A remarkable woman, Frances Glessner Lee established the Department of Legal Medicine at Harvard in 1936. At the time, innumerable murders went undetected because evidence was mishandled, or ignored. To train investigators of sudden and violent deaths to better assess visual evidence, Lee created the Nutshell Studies--dollhouses that students could study from every angle, with minute crime scenes details taken from actual cases. Lee created 18 dioramas, using only the most mysterious cases (cases that could have been ruled as accidents, murders, or suicides) to train detectives and challenge their ability to read evidence.
Botz reveals as much about the nature of obsession as she does about Frances Glessener Lee--each model is painstakingly photographed from multiple vantage points, allowing the reader to witness the astounding level of realism and precision in each case, as well as giving the reader unobstructed access to each eerie setting. All 18 studies include a brief synopsis of each case, as well as a key to each grisly floor plan. Perfect for amateur sleuths, aspiring medical examiners, and fans of CSI, The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death is grim and oh so bewitching. --Daphne Durham
Inside The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death
Case: "Living Room"
Case: "Three-Room Dwelling"
Case: "Dark Bathroom"
Fascinating book about an unusual woman who created 20 miniature room boxes which were used as forensic teaching tools. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Eleanor Kilham
The book is exactly as I expected. Which is the best review possible. No surprisesPublished 3 months ago by marymomo
I was very excited to receive this book in the mail. As soon as I took it out of its packaging, I immediately began to read through it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Erika
Fascinating and informative. Would love to have been able to meet the subject of the book. How many wanna be detectives were trained with these tiny reenactments?Published 8 months ago by Pamala Ruby Joy
This is a great book. It's beyond any explanation of purpose or use. It's just a fun book to own and look at and read. Read morePublished 8 months ago by lasheliz
I am an artist and find this book inspirational and creepy fabulous. The author was hit hard by the glass ceiling in the early part of the 20th century and applied her artistic,... Read morePublished 12 months ago by E. Weiss
Being a miniaturist, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about how the scenes were made. It's a very interesting book, not at all creepy.Published 12 months ago by Rash Connell
Gave this as a gift. Was worried about the photography when I read some of the other books but I was pleased. The person I gave it to liked it as well. Read morePublished 16 months ago by sdwest
I never knew anything about this. It is amazing! I couldn't believe the detail in each of the nutshells. Frances Lee Glessner was genius!Published 20 months ago by Tracy Davis