You know how it goes: Right before Horatio Caine puts on his sunglasses and throws off a corny one-liner as the The Who screams, the forensics team is looking at a blood splatter on the wall and determining that it was a gunshot wound from close range by a six-foot tall, left handed shooter who wore sandals and had a limp.
Far fetched? Maybe not. You’d be surprised at the amount of detail a simple blood spatter can reveal. The folks at Forensic Nursing have put together a guide to Blood Pattern Analysis for budding CSIs, so the next time you stumble across a crime scene you’ll be able to tell if the spatter is from a blunt force trauma with a baseball bat, or a wounded perp on the run.