According to the IAPBA (International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts, “bloodstain pattern analysis can yield valuable information concerning the events which lead to their creation when examined by a qualified analyst“.
This type of analysis involves the examination of the size, shape and distribution of bloodstains at scenes involving bloodshed in order to conduct a scientifically based reconstruction of a crime.
BPA as a forensic discipline is credited to Dr. Paul Leland Kirk. He became involved in the famous case of Dr. Sam Sheppard. He was tried and convicted accused of murdering his wife. Dr Kirk testified at the retrial of the case, which led to Sheppard’s acquittal after serving almost a decade in prison.
Recently, scientists in Germany predict that the new insights in the field will lead to a number of criminal cases that will have to be reopened.” Ideas that were once seen as certainties in the field have been put to the test” said Dr. Silke Brodbeck, the director of the Blutspureninstitut in Germany.
It seems the 2012 IABPA Conference that will be held in Edinburgh (Nov. 12-14) will bring news around this issue.
We will keep you posted!
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Scientific Working Group on Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (SWGSTAIN)