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The Mother Of Forensic Science


A tiny knife, a miniature bloodstained blanket. Bruce Goldfarb, of the chief medical examiner’s office, tells us about the tiny clues arranged by wealthy Chicago socialite, Frances Lee Glessner.

His new book is "18 Tiny Deaths: The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics".

During World War II, Lee designed scale models of unexplained deaths, as a tool to teach detectives unbiased observation. Seventy years later, her models are still in use.

The Maryland State Medical Society and the Center for a Healthy Maryland are hosting a book launch tomorrow evening at 6:30 at 1211 Cathedral St. Bruce Goldfarb will also be speaking at Atomic Books, 3620 Falls Rd - a week from Saturday, February 15at 7 pm.

We spoke with Bruce Goldfarb on October 30, 2019, before his book was published. This is an updated and extended version of that conversation. 

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Maureen Harvie is Senior Supervising Producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.