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Blood Secrets: Chronicles of a Crime Scene Reconstructionist


Blood Secrets reveals how forensic experts read the story of a murder told in the traces of blood left behind, providing crucial evidence that has helped convict criminals who might have otherwise walked free.

When Rod Englert began his career in law enforcement, virtually no police force in the world knew how to correctly examine blood spatter. He spent years studying and testing how blood behaves, pioneering a vital new tool that is now a part of any criminal investigation. In Blood Secrets he demonstrates how detectives and forensic experts use blood-spatter analysis to solve real cases.

How can the police tell what type of murder weapon was used when the body is missing and all that's left is a trace of gore? How can they tell if a victim was moved, or which person in a room fired the fatal shot? Englert lays out what he's learned on a variety of intriguing cases, from puzzling murders in tiny, remote towns to the highest-profile celebrity trials--including O. J. Simpson, Robert Blake, and many others.

Filled with fascinating details of forensic science and real-life CSI stories, Blood Secrets shows the techniques and tools used to decipher blood spatter's code.


ROD ENGLERT, a fourty-four-year veteran of law enforcement, is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, where he was president of the 159th Session. He is a member of the International Homicide Investigator’s Association; a past president of the Association of Crime Scene Reconstructionists; and a past president of the International Association of Blood Pattern Analysts. He lives in Oregon. For more information visit his Web site at

KATHY PASSERO is an award-winning writer and reporter and is the author of five non-fiction books on a variety of subjects.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword Ann Rule Rule, Ann
  • 1 Early Days 1
  • 2 From Rookie to Undercover Ace 19
  • 3 Blood, Drugs, and Murder in Multnomah County 51
  • 4 Chronicles of a Crime Scene Reconstructionist 85
  • 5 Blood Basics 111
  • 6 Celebrity Cases 157
  • 7 Cold Blood 193
  • 8 A World of Crime 221
  • 9 Trials and Errors 243
  • Afterword: A Glimpse of the Future 261
  • Acknowledgments 265
  • Bibliography 269
  • Index 279



This product was added to our catalog on Friday 19 November, 2010.

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