John Waters narrates tiny dollhouse murder doc

Ohsolazysusan sez, "John Waters narrates the tiny world of big time murder in Of Dolls and Murder, a documentary film about dollhouse crime scenes (the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death), real life death investigation, and the body farm. Of Dolls and Murder just won best documentary film at the ThrillSpy Film Festival."

Of Dolls and Murder Documentary Film Trailer (Thanks, ohsolazysusan, via Submitterator)


  1. I just Googled a little more history on this, and it looks pretty interesting. Can’t wait to see the documentary.

  2. See also Corinne Botz’s beautiful book of photos of the Nutshell Studies.

    The backstory behind the Nutshell Studies is fascinating. The creator, Frances Glessner Lee, was a woman from a wealthy family who had basically never been allowed to do anything much of her life. When she inherited the family fortune late in her life, she set to work doing what she’d always wanted to do – and what she’d always wanted to do turned out to be making meticulously-detailed models of crime scenes.

    She did use some artistic license. Apparently some of the scenes are conflations of several events, but they’re accurate enough in terms of detail that they were and still are used for training police officers. Lee was actually made an honorary captain of the New Hampshire police for her work.

  3. I can’t figure out if I’m more disturbed or fascinated.

    The story behind these is really interesting…and I wonder if they ever solved any of them.

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