Featured: How a Late Bloomer’s Deathly Dollhouses Transformed the Forensics Field
She was born the heiress to a vast fortune. But in her 40s, she developed a late-blooming compulsion for crime.
Not committing it, solving it.
Many experts consider Frances Glessner Lee (1878-1962), a no-nonsense granny born in the Victorian era, "the godmother of forensic science." Without her, the producers of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation wouldn’t have a show.
Frances is famous for creating exquisite dollhouses, but not ones you’d want to give your children. At first, you notice charming domestic scenes with lace curtains, damask wallpaper, wedding photos—then your eyes wander to the blood-spattered floors and dead bodies.
They’re simultaneously gruesome and useful, unsettling and enlightening.
Her dollhouses depict murder, and she used them to teach detectives to observe clues...