A Forensic Entomologist Wonders Where They All Go

As a teenager growing up in the mountains of rural northern virginia, Jerry Payne wondered, "Animals are dying all the time. Where do they all go?" This question led to Jerry's remarkable study on insect succession in carrion which became a landmark study in forensic entomology. His doctoral studies at Clemson University led to the research that would help form the skeleton of modern criminal forensics. Jerry’s work even became cover-story news in Time Magazine and Scientific American and helped set the stage for using insect activity to establish time of death.

Now at age 74, Jerry is the subject of the documentary film "Where Do They All Go?" In the movie, Jerry narrates some of the time-lapse footage of ants, maggots and beetles devouring an animal at lightning speed as the hands of a 1960s-era alarm clock whirl in the background.

Click here to watch the 42-minute video ($1.95 to rent for home use).

Or watch the trailer below.


Click here to read more about Jerry Payne.