-WARNING THIS BLOG CONTAINS BLOODY PICTURES AND VIDEOS –
It’s been a fun week. I’ve attended a 40 hour course on Bloodstain Pattern Analysis. Initially I had registered for a course in January to be taking place in the Netherlands, but that course was cancelled due to a lack of participants. Therefore I’ve kept an eye out for alternative dates and locations on the IABPA website. The alternative week was thus last week. The alternative location? Fort Pierce, Florida!
The coordinators of the course, Stuart James (James and Associates Forensic Consulting, Inc.) and Anna Cox (Cox Forensic Consulting and Training LLC), had set up twenty bloody experiments at the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office. The Monday started off with a day of theory, including the history of bloodstain pattern analysis, some real cases with bloodstain evidence and an introduction to the proper terminology (SWGSTAIN for people that know about BPA). Tuesday and Wednesday were more or less fully dedicated to experiments creating bloodstains and bloodstain patterns. Since photos say more than words, a visual overview of the most exciting part of the course:
Creating drip stains with different angles The result – I wonder how those ‘paintings’
In the back; Drip stains on different surfaces will suit as decoration in my apartment^^
Shooting a pellet through a bloody cloth The resulting forward and back spatters
Documenting a bloodstain pattern Performing the stringing method
Making a cast-off pattern Art or arterial spurt pattern?
On Thursday more terminology and cases were presented together with how to perform calculations on the experimentally created bloodstains and on Friday it was time for more cases, a link to the criminal justice system and a review before the final exam.
With a 92% score, a nice certificate and a new piece of art, I’ve successfully completed the course 😀
Many thanks to Stuart and Anna for accepting me to the course, the excellent organization and some nice dinners! Also many thanks for to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office for their hospitality!
Next: keeping an eye out for an advanced course 🙂