aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

When is it blood?

Years and years ago (before I had ever heard the word AIDS) I followed a series of blood drops leading from the train. The drops got bigger and bigger. Finally I knelt down and rubbed one of the red stains and sniffed my finger. It sure smelled like blood. (It turned out someone had been stabbed on the train and taken refuge in our garage. They were later taken to the hospital and healed up okay).

But if you’re a cop and you come across red stains, how do you know if it’s blood and not paint or ketchup or beet juice? Lee Lofland, whose blog is a font of information for anyone writing about crime scenes, has a post on just that topic.

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