These summer flies have blowne me full of maggot ostentation.
—LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST (ACT 5, SCENE 2)
IN THE DECADE since Meek's first murder case, his quirky sideline had become a bona fide science, albeit a science riddled with unanswered questions such as those being tackled by Gail Anderson of Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. Anderson had joined the ranks of the Dirty Dozen in 1988, and launched some of the most extensive field research they had ever conducted. Not only were she and her students documenting the arrival and development of insects on dead pigs in different environments across British Columbia, they were also refining the research to address the previously unknown effects of varying degrees of burial, water submersion, sun exposure, and scavenging, as well as the impact of apparel.
"In Canada, at least, our murder victims tend to be clothed," Anderson observed dryly when asked to explain the importance of the work. Early on, the work produced several important insights: