Crime Scene Revisited

It looks clean ...but wait a minute!

Jose Rosales, a criminal identification technician with the Hallandale Beach (Florida) Police Department, sent us these two photos that resulted from a practice session in luminol photography. They used a toilet in an abandoned warehouse as a make-believe crime scene, Rosales said. They liberally splattered blood from a horse around the toilet and sink—and then cleaned up the blood to eliminate visual traces. The photo on the left is what they could see with the normal lighting. And the photo on the right is what they could see after luminol was applied. It was a time exposure with a single flashlight aimed at the ceiling. The film used was Fuji 200 ISO. And the exposure time was 2 minutes 30 seconds.

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"Crime Scene Revisited"
March-April 2009 (Volume 7, Number 2)
Evidence Technology Magazine
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