A Masterpiece' Patricia Cornwell
William R. Maples was born in Dallas in 1937 and became a pioneer in the field of Forensic Anthropology. He earned respect internationally for his study of human skeletal material, and provided expertise in the identification of personnel missing or killed in action during WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam conflict. Shortly before being diagnosed with brain cancer in 1995, he supervised a team of scientists that identified the remains of the last Russian monarch, Czar Nicholas II, and his family. He died in 1997. Michael Browning is Southwest regional correspondent for the Miami Herald and lives in Tallahassee, Florida.