December 2007 - International Association of Bloodstain Pattern


December 2007 - International Association of Bloodstain Pattern
Table of Contents
Table of Contents ……………….………………………………………………….….
IABPA 2007 Officers …………………………………………….……...………...….
President’s Message ……………………………………………………………....…..
Letter from the 2007 IABPA Conference Chairman ………………………………....
Annual International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts
Training Conference Held in San Antonio, Texas, October 1-4, 2007 ….…………...
Abstracts of Papers Presented at the IABPA Annual Conference
in San Antonio, Texas ……………………………………………………………….
Minutes of 2007 IABPA Business Meetings …………………………………………
Johnny Aycock is Recipient of IABPA Distinguished Member Award ……………..
Abstracts of Recent BPA Related Articles Published in the Scientific Literature ……
The Second European IABPA Region V Training Conference 2008
Zurich, Switzerland …………………………………………………………………...
Daniel Rahn Memorial Grant
Bloodstain Pattern Analysis in the News
Alexei Pace …………………………………………………………………………...
Organizational Notices ……………………………………………………………….
Training Opportunities ……………………………………………………………….
Editor’s Corner ……………………………………………………………………….
Past Presidents of the IABPA …………………………………………………….…..
Associate Editors of the IABPA NEWS ………………………………………….….
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2007 I.A.B.P.A. Officers
LeeAnn Singley
[email protected]
Vice President, Region I
Pamela Bordner
Vice President, Region II
John Frederick
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Vice President, Region III
Iris Dalley
Vice President, Region IV
Craig Stewart
[email protected]
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Vice President, Region V
Andre Hendrix
Vice President, Region VI
Mark Reynolds
[email protected]
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Secretary / Treasurer
Norman Reeves
Sergeant at Arms
Brian Kennedy
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Legal Representative
Mark Seiden
Herbert MacDonell
[email protected]
[email protected]
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It is hard to believe that the 2007 IABPA conference has come and gone, but what a success it
was. We were welcomed to the wonderful city of San Antonio and to conference content full of
fantastic presentations to the betterment of our discipline. A new offering of workshops also
proved to be a winner with the promise of more to come next year. Our time together was not
without relaxation though, as we were able to enjoy an evening on San Antonio’s River Walk as
well as our annual banquet. With approximately 120 people in attendance, no less than 40 or so
hailed from outside the United States. Now that’s what I call “International”. Thank you once
again, J.D. Robertson and the entire conference planning committee, for bringing us to Texas and
putting on such a great conference.
Our annual banquet offered the opportunity to bestow a special distinction on one of our
members. Johnny Aycock, Texas Ranger (retired), was granted Distinguished Member status
and it was my honor to present that to him at this year’s meeting. Johnny has dedicated much of
his time and talent to the progress of the discipline of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis and to the
IABPA. Congratulations Johnny for achieving this milestone in your career.
The end of the year often brings change and this year is no different. John Frederick, Nebraska
State Patrol (retired) and Vice-President Region II, Mountain, has decided to step down and
vacate his position on the Executive Board of the IABPA. John has dedicated five years of
service to our organization as Vice-President, and has been a tremendous asset to the executive
board. In addition, he has been a great friend. I was fortunate enough to meet John for the first
time at our conference in Houston in 1998. I knew then he had a desire to offer something to
better the organization, and the discipline. By offering himself and his service, he did just that.
On behalf of the entire IABPA, I would like to send our sincere appreciation for your efforts over
the years and for a job well done, John. Thank you once again.
For those of you unable to be with us in San Antonio, I would like to direct your attention to a
monumental accomplishment for the organization which was presented at this year’s business
meeting. It is with great pleasure that I offer to the membership for the first time, the opportunity
to apply for a research grant funded by the IABPA. This grant has been named in honor of our
past President, Daniel Rahn, RCMP, who past away suddenly while in office in 2002. Detailed
information with regard to this grant is available in this issue of the newsletter as well as on our
website. I encourage all of you to take advantage of this special opportunity.
As we head toward the end of another year, I can’t help but be reminded of how this
organization has grown and developed over the past years. I am so proud to be a part of it and to
have had the opportunity to serve as your President. I look forward to another year and the
opportunity to see many of you in Zurich in July and Boulder in October.
Wishing you a blessed holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year….
Take care,
LeeAnn Singley
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Letter from the 2007 IABPA Conference Chairman
Greetings to the 2007 IABPA Conference Attendees and Presenters
I hope that everyone who attended the 2007 IABPA conference in San Antonio, Texas felt that
it was as big of a success as did I. The key factors to a successful training conference are the
presenters, the attendees and the volunteers working behind the scenes handling all of the
logistical support needed to make each session come together. I appreciate very much the efforts
and contributions of Bart Epstein, Dr. Silke Brodbeck, Janina Savage, John Aycock, Philippe
Esperanca, Martin Eversdijk, Joe Slemko, Gillian Leak, Sherri Wallace, Stuart James, Paul Kish,
Rob Cheeseman, Kevin Maloney, Matt Noedel and Rex Plant for their professional
Additionally, I would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Michael Taylor, Pat Laturnus, Rob
Spruit, Elizabeth Van Zanten and Rex Plant for their contributions and extra effort in conducting
the break-out session work shops. These work-shops required sacrifice and additional effort
from the presenters to ensure their success. Your efforts paid off with very well organized and
beneficial training sessions.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude for all of the help and support from Norman
Reeves, Johnnie Aycock, Iris Dalley, Kim Duddy and Rex Plant who contributed time, effort and
support when it was needed. The conference would not have been possible or successful without
their help.
Looking forward to seeing you all in Colorado in 2008.
J. D. Robertson
2007 Conference Chairman
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Annual International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts Training
Conference Held in San Antonio, Texas, October 1-4, 2007
Conference Chair J.D. Robertson
Region III Vice President Iris Dalley
Secretary-Treasurer Norman Reeves
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President LeeAnn Singley
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Abstracts of Papers Presented at the IABPA Annual Conference
in San Antonio, Texas
October 1-4, 2007
State of Ohio v. Samuel Sheppard - Case Review and Lessons Learned
Bart Epstein
Laber and Epstein
4520 Sedum Lane
Edina, Minnesota
E-mail: [email protected]
On July 4th, 1954 Marilyn Sheppard was murdered in her upstairs bedroom at the family home in Bayfield, Ohio.
