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 Bloodstai


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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