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The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Deathby Corinne May Botz
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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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.
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