Oct
25

Sidedoor: Murder is her hobby

Heiress, divorcée…mother of forensic science? Frances Glessner Lee was not your average 19th century woman. Learn how she used the skills of a high-society lady to fight crime.

 

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Heiress, divorcée…mother of forensic science? Frances Glessner Lee was not your average 19th century woman. Using the skills that high-society ladies were expected to have—like sewing, crafting, and knitting—Frances revolutionized the male-dominated world of crime scene investigation. Her most celebrated contribution: 19 intricate dioramas depicting violent murder scenes. In this episode of Sidedoor, we’ll explore Frances’s morbid obsession, and discover why the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery has chosen to put them on display.

France Glessner Lee’s “Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death” will be on display at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery through January 28, 2018.


Posted: 25 October 2017
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