Research: Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death PB

Updated: May 29, 2020

Pete send me some pictures of an article titled 'Murder in Miniature' which he saw in a newspaper.

Frances Glessner Lee created a series of 20 dioramas depicting real crimes scenes during the 1940s and 1950s and is considered the mother of forensic science. She was the first female police captain in the US and also helped to establish the Department of Legal Medicine at Harvard. Her intricately constructed dioramas were used in homicide investigation seminars that she hosted, giving 90 minutes to students to investigate each scene to testiest their abilities to collect evidence.

Each of her 20 dioramas depict causes of deaths based of autopsies and crime scenes she visited. 18 of these dioramas are still used for training by Harvard Associates in Police Science. They are currently on exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

The detail of these dioramas are extraordinary, each roughly cost $3,000-$4,500 to make and have working items such as mouse traps and rocking chairs. Even the corpses are depicted accurately showing the discolouration and bloating that each individual case presented at the time.

This is a VR experience of 5 of the dioramas through the Smithsonian website.

This is a Vox Mini-documentary.

Although this is not related to animation, the creation of these scaled and intricate dioramas are incredibly interesting to experience.

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