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Certified Bloodstain Pattern Analyst
Only certified examiner in the State of Oregon
Also available in California, Washington and beyond

Los Angeles County, California Superior Court
Approved Panel of Expert Witnesses

Phone: (541) 517-0397

Curriculum Vitae

Thirty-eight years experience in forensic examination. Strong technical experience in all phases of crime scene, physical evidence investigation and expert witness testimony.  Work cooperatively with federal, state and local criminal justice agencies throughout the western United States. Provide private forensic identification and analysis in civil and criminal cases.
2006-Present  Physical Evidence Consultant
  • Review and analysis of physical evidence in criminal and civil cases
  • Expert Witness Testimony
2005-October 2011  City of Coburg, Oregon
City Administrator (part-time)
  • Responsible for supervision of city operations and personnel issues 
2005-May 2006  Lane County District Attorney, Eugene, Oregon
Deputy Medical Examiner (part-time)
  • Responsible for on-call death scene investigation in compliance with Oregon State Statutes (146.085 Death Inv.)     
1978-2005  Eugene Police Department, Eugene, Oregon
Forensic Analyst (retired)                                                                                
  • Responsible for major crime scene investigations, evidence identification and
    examination.  Function as the technical representative to the Western Identification Network (WIN) Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS)
  • Developed examination skills in latent print identification, footwear comparison, bloodstain
    pattern analysis, presumptive chemical tests, digital imaging, computerized reconstruction techniques, crime scene reconstruction, tool mark and firearm examination/comparison
  • Qualified as an expert witness in circuit courts of Oregon, Washington, California and Utah, federal court in Oregon and Fort Lewis, Washington. 
  • B. S. (Criminology), Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana -1973
  • Undergraduate classes in chemistry, biology, computer science, criminalistics and photography, University of Oregon and Lane Community College, Eugene, Oregon -1975 through 1983
  • M. S. (Business Management), Marylhurst College, Marylhurst, Oregon-1987              
  • NIST OSAC Task Group Affiliate on Bloodstain Analysis Training, Education and Certification
  • Los Angeles County, California Superior Court Approved Panel of Expert Witnesses
  • Certified Bloodstain Pattern Analyst, 0049, by the International Association for Identification
  • Charter member, First Secretary Treasurer and former Educational Committee Chair, Western Regional Vice President, Ad hoc Committee member, Current Chair of the Certification Research Committee, International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts
  • State of Oregon Medical Examiner’s Office, Deputy Medical Examiner Training (2005)
  • Certified Senior Crime Scene Analyst by the International Association for Identification (1990-95, 2004-07)
  • Certified Instructor, Oregon Board of Public Safety Standards and Training (1992-1994, 2004)
  • (Forensics, Crime Scene Investigation, Police Photography, Bloodstain Analysis, Latent Print Processing and Identification)
  • Developed and implemented a computerized bloodstain pattern analysis program the first ever developed for this type of physical evidence.
  • City of Coburg, Oregon Councilor 1997-1999 and 2000-2005, Mayor 2000
  • IAI – Past Member, Bloodstain Pattern Identification Committee
  • Invited Guest to SWGSTAIN Meeting, Fall 2010
  • 2010 Co-Employee of the Year, City of Coburg 
  • Crime scene reconstruction / Bloodstain pattern analysis / Shooting reconstruction
  • Forensic Ridgeology
  • Latent print processing, comparison and examination
  • Automated Fingerprint Identification system (AFIS) operation and technical support
  • Footwear evidence examination
  • Video analysis
  • Videography
  • Presumptive blood test including species determination
  • Firearms and tool mark / pattern examination
  • Microscopy (general)
  • Photo microscopy
  • Microscopical examination and identification of explosives
  • Microcrystalline and spot plate test for controlled substances
  • Digital photography and enhancement techniques
  • Police photography
  • Physical matches / Impression tool marks
  • Serial number restoration
  • Trace Evidence collection and examination (hair and fiber)
  • Glass examination
  • Sexual assault evidence collection, examination and identification
  • Evidence packaging, integrity and custody
  • Expert witness testimony / Evidence presentation methodology
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • International Association for Identification
  • International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts
  • Association for Crime Scene Reconstruction
  • Co-Author-“Alternative Resources for Bloodstain Pattern Analysis", Journal of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Vol. 27, No. 2, June 2011
  • Author-“Alternative Crime Scene Reconstruction”, The Oregon Defense Attorney, May/June 2011 
