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Blood Spatter Pattern Examination in the Investigation of Violent Crimes
An examination of the use of blood spatter pattern examination and identification in the investigation of violent crimes.
# 152223 | 2,125 words | 7 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Jan 15, 2013 in Criminology (Forensics)

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The paper discusses the apparent volume and the general spread of the blood spatter left at the scene of a violent crime as well as elements about its visual appearance such its color or shape. The paper explains how these details can offer a determination of the angle of attack, the type of weapon used, the force of the attack, the position of the attacker and the victim, the extent of wounds, the timing of the crime, and the sequence of events that occurred during the commission of a violent crime. The paper notes that though blood spatter analysis cannot, of course, conclusively determine exactly what happened in any given crime, it goes a long way towards providing the information that investigators need to start building a strong understanding of what occurred, enabling the extrapolation of further details and suggesting avenues in need of further investigation.

Preliminary Observations: Amount and Spread
Other Immediate Details
Deeper Considerations and Observations of Blood Spatter

From the Paper:

"There are many useful details that can be noted about the blood spatter at the scene of a violent crime, and a great number of these require specialized experience and knowledge to even know what one is looking for--without training, these details would likely not even be noticed, let alone noticed as significant, but an observer or investigator at the scene (Akin 2005). Other elements of a blood spatter are somewhat more obvious, though their interpretation often requires the same type of specialized knowledge and training in order to be accurate and meaningful in a crime scene investigation. The sheer amount of blood and the degree of its spread--the general area over which the spatter occurs--are two such details; both can be easily ascertained through an initial cursory observation, and both can also yield certain clues about the nature of the crime and the events that occurred during its commission.
"At times, it is a lack of evidence that becomes a key feature of an investigation. A pronounced lack of blood at a scene where an adult woman was believed to be dismembered by a chainsaw initially gave investigators pause, as the blood spatter did not appear to match the theory of the crime developed through careful scrutiny of other evidence (Randall 2009). Subsequent controlled tests, however, revealed that the area of spattering could be greatly diminished through the use of certain angles with the chainsaw and it's waste disposal chute, greatly limiting the spread and apparent volume of the blood spatter (Randall 2009). What initially confounded investigators proved to be yet one more way to prove their theory of the crime."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bevel, T. & Gardner, R. (2002). Bloodstain Pattern Analysis. New York: CRC Press.
  • Englert, R. & Passero, K. (2010). Blood Secrets: A Forensic Expert Reveals How Blood Spatter Tells the Crime Scene's Story. New York: St. Martin's Press.
  • Fisher, B. (2004). Techniques of Crime Scene Investigation. New York: CRC Press, 2004.
  • Hueske, E. (2006). Practical Analysis and Reconstruction of Shooting Incidents. New York: CRC Press.
  • Karger, B.; Rand, S.; Fracasso, T. & Pfeiffer, H. (2008) "Bloodstain pattern analysis--Casework experience." Forensic science international (2008) 181(1-3), pp. 15-20).

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