About Erin N. Bush

I am a doctoral candidate at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia studying late 19th/early 20th century American history with minors in digital research methods & pedagogy; gender, race & law in American society; and women and gender studies. My research interests revolve around the societal punishments and cultural responses to crime in America, particularly crimes committed by women or children.

Death in Diorama began as one of my graduate student projects at George Mason University in the Spring of 2011. In it, I combined my academic interest in forensics history with my personal interests in photography and used basic HTML and CSS to develop it.

Erin taking pictures
Photo by Alexa D. Potter
Thank you to Maryland's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for letting me get this close to the models.

I received my bachelor’s degree in American history and journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated with a master’s degree in American history from George Mason University.

All images of the Nutshells were taken by me with a Nikon and a variety of macro lenses. Historic shots of Mrs. Lee appear courtesy of the Glessner House Museum. For more information, please contact me at erin @ erinbush.org.

As the Nutshell Studies are still used for training, the notes on the evidence presented in this site are all mine. They are not official solutions.