Corinne May Botz
The Monacelli Press, New York, 2004, English
Nonfiction, Photography
ISBN: 9781580931458

A photographic exploration of a collection of 18 miniature crime scene models that were built in the 1940s and ’50s by criminologist Frances Glessner Lee (1878–1962).

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James Biber

Photographs and other “evidence” from Frances Glessner Lee’s forensic dollhouses, used to teach crime detection in the 1940s. Lee, who grew up in H.H. Richardson’s famed Glessner House in Chicago, built these highly accurate and evidence-laden crime scenes at 1” = 1’-0 and used each as a lesson. They are beautiful and strange, photographed exquisitely and copiously explained. They are also insane.

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