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The Grim Crime-Scene Dollhouses Made by the ‘Mother of Forensics’

The kitchen is well equipped and stocked. There’s a stove, a refrigerator full of food, a table with a rolling pin and a bowl, and a sink with Ivory soap. The wall calendar, featuring with a sailing ship, says it’s April 1944. But there’s something else: Every item is miniature, hand-crafted, and a doll lies on the floor, apparently dead, cause unknown.

This is one of Frances Glessner Lee’s Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, a series of 1/12-scale dioramas based on real-life criminal investigation cases. They were used—and continue to be studied even today—to train investigators in the art of evidence gathering, meticulous documentation, and keen observation. And they were created by one of the most unlikely and influential figures in crime scene forensics.

Glessner Lee’s early life followed a trajectory unsurprising for a girl from a wealthy family in late-19th-century America. She was

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Victim’s mother testifies in retrial of man accused of killing Knoxville pregnant woman

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The state has a big task at hand in the Norman Clark retrial. Prosecutors are trying to convince 12 jurors that Clark is a killer.

They say he’s the only person with a motive to kill Brittany Eldridge: she was having a baby that he didn’t want and it was a threat to his freedom.

On the other hand, the defense is advancing an argument that Eldridge’s death was a burglary gone bad, a narrative that was put to the test in day four of the retrial.

Previous story: Text messages take center stage in day 3 of Norman Clark retrial

“Unfortunately I think I’m going to have to take him to court to get any help from him financially,” Assistant DA Leslie Nassios read an entry from

Read more at: http://wate.com/2017/09/14/victims-mother-testifies-in-retrial-of-man-accused-of-killing-knoxville-pregnant-woman/

Girl, 15, arrested for killing mother, setting house on fire

July 16 (UPI) — A 15-year-old Illinois girl has been arrested for allegedly shooting her mother in the head and then setting the house on fire to destroy evidence of the crime.

Police in Morrison, Ill. said Anna Schroeder, 15, told her mother, Peggy Schroeder, to put a warm towel on her face as she sat in the living room. Peggy did so and Anna allegedly shot her mother in the head. She then texted a photo of her mother’s dead body to her friend, 15-year-old Rachel Helm, who came to the house to help clean the crime scene.

Taking a break from cleaning, the two girls decided to get a bite to eat at a nearby Subway. At that point, Anna learned that her father, Daryl Schroeder, was coming to town and she vomited on the restaurant floor, reported SaukValley.com. The pair then went to get more

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JUST IN: 6-year-old son of murdered Boynton-area mother: Where’s mom?

The grandmother of a Boynton Beach-area mom shot to death in her home earlier this week recalled when she found out about the tragedy.

A sleepy Gloria Harold Willis could barely make out the screams on the other end of the phone early Thursday. Something about a home invasion, a gun.

Her granddaughter, Makeva Jenkins, had been shot, Jenkins’ brother managed to explain.


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Harold Willis raced from her Belle Glade home shortly before 3 Thursday morning to Delray Medical Center where Jenkins died. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office authorities say

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JUST IN: 6-year-old son of murdered Boynton-area mother: Where’s mom?

Harold Willis said Jenkins’ husband and brother, along with her two young children, were in the home that morning. Jenkins’ oldest daughter, 13, was in Tampa with her father, Harold Willis said.

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Creato’s mother: I told my son to call 911

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The murder trial of David ‘D.J.’ Creato continued Tuesday, April 25, 2017 in Camden.
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WATCH: DAVID CREATO JR. MURDER TRIALWATCH: Opening Day of Creato murder trial | 0:59

Opening Day of Creato murder trial begins Thursday, April 20, 2017 in Camden. The body of Brendan Creato was discovered in Cooper River Park, blocks from his Westmont home, just hours after his father

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Creato’s mother: I told my son to call 911 – Courier-Post

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The murder trial of David ‘D.J.’ Creato continued Tuesday, April 25, 2017 in Camden.
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WATCH: DAVID CREATO JR. MURDER TRIALWATCH: Opening Day of Creato murder trial | 0:59

Opening Day of Creato murder trial begins Thursday, April 20, 2017 in Camden. The body of Brendan Creato was discovered in Cooper River Park, blocks from his Westmont home, just hours after his father

Read more at: http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/crime/2017/04/25/david-brendan-creato-murder-trial/100874334/

Man Convicted Of Killing His Mother Faces Sentencing Wait

By LAMECH JOHNSON

Tribune Staff Reporter

ljohnson@tribunemedia.net

A MAN facing up to 60 years in jail for beating and choking to death his 81-year-old mother must wait an additional three weeks for his sentencing to begin.

Jerome Butler, 57, was scheduled to appear before Justice Indra Charles on Friday morning in Supreme Court for a sentencing hearing more than two months after a jury unanimously convicted him of intentionally and unlawfully causing the death of Princess Ruth Butler.

However, Crown and defence counsel requested an adjournment because the ordered probation report had only been received the day before the hearing and impeded their ability to prepare and submit written arguments to the court concerning punishment.

As a result, Justice Charles adjourned the matter to April 21 at 10am.

Butler had stood trial for 10 days before Justice Charles concerning the February

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