Her husband, Dr. Samuel Sheppard was arrested and tried for her murder. He was convicted in December 1954.
In January of 1955, Dr. Paul Kirk, a professor of biochemistry and the Chairman of the Criminalistics Department
and the University of California at Berkeley was called into the case by the Sheppard family to evaluate the evidence
in this case. Dr. Kirk traveled to Cleveland, Ohio and examined items of evidence and the crime scene. He returned
to his laboratory and performed numerous studies and experiments and wrote an Affidavit to the Court in April
1955. This Affidavit was a milestone in the field of bloodstain pattern analysis. However, the appeals court did not
believe that Dr. Kirk’s Affidavit provided any “newly discovered evidence” and therefore did not grant a new trial.
In 1963, the United States Supreme Court did grant a new trial to Dr. Sheppard because of the undue publicity
“Circus-like atmosphere” that surrounded the case in 1954. At this second trial, Dr. Kirk was allowed to testify
concerning his blood spatter findings and other evidence. This second trial led to an acquittal of Dr. Sheppard and he
was released from prison. Dr. Sheppard died six years later in 1969. In March of 2000, a civil trial was brought
against the State of Ohio by Dr. Sheppard’s son, Sam Reese Sheppard for “wrongful imprisonment” of his father.
This was an attempt to prove that not only was Dr. Sheppard “not guilty” but “innocent”. I, along with Toby Wolson
and Terry Laber were involved in this civil case. The jury found in favor of the State and declared that Dr. Sheppard
was the most likely perpetrator of the crime and therefore was not wrongfully imprisoned.
The Sheppard case will be reviewed using original photographs of the scene. The work of Dr. Kirk and Mary
Cowan (Criminalist at the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office) will be presented. As in most high publicity cases,
there is controversy and concern about certain observations and conclusions made by Dr. Kirk and others in this
case. These areas of concern will be discussed. Of great importance is to be able to stand back and learn from this
case. There are many lessons that seem obvious. These lessons will be pointed out and hopefully stimulate further
The Case of the Wrong Directions
Dr. Silke Brodbeck, MD
Seckbacker Landstrasse 16
Usingen 60389 Germany
E-mail: [email protected]
In this case, nothing seemed to fit together. Two experts from different fields worked together to find a solution
which would explain the results of the findings. In this presentation, a practical example is given for good
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interdisciplinary cooperation. Questions about the sequences of working procedures in a reconstruction are
Distinguishing between Expirated Blood and Impact Spatter using Chemical and Physical
Janina Gay Savage, Bsc.
Institute of Environmental Science and Research, Ltd
34 Kenepuru Drive
Porirua, New Zealand
E-mail: [email protected]
Contributors: N.K. Walker, M.C. Taylor, D.A. Elliot and S.J. Cordiner
In forensic investigations, the distinction between impact spattered blood and expirated blood can be vitally
important. This project (N. Walker, Msc Thesis) aimed to characterize expirated blood using physical and chemical
methods on two surface types, namely cotton fabric (absorbent) and glossy cardboard (non-absorbent). A high-speed
video camera was used to study a subject coughing blood. This allowed a detailed observation of the expiration
process. This showed the production of a beaded stain, a characteristic of expirated blood. The beaded stain is not
seen in all expirated patterns. It is likely to occur on non-absorbent surfaces close to the source of the expirated
blood. This analysis confirmed beading and air bubbles/bubble rings as useful indicators of expirated bloodstain
patterns. Different chemical and microbiological methods were explored in an attempt to determine a reliable
marker that can be used to identify expirated bloodstain patterns. These included alpha-amylase testing,
identification of buccal cells and oral microbial DNA analysis.
Taxonomy – Its Use for BPA
Philippe Esperanca
French Gendarmerie Forensic Institute
1 Boulevard Theophile Sueur
Rosny sous bois 93110 France
E-mail: [email protected]
Originally, taxonomy only referred to the science of classifying living organisms. However, the term is now
applied in a wider, more general sense and applies to relationship schemes other than parent-child hierarchies and
might be a simple organization of objects into groups. Its use in bloodstain pattern analysis allows us to define the
simple stains with decisive morphological characteristics and build a decision map to help identify the stains.
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Forensic Application of Luminol in the Netherlands: The Dutch Methods, Techniques and
New Developments
Elizabeth van Zanten
FTO Unit Politie Midden en West Brabant
Ringbaan West 232
Tilberg 5038 KE The Netherlands
E-mail: [email protected]
Contributors: Rob Spruitt, Ruud Schouten and Jani Moerlands
In the last decade, the development of the forensic use of luminol to detect latent blood has continued in the
Netherlands with the aim to use as little as possible in order to minimize damage to biological trace evidence. New
techniques and methods have been developed for that purpose. Prior to any luminol investigation, the crime scene is
subjected to a thorough inspection with a forensic light source in order to find visible blood. Before a luminol
investigation is started, a working strategy is prepared and the potential risks for investigators as well as for possible
trace evidence at the crime scene are reported in a luminol log. Following a resting period to adapt the eyes to
complete darkness, the eyes are tested with the aid of a test strip containing dried bloodstains made with a serial
dilution of isolated bovine hemoglobin.
In certain cases e.g. for reconstruction purposes, chemiluminescence has to be photographically captured. An
adjusted luminol formula has been developed that gives strongly increased chemiluminescence. This luminol
solution is called Recon-luminol and is solely used to photograph the chemiluminescence of luminol at crime
scenes. Recently, the current standard luminol solution was optimized with respect to chemiluminescence while
keeping its potential harm to DNA to a minimum. The influence of the individual components of a luminol solution
on the chemiluminescence was studied as a function of time by means of a spectrofluorometer. Time based
chemiluminescence measurements were recorded with all recordings performed in a cuvette. The
chemiluminescence intensity gradually decreased and was sustained longer at higher luminol concentrations. An
increase in hydrogen peroxide concentration also resulted in an increase in maximum emission intensity. A
reduction in the standard hydrogen peroxide concentration by as much as 20% did not result in an appreciable loss
of chemiluminescence. In conclusion, a luminol solution with increased chemiluminescence would have an elevated
concentration of hydrogen peroxide and a reduced concentration of luminol compared to the current standard. With
the potential harmfulness of hydrogen peroxide to DNA taken into account, an optimized luminol solution would
have the following composition: 2.7 mM ≤ luminol <5.4 mM; NaOH ≥43 mM; 33 mM ≤ H202 < 42 mM.
