Year 16, Book 54

54. 18 Tiny Deaths: The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics

Frances Glessner Lee is best known for creating sort of dollhouse models of crime scenes used to train forensic scientists and police involved in crime scene investigation. I was familiar with them because I live in Baltimore where they currently live. This book was not really what I was expecting in that those models are mostly not what the book is about despite the title. It’s really yet another story of a woman who played a large part in the development of a field without really getting credit for it. I found it to be a really interesting story. I didn’t really have any knowledge of the development of forensics or the difference between medical examiners and coroners until reading this book or the contributions that Frances Lee Glessner made towards trying to get states to replace coroners with medical examiners. It’s well worth a read even if it’s only barely about the creation of the miniature crime scenes. I give it an 8 out of 10.

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