Using Infrared Photography to Document Clothing Evidence in the Reconstruction of a Homicide

Michael Gorn and Stuart H. James

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Using IR photography for the documentation of blood staining on dark fabric has been well reported. However, this technique is probably under-utilized in the examination of clothing for blood stain patterns and is one that should be considered in every relevant case. The technique is relatively simple, is non-destructive and does not require the use of blood enhancement reagents which may interfere with further DNA testing. In this case, not only was it useful in providing better contrast between the stains and the color of the fabric, but it allowed for a reconstruction of events in a homicide case and provided probative information for comparison to statements made by the witness.

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