Explore the Nutshell Studies
T he Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death were used exclusively as training tools for law enforcement agents looking to be educated on the proper identification and collection of evidence in violent crimes.
Students of the Harvard Associates in Police Science seminars were given ninety minutes, a sheet of initial witness statements, a flashlight, and a magnifying glass. At the end of ninety minutes they were then asked to present their analysis of the case, including whether the witness statements were true, any medical evidence to gather, and whether the case was a probable homicide, suicide or accident.
Below are links to four of Mrs. Lee’s original Nutshells. Read the witness statements and evaluate the scene and see what you can find in each case.