Of Dolls and Murder

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2012
  • UPC: 760137534495
  • Original Release: 2010
  • Source: Seminal Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:10:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 59,880

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frances Glessner Lee
John Waters Voice Only
Technical Credits
Susan Marks Director, Producer
John K. Dehn Score Composer, Producer
Matt Ehling Cinematographer
Suzy Mamann Greenberg Executive Producer
Adam Tow Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Of Dolls and Murder
1. Open [3:05]
2. HAPS Seminar [3:28]
3. Three Room Dwelling [3:47]
4. Francis Glessner Lee [3:20]
5. Dark Bathroom [3:32]
6. Kitchen & Blue Bedroom [3:07]
7. Library Of Medicine [4:26]
8. Parsonage Parlor & CSI [4:35]
9. Saloon & Jail [3:59]
10. Juries Expect CSI [3:16]
11. Log Cabin [5:46]
12. Unpapered Bedroom [7:16]
13. Attic [4:56]
14. Barn [11:52]
15. Credits [3:28]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Of Dolls and Murder
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Extras
      John Waters on The Nutshells
      John Waters on Frances Glessner Lee
      The Patron Saint of Forensic Medicine
      The Missing Nutshells
      Filmmakers' Commentary
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