Blood Spatter

Blood Spatter

by Geoff Symon


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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781945043116
Publisher: Evil Mastermind, LLC
Publication date: 08/27/2016
Series: Forensics for Fiction
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.36(d)

About the Author

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 experience investigating cases including murder (of all types), suicide, arson, kidnapping, bombings, sexual assault, child exploitation, theft and financial crimes. He has specified and certified training in the collection and preservation of evidence, blood-spatter analysis, autopsies and laboratory techniques. You can reach him at

Table of Contents


Acknowledgements vii

Preface ix

Chapter 1: Introduction 1
Some Basics 3
History Of Blood Spatter Analysis 5

Chapter 2: Blood Characteristics 9
Physics Of Liquids 12
Bloodstain Characteristics 15

Case Study #1:
Curtis Pope - A Drip is All It Takes 27

Chapter 3: Types of Patterns 35
Spatter Stains 35
Impact Patterns 36
Cast-Off Patterns 41
Other Patterns 47
Altered Stains 49
Passive Stains 56
Miscellaneous Stains 60vi

Chapter 4: Processing the Scene 63
Bloodstain Pattern Analysts 63
Processing Bloodstains 66
Preparation 66
Considering The Big Picture 68
Documentation 69
Pattern Assessment 72
Crime Reconstruction 82
Outdoor Scenes 89

Exercise: Shower Spatter 95

Case Study #2:
Bret Harris - The Blood Doesn't Lie 101

Chapter 5: Writing Your Scene 109
Spatter Menu 112
Writing Examples 122
Spatter Chart 131
Closing Thoughts 133

Glossary 135

Bibliography 147

Index 149

About the Author 153

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