Uncovering Hidden Traces Of Murder, Domestic Violence… Here Is How Real-Life CSI Looks Like.

It always amazes me to witness what modern-day science and technology can do to help the police solve some truly horrific crimes. That and human skill — after all, by itself, technology counts for nothing if you don’t know how to use it (that’s what Photoshop experts keep telling me).

So, photographer Angela Strassheim set out to discover what happens after the police detectives have left the scene of a crime. Her answer, in the form of a new photo series titled Evidence, sheds new light on the chilling scenes of domestic homicide crime.

Ms. Strassheim’s incredible images depict the interiors of living rooms, bathrooms and kitchens where deadly confrontations between family members have taken place, often involving guns, knives and, in one particularly grizzly case, even a pitchfork. The award-winning photographer wrote:

All around me I observe a glowing trail of bloodshed as swaths and constellations of light, helping me put together the pieces of a violent puzzle.

In one bone-chilling image, a bedroom wall is shown covered in droplets of blazing white gore, which look eerily like rain drops on a window. Wired reports that Ms. Strassheim achieved this stunning effect by applying “BlueStar” solution to the interiors (see the video below). In BlueStar, a chemical temporarily activates the molecule of blood, making it glow for some time after the blood itself has been scrubbed clean.

The photographer adds:

As a child, when I would pass by a house where a violent and newsworthy death had recently occurred, I would stand there, close my eyes and try to imagine what took place.

Well, now she’s seen it. (Scroll down for the video.)

1. Angela Strassheim’s new photo series titled Evidence depicts domestic homicide crime scenes in a new light.

Uncovering Hidden Traces Of Murder, Domestic Violence... Here Is How Real-Life CSI Looks Like.

2. The award-winning photographer created the images by applying a phosphorescent blood splatter solution to the rooms to highlight the traces of violent crime.

Uncovering Hidden Traces Of Murder, Domestic Violence... Here Is How Real-Life CSI Looks Like.

3. Strassheim was able to achieve this effect by applying ‘BlueStar’ chemical solution, which temporarily activates the molecule of blood, making it glow.

Uncovering Hidden Traces Of Murder, Domestic Violence... Here Is How Real-Life CSI Looks Like.

4. The black and white photos create a compelling narrative out of flecks of blood lingering on walls.

Uncovering Hidden Traces Of Murder, Domestic Violence... Here Is How Real-Life CSI Looks Like.

5. Constellations of blood droplets on the walls of a home.

Uncovering Hidden Traces Of Murder, Domestic Violence... Here Is How Real-Life CSI Looks Like.

6. Angela Strassheim had started out working as a forensic crime lab technician.

Uncovering Hidden Traces Of Murder, Domestic Violence... Here Is How Real-Life CSI Looks Like.

7. Strassheim wrote about developing an interest in crime scenes and domestic homicides at a young age.

Uncovering Hidden Traces Of Murder, Domestic Violence... Here Is How Real-Life CSI Looks Like.

8. In this image, a bedroom wall is seen covered in droplets of glowing white gore, which resemble rain drops on a windowpane.

Uncovering Hidden Traces Of Murder, Domestic Violence... Here Is How Real-Life CSI Looks Like.

9. Strassheim has visited more than 140 crime scenes and talked her way into a variety of homes and motel rooms.

Uncovering Hidden Traces Of Murder, Domestic Violence... Here Is How Real-Life CSI Looks Like.

10. Some of the crimes have taken place recently, while others occurred years earlier.

Uncovering Hidden Traces Of Murder, Domestic Violence... Here Is How Real-Life CSI Looks Like.

11. Even though the blood had been wiped clean, its traces remain.

Uncovering Hidden Traces Of Murder, Domestic Violence... Here Is How Real-Life CSI Looks Like.

12. About half of the pictures in the portfolio depict the exteriors of the crime scenes.

Uncovering Hidden Traces Of Murder, Domestic Violence... Here Is How Real-Life CSI Looks Like.

13. Some of the current inhabitants of houses where homicides had occurred had no idea about their dwellings’ dark history.

Uncovering Hidden Traces Of Murder, Domestic Violence... Here Is How Real-Life CSI Looks Like.

14. At this location along a lonely rural road, a person has been murdered with a knife and a small rod.

Uncovering Hidden Traces Of Murder, Domestic Violence... Here Is How Real-Life CSI Looks Like.

15. The artist chose to title the images with the name of the murder weapon used — in this case, a pair of shotguns.

Uncovering Hidden Traces Of Murder, Domestic Violence... Here Is How Real-Life CSI Looks Like.

16. The domestic drama that played out inside this humble residence involved scissors, a clock radio cord and a large fan.

Uncovering Hidden Traces Of Murder, Domestic Violence... Here Is How Real-Life CSI Looks Like.

17. A person has been killed with a folding knife inside this housing complex.

Uncovering Hidden Traces Of Murder, Domestic Violence... Here Is How Real-Life CSI Looks Like.

18. A gun was used as a murder weapon inside this cheap motel.

Uncovering Hidden Traces Of Murder, Domestic Violence... Here Is How Real-Life CSI Looks Like.

19. This high-end sprawling home has become the site of a domestic homicide where a pitchfork was used as a murder weapon.

Uncovering Hidden Traces Of Murder, Domestic Violence... Here Is How Real-Life CSI Looks Like.

20. The goal of the project is for people viewing Strassheim’s photos to entertain the possibility that they too can be a victim, or murder a loved one out of jealousy or rage.

Uncovering Hidden Traces Of Murder, Domestic Violence... Here Is How Real-Life CSI Looks Like.

And here is the video:

Sources: Angela Strassheim, Wired.

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