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Thursday, April 30, 2015
Report on Bloodstain Patterns
pattern analysis is an important forensic tool that can provide useful
information that may help fill the gaps in the investigation of a crime. The
examination of bloodstains or bloodstain patterns on clothing can provide
information about the position, activity and movements of the wearer during and
after the bloodshed event. This study, Bloodstain
Patterns on Textile Surfaces: A Fundamental Analysis, found that
extreme care and consideration must be used in analyzing blood on textiles. The
authors found that resulting bloodstains can be impacted by several factors,
including what the fabric is backed by, wicking that might have occurred prior
to analysis, and the angle at which blood impacted the fabric. To read the
report, go to https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/248671.pdf.
The National Institute of Justice made the report available through the
National Criminal Justice Reference Service. The report is the result of an
NIJ-funded project but was not published by the U.S. Department of Justice.