Whitewater forensics crack the case with blood spatter


The Wildcats are ready to crack the case. Forensics and Criminal Investigation students at Whitewater High have been learning how to analyze blood spatter at a crime scene.

Third year students in Scott Schmitt’s Intro to Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security Pathway were provided with simulated blood and tasked with conducting a series of labs to make measurements and observations of the characteristics of blood drops.

The labs helped them be able to identify a parent drop, a satellite drop, and spines on drops. They learned to investigate the effect height, motion, and angle of impact have on blood spatter. Altogether, they could examine the blood drops at a crime scene to determine the direction of travel, along with the velocity, at which the blood droplet left its origin.

— Provided by the Fayette County School System.