Regina v. Sion Jenkins
Joe Slemko
J. Slemko Forensic Consulting
Box 4 Site 14 RR 4
Edmonton, AB T5E 5S7
E-mail: [email protected]
On February 15th, 1997, Sion Jenkins returned to his home in Hastings, East Sussex, England to find his 13-yearold daughter, Billie-Jo brutally beaten to death with a 45 cm metal rod in the patio area where she had been painting.
Initially, the investigation by the Sussex Police focused on a mentally deranged man who had been observed in
the area days before the incident occurred. However, their investigation soon became centered on Jenkins after a
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forensic scientist gave an opinion that the microscopic blood spots that were observed on his clothing were
consistent with him being Billie-Jo’s attacker.
Based solely upon the opinion of the prosecution’s forensic experts, Jenkins was convicted of murder in July of
1998. Jenkins has forever maintained his innocence and after his conviction exhausted all his appeals.
In April of 2002, Joe Slemko was contacted to provide an independent case review of the bloodstain evidence that
led to Jenkin’s conviction. Based on his review and other new evidence, the case was ordered back to the Court of
Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission as a potential miscarriage of justice.
In July of 2004, Joe Slemko attended the Court of the Lord Chief Justice of England to provide evidence. After
the new evidence was heard, the Court quashed the conviction and ordered a new trial for Jenkins. On February 9th
of 2006, after two appeals and three trials, Sion Jenkins was acquitted of murder. He had spent six years in prison.
The case presentation will highlight the research conducted regarding expirated blood and bloodstain patterns.
Using Adobe® Photoshop® Tools for Bloodstain Documentation
Matthew Noedel
Noedel Scientific
13002 151st Street East
Puyallup, Washington
E-mail: [email protected]
This presentation will demonstrate a technique that uses Adobe® Photoshop® to measure and document the length
and width ratios of individual bloodstains. Photoshop has many easy to use tools that can help accurately and
reproducibly measure and document bloodstains for determining impact angles based on the stain ellipse.
Documenting the measurements in this way produces easily reviewable data and a record of how the stain was
measured that can be preserved in a case file. Additional procedures will be demonstrated that include how to use
features in Photoshop® to manipulate multiple images to produce the same approximate scale and methods to extract
useful information from digital images taken with poor lighting and contrast.
Forensic Lighting Techniques Applications via New Digital Technologies
Rob Cheeseman
RC Forensic, Inc.
6640 North Durango Drive
Suite 160 PMB 41
Las Vegas, Nevada
E-mail: [email protected]
Spectrophotometric lighting for forensic applications including the near ultra violent (UV) to near infrared (IR)
photographic techniques. Digital infrared (IR) photography has particular opportunities in domestic violence (DV),
gunshot residue (GSR) and blood spatter detection on dark surfaces. Traditional visible light Forensic Lighting
Source (FLS) techniques are still as valid as they were in 1908 (R.M. Wood’s Patent date). The advent of the
Wood’s Lamp precedes most of today’s investigators by several generations and has certainly earned a place in
forensic history. The introduction of the LED (light emitting diode) has been the first reasonable option to the trusty
Wood’s Lamp. More recently the newer high performance LED’s yielded the necessary illumination required of a
serious forensic tool. The use of the LED blue light (475 Nm) with orange goggles for the discovery of protein
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stains (i.e.; semen stains) in sexual assault investigations has been a technique used for many years by the well
informed employed investigators. Similarly, the same technique can be used with a shorter wave length (395 Nm /
purple color) with yellow goggles for the enhancement of contusions (bruising). The employment of these
techniques presents many new and unique opportunities in various forensic disciplines.
Down, but not Out
Kevin H. Maloney
Ottawa Police Service
P.O. Box 9634 Station T
Ottawa, Ontario K166 6H5
E-Mail: [email protected]
On Tuesday 12 September 2006, patrol officers were dispatched to a basement apartment where an assault had
just occurred. When the officers arrived on scene, the victim was found barely alive at the bottom of the stairs.
There was a lot of blood on and around the victim as well as in the apartment. The officers cleared the apartment
then re-attended the victim who had lost all vital signs in that short time. The two officers dragged the victim up the
stairs and out the door and began CPR. By the time paramedics arrived there was still non-responsive. The victim
was resuscitated on the way to the hospital but failed again just before they arrived. The victim had one stab wound
to his right thigh that severed his femoral artery. He fought through and lived. The bloodletting scene contained
excellent information that helped the investigators focus their investigation. In the end, a suspect was identified and
subsequently convicted on charges stemming from the assault.
3D Virtual Crime Scene Reconstruction
Willem van Spanje
DelftTech BV
Delft, the Netherlands
If a picture says more then a thousand words what about a 3D picture in which you can walk! It’s all about reverse
engineering and communication. After an introduction of laser scanning and 3D engineering for civil, petrochemical
engineering (on- and offshore), architecture, cultural heritage, archeology, rapid prototyping, the introduction will be
focused on the following forensic topics:
3D laser scanning of accidents and crime scenes
The pro’s and cons of laser technology
Bullet trajectories
Witness verification and awareness
3D suspect measuring from security camera pictures/video and 3D laser scanning
Accident measurement and reconstruction
3D VR-tool for Crime Scene Management Training
3D Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
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Case Presentations
Stuart H. James
James and Associates Forensic Consultants, Inc.
4800 SW 64th Avenue # 105
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314
E-mail: [email protected]
Case 1:
This case provides an overview of the investigation into the May 2006 disappearance of Jessica O’Grady, a
nineteen-year-old college student in Omaha, Nebraska. Her body has never been located. A former boyfriend,
Christopher Edwards was arrested after significant bloodstain evidence was found at his residence and in his vehicle
by members of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit. Subsequent analysis showed that the
bloodstained items contained the DNA of Jessica O’Grady. Christopher Edwards was ultimately convicted at trial.
The significance of the bloodstain evidence will be discussed in detail.
Case 2:
This case involved the shooting of an individual who received five bullet wounds. Impact spatter on the side of a
dumpster indicated that at least two shots were fired while the victim was close to the ground close to the dumpster.
An unusual aspect of the case was the fact that the shooter accidentally shot himself in his upper left calf with the
projectile lodging in his lower leg causing multiple fractures of the tibia and fibula. According to witnesses, the
shooter was seen hopping away from the scene on one foot and finally sitting on the street.
