Volume 35, Issue 6 (November 1990)
A Review of Interpretation of Bloodstain Evidence at Crime Scenes
Crime scene reconstruction, and bloodstain pattern interpretation in particular, although potentially very powerful investigative approaches, are misunderstood, misused, and abused areas of forensic science. Misinformation aboundsl and a coherent source of reliable information is needed. However, writing a text on crime scene reconstruction or bloodstain pattern interpretation is no easy task. If it were, such a text would probably have been written some time ago. Certainly, the importance of this area of forensic science has been widely recognized for about 20 years, largely as a result of Herbert MacDonell's publications and courses. Clearly, a book dealing with bloodstain pattern interpretation would be expected to be very welcome. Unfortunately, the present book does not deliver on the promise implicit in its title. It offers little in the way of scientific insight or discussions of general principles.