Forensic Serology

Eric Weingart

What is "Forensic Serology"?

- Examining body fluids at the crime scene (saliva, blood, semen, etc.)

- Evaluating that evidence for possible DNA analysis

- Reporting the evidence and conclusions found in court

How does this help solve cases?

- Determine the type and characteristics of the bodily fluids examined

- Match those conclusions with suspects

How does one obtain a job in forensic serology?

- Most people in the field have a Bachelor's or Master's

- A chief serologist needs a PhD or MD

- Basic classes needed to be a regular forensic serologist: serology, forensic medicine, forensic immunology

- Most occupants have specific interests in subjects such as biology and chemistry

- There are multiple careers under this field, but the most common one is under crime scene investigation

- Median pay under forensic serology is around $50,000 - $60,000

Real life example

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OJ Simpson Trial

- Pool of blood near Nicole (Simpson's wife)

- Bloodstained left handed glove

- Blood on Simpson's car

- Right handed blood later discovered and had blood on it

- Blood on Nicole's sock

How was it solved?

Blood was tested in the case. The results were the following:

- Blood on sock: Nicole

- Blood on right handed glove: Simpson and both of his victims

- Blood trail from Nicole's house, to Simpson's car, and then to Simpson's house, almost proved his guilt


Simpson was later found not guilty, but the evidence was still very strong, and people today still insist that he committed murder.

Common tools used in forensic serology:

Sources used:

Information:


"Forensic Serology." Forensic Serology. Forensic Medicine, n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2013. <http://www.forensic-medecine.info/forensic-serology.html>.


Kitchen, Elizabeth. "How to Become a Forensic Serologist." Yahoo! Contributor Network. N.p., 3 May 2010. Web. 30 Jan. 2013. <http://voices.yahoo.com/how-become-forensic-serologist-5944022.html?cat=4>.


Li, Richard. "Forensic Serology Information Page." Forensic Serology Information Page. All About Forensic Science, n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2013. <http://www.all-about-forensic-science.com/forensic-serology.html>.



Further Information and Photos:



"Forensic Serology." Forensic Serology. FreeWebs, 2007. Web. 30 Jan. 2013. <http://www.freewebs.com/forensicserology/>.