Case 3:
The male companion of a female victim called 911 to report a shooting of his girlfriend at their residence. Police
arrived and found the male passed out in the living room. The female was deceased on the bed in the bedroom
having sustained two gunshot wounds to the head. Upon being awakened by the police, the male denied involvement
on the shooting. However, there was a large amount of spattered blood and tissue on his face, left arm and front of
his shirt. This case demonstrates the importance of promptly photographing a suspect when bloodstains are present
on their body and/or clothing.
Case Presentations
Paul E. Kish
Forensic Consultants and Associates
P.O. Box 814
Corning, New York 14830
E-mail: [email protected]
Case 1:
Family members called the police requesting them to check on the well being of their family member. At the front
door of the residence law enforcement officers encountered a male subject who was bleeding from both wrists.
Upon further investigation the male subject’s wife was discovered in the basement of the dwelling rolled up in
plastic. She had died as result of a tear to her liver and only exhibited very minimal external sources of bleeding.
Various bloodstains were distributed throughout the dwelling.
This case has two atypical bloodstain patterns of interest. The first was a series of spatters that exhibited very
uniform 2-3 mm diameters, which were in a trail as well as cluster-like distributions. These stains were tested and
confirmed to be from the male subject. Ultimately, these stains were suggestive of coming from a breached vein or
artery from the male subject’s wrist injuries.
The second pattern of interest was a spatter pattern located on the side of a TV shipping box. This box was
located on the floor in a storage area adjacent to the room in which the deceased female was located. A large blood
pool was located on the floor adjacent to this box. Upon examination bubble rings were visibly present in a number
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of the spatters on the side of this box. The presence of these bubble rings in the spatters was suggestive of expirated
blood. These stains were tested for the presence of amylase with negative results. Through DNA analysis it was
established that the source of the blood was from the male subject with the cut wrist. The facts of the case excluded
these stains being the result of expiration. This case will clearly show why the presence of bubble rings within
spatters in a spatter pattern should only be viewed as a presumptive indicator for expirated blood.
Case 2:
While investigating a motor vehicle incident, police officers were summoned into a nearby residence by the
homeowners. The officers were taken into an enclosed room off of the main house where a hot tub was located.
Numerous series of small undulating blood spatters were identified on and around the hot tub. All of the spatters
were either on the floor or on the vertical surfaces near to the floor. The homeowners were concerned as to what
this meant. Upon reviewing the images of the blood spatters, I asked if either of the homeowners had varicose
veins (venous insufficiency syndrome). Yes, the male homeowner had such a condition. This was after samples had
already been removed and sent for DNA testing. The physical appearance and location of the stain patterns, the
homeowner’s medical condition, and DNA findings were all consistent with one of the varicose veins on the
homeowner’s leg unknowingly rupturing while in the hot tub room. This case is a “classic” example of spatters
associated with a ruptured varicose vein(s).
Case Presentation
Paul Treudson
Washington County Sheriff’s Office
215 SW Adams Avenue MS 32
Hillsboro, Oregon 97123-3874
E-mail: [email protected]
The victim in this case had a party in his apartment and his friends brought the suspect with them. The victim did
not know this man, but became quite intoxicated and bragged to him about having a safe in his residence containing
drugs and over $25,000 in cash. The suspect left his coat at the apartment as a ruse, and returned alone about a half
an hour after the party to "retrieve it." He was let into the apartment by the victim. The victim excused himself to
go to the bathroom, and the suspect forced his way into the bathroom and attacked him with a knife.
The victim, though unarmed, put up a struggle and managed to bite the suspect, causing injuries to his arm. The
suspect slit the victim's throat, and the walls in the bathroom were covered with impact spatter, wipes, swipes,
transfer patterns and arterial gushing. Among the transfer patterns was an apparent "corduroy" pattern, which was
located on the front lower section of the toilet bowl, and on the lower exterior portion of the bathtub.
Bloody footwear impressions led into the master bedroom and over to the safe in a closet. Blood was located on
the safe handle, however the locked combination-styled safe had not been opened. In the master bedroom there was
only about 12 inches of space between the foot of the unmade bed and an armoire. There was a pile of clothing on
the floor between the bed and the armoire, making it difficult to walk through that area without tripping over the
clothing and losing one's balance.
A bloody transfer impression of an apparent right hand holding a knife was found on top of a sheet at the foot of
the bed. The impression included knuckles and a blade. The impression was located between the bathroom and the
bedroom closet containing the safe, and the directionality of the impression was towards the safe.
A patent bloody fingerprint was discovered on a dresser drawer handle in the bedroom which was later identified
as belonging to the suspect. DNA analysis showed that the blood on the handle was a co-mingling of both the
suspect's and victim's DNA.
The vehicle used by the suspect was located and seized under a search warrant about a week later. Latent blood
was located by grid searching with phenolphthalein, on the driver's side door frame kick plate. Amido black was
used to develop and visualize those bloodstains, which turned out to be a corduroy transfer pattern. It was later
learned that the suspect had worn a pair of corduroy pants to the victim's party. DNA analysis showed that the blood
belonged to the victim.
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Reconstruction and Blood Flow Patterns
Iris Dalley
E-mail: [email protected]
The victim was founds in her bed with two perforation gunshot wounds to the head. The order of the gunshots
could be established from the flow patterns from each wound. Altered blood flow patterns indicated the victim’s
position at the time the wounds were inflicted and gave an indication of the time interval between the gunshots and
the victim’s final position on the bed.
Complex Patterns Workshop
Patrick Laturnus
Canadian Forensic Training
2042 Newcarlisle Cres
Ottawa, Ontario K4A 4M6
E-mail: [email protected]
This workshop is designed to give the participant a method by which an unknown bloodstain pattern can be
identified. The subsequent identification of the pattern will often lead to a sequence of events which caused it. A
complex pattern is made up of two or more events having occurred in the same place or on top of each other. This
workshop will begin with a demonstration of “where to start” and will offer insight on an objective and complete
analysis. Participants will begin with a discussion and move on to the hands on identification of several examples of
“Complex Patterns”.
