Corinne May Botz photographs domestic-crime scenes: dead bodies, spattered blood, overturned furniture, uncanny stillness. Like any good investigator, in the course of nosing around for clues, she records each scene from a number of angles—some quite cramped, others oddly aerial. But she has an unusual advantage: These bedrooms, kitchens, garages, and parlors are all miniaturized sets constructed in the 1940s and '50s by a rich, eccentric criminologist named Frances Glessner Lee. Lee, who founded Harvard's Department of Legal Medicine in 1936, based these 18 dollhouse-size re-creations on actual crimes, and intended them to be teaching tools for detectives—in her words, "as exercises in observing and evaluating indirect evidence." She called her precisely crafted tableaux the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death and invested them with an obsessiveness that feels at once... More >>>