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Murder in the Dollhouse

How an heiress's meticulous crime-scene miniatures helped bring better medical science into detective work

By Jennifer Schuessler
Globe Staff / October 24, 2004

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BEFORE THERE WAS "CSI," there were the remarkable crime-scene miniatures of Frances Glessner Lee, an heiress who grew up to be known as the patron saint of police detectives by making deadly serious play with dolls. It was not a future anyone would've predicted for her. Born into a wealthy Chicago family in 1878, Lee was forbidden to seek a ... (Full article: 550 words)

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