Presenter Barton Epstein
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Presenter Dr. Silke Brodbeck
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Presenter Janina Gay Savage
Presenter Philippe Esperanca
Presenter Elizabeth van Zanten
Presenter Joe Slemko
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Presenter Matt Noedel
Presenter Kevin Maloney
Presenter Stuart James
Presenter Paul Kish
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Presenter Martin Eversdijk
Presenter Gillian Leak
Presenter Willem van Spanje
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Presenter Paul Truedson
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Presenter Rex Plant
Rob Cheeseman
Presenter Pat Laturnus
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Presenter Johnny Aycock
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Presenter Rob Spruit
Second IABPA International Conference Coordinator
Sabine Hess
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2008 IABPA Training Conference Chair Tom“Grif”
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Bart Epstein and Dr. Fred Carter enjoy a conversation at the conference
The editor and associate editors of the IABPA NEWS enjoy the River Walk in San Antonio.
Left to right, Stuart James, Lisa DiMeo, Paul Kish, T. Paulette Sutton and Todd Thorne
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Vice President of Region V, Andre Hendrix
Klaas Vervloet enjoys the conference
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Banquet Entertainment by Chuck Allen and His Band
Chuck Allen – Rhythm Guitar and Vocalist
Gary Zimmerman- Guitar and Vocalist
Carol Mette – Harp and Vocalist
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Frank Bevers – Mandolin - Vocalist
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Ken Worthington – Guitar, Mouth Harp and Vocalist
Steve McDaniel - Bass
Country Dancing at the Banquet
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Country and Western Singer Brian Gowan
LeeAnn Singley enjoys the country and western music with Leif Petersen
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Minutes of 2007 IABPA Business Meetings
LeeAnn Singley, President
Iris Dalley, Vice President Region III
Craig Stewart, Vice President Region IV
Andre Hendrix, Vice President Region V
Norman Reeves, Secretary Treasurer
Brian Kennedy, Sergeant at Arms
1 October 2007, 3:10PM
President Singley called a special session of the Business meeting to order. The nomination of
Johnny Aycock for Distinguished Member was read and voted on by the members present. The
motion to approve the nomination was approved. Brian Kennedy made a motion to close this
session of the Business Meeting. The motion was seconded by Paul Kish and the session was
3 October 2007 10:30AM
President Singley called the meeting to order and projected the meeting agenda on a screen and
requested any additions to the agenda be made at this time and none were made. A quorum of
members was present at the meeting.
President Singley called for a motion to advance the applicants listed in the hospitality room
list from applicant to provisional. A motion to advance the applicants listed to provisional
member was made by Gillian Leak and seconded by Rex Plant. The motion was approved.
President Singley indicated the list of provisional members which was located in the hospitality
suite be advanced to full membership. These provisional members submitted the required
request for promotion during the year. Todd Thorne made the motion to accept those listed for
full membership and Joe Slemko seconded the motion. The motion was approved. Minutes of the
2006 Conference Business Meeting had been published in the December issue of the newsletter
and a copy was available at the 2007 Conference. A motion was made by Pat Laturnus to accept
the minutes as published. Second by Rick Pippins. The motion was approved.
Region I
Pam Bordner was not present and President Singley read her report and indicated the Pam
would like to propose Portland, Oregon as the 2009 conference site.
Region II
John Frederick was not present and he is stepping down as Vice President of Region II since he
has retired from the Nebraska State Patrol.
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Region III
Iris Dalley discussed the applications she processed.
Region IV
Craig Stewart reported a substantial number of applications processed for this region.
Difficulties contacting sponsors were a major issue and a delaying factor processing the
Region V
Andre Hendrix reported about the European conference and that contact persons were establish
for Europe to coordinate matters with the IABPA Vice President. Andre processed about thirty
Region VI
President Singley read Mark Reynolds report to the attending members since Mark was unable
to attend the meeting. Mark reports that there are currently seven full members, seventeen
provisional members and twelve applicants in his region.
The treasurer’s report was posted in the hospitality area for review by the membership.
Norman Reeves reported that, as of September 22nd, the IABPA had $134,520 in assets. The
average yearly expenses are about $47,000. IABPA needs to maintain a balance of about double
the yearly expenses, to maintain funds for emergencies, for the purchase of equipment, grants
and other known and unknown expenses that arise. It was noted that the 2006 Corning
Conference netted a very good return plus the return of the $2,000 seed money. A CD was
renewed this year netting more interest then other accounts that the money was previously
deposited. Dues income was $ 14,000.00.
An audit and filing of income tax forms for the years 1994 through 2006 was completed at a
cost of $5,629.32. This now makes our organization tax compliant and we will be filing on a
yearly basis at a much lower cost since it is for only one year.
President Singley reported that last year an ad hoc committee was formed to review
SWGSTAIN documents. Three documents were issued for public comment last year, including
Quality Assurance and Training documents. Kevin Maloney was the chair of that committee.
The documents “Preparation for Admissibility Hearings”, “Quality Assurance Guidelines”, and
“Minimum Education and Training Requirements” have passed the public comment stage. Kevin
Maloney, chairman, reported that three documents were provided to SWGSTAIN from the
committee, admissibility, quality assurance and training requirements.
There are nine members of the committee; six US, two Canadian and one United Kingdom
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representatives with an average experience of thirteen years. The committee holds an e-mail
forum and requests feedback. Several reviews have been offered. SWGSTAIN accepted some of
the recommendations of the committee. To see the SWGSTAIN’s reports go to President Singley asked the committee to continue its work.
Bill Basso and Carolyn Gannett are updating the by-laws and changes will be published prior
to the next meeting. Iris Dalley is on the committee.
There is no report.
No activity was reported.
Mark Seiden was not present and there was no reported activity.
There is no report.
Stuart James made his request for articles and research reports. References to other BPA
articles are being published in the newsletter. We are now using a newer more efficient method
for printing labels for the newsletter and it is saving money. Stuart requested abstract and photos
from the 2007 conference. He thanked Todd Thorne for taking photographs at the conference. A
request is made that addresses be kept up to date and all address changes be sent to Norm
Reeves. The cost of returned mail should be unnecessary if everyone keeps his or her address
Herb MacDonell was unable to attend and his report was read to the membership.
Brian Kennedy had nothing to report.
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The Board recommends the following for office for the year 2008.
