“Frances made the Nutshells to be intentionally ambiguous. They’re not whodunnits with clear conclusions,” Karen says.
“The exercise is strictly about having an open mind, accepting that there are unknowns, avoiding hastily-made conclusions and above all else, the importance of being thorough and methodical at the scene of a death,” she says.
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After the death of her brother, Frances inherited her family’s fortune and used it to found forensic science coursework at Harvard Medical School.
Frances was appointed as educational director for the New Hampshire State Police and as a police captain, making her the first woman to hold such a position in the US.
She became known as the mother of modern forensic science in a field that was dominated by men.