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The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death

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A fascinating book for anyone interested in criminal investigation and forensics. Frances Glessner Lee founded the Department of Legal Medicine at Harvard in 1936. By the 1940s, she was building detailed doll houses that replicated unsolved crime scenes as training tools and visual aides for detectives. The color photos of these dioramas give you a glimpse into the precision of Ms. Lee's work as well as the sordid details of a variety of murder scenes.
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Publisher Comments:

This fascinating and macabre volume offers readers an extraordinary glimpse into the mind of a master criminal investigator.

Frances Glessner Lee, a wealthy grandmother, founded the Department of Legal Medicine at Harvard in 1936 and was later appointed captain in the New Hampshire police. In the 1940s she built dollhouse crime scenes based on real cases in order to train detectives to assess visual evidence. Still used in forensic training today, the eighteen Nutshell dioramas, on a scale of 1:12, display an astounding level of detail: tiny pencils write, window shades move, whistles blow, and clues to the crime scene are revealed to those who study them carefully.

Corrine Botz's lush color photographs lure viewers into every crevice of Frances Lee's models and breathe life into these deadly miniatures, which represent the dark side of domestic life, unveiling tales of prostitution, alcoholism and adultery. Botz's introductory essay, which draws on archival research and interviews with Lee's family and police colleagues, present a captivating portrait of the creator of these amazing miniatures.

About the Author

Corinne May Botz has published photographs and essays in magazines such as Life, Metropolis, 2wice, and Popular Science. Her photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781580931458
Essay:
Botz, Corinne May
Author:
Botz, Corinne May
Photographer:
Botz, Corinne May
Essay:
Botz, Corinne May
Author:
Botz, Corrine May
Author:
Botz, Corinne May
Publisher:
The Monacelli Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
Criminal Law
Subject:
Forensic Science
Subject:
Simulation methods
Subject:
Dollhouses
Subject:
Homicide investigation
Subject:
Crime scene searches
Subject:
Crime scenes
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Criminal Law - General
Subject:
Lee, Frances Glessner
Subject:
Crime-Forensics and Evidence
Subject:
crime;photography;art;forensics;death;non-fiction;miniatures;true crime;crime scenes;dollhouses;dioramas;models;murder
Series Volume:
2002-211835
Publication Date:
20040928
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4-COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS THROUGHOUT
Pages:
225
Dimensions:
10.85 x 8.5 x 0.9 in 2.7 lb

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Art » Contemporary
Arts and Entertainment » Excess Culture » Misfortune
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History and Social Science » Crime » Criminology

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Product details 225 pages Monacelli Press - English 9781580931458 Reviews:
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A fascinating book for anyone interested in criminal investigation and forensics. Frances Glessner Lee founded the Department of Legal Medicine at Harvard in 1936. By the 1940s, she was building detailed doll houses that replicated unsolved crime scenes as training tools and visual aides for detectives. The color photos of these dioramas give you a glimpse into the precision of Ms. Lee's work as well as the sordid details of a variety of murder scenes.

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