LeeAnn Singley
VP Region I
Pam Bordner
VP Region II
John Forsythe-Erman
VP Region III
Iris Dalley
VP Region IV
Craig Stewart
VP Region V
Andre Hendrix
VP Region VI
Mark Reynolds
Secretary Treasurer Norm Reeves
Sergeant at Arms
Brian Kennedy
Herbert MacDonell
Lisa DiMeo nominated Todd Thorne for Sergeant of Arms and the motion was seconded by
Carolyn Gannett. Larry Renner made a motion that the nominations be closed. Johnny Aycock
seconded the motion.
President Singley reported that the Board is working on a grant to be offered in memory to Dan
Rahn. Pat Laturnus discussed his innovative spirit and significant contributions while serving in
the RCMP. BPA began in Canada in the 1980s, and Rahn was a senior analyst with leadership
qualities. Rahn wanted the IABPA to succeed. This grant program is a great tribute to Dan
Rahn. Joe Slemko indicated that he would place information about Dan Rahn on the Website.
The grant is described as initially being for $500.00 a year for research. The grant request must
be sent to the IABPA by April 15th each year and will be awarded at the annual conference of
that year. Johnny Aycock discussed a disclaimer regarding IABPA responsibility of handling
materials during the research. President Singley said the proposal will be published on the
Website with a link to make an application for the grant, and the information will be published in
the IABPA News.
Tom “Grif” Griffin and Richard Tewes offered to host the 2008 conference in Boulder,
Colorado area (Mountain Time zone). This would make the third time for the IABPA conference
to be held in the Denver area. The dates of the conference will be October 7-10, 2008. A motion
to accept the 2008 conference proposal was made by Gillian Leak and seconded by Silke
Brodbeck. The motion was carried.
President Singley announced that Pam Bordner offered Portland, Oregon, as the site for the
2009 conference. The conference sites rotate by time zones/geographic areas to afford
opportunity for new faces to be at the conference. Conference travel can be expensive. Bordner
asked for a decision at this conference so that she can begin planning. Singley asked if there were
other site offerings. There were none. Larry Renner made a motion that the 2009 conference be
held in Portland, Oregon. Kim Duddy seconded the motion. Singley called for a vote on the
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motion. The motion passed. Norm Reeves requested that if something fails in planning for the
Portland site that the Board be notified as soon as possible.
Pat Laturnus made a motion for the IABPA to fund the travel and accommodations of the
President and Secretary Treasurer to attend the European conferences. Brian Kennedy suggested
that the motion should state the President, Secretary/Treasurer or designee of the Board. Peter
Lamb stated he thought it was necessary that representatives from the IABPA Board attend the
European meeting. Kevin Maloney asked that the motion be broadened to state all European
conferences. Larry Renner asked that the motion specify that the designee be a member of the
Board. Laturnus re-worded his motion to include the amended language. Singley called for a
vote on the motion. The motion was seconded by Johnny Aycock. The motion passed.
Kevin Maloney said that the conference, including the educational component of holding
workshops, has gone well. He said IABPA should continue to include workshops in the
conferences. He would like to have time blocked for workshops only.
President Singley said that this was a test year for this format, and she had received many
comments both pro and con about the scheduling. One idea was to set aside one day for
workshops. A lot of the scheduling would be dictated by what workshops were offered and the
available space at the conference sites. Singley request that members e-mail feedback to Griffin.
Discussion was held on dedicating a chair to workshops, charging fees for workshops,
scheduling workshops separate from other presentations, a rotating /repeating schedule for
workshops, pre-registration for workshops, evaluation of workshops, recommendations for future
11:35AM. Motion by Rex Plant to adjourn was made and seconded by Kevin Maloney.
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Johnny Aycock is Recipient of IABPA Distinguished Member Award
Retired Texas Ranger, Johnny Aycock was honored by the International Association of
Bloodstain Pattern Analysts by receiving a Distinguished Member Award at the 2007 Training
Conference in San Antonio, Texas. He was with Texas Ranger Company F, Texas Department of
Safety, Bell, Coryell County, Texas. From 1965 until 1968 he served in the United States Army
serving multiple tours of duty in Vietnam. Johnny Aycock joined the Texas Department of
Public Safety and after completing basic training was commissioned as a Highway Patrolman. In
1979, he was promoted to a Sergeant in the Narcotics Section. He was appointed as a Texas
Ranger in 1982 and retired in August of 2001. He obtained degrees from Navarro college and
Baylor University while a working member of the Texas Department of Public Safety. Ranger
Aycock has been qualified in by State, Federal and Military Courts in the areas of homicide
investigation, multiple victim crime scenes and bloodstain pattern analysis. He has consulted
with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Wyoming Department of
Justice, United States Attorneys Office and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Institutional Division. He was the area investigator during the Luby’s restaurant mass murders in
Killeen, Texas on October 16th, 1991. He was also an investigator assigned to the Branch
Davidian Capital Murder Investigation and Hostage stand-off situation in Waco, Texas in 1993.
Ranger Aycock was awarded the Medal of Valor by the Texas Department of Public Safety in
1987 and 1995. Johnny joined the IABPA in 1987 and is the eighth recipient of this award.
Retired Texas Ranger Johnny Aycock accepts his Distinguished Member award from President Lee Ann
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Gorn, Michael, Stafford-Allen, Paul, Stevenson, Jane, White, Peter; Case Report - The Recovery
of Footwear Marks in Blood at a Homicide Scene Involving a Smoldering Fire. Journal of
Forensic Identification 706-716, Vol. 57, No.5, 2007.
A research project was undertaken to determine the specificity of leucocrystal violet, a blood enhancement
reagent. The results became important in assessing whether non-visible marks found at a homicide scene were made
in blood or could have been made in another fluid.
Knock, Claire, Davison, Marie; Predicting the Position of the Source of Bloodstains for Angled
Impacts: J. Forensic Sci, September 2007, Vol. 52, No. 5.
Droplets of pig’s blood were dropped onto paper at different angles to the horizontal to produce bloodstains.
Impact velocities varied from 1.82 to 5.76 m/sec., drop size from 3.7 to 5.0 mm in diameter and the surface sloped at
angles between 22.7º and 90º to the horizontal. From the data, a single equation relating stain size to drop size and
velocity for all impact angles was produced; ab = 111.74 (Re½We¼)0.75DoDo + 0.00084 with R2 = 0.88 where a is the
stain width and b the stain length, Re the Reynolds number, and We the Weber number. A second equation related
the number of spines, N, to drop size, velocity and surface slope for all impact angles as N = 0.76 We0.5 sin3 ø with
R2 = 0.9, where ø is the impact angle. Combining these equations, the impact velocity can be determined and hence
the position of the stain’s source.
