Plot & Details
Legendary director John Waters (Pink Flamingoes, Serial Mom) narrates this compelling look at the antiquated forensic technique of recreating crime scenes through constructing elaborate dollhouse dioramas showcasing every gruesome detail. In the days before DNA evidence aided police in making sense of a crime scene, it was often difficult for detectives to map out the events that culminated in bloodshed. Then, in the 1930s, sleuthing grandmother Frances Glessner Lee developed a technique that utilized miniature recreations in order to allow investigators a God-like perspective on the crimes they were investigating. Since then, forensic science has advanced by leaps and bounds. But even so, Lee's innovative method remains a valuable tool in teaching crime scene investigation. In this film, we learn the remarkable story behind the dioramas known as the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, as well as getting to know the women who helped to transform the way that crimes are investigated.