Somewhere in San Marcos, Texas there is 16-acre extra-ordinary ranch called The Freeman Ranch. Extra ordinary because instead of growing crops or raising livestock, they do something terribly morbid but quite necessary.
Across the ranch, more than 50 decaying human bodies are scattered. If you’re wondering, no, this is not some sort of serial killer hideout.
The Freeman Ranch is part of the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State University.
It is one of the key research institutes for studying how the human body decomposes.
The research from the Freeman Ranch has been invaluable to law enforcement agencies around the world.
It’s made doubly valuable by the fact that a similar “farm” would be illegal in Europe.