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The Second European IABPA Region V
Training Conference 2008
Zurich, Switzerland
Wednesday 2 July – Friday 4 July 2008
(pre-registration/welcome drink 1st July 2008)
Journey to Zurich
By plane to Zurich Airport (International/European flights)
EuroAirport Basel (European flights)
From Zurich Airport there is a train to Zurich Hardbrücke → (Visitors/english)
Conference hall
Novotel Zurich City-West
(Hotel reservation form → available on website conference link
Conference cost (estimate)
Paid by 31 December 2007: CHF 325 / € 200 / $ 250 ( break/lunch)
Paid after 31 December 2007: CHF 360 / € 225 / $ 280
On-site registration: CHF 400 / € 250 / $ 310
Accommodation (estimate)
NOVOTEL**** (special price CHF 170 / € 105 / $ 132, double room, excl. breakfast)
( – hotelcode: 2731)
IBIS** (CHF 140 / € 86 / $ 108, double room, excl. breakfast)
( – hotelcode: 2942)
ETAP* (CHF 85 / € 52 / $ 65, single room, excl. breakfast;
1-2 addit. person(s) plus CHF 10 / € 6 / $ 8)
( – hotelcode: 3184)
We invite Speakers to contribute a presentation. Speakers who are
interested please contact:
[email protected]
For further information please contact:
[email protected]
[email protected]
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Daniel Rahn Memorial Grant
This is a small grant for up to $500.00 intended to help an individual fund a problem- oriented
research. The grants are limited to two awards per year. These grants are open to members and
affiliates (at any level) of the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts.
Proposals should include:
Current curriculum vitae (with contact information)
A brief (approximately 1 page) description of the project
Cites of appropriate references (e.g. literature references, legal citations, etc.)
Cites for current or previous Daniel Rahn Grants awarded to the applicant(s)
Budget for project, including the amount requested from the IABPA and any additional
funding awarded by other sources
™ Timetable for the project
™ Plan for dissemination of results
™ Issues relating to the harvesting, handling, transport and/or disposal of human body
fluids. These must be dealt with explicitly within the proposal and should meet the
accepted protocols for the jurisdiction in which the research is being conducted.
The deadline for Daniel Rahn Grant proposals is April 15th. Brief proposals should be sent to
the IABPA, 12139 East Makohoh Trail, Tucson, Arizona 85749-8179/ USA by April 15th in
order to be considered by the grant committee. In addition, an electronic submission of the
proposal shall also be submitted to the Secretary/Treasurer of the IABPA at
[email protected] The deadline of April 15th is firm with no extensions. An announcement
of the grant recipient(s) will be made at the annual conference in October of the same year. A
progress report is due to the IABPA by September 1st of the following year.
The IABPA reserves first right of refusal for all publications resulting from the research. The
grant recipient is strongly encouraged to present the results of the project at a regular IABPA
Bloodstain Pattern Analysis in the News
Alexei Pace
Presented below are news articles that feature bloodstain pattern analysis. Links are active at
the time of writing (mid-November 2007), however they may be put offline after a few weeks.
These news items are distributed through the ‘Bloodstain-Patterns’ mailing list and discussion
forum, which so far counts 278 members and to which one may subscribe by visiting:
All case details published are as found in the public domain and were acquired through online
news websites. The author is not responsible for any misinterpretations by the press however any
clarifications, if required, shall be published in the next edition. URL’s are being presented in the format.
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December 2007
Sea Coast On Line
Expert examines blood pattern in LaBarre murder case
Blood patterns left behind inside Sheila LaBarre's Epping farmhouse are consistent with blood gushing from an
artery, a stabbing and dripping from a moving body, according to court documents. Forensic scientist Marilyn T.
Miller, who specializes in bloodstain pattern analysis, provided a report on her analysis of blood found in LaBarre's
kitchen, on a wooden chair and on a wall, to prosecutors in July of this year. But attorneys for LaBarre are
challenging her findings and want a judge to order a hearing where they will delve into the methodology of Miller's
analysis and her qualifications.
"Dr. Miller's report purports to a divine series of troubling events surrounding the shedding of blood in the
LaBarre household at some unspecified time," defense attorney Bradford Bailey wrote in a motion. "She refers to
the size, shape and color of various stains and offers certain vivid conclusions about how and why the stains
appeared." Bailey writes that before "such grisly, vivid and graphic testimony" is allowed, the state must establish
the reliability of Miller's findings, including whether her methods are accepted by others in her field.
Dennis’ defense focuses on spent cartridge
The spent cartridge from the single round of the 9mm handgun that ended Carli Dennis’ life became a focal point
on the final day of testimony in her husband’s murder trial. Another point of the prosecution’s theory disputed by
Laposata is that Carli Dennis was laying with the left side of her face against her bed pillow when she was shot. The
key component of Laposata’s opinion was blood spatter found on Carli Dennis’ forearms. “The presence of those
(blood stains) on her arms indicate they have to be somewhere around the area of the gunshot entrance when the
gunshot was sustained,” Laposata said. “They cannot be way down under the covers.”
LaBarre blood spatter disputed
Lawyers for Sheila LaBarre are challenging the legitimacy of the analysis of blood spatter found in her Epping
farmhouse during a homicide investigation, saying it was too grisly and graphic and not based on enough science.
"Small arterial gushes (were) located on the lower portion of the wall,'' Miller wrote in her report, filed in early July.
"The severing of a small artery like those found in the hands and arms will produce these bloodstain patterns.''
Miller also found "impact spatter'' consistent with the type of blood stain that results from blunt impact or stabbing
motions. "Washed out'' impact spatter was found on a picture frame on the living room wall, Miller said.
LaBarre's lawyers assert that the analysis would make "grisly, vivid and graphic testimony'' and that the state must
establish that Miller's "theories'' could be proved and that there was real scientific study behind her findings before
they were revealed to a jury.
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December 2007
Organizational Notices
Moving Soon?
