Kinda sucks, once again realizing that I didn’t have too many friends in Las Vegas and it wasn’t for lack of knowing people but it was from me not opening up and letting people know what the hell was going on in my life.
The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death
Frances Glessner Lee, a millionaire heiress, revolutionized the study of forensics and crime scene investigation. She believed that crimes could be solved by a detailed analysis of visual and material evidence.
She used newspaper reports, and interviews with policemen and morgue workers to create miniture crime scenes(which were extremely detailed) such as suicides, accidental deaths, accidents as homicides and homicide, potentially, as suicides. Of the twenty she made, eighteen have survived and of those eighteen, eleven show violent deaths of women. Everything from the wallpaper to the presence of alcohol and drugs was added to the miniture crime scenes.
This helped investigators train to identify crimes and clues found at crime scenes and left a big mark on the field as we know it today. They were also used in Harvard Associates in Police Science (HAPS) seminars. She called them nutshell cases, a name that was inspired by a detective who told her this:
As the investigator, you must bear in mind that there is a two-fold responsibility—to clear the innocent as well as expose the guilty. Seek only the facts—Find the truth in a Nutshell.
There is a documentary about this on Netflix called Of Dolls and Murder.
One of the great arches that line the halls of Greystone Park State Hospital, photographed at sunrise. Perhaps the most recognizable feature of the wards of this grand asylum, the largest continuous-foundation building in America until the construction of the Pentagon, these arches provided patients both with an ample dose of sunlight and a place to socialize. Just about every ward in the building had an arch such as this at its midpoint; Woody Guthrie likely hung out in one when he spent years on the wards here. Sadly, the arches will fall with the rest of the building soon; Greystone has been slated for demolition by the Powers That Be in New Jersey.