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Jessica Purdy

Murder in the House:
The “Nutshells” of Frances Glessner Lee

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Great Falls, Montana

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About the writer:
Jessica Purdy is the author of STARLAND and Sleep in a Strange House, both released by Nixes Mate in 2017 and 2018. Sleep in a Strange House was a finalist for the NH Literary Award for poetry. She is the author of the chapbook Learning the Names (Finishing Line Press 2015). She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in many journals including Menacing Hedge, The Night Heron Barks, Radar, SoFloPoJo, Harpy Hybrid, Lily Poetry Review, One Art, Poemeleon, and Museum of Americana. She is poetry editor for the anthology Ten Piscataqua Writers .

About Frances Glessner Lee:
Frances Glessner Lee is known as the “mother of forensic science” and became the first female police captain in America. Each of her Nutshells is a meticulously crafted crime scene diorama meant to help police officers hone their skills of observation.

Image: Barn[cropped] Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death by Frances Glessner Lee. Diorama. No size specified. After July 15, 1939. Photograph courtesy of Jessica Purdy.

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