Jeremiah Morris, an expert bloodstain pattern analyst from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Criminalistics Laboratory, shared his personal stories of some of his most interesting cases with photographs from real crime scenes, Monday in the Science Hall.
“Characteristics of the bloodstains help us to determine which mechanisms created them, for example; size, shape, distribution, appearance and location,” Morris said.
Morris explained to students what they were looking for in certain types of cases to understand what made the bloodstain pattern.
“The presentation was very informational, and it enlightened me on the various methods of analyzing blood patterns,” said Jennifer Sanchez, sophomore Chemistry major. “I enjoyed how interactive the speaker was with the audience by asking us things like how we thought the victim was murdered. This allowed us to put ourselves in his shoes and see what it is like to be a blood analyst.”
Morris said the most important things to find out at any crime scene is whose blood it is, what was the nature of the wounds and how the blood got there.
“I thought the forensic scientist was very knowledgeable and very interactive with the audience. He had a great sense of humor, and I liked how he showed us some cases he had worked on in the past and the approach he took to come up with an answer to the bloody situation,” said Abel Bordes, freshman biology major.