  • Author-“The Development of an Alternative Crime Scene Reconstruction”, Professional Investigator Magazine, August 2010
  • Author-“The Development of an Alternative Crime Scene Reconstruction”, Expertpages.com, Expert Articles Library, March 2010
  • Contributor-“From Film to Digital”, Evidence Technology Magazine, February 2004
  • Contributor- Bloodstain Pattern Analysis: With an Introduction to Crime Reconstruction, Bevel & Gardner, CRC Press, Inc., 1997, 2002, 2008 
  • Contributing author-Interpretation of Bloodstain Evidence at Crime Scenes, Eckert & James, Elsevier Publishing Company, 1989           
  • Author-"Measurement and Directionality of Individual Bloodstains Utilizing Instant Photography", The ABPA NEWS, 1989 
  • Coauthor-"Geometric Bloodstain Pattern Interpretation Using a Computer Program", in the CRIME LABORATORY DIGEST, FBI, V14, 3, July 1987 
The following is a list of agencies and associations that have requested my assistance in crime scene investigation/bloodstain pattern interpretation, forensic examination or have invited me to teach.
  • United States Army, Fort Lewis, Washington  (crime scene and bloodstain pattern analysis) 
  • United States Attorney’s Office, Eugene, Oregon (digital photography, video analysis, latent print identification)
  • Washington State Coroner and Medical Examiner Association  (Instructor-bloodstain pattern analysis)
  • Yavapai County Attorney’s Office, Prescott, Arizona  (Consultant –bloodstain pattern analysis)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington, D.C.  (Consultant, IAFIS, latent tracing)
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation, Orlando, Florida (Consultant, IAFIS, latent tracing)
  • Oregon State Council of Perioperative Nurses   (Instructor-evidence collection, preservation and bloodstain analysis)
  • Oregon State Police Forensics Laboratory, Springfield, Oregon  (Consultant- bloodstain pattern analysis, Instructor-shoe print collection and photography)
  • Oregon State Police Forensics Laboratory, Coos Bay, Oregon   (Consultant-bloodstain pattern analysis)  
  • Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Eugene, Oregon  (Consultant-bloodstain pattern analysis and digital photography)
  • Lane County Medical Examiner’s Office  (Forensic photography, bloodstain pattern analysis, fingerprints, digital facial reconstruction)
  • Lane County District Attorney, Eugene, Oregon  (Consultant-bloodstain pattern analysis, evidence presentation methodology)
  • Coos County District Attorney, Coquille, Oregon  (Consultant-bloodstain pattern analysis)
  • Public Defenders Services of Lane County   (Instructor-rideology, crime scene reconstruction, latent analysis)
  • Reserve Officer Program, Lane County Oregon   (Instructor)                   
  • Recruit Training Program, Eugene Police   (Instructor)
  • Lane Community College, Eugene, Oregon   (Guest Lecturer-forensics, bloodstain pattern analysis)
  • Linn-Benton Community College, Albany, Oregon  (Guest Lecturer-forensics, bloodstain pattern analysis)
  • University of Oregon, Department of Chemistry  (Guest Lecturer-forensics, bloodstain pattern analysis)
  • Bush Veterinary Animal Hospital, Eugene, Oregon   (Animal abuse-gun shot wound examination)
  • Lane Community College Cottage Grove, Oregon  (Instructor-ridgeology, bloodstain pattern analysis) 
  • Oregon Association of Licensed Investigators   (Instructor-ridgeology, bloodstain pattern analysis)
  • Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association   (Instructor-ridgeology, bloodstain pattern analysis) 
  • Lane County Defense Consortium  (Instructor-ridgeology)
  • Southern Oregon Public Defenders, Inc.   (latent print analysis, processing, shooting reconstruction)
  • Navajo County Arizona Public Defender   (shooting reconstruction, bloodstain pattern analysis)
  • Montana State Public Defender   (latent print analysis)
  • Marion County Oregon Public Defender   (latent print analysis)
  • Clark County Washington Indigent
    Defense   (shooting
    reconstruction, latent print analysis)
  • San Francisco County Public Defender (latent print analysis)
  • State of Alaska Public Defender Agency (Bloodstain pattern analysis, crime scene reconstruction)
  • Pima County Arizona Public Defender (bloodstain pattern analysis) 
  • Bloodstain pattern analysis and crime scene reconstruction
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Latent print identification and processing
  • Shooting reconstruction (bullet flight path determination and documentation)
  • Footwear impression identification and processing
  • Death Investigation
  • Serial number restoration
  • Firearms operation (test firing) and identification
  • Presumptive blood test
  • Marijuana identification
  • Digital photography
  • Evidence integrity and chain of custody procedures 
References available upon request.

Charter Member IABPA
Criminal, Civil and Insurance Investigations
Training and Conference Presentations
Certified Bloodstain Pattern Analyst

Don Schuessler, M.S. Copyright 2012
dschuessle@msn.com Phone: (541) 517-0397
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