We have Frances Glessner Lee to thank for modern methods of crime scene investigation. We also have her to thank for some simultaneously creepy and useful artwork: the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death. These are tiny, meticulously detailed dioramas constructed based on real crime scenes, although the point is to learn how to observe, not to solve the crime.
For more knowledge: How Crime Scene Investigation Works
Episode download link: Frances Glessner Lee and Tiny Forensics
- "Of Dolls & Murder." http://www.ofdollsandmurder.com/
- Bush, Erin N. "Death in Diorama." George Mason University. http://www.deathindiorama.com/index.html
- Glessner House Museum. http://www.glessnerhouse.org/index.html
- Lee, Frances Glessner. "Legal medicine at Harvard University." Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology. Volume 42, Issue 5, January-February. Winter 1952. http://scholarlycommons.law.northwestern.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3956&context=jclc
- Miller, Laura J. "Frances Glessner Lee." Harvard Magazine. September-October 2005. http://harvardmagazine.com/2005/09/frances-glessner-lee-html
- Ramsland, Katherine. "The Nutshell Studies of Frances Glessner Lee." http://kehsscience.org/Reading%20The%20Nutshell%20Studies.pdf
- Sragow, Michael. "'Nutshell' Murder Dioramas Arrive on Film." Baltimore Sun. June 2, 2012. http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2012-06-02/entertainment/bs-ae-nutshells-20120531_1_crime-scene-investigation-dioramas-frances-glessner-lee
- Stamp, Jimmy. "How a Chicago Heiress Trained Homicide Detectives With an Unusual Tool: Dollhouses." Smithsonian. March 6, 2014. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/murder-miniature-nutshell-studies-unexplained-death-180949943/?no-ist
- U.S. National Library of Medicine. "Frances Glessner Lee (1878-1962)." https://www.nlm.nih.gov/visibleproofs/galleries/biographies/lee.html
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