A bloodstain pattern interpretation in a homicide case involving an apparent 'stomping'

Ralph R. Ristenbatt, R. C. Shaler

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Abstract

A New York City homicide case was investigated at the request of the District Attorney's office. The deceased had been violently beaten about the face, neck, and chest area. The bludgeoning left the victim unrecognizable, and produced bloodspatter patterns at the scene that attained heights over nine feet. The suspect claimed that he reacted in self defense to the victim's attack with a table leg at which point he 'knocked him down' and possibly 'kicked him a few times.' Our investigation was intended to determine whether the bloodspatter patterns observed at the crime scene were consistent with the statements made by the defendant. Conclusions were drawn from an analysis of the crime scene, autopsy photos and report, physical evidence submitted to the laboratory, and reconstruction experimentation performed at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME). The sparer patterns observed at the scene were found to be consistent with those that would be produced from a 'stomping' incident.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-145
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Forensic Sciences
Volume40
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1995

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Homicide
Crime
homicide
District Attorney's Office
offense
Coroners and Medical Examiners
Lawyers
interpretation
self-defense
medical examiner
Autopsy
Leg
incident
reconstruction
Neck
Thorax
evidence

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