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Writer who coined term 'Body Farm' set to receive $51M settlement

9:14 PM, Feb 19, 2013   |    comments
Patricia Cornwell leaves the Moakley Federal Courthouse after being awarded $50.9 million in a lawsuit. (Photo by Bill Greene/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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Back in the '90s, crime writer Patricia Cornwell popularized the nickname "The Body Farm" for UT's anthropology research facility, and now she's back in the news, this time for a multi-million dollar lawsuit.

Cornwell is set to receive $51 million in a lawsuit settlement from her former financial management company. She claimed they mis-used her money, and a judge agreed.

Cornwell's 1994 novel "The Body Farm" tells the story of a "decay research facility" at the University of Tennessee. For her research, Cornwell met with renowned anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass and toured the Knoxville-based anthropology research facility.

Eventually, the book helped her make a name for herself, and made the Body Farm even more famous.

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