All changes of mailing address need to be supplied to our Secretary Norman Reeves. Each quarter
Norman forwards completed address labels for those who are members. Do not send change of address
information to the NEWS Editor. E-mail your new address to Norman Reeves at:
[email protected]
Norman Reeves
12139 E. Makohoh Trail
Tucson, Arizona 85749-8179
Fax: 520-760-5590
Membership Applications / Request for Promotion
Applications for membership as well as for promotion are available on the IABPA website:
IABPA Website:
The fees for application of membership and yearly dues are $40.00 US each. If you have not
received a dues invoice for 2008 please contact Norman Reeves. Apparently, non US credit cards
are charging a fee above and beyond the 40.00 membership/application fee. Your credit
card is charged only $40.00 US by the IABPA. Any additional fees are imposed by the
credit card companies.
Training Opportunities
January 21-25, 2008
February 4-8, 2008
Basic Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Workshop
Miami, Florida
40 Hour Basic Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Edmonds Police Department, Edmonds,
Presented by the Specialized Training Unit of the
Miami-Dade Police Department
Doral, Florida
Instructor: Daniel V. Christman, MS
Bothell, Washington Police Department
E-mail: [email protected]
For registration contact: Mary Skeen
Washington Association of Violent Crime
Voice: 206-389-2021
E-mail: [email protected]
Corporal Michael Bard
Edmonds, Washington Police Department
Voice: 425-771-0275
Fax: 425-771-0208
E-mail: [email protected]
Contact: Toby L. Wolson, M.S., S-ABC
Miami-Dade Police Department
Crime Laboratory Bureau
9105 NW 25th Street
Doral, Florida 33172
Voice: 305-471-3041
Fax: 305-471-3041
E-mail: [email protected]
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February 11-15, 2008
May 12-16, 2008
Math and Physics for Bloodstain Pattern
Miami, Florida
Math and Physics for Bloodstain Pattern
Ontario Police College
Alymer, Ontario, Canada
Presented by the Specialized Training Unit of the
Miami-Dade Police Department
Doral, Florida
Instructed by: Dr. Brian Yamashita and
Cst. Fons Chafe
Course coordinator: Rick Devine
E-mail: [email protected]
Further information:
Contact: Officer Phil Sanfilippo
Miami-Dade Police Department
Metropolitan Police Institute
Specialized Training Unit
9601 NW 58th Street
Doral, Florida 33178
June 9-13, 2008
Basic Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Course
Elmira College
Elmira, New York
March 10-14, 2008
Advanced Bloodstain Pattern Analysis and
Expert Witness Workshop
Contact: Paul Erwin Kish
Forensic Consultant & Associates
P.O. Box 814
Corning, NY 14830
E-mail: [email protected]
Presented by the Specialized Training Unit of the
Miami-Dade Police Department
Doral, Florida
Contact: Toby L. Wolson, M.S., S-ABC
Miami-Dade Police Department
Crime Laboratory Bureau
9105 NW 25th Street
Doral, Florida 33172
Voice: 305-471-3041
Fax: 305-471-3041
E-mail: [email protected]
Advanced Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Elmira College
Elmira, New York
May 4-9, 2008
Instructors: Paul Kish and Stuart James
Bloodstain Evidence Institute
Corning, New York
Contact: Paul Erwin Kish
Forensic Consultant & Associates
P.O. Box 814
Corning, NY 14830
E-mail: [email protected]
June 16-20, 2008
Contact: Professor Herbert Leon MacDonell Director
P.O. Box 1111
Corning, New York 14830
Tel: 607-962-6581
Fax: 607-936-6936E-mail: [email protected]
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December 2007
August 11-15, 2008
Basic Blood Pattern Analysis Course
London, England
Hosted by the Metropolitan Police Service,
London, England
at The City and Angel College, London
Paul Kish (USA) and Stuart James (USA)
For course registration and further information,
please contact:
Tony Larkin, Metropolitan Police Service
[email protected]
Phone: 00 44 (0) 207 230 0342
Fax: 00 44 (0) 207 230 0308
September 8-12, 2008
Advanced Bloodstain Analysis Course
Ontario Police College
Alymer, Ontario, Canada
Training Announcements for the March issue
of the 2008 IABPA News must be received
before February 15, 2008
Course coordinator: Rick Devine
E-mail: [email protected]
Further information:
December 1-5, 2008
Basic Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Workshop
Miami, Florida
Presented by the Specialized Training Unit of the
Miami-Dade Police Department
Doral, Florida
Contact: Toby L. Wolson, M.S., S-ABC
Miami-Dade Police Department
Crime Laboratory Bureau
9105 NW 25th Street
Doral, Florida 33172
Voice: 305-471-3041
Fax: 305-471-3041
E-mail: [email protected]
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December 2007
Editor’s Corner
On behalf of the IABPA membership, I congratulate Johnny Aycock on receiving the
Distinguished Member Award at the recent Training Conference in San Antonio, Texas. It is
fitting that this would occur in the State of Texas where Johnny has devoted his career in law
enforcement and as a member of the Texas Rangers. He has been instrumental in obtaining the
services of Nowlin Printing Company in Granbury, Texas for the printing of our IABPA NEWS
and they are doing a fine job.
I have devoted most of this issue to the 2007 Training Conference with numerous photographs.
I thank associate editor Todd Thorne for providing the photographs of the speakers and events at
the Conference.
There is still ample time to register for the 2nd International IAPBA Conference to be held in
Zurich, Switzerland, July 2-4, 2008. Members may register on line at The 2008
IABPA Training Conference will be hosted by Tom “Grif” Griffin and held in Boulder
Colorado, October 7-10, 2008. Further information will be published in the March issue of the
NEWS as well as on the IABPA website. Plan now to attend these conferences and present cases
or research projects.
As a reminder, please keep your membership dues and address changes up to date with our
Secretary/Treasurer, Norman Reeves in order to receive the IABPA NEWS. There has been a
noticeable decrease in returned issues by the US Postal Service.
Stuart H. James
E-mail: [email protected]
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December 2007
Past Presidents of the IABPA
V. Thomas Bevel
Charles Edel
Warren R. Darby
Rod D. Englert
Edward Podworny
Tom J. Griffin
Toby L. Wolson, M.S.
Daniel V. Christman
Phyllis T. Rollan
Daniel Rahn
Bill Basso
Associate Editors of the IABPA News
L. Allyn DiMeo
Barton P. Epstein
Paul E. Kish
Jon J. Nordby
Alexei Pace
Joseph Slemko
Robert P. Spalding
T. Paulette Sutton
Todd A. Thorne
The IABPA News is published quarterly in March, June, September, and December. © 2007. The International Association of Bloodstain Pattern
Analysts. All rights are reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited.
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