18 Tiny Deaths

18 Tiny Deaths

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

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"Frances Glessner Lee, born a socialite to a wealthy and influential Chicago family in the 1870s, was never meant to have a career, let alone one steeped in death and depravity. Yet she developed a fascination with the investigation of violent crimes and made it her life's work. Best known for creating the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, a series of dioramas that appear charming-until you notice the macabre little details: an overturned chair, a blood-spattered comforter. And then, of course, there are the bodies-splayed out on the floor, draped over chairs-clothed in garments that Lee lovingly knit with sewing pins. Lee developed a system that used the Nutshells dioramas to train law enforcement officers to investigate violent crimes, and her methods are still used today. 18 Tiny Deaths is the story of a woman who overcame the limitations and expectations imposed by her social status and pushed forward an entirely new branch of science that we still use today"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks, [2020]
ISBN: 9781492680475
1492680478
Characteristics: xv, 351 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Eighteen tiny deaths

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One of Kaite's picks. This book is for all those folks who watch CSI, NCIS, and Law and Order or listen to true crime podcasts. Your hobby owes its existence to Frances Glessner Lee, a Gilded Age heiress from Chicago who was single-minded in her pursuit of knowledge in the field of medical invest... Read More »

Frances Glessner Lee, born a socialite to a wealthy and influential Chicago family in the 1870s, was never meant to have a career, let alone one steeped in death and depravity. Yet she developed a fascination with the investigation of violent crimes and made it her life's work. Best known for cre... Read More »


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