Data Set of Bloodstain Patterns for Teaching and Research

August 29, 2019
The recipients of a NIJ grant have released a data set of blood spatter patterns though a Creative Commons license that makes them available to anyone conducting training or research in the forensic discipline of bloodstain pattern analysis.

Image courtesy Daniel Attinger, et. al.


The spatter patterns were generated in controlled experiments with a rifle or a handgun with varying ammunition, and then scanned at high resolution.

You can find the images and the details of the study here.


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