"Compelling, a bit disturbing, and engagingly weird—it never previously seemed possible to use the words ‘forensic’ and ‘cute’ in the same sentence.” —Luc Sante
The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Deathoffers an extraordinary glimpse into the mind of master criminal investigator, Frances Glessner Lee. A wealthy grandmother, 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 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 highlight the noteworthy forensic evidence in each case.