Basic Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Course

There are a number of courses currently being offered on the topic of bloodstain pattern analysis but few are offered by an instructor with as extensive a background in case work and forensic education as Paul Kish.  To date Mr. Kish has educated over 1000 students from 18 countries during week-long Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Courses. His 27 years of case work definitely enhance the educational experience for his students.  In addition to instructing week-long basic and advanced bloodstain courses, we are able to offer abbreviated courses and specialized courses designed to address the specific needs of crime laboratories, law enforcement agencies, coroner / medical examiner offices and attorneys.

Basic Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Course

This week-long course is designed to give the attendees a unique opportunity to acquire first-hand knowledge of the bloodstain pattern analysis through lectures on theory and practical laboratory exercises. The purpose of the course is to provide a fundamental understanding of the underlying scientific principles related to bloodstain pattern analysis and their application to actual casework.  Upon completion of this course, the participants will have acquired a basic understanding of how bloodstain pattern analysis will assist in their investigation of crimes scenes where blood has been shed.

The course of instruction is designed for investigators, crime scene technicians, forensic scientists, attorneys, and medico-legal investigators. There are no minimum educational requirements for those who decide to attend this program.  The courses offered by Paul Kish are not designed to make "instant experts" out of those in attendance.  Rather our courses will give those in attendance a firm foundation in which they can build knowledge and qualifications.

Program Objectives:

Upon completion of this course on basic bloodstain pattern analysis, students should:

  • Understand the development, history, and advancement of bloodstain pattern analysis.
  • Understand the inherent limitations of bloodstain pattern analysis.
  • Be able to recognize, document, collect, preserve, and examine bloodstain pattern evidence.
  • Understand the underlying scientific principles related to bloodstain pattern analysis.
  • Understand how bloodstain pattern analysis interrelates to other forensic disciplines and information.
  • Be able to recognize and interpret the mechanism by which basic bloodstain patterns are created.
  • Have acquired first-hand knowledge of how blood reacts under various known conditions.
  • Have an understanding of the mathematical relationships, which apply directly to bloodstain pattern analysis specifically, angle of impact determination(s), and three-dimensional determinations.
  • Be acquainted with the practical aspects of bloodstain pattern analysis.
  • Be capable of conducting a “basic” bloodstain pattern analysis.

Training Topics to be Covered:

  • History of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
  • Characteristics of Liquid Blood
  • Target Surface Characteristics and Spatter
  • Bloodstain Characteristics: Shape of Spot
  • Bloodstain Characteristics: Size of Spot
  • Significance of Spatter Distribution 
  • Impact Angle Considerations
  • Establishing Origin of Bloodstain Patterns
  • Dripped and Splashed Patterns
  • Spatter Resulting from Projection Mechanisms
  • Impact Spatter Associated with Beating
  • Impact Spatter Associated with Gunshot
  • Cast-off Bloodstain Patterns
  • Expirated Bloodstain Patterns
  • Transfer Bloodstain Patterns
  • Bloodstains as a Chronometer
  • Sequence of Bloodstains
  • Recovery and Documentation of Bloodstain Pattern Evidence
  • Interpretation of Bloodstain Patterns on Clothing
  • Documentation of Bloodstain Patterns on ClothingPractical Applications of Bloodstain Pattern Interpretation with Numerous Case Example
Paul Erwin Kish
Forensic Consultant & Associates
PO Box 814
Corning, NY 14830

About Paul Erwin Kish
Paul Erwin Kish Forensic Consultant and Associates, is an independent forensic consulting business that provides consulting, technical review, and educational services to forensic science laboratories, law enforcement, and legal communities in crime scene reconstruction and bloodstain pattern analysis.
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