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Jun 06, 2008
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Removing Prints & Blood
by: Anonymous

The simple answers are yes for fingerprints and no for blood. Meticulously wiping down the rear compartment of a van stands a decent chance of removing fingerprints. Of course, it will depend on how thorough the job is done.

Blood is another matter. It is very difficult to remove all trace of blood, especially in something like a vehicle interior where there are so many crevices. Even on a smooth surface, it takes a lot of cleaning. The surface can be visually clean and still bear a significant thin coating of blood. I suppose we should qualify what a "trace" is, but, today, it takes very little for both detection and DNA. In increasing order of value as evidence, blood can present evidence of simple blood, species determination, and DNA. But, in general, if it can be clearly detected with, for instance, Luminol, it's likely good for DNA. From the crooks point of view, blood should be considered indelible, short of burning the van.

May 15, 2008
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Recommended Book For Crime Writers
by: David

Hi Mary

You might find the following book useful.

Forensics and Fiction: Clever, Intriguing, and Downright Odd Questions from Crime Writers by D.P Lyle

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As a consultant to many novelists around the world and to the writers of such popular TV shows as Monk, Law & Order, House, and CSI: Miami, D. P. Lyle, M.D., has answered many cool, clever, and oddball questions over the years. Forensics and Fiction: Clever, Intriguing, and Downright Odd Questions from Crime Writers is a collection of the best of these questions. The answers are provided in a concise and entertaining fashion that will keep you wide awake so you can read just one more.

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