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NCJ Number: 156342 Find in a Library
Title: Documentation of Bloodstain Pattern Evidence
Journal: Journal of Forensic Identification  Volume:45  Issue:4  Dated:(July- August 1995)  Pages:396-408
Author(s): T L Wolson
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 13
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper discusses how to document bloodstain pattern evidence and create the best possible record for presentation in court.
Abstract: Bloodstain pattern evidence is a valuable investigative tool for determine the events that occurred during a violent crime in which blood was shed. The best method for evaluating bloodstain pattern evidence is to visit the crime scene and view the patterns. Often this does not happen and the analysis must work from photographs, notes, and sketches. Proper documentation is important to aid in the reconstruction of events and to preserve the work product of the analysis for presentation in courts. The documentation process consists of six important areas: notes, teamwork, photographic records, sketches, serological analysis, and court presentation. Photographs and 3 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Science and Technology
Index Term(s): Automated fingerprint processing; Blood stains; Crime laboratories; Criminology; Evidence collection; Evidence preservation; Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
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