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Of Dolls and Murder2012

  • 3.6
Before forensics, DNA and CSI we had dollhouses: an unimaginable collection of miniature crime scenes, known as the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death. These surreal dollhouses reveal a dystopic and disturbing slice of domestic life with doll corpses for murder victims, or perhaps something that looks just like murder. Created in the 1930s and 1940s by a crime-fighting grandmother, Frances Glessner Lee, the Nutshells are still used today to help homicide detectives hone their investigative skills. OF DOLLS AND MURDER explores the dioramas, the woman who created them and their relationship to modern day forensics. From the iconic CSI television show to the Body Farm and criminally minded college students, the legendary John Waters narrates the tiny world of big time murder.

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2 members like this review

Totally fascinating. I sort of wanted to know more about the evidence Frances had to create the doll scenes, and a bit more about her life. Story shifts heavily toward the story of forensics and its limitations, which is still pretty awesome.

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Totally fascinating. I sort of wanted to know more about the evidence Frances had to create the doll scenes, and a bit more about her life. Story shifts heavily toward the story of forensics and its limitations, which is still pretty awesome.

2 members like this review
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A concept that could have been executed better. It seems like the focus could have been stronger and John Water's narrator less cheesy. I could almost see him rolling his eyes while saying these lines.

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i really liked it learned a lot from that!