Bloodstain Pattern Evidence

Bloodstain Pattern Evidence

Objective Approaches and Case Applications

1st Edition - August 8, 2007

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  • Author: Anita Wonder
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080549712
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123704825

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In Bloodstain Pattern Evidence, the concepts introduced in the author's first book, Blood Dynamics, are updated and applied to provide essential answers in the resolution of actual crimes. The book is accessible to all levels of investigators, regardless of academic background, and allows readers to develop a fundamental understanding of the underlying scientific principles behind bloodstain pattern evidence. Bloodstain Pattern Evidence builds on the fundamental ideas brought about by an understanding of Non-Newtonian dynamics, and illustrates through case work the practical forensic science applications of these principles to the analysis of bloodstain patterns.

Key Features

  • Extensive case examples provide practical application of essential pattern analysis principles
  • Extensively illustrated with over 350 photos and line drawings
  • Takes a unique and scientific approach to bloodstain pattern analysis by exploring the fundamentals of fluid behavior


Forensic pathologists, DNA experts, law enforcement and criminal investigators, crime scene technicians, private forensic consultants, general forensic community (trace experts, ballistics, etc.), crime laboratory directors and staff.

Table of Contents

  • Section I: Introduction
    Chapter 1, Introduction, Review of Blood Dynamics
    Chapter 2, Recognition to the American Founding Father of Bloodstain Pattern Evidence: The Kirk Years by John I. Thornton
    Chapter 3, Understanding Blood Behavior
    Chapter 4, Trigonometry in Bloodstain Pattern Evidence, Math Use in Question

    Section II: Case Applications
    Chapter 5: Timing is Everything
    Chapter 6: The Alexander Lindsay Second Inquiry
    Chapter 7: Who Was the Shooter
    Chapter 8: Traffic Salutations in America
    Chapter 9: The Body on the Porch
    Chapter 10: Lil Ole Guy Who Woke Up Dead
    Chapter 11: Self Defense Staging Homicide by Gunshot
    Chapter 12: Crime Scene Artwork, Staged Assault
    Chapter 13: Curiosity Caught the Murderer
    Chapter 14: Informant Execution
    Chapter 15: Lack of the Crime Lab Involvement
    Chapter 16: On Duty Officer Involved Shooting
    Chapter 17: Three Down and Still Missed Intended Victim
    Chapter 18: Perfect Stories
    Chapter 19: Family Elimination
    Chapter 20: A Tragedy of Errors Homicide
    Chapter 21: The Accomplice Wouldn’t Plea
    Chapter 22: Magic Bullet in Alleged Drive-By Shooting
    Chapter 23: Perry Mason is a Myth
    Chapter 24: Hidden Face, Blunt Force Assault
    Chapter 25: Body in the Bathtub

    Section III: Bloodstain Pattern Evidence Interactions with Other Forensic Disciplines.
    Chapter 26, Bloodstain Pattern Evidence and Law Enforcement.
    Chapter 27, The Forensic Crime Lab and Bloodstain Pattern Evidence by G. Michele Yezzo
    Chapter 28, DNA and Bloodstain Pattern Evidence by Dr. Christie Davies
    Chapter 29, Pathology and Bloodstain Pattern Evidence.
    Chapter 30, Bloodstain Pattern Evidence and the Law

    Section IV: Experience with Training in Bloodstain Pattern Evidence
    Chapter 31, Preparations for Bloodstain Pattern Workshops
    Chapter 32, Spatter Group Exercises
    Chapter 33, Exercises with Groups other than Spatters (Non-spatter groups)
    Chapter 34, Special Projects, Practical Exams, and Mock Crime Scenes

    Section V: The Future of Bloodstain Pattern Evidence
    Chapter 35: Research in Bloodstain Pattern Evidence
    Chapter 36: Conclusions

Product details

  • No. of pages: 400
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2007
  • Published: August 8, 2007
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080549712
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123704825

About the Author

Anita Wonder

Anita Wonder is Founder and Director of the Wonder Institute, a forensic science consulting, training and research association specializing in Bloodstain Pattern Evidence, based in Carmichael, CA. From 1971 to 2005 Ms. Wonder was the Senior Clinical Laboratory Scientist for a large national HMO. She continues to lecture, handle special case studies and testify on the evidence for both prosecution and defense. Anita has testified for both criminal and civil proceedings.

Affiliations and Expertise

Wonder Institute, Carmichael, CA, USA

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