William Ross Maples
; August 7
- Gainesville, Florida
; February 27
) was a noted forensic anthropologist
working at the C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory at the Florida Museum of Natural History. His specialty was the study of bones
. He worked on a number of high-profile criminal investigations, some of them concerning historical figures such as Francisco Pizarro
, the Romanov
family, Joseph Merrick
(known as "'The Elephant Man'"), US President Zachary Taylor
and Medgar Evers
. His insights often proved beneficial in closing cases that otherwise may have remained unsolved.
He is the author of Dead Men Do Tell Tales: The Strange and Fascinating Cases of a Forensic Anthropoligist. (Co-author Michael Browning. The book chronicles his career from the inception of his fascination with anthropology through some of his high profile forensic cases.
- Maples, William R. and Browning, Michael (1994). Dead Men Do Tell Tales. (ISBN 0-385-47968-9)