I always thought the Crown would surely have gone to the FBI to have that tape retested.But it would appear that not even the FBI were able to come to any conclusion as to whether the words "I shot the prick" were actually spoken.
I can't make head nor tail of the luminol tests on those footprints.Are the Crown inferring that there may have been an attempt to wash those prints?.
It would have been good if Stephen's blood had been found on the alcove curtains.I think his blood could well have been on them,that blood coming from the rifle as it touched the curtains at some point.
I don't recall there was ever any evidence to suggest that there was blood on Robin Bain's clothing that wasn't his.I might need to check.
is sure that that the best footprint is too long to be Robin's,but the judge said the footprint evidence was inconclusive as the tests carried out did not mimic how the footprints would have been made originally.I believe we all have to accept his ruling on the footprints.A lucky break for David Bain so far as I am concerned.If the Crown could have proved those footprints were too long to be Robin's I doubt whether the defence would have been able to find an expert to disprove that.But I wouldn't bet on it.
What was the outcome?.Did the Crown also find mixed DNA profiles on Robin Bain's clothes?.I don't know whether this matters too much.
Dr Manlove said those three bloodspots on Robin Bain's right shoe probably came from Robin Bain, but there was a suggestion they could have come from someone else in the family.In the Laws/Karam debate Karam was adamant they were from Robin Bain,and went out of his way to explain how they could have gotten there.But some David Bain supporters,McDonald in particular,disagree with Karam.They say the blood is blood spatter from one of the children.They seem to forget that the killer was not wearing shoes.
All the Blood on Robin was his own no trace of any other family member, The defender rationalise this by saying they didn't test every drop so one they left could have been from Steven or Laniet. They tested half which in sampling terms is a huge sample as random sampling can be on as little as 1% of the total number of items. I can remember frfrom my time learning auditing that wen used 1 or 2 % samples in checking invoices etc., and then extrapolate that to the total number of invoices, the results were surprisingly accurate.
The blood footprints were not visible to the naked eye and were found using luminol. Luminol reacts with ferric acid in blood and glows for a time and these were what were measured. they were complete prints in that both heel and toe were present I have tried several ways of seeing if the print could be londer than the foot and it is only possible if the heel is put down with the toes lifted to about a 25-30 deg angle and the foot rolled forward utill the heel was lifted almost the same amount as the start of the step. I found a way of achieving this is walking on a newly mowed lawn using a reel mower a the grass is very short and wetinng the area let it dry for a few minutes the walk on it in bare feet and walk on concrete. I know its not carpet but I bon't have any spare blood and no carpet but have tried it with used oil once on an old mats. and the prin is smaller than the length of the foot.
Robins Feet were measured on the morgue bench which measure from the Archiles Tendon to the tips of toes and I measure my foot that way it overall length is increased by about 10-15 mm over the length of the sole of the foot.
We don't know how the Defence meared the feet but the feet dont stop growing until the mid 20s. The defendant's feet may have been 5mm shorter in 1994.
There are just so many variables in the methods used but I'm willing to go out on a limb, turnaround and start sawing it and say the Defence would have been seeking the longest possible print, but I am willing to say that the original prints were too long to have been made by Robin unless he had a very strange way of walking.
The same cannot be said for the defendant as the print I was able to measure with some degree of accuracy were on an average about 15mm shorter than the OVERALL length of my foot but reasonably close to the sole length of my foot.
My Son wanted to call the men in white coats when I got him to help me as I didn't tell him why I doing it. He still thinks I'm nuts but he's probably right he's the one with the degree in maths and physics.