Murder is Her Hobby

We are back from a trip to Virginia to visit family. While we were there we managed to squeeze in a little sight seeing. 
I really wanted to go to the Renwick to see the  Murder Is Her Hobby: Frances Glessner Lee and The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death exhibit. Murder is her Hobby consists of small 1/12th scale dioramas of actual murder scenes made by Frances Glessner Lee, the first female police captain in the US. The scenes were built in the 1940s and 50s. to help train detectives and forensic scientists and are still used today. The exhibit is the first public display of the complete series of nineteen studies still known to exist.
Each diorama had a small flashlight that you could use to study the scene. 

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The attention to detail was quite impressive. I particularly appreciated the hand knit articles.

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How about this quilt on the upper bunk bed?

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This site has some great photos with some clues and suggestions for investigators. It's all so interesting, if you are in the DC area this month I suggest you go have a look!