Visualising Latent Bloodstains on Dark Fabrics
The visualisation of bloodstains is crucial in piecing together crime scenes. Through discussions with the Forensic Divisions around Australia it has been revealed that some dark fabrics block the visibility of blood under Near-Infrared photography. It is reasonable to consider dyestuffs as the cause of this camouflaging effect. This project aims to understand the relationship between blood and a dyed substrate which camouflages it. An investigation into visualising these challenging latent bloodstains in a non-destructive manner will be explored. Blood Pattern Analysts depend on the ability to view all bloodstains at a crime scene in order to reconstruct events, support the conviction of the guilty and exonerate the innocent.