plastic skeletal mouths. For a college class at Wichita State University.

But still, there’s a creep factor here.

Welcome to crime scene investigation, Peer Moore-Jansen-style.

Like any ego-driven serial murderer, he long ago gave a name to his handiwork: Skeleton Acres.

Moore-Jansen teaches forensic anthropology at WSU.

Skeleton Acres is the 7.5-acre woodland prairie lab, 10 miles northeast of Leon, where he teaches hands-on crime scene investigation to professional crime detectives, to anthropology students from WSU and to others. Saturday’s challenge, for 24 of his WSU grad students: solve six mock murders.

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Created on Friday, November 4, 2016; Last modified on Friday, November 4, 2016