Collecting Biological Evidence
By Joe LeFevre
Explore how to collect a fresh or dry blood specimen and prepare it for the crime lab.
In this learning object the student will learn that regardless of the surface onto which a blood droplet is falling, the angle or velocity at which it does so, or the volume of the droplet, there are four distinct phases involved in the reaction of a moving droplet with impact against a surface.
This learning object shows how the shape of a stain defines the angle of impact. In general terms the more circular the stain, the more perpendicular will be the angle at which it struck the surface. The more elliptical the shape of the stain, the more acute the angle will be. With practice and experience, the analyst can recognize the general angle of impact based solely on the shape of the stain.