Little Diorama of Horrors

At first glance the hyper detailed miniature work of Frances Glessner Lee looks adorable. Everything is perfect, from the tiny lamps and worn carpet floors to the overflowing ashtray. However, lean in a little closer and the gruesome aspect of her work hits you like a slap in the face, but I guarantee that you’ll now find yourself leaning in closer, fascinated by the meticulous murder scenes depicted, each one modelled after an actual crime. Yet Frances wasn’t simply obsessed with the macabre, and her delicate dioramas – known as the Nutshell studies of unexplained deaths – were actually used to train homicide and crime scene investigators. And they are still used today!

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