Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
In 1959 pop star, Connie Francis, recorded the hit song titled “Lipstick on Your Collar.” As implied by Francis with the lyrics “Lipstick on your collar told a tale on you…said you were untrue.” the evidence told a convincing story. In the field of Forensic Science, nothing can be more telling than the bloodstain patterns left at a crime scene. When properly analyzed the bloodstains can tell a story as to the crime having occurred and be used to prove and/or disprove statements or allegations in regards to the crime scene. Bloodstain pattern analysis otherwise initialized as BPA is among the many fortes of the critical science of criminal investigation called Forensic Science. Bloodstain pattern analysis being a strong suit of Forensic Science, can only be discussed effectively by first and foremost looking at the broader picture, trying to understand it and analyze some aspects of the same.
The above leads us to directly look at Forensic Science the studies and practices involved. Over the last one hundred and twenty five years, research has it that forensic science has served the justice-legal system a great deal. According to records, in 1877, an American by the name Thomas Taylor put forth the counsel that the person’s finger tips has markings which could be instrumental if used for identification in criminal cases (Perry). This idea was later picked up by Argentinian police and researcher Juan Vucetich. This individual is well remembered as he developed the finger print classification system that was useful in identifying criminal acts and possible act instigators in Latin-America. The system was later adopted in Europe and in North America and it did well in helping achieve justice.
The above history puts the life of Forensic Science to as far as when proper finger print identification was well discovered and utilized. However, it is paramount to note that forensic science has a very long and utmost intriguing history....