Before forensics, DNA, and CSI we had dollhouses - an unimaginable collection of miniature crime scenes, known as the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death. These surreal dollhouses reveal a dystopic and disturbing slice of domestic life with doll corpses for murder victimes, or perhaps something that just looks like murder. Created in the 1930s and 1940s by a crime-fighting grandmother, Frances Glessner Lee, the Nutshells are still used today to help homicide detectivs hone their investigative skills.
Documentary film, Of Dolls & Murder, explores the dioramas, the woman who created them, and their relationship to modern day forensics. From the iconic CSI television show to the Body Farm and criminally minded college students, the legendary John Waters narrates the tiny world of big time murder.