The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Social Science

Page: 223

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The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death 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 and 1950s 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: pencils write, window shades move, whistles blow, and clues to the crimes are revealed to those who study the scenes carefully. Corinne May Botz's lush color photographs lure viewers into every crevice of Frances Lee's models and breathe life into these deadly miniatures, which present the dark side of domestic life, unveiling tales of prostitution, alcoholism, and adultery. The accompanying line drawings, specially prepared for this volume, highlight the noteworthy forensic evidence in each case. Botz's introductory essay, which draws on archival research and interviews with Lee's family and police colleagues, presents a captivating portrait of Lee.

Frances Glessner Lee and the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death


Author: William Tyre

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780578470191


Page: 40

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A biography of Frances Glessner Lee, regarded as the mother of forensic science, and the first woman in the United States to achieve the rank of state police captain. In the 1940s, she created the now famous Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death as training tools for use in seminars in homicide investigation she sponsored at Harvard University.

18 Tiny Deaths

The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics


Author: Bruce Goldfarb

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1913068242

Category: Science

Page: 320

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'For most of human history, sudden and unexpected deaths of a suspicious nature, when they were investigated at all, were examined by lay persons without any formal training. People often got away with murder. Modern forensic investigation originates with Frances Glessner Lee - a pivotal figure in police science.' Frances Glessner Lee (1878-1962), born a socialite to a wealthy and influential Chicago family, was never meant to have a career, let alone one steeped in death and depravity. Yet she became the mother of modern forensics and was instrumental in elevating homicide investigation to a scientific discipline. Frances Glessner Lee learned forensic science under the tutelage of pioneering medical examiner Magrath - he told her about his cases, gave her access to the autopsy room to observe post-mortems and taught her about poisons and patterns of injury. A voracious reader too, Lee acquired and read books on criminology and forensic science - eventually establishing the largest library of legal medicine. Lee went on to create The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death - a series of dollhouse-sized crime scene dioramas depicting the facts of actual cases in exquisitely detailed miniature - and perhaps the thing she is most famous for. Celebrated by artists, miniaturists and scientists, the Nutshell Studies are a singularly unusual collection. They were first used as a teaching tool in homicide seminars at Harvard Medical School in the 1930s, and then in 1945 the homicide seminar for police detectives that is the longest-running and still the highest-regarded training of its kind in America. Both of which were established by the pioneering Lee. In 18 Tiny Deaths, Bruce Goldfarb will weave Lee's remarkable story with the advances in forensics made in her lifetime to tell the tale of the birth of modern forensics.

Doll Studies--forensics



Author: Carol Guess

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781936873166

Category: Poetry

Page: 84

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The prose poems in Doll Studies: Forensics give voice to photographs of crime scene dioramas.

Savage Appetites

Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession


Author: Rachel Monroe

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501188909

Category: True Crime

Page: 272

View: 4404

A provocative and original investigation of our cultural fascination with crime, linking four archetypes—Detective, Victim, Defender, Killer—to four true stories about women driven by obsession. In this illuminating exploration of women, violence, and obsession, Rachel Monroe interrogates the appeal of true crime through four narratives of fixation. In the 1940s, a frustrated heiress began creating dollhouse crime scenes depicting murders, suicides, and accidental deaths. Known as the “Mother of Forensic Science,” she revolutionized the field of what was then called legal medicine. In the aftermath of the Manson Family murders, a young woman moved into Sharon Tate’s guesthouse and, over the next two decades, entwined herself with the Tate family. In the mid-nineties, a landscape architect in Brooklyn fell in love with a convicted murderer, the supposed ringleader of the West Memphis Three, through an intense series of letters. After they married, she devoted her life to getting him freed from death row. And in 2015, a teenager deeply involved in the online fandom for the Columbine killers planned a mass shooting of her own. Each woman, Monroe argues, represents and identifies with a particular archetype that provides an entryway into true crime. Through these four cases, she traces the history of American crime through the growth of forensic science, the evolving role of victims, the Satanic Panic, the rise of online detectives, and the long shadow of the Columbine shooting. In a combination of personal narrative, reportage, and a sociological examination of violence and media in the twentieth and twenty-first century, Savage Appetites scrupulously explores empathy, justice, and the persistent appeal of violence.

Negotiating Domesticity

Spatial Productions of Gender in Modern Architecture


Author: Hilde Heynen,Gülsüm Baydar

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134295510

Category: Architecture

Page: 336

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In the home the intricate relations between architecture, gender and domesticity become visible. Negotiating Domesticity investigates the many and complex themes evoked by the interconnections between these terms. Topics covered include famous as well as less well-known architectural examples and architects, which are explored from sociological, anthropological, philosophical and psychoanalytical approaches. The authors explore the relationships between modern domestic spaces and sexed subjectivities in a broad range of geographical locations of Western modernity. This richly interdisiplinary work presents architects and postgraduate students with an in-depth exploration of domesticity in the modern era.

In Crime's Archive

The Cultural Afterlife of Evidence


Author: Katherine Biber

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1317402677

Category: Art

Page: 205

View: 2664

This book investigates what happens to criminal evidence after the conclusion of legal proceedings. During the criminal trial, evidentiary material is tightly regulated; it is formally regarded as part of the court record, and subject to the rules of evidence and criminal procedure. However, these rules and procedures cannot govern or control this material after proceedings have ended. In its ‘afterlife’, criminal evidence continues to proliferate in cultural contexts. It might be photographic or video evidence, private diaries and correspondence, weapons, physical objects or forensic data, and it arouses the interest of journalists, scholars, curators, writers or artists. Building on a growing cultural interest in criminal archival materials, this book shows how in its afterlife, criminal evidence gives rise to new uses and interpretations, new concepts and questions, many of which are creative and transformative of crime and evidence, and some of which are transgressive, dangerous or insensitive. It takes the judicial principle of open justice – the assumption that justice must be seen to be done – and investigates instances in which we might see too much, too little or from a distorted angle. It centres upon a series of case studies, including those of Lindy Chamberlain and, more recently, Oscar Pistorius, in which criminal evidence has re-appeared outside of the criminal process. Traversing museums, libraries, galleries and other repositories, and drawing on extensive interviews with cultural practitioners and legal professionals, this book probes the legal, ethical, affective and aesthetic implications of the cultural afterlife of evidence.

Champions of the Dead

OPP Crime-fighters Seeking Proof of the Truth


Author: Andrew F. Maksymchuk

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 1460248287

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 264

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A former police officer gives a first-hand account of the work done by the Ontario Provincial Police.


An Art Project by Robert Priseman


Author: Robert Priseman,Matthew Bowman

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781505987300


Page: 42

View: 2537

A beautiful and deeply moving book by the internationally acclaimed painter Robert Priseman. This project presents a series of miniature paintings inspired by a set of dioramas constructed in Baltimore by Frances Glessner Lee, collectively known as the 'Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death'. They explore the deposition sites of the Ipswich Murders of 2006 and are each framed in an antique Indian shrine to help explore how trauma can define the sacred and how painting can act as a means to meditate our emotional responses to events. These areas of quite rural Suffolk countryside are also the same locality which the British artist John Constable made famous through his 19th Century landscape paintings. Accompanied by an in depth essay by the art historian Dr Matthew Bowman, an interview with John-Paul Pryor and an introduction by Robert Priseman first published in 'Art of England' this is a deeply moving and personal odyssey in painting and the written word.