Blood Spatter by Geoff SymonBlood Spatter by Geoff Symon

Blood Spatter

byGeoff Symon

Paperback | August 15, 2016

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Want to add blood to your scenes without making a mess? Too many authors get squeamish or sloppy about including the red stuff in their stories. As a research guide, Blood Spatter presents an accurate and accessible gateway into the world of blood spatter and its analysis.

Written as a resource for the professional author, this “Forensics for Fiction” title provides user-friendly approaches to realistic details by covering:

  • Terms and techniques of spatter analysis
  • Patterns associated with different weapons
  • Physical properties and characteristics of blood
  • Proven crime reconstruction procedures
  • Case studies in which spatter solved the crime
  • Examples of ways any popular genre can include blood

Whether you’re writing about a drip or a bloodbath, this illustrated guidebook offers a one-stop, easy-to-understand reference for writing a bloody good story.

Forensics for Fiction: making your crime pay

Geoff Symon is a 20-year Federal Forensic Investigator and Polygraph Examiner. His participation in high-profile cases includes the attacks on September 11, 2001, the War in Iraq, the Space Shuttle Columbia explosion, the 2002 bombings in Bali and the Chandra Levy investigation, among countless other cases. He has direct, first-hand e...
Title:Blood SpatterFormat:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.36 inPublished:August 15, 2016Publisher:Evil Mastermind, LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1945043113

ISBN - 13:9781945043116


Table of Contents

CONTENTS Acknowledgements viiPreface ixChapter 1: Introduction 1Some Basics 3History Of Blood Spatter Analysis 5Chapter 2: Blood Characteristics 9Physics Of Liquids 12Bloodstain Characteristics 15Case Study #1:Curtis Pope - A Drip is All It Takes 27Chapter 3: Types of Patterns 35Spatter Stains 35Impact Patterns 36Cast-Off Patterns 41Other Patterns 47Altered Stains 49Passive Stains 56Miscellaneous Stains 60viChapter 4: Processing the Scene 63Bloodstain Pattern Analysts 63Processing Bloodstains 66Preparation 66Considering The Big Picture 68Documentation 69Pattern Assessment 72Crime Reconstruction 82Outdoor Scenes 89Exercise: Shower Spatter 95Case Study #2:Bret Harris - The Blood Doesn't Lie 101Chapter 5: Writing Your Scene 109Spatter Menu 112Writing Examples 122Spatter Chart 131Closing Thoughts 133Glossary 135Bibliography 147Index 149About the Author 153