Okay. Now that A is history and those pesky ADVERBS are under control, on to the letter B.
I’m a crime-fiction writer. One of my WIPs is a police procedural and the other WIP is a crime novel. There will be blood!
One of the courses I studied with the Open University was on Forensic Science. I’m no expert, but I thought I would take advantage of the A to Z theme and impart a few ideas to stimulate your own crime writing.
Those squeamish may stop here though I don’t think this is a graphic post. It could have been worse!
Bloodstain Pattern Analysis – Think about the direction of the patterns and how they might help your Crime Scene Investigator and lead Detective understand the scene. The height of the patterns and the angles will inform them on the trajectory of the blows. This might give you a clue as to how tall your evil antagonist is, for example.
Active Bloodstains – Think impact. Non-natural movement of blood by force. So, Professor Plum, in the library with the candlestick! This would also help your Detective understand how the scene progressed through the time-line of the crime. How many blows, directionality based on the pattern of the drops. Could you use a void in the pattern to emphasise a key piece of evidence removed from the scene?
Transfer – So, your killer thinks they’ve escaped the scene and gotten away with it. Think again. They will have transferred droplets of blood on anything they had with them at the scene. How did they travel away from the crime? Drive away? Then their car could have transfer on the seats, or the door handles. Their clothes, the murder weapon, their skin, hair. Don’t forget that void from the piece of evidence they’ve taken with them, which would be covered in blood. There are many possibilities to consider in your story.
And, not all the blood at the scene will necessarily be from the victim. Did the killer nick themselves with the murder weapon. Will more than one person show up when they analyse the DNA, but that’s for another day. I hope I’ve given you a few ideas to how you could use the blood evidence in your stories.
Happy Crime Writing!
This is my B post for the A to Z Blogging Challenge. A list of all my A to Z Blogging Challenge posts are to be found here.
Today’s pictures are of our first family cat: Billy. He started his life living rough in the grounds of a steel works. He was a lovely cat and this first photograph is one of my all time favourite shots.