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Analysis of transferred fragrance and its forensic implications

Gherghel, S; Morgan, RM; Blackman, CS; Karu, K; Parkin, IP; (2016) Analysis of transferred fragrance and its forensic implications. Science and Justice , 56 (6) pp. 413-420. 10.1016/j.scijus.2016.08.004. Green open access

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Abstract

Perfumes are widely used by many people in developed countries, and a large number of both men and women wear perfumes on a daily basis. Analysis of perfume trace materials from clothing is not commonly employed within forensic casework, yet as a form of trace evidence it has the potential to provide valuable intelligence. In order to appreciate the value of trace evidence there is a fundamental need for an evidence base that can both offer insight into how a trace material behaves under different scenarios and activities, and from which inferences can be made. With this purpose a gas chromatography-mass spectrometry method for trace analysis of perfumes was developed. This paper presents two different series of experiments that investigate the dynamics of perfume transfer as a factor of perfume ageing time, and as a factor of perfume contact time. Empirical data showed that both perfume ageing time, and perfume contact time play a key role in the number of perfume components transferred. These studies have implication for forensic protocols, specifically for perfume trace evidence collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation, and there is potentially great value in analysing perfumes from clothing exhibits in forensic enquiries that involve close contact between individuals, such as sexual assaults.

Type: Article
Title: Analysis of transferred fragrance and its forensic implications
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.scijus.2016.08.004
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.scijus.2016.08.004
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd on behalf of The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Keywords: Forensic science; Perfume analysis; Trace evidence; Transfer; Experimental studies; Evidence dynamics
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1508510
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