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Introduction to Bloodstain Pattern Recognition

Hours: 8
Tuition: $95

Program Information:

This 8-hour informational course is designed for crime scene investigators, crime scene supervisors, coroners and/or medical examiners who attend crime scenes involving violent death.  This introductory course will give the participant the skills in recognizing when crime scenes that include evidence of bloodshed benefit from an examination of the bloodstains and bloodstain patterns present.

 Topics include:

  • Basic recognition of bloodstain patterns

  • Determinations that can be made from
    bloodstain pattern analysis


Nick Stahlke is the Forensic Science Training Coordinator for the Wisconsin Department  of Justice, State Crime Laboratory system.  He has over 20 years of experience as a Team Leader in processing crime scenes involving homicide and analyzing bloodstain and bloodstain patterns.  Nick has been involved in many high profile homicide cases to include the Steven Avery, Brendan Dassey, James Koepp and David Yates cases.  Many of the crime scenes that he has processed have included the interpretation of bloodstain patterns.  His current responsibilities include the coordination and training of the activities of the Wisconsin Department of Justice Crime Scene Response Teams.  Nick was also involved in an episode of Forensic Files entitled “Trial by Fire”, that aired on the Discovery Channel (which highlighted a bloodstain pattern examination).

**Cancellations for this class must be received by SLEA 35 days prior to the start of the program in order to avoid being billed!**

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Jim Kempinski
Program Manager

Voice: (630) 942-2939

Trisha Augustyn
Administrative Assistant

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