1st Edition

Principles of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Theory and Practice

ISBN 9780849320149
Published May 26, 2005 by CRC Press
576 Pages 500 Color & 50 B/W Illustrations

USD $220.00

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Book Description

Bloodstain evidence has become a deciding factor in the outcome of many of the world's most notorious criminal cases. As a result, substantiation of this evidence is crucial to those on either side of the courtroom aisle. The challenge is to obtain an authoritative reference that provides the latest information in a comprehensive and effective manner.

Principles of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis: Theory and Practice presents an in-depth investigation of this important subject matter. A multidisciplinary approach is presented throughout the book that uses scene and laboratory examinations in conjunction with forensic pathology, forensic serology, and chemical enhancement techniques. Emphasis is on a thought process based on taxonomic classification of bloodstains that takes into account their physical characteristics of size, shape, and distribution, and the specific mechanisms that produce them.

Individual chapters analyze case studies, with two chapters specifically discussing the details of legal issues as they pertain to bloodstain pattern analysis. Information highlighted throughout the book includes an examination of bloodstained clothing and footwear and information on bloodstain interpretation for crime scene reconstruction. Dramatic color images of bloodletting injuries, bloodstains, and crime scenes are also presented to compliment the technical content of this resource.


§ Provides 500 full color photographs - the first bloodstain pattern book presenting dramatic full color images of bloodletting injuries, bloodstains, and crime scenes
§ Contains appendices with scientific data that includes trigonometric tables and metric equivalents, as well as crime scene and laboratory check lists, and biohazard safety precautions
§ Discloses court decisions relating to bloodstain pattern analysis and presumptive blood testing
§ Written by authors with many years of experience in the field, and features chapters contributed by qualified and respected forensic scientists and attorneys

Table of Contents

Introduction to Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Medical and Anatomical Aspects of Bloodshed
Biological and Physical Properties of Human Blood
Physical Properties of Bloodstain Formation
Passive Bloodstains
Formation of Spatter and Spatter Associated with a Secondary
Impact Spatter Mechanisms
Spatter Associated with a Projection Mechanism
Altered Bloodstain Patterns
Determination of the Area of Convergence and Area of Origin of
Bloodstain Patterns
Directional Analysis of Bloodstain Patterns with a Computer
Documentation and Examination of Bloodstain Evidence
Evaluation of Bloodstain Patterns at the Scene
Presumptive Testing and Species Determination of Blood and
The Detection of Blood Using Luminol
Chemical Enhancement of Latent Bloodstain Impressions
Approaching the Bloodstain Pattern Case
Report Writing
Legal and Ethical Aspects of Bloodstain Pattern Evidence
Bloodstain Pattern Analysis: Postconviction and Appellate
Appendix A: Trigonometric Tables - Sine and Tangent Functions
Appendix B: Metric Measurements and Equivalents
Appendix C: Scene and Laboratory Checklists
Appendix D: Biohazard Safety Precautions
Appendix E: Court Decisions Relating to Bloodstain Pattern
Appendix F: Court Decisions Relating to Presumptive Blood
Glossary of Terminology

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Stuart H. James, Paul E. Kish, T. Paulette Sutton


"This is one of the finest forensic science books I have ever read. Several factors make this a remarkably superb and valuable work: The depth of presentation, the amazing number of high quality images and illustrations which actually appear on the same page as the descriptive text, the uncommonly clear writing, and the widely ranging
topics going beyond the basic subject into such relevant and useful areas as the legal aspects of bloodstain pattern analysis. This book is more of a reference encyclopedia on the subject than the title suggests.

"As a professional crime scene analyst and bloodstain pattern analyst, I have read and perused many of the books on this subject. This book is far and away superior in content and form to any of the others. The authors are well known and respected in the forensic science community
and their knowledge and experience further enhances the book's value."

For the record: I paid retail for this book and I wasn't asked toreview it. I just think it is a great work.

Alex Jason, SCSA, CFPH

"…this is probably the finest forensic science book I have ever seen. I was stunned by the number of superb images and the depth of coverage. Ron Wright's chapter is excellent and-U believe-nothing like it is found in any other BSA book. This is one great work…"
-Alex Jason, SCSA, CFPH