Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (BSPA) is a forensic investigation tool that is based on scientific principles. It relies on the fact that blood, as a fluid, will follow certain physical laws, and as such,
will form reproducible patterns under separate sets of similar circumstances.
We are concerned with the static aftermath of a bloody event. The resultant bloodstains are then characterized in terms of their size, shape and distribution patterns. These features of the bloodstains may then be used to determine the following critically important information:
Bloodstain Pattern Analysis may then be able to determine:
The following links are excellent resources for those interested in obtaining a better understanding of the various types of identifiable bloodstains and the mechanisms and conditions which generate those bloodstains.
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GARY A. RINI, M.F.S., C.F.S.A.
ERIC F. PROS, M.ARCH, A.I.A.