Bloodstain Pattern Analysis [chapter]

2016 Forensic Evidence in Court  
Blood is one of the most significant and frequently encountered types of physical evidence associated with the forensic investigation of death and violent crime. The identification and individualization of human blood is cojoined with the discipline of bloodstain pattern analysis (BPA). BPA focuses on the analysis of the size, shape and distribution of bloodstains resulting from bloodshed events as a means of determining the types of activities and mechanisms that produced them. The scientific
more » ... em. The scientific analysis of bloodstain pattern evidence has proved crucial in numerous cases where the manner of death is questioned and the issue of homicide, suicide, accident, or natural death must be resolved in a criminal or civil litigation or proceeding. Keywords: Bloodstain pattern; forensic investigation of death; the issue of homicide; suicide; accident; or natural death.
doi:10.1002/9781119054443.ch18 fatcat:tflio4fkxrah7jmzdvlnxihthu