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Diatribe: The Teacher In The Wall … A Real-Life Procedural Drama.


bonesI really enjoy “procedural dramas”.  In addition to the CSI franchise, I enjoy Bones on FOX.  By the time I discovered this series, staring Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, it was well into its third season.  I was immediately hooked and went back to watch every episode that I’ve missed and I’ve seen every episode since.

Bones is inspired by real-life forensic anthropologist and novelist Kathy Reichs.  Deschanel portrays Dr. Temperance Brennnan, a highly skilled forensic anthropologist with a peculiar set of social skills who works at the Jeffersonian Institute in Washington, DC.  When the standard methods of identifying a body are useless, the FBI (Boreanaz) calls on her for her extraordinary ability to read clues left behind in the victim’s bones.  The supporting cast of characters is also interesting, entertaining and often quite humorous.

Often, it seems, the plots revolve around completely absurd circumstances that one might believe only occur on television.  Dead bodies show up in the strangest places and viewers never know what to expect in the next episode.

A future episode of Bones could be based on the real-life case of first-grade teacher JoAnn Nichols who was reported missing in December 1985 by her husband, James.  James, who died of natural causes last December at the age of eighty-two, left behind a hoard of items and debris in their Poughkeepsie home that required a contractor’s assistance to remove.  Authorities say the contractor found a skeleton in a sealed container behind a false basement wall.

On Monday, the Dutchess County New York medical examiner’s office identified, based on dental records, the skeleton as that of JoAnn Nichols.  It was determined that the fifty-five-year-old woman had died from a blow to the head.

Neighbors were not surprised by the discovery of JoAnn’s remains saying that James had been a man of mystery and few words.  For twenty-seven years they considered him to be somewhat strange.

Local police indicate that the investigation into the death of JoAnn Nichols, which had been considered a “cold case” for many years, continues.

Booth, Brennan and the team at The Jeffersonian would have found and arrested the killer in less than an hour.


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  1. But the answers are written up for these characters. I love the new Sherlock Holmes series on CBS and yet I know it is the great writing that makes the show interesting. I will also give credit to Johnny Lee Miller for being fascinating as well.


  2. A fan of the books. Once The Engineer and I figure out tv on demand we’ll watch the series…


  3. Like you, I love Bones! Before they made it a TV program I read every book Kathy Reichs published – they are also a great read.


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