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Dr. Herbert Leon MacDonell

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Board Member

Phone: (607) ***-****  HQ Phone
Bloodstain Evidence Institute
P.O. Box 1111
Corning , New York 14830
United States


Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • honorary doctorate degree
    University of Rhodes Island
  • honorary doctorate degree
    University of Rhode Island
  • Bachelor's degree
    Alfred University
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Judyth Piazza interviews Forensic Scientist and Author Dr. Herbert L. MacDonell Judyth Piazza interviews Forensic Scientist and Author Dr. Herbert L. MacDonell
Judyth Piazza interviews Forensic Scientist and Author Dr. Herbert L. MacDonell
Judyth Piazza interviews Forensic Scientist and Author Dr. Herbert L. MacDonell
Herbert L. MacDonell has conducted important research and investigation in the field of forensic science for over forty years. MacDonell is the inventor of the MAGNA Brush fingerprint device, and is considered an expert in blood splatter analysis. MacDonell has written and lectured about a wide range of forensic science topics, and has consulted on several high-profile criminal cases.
MacDonell attended the University of Rhode Island, earning his M.S. degree in 1956. He soon went into the field of forensic science, and in 1960 invented the MAGNA Brush fingerprint device. The brush, which changed the way fingerprint evidence was processed, uses a magnet and metallic powder to identify a latent print. Because the MAGNA Brush has no bristles, it reduces the likelihood of damaging the ridge detail of the print. He also began extensive research and experimentation with blood splatter analysis. In 1971, he wrote the booklet Flight Characteristics and Stain Patterns of Human Blood, published by the U.S. Department of Justice. It contains MacDonell`s findings and instructs crime scene investigators on how to interpret blood spatters.
MacDonell continued his successful career by taking the position of director of the Laboratory for Forensic Science in Corning, New York. Because of his breadth of experience, he has consulted on criminal cases across the country and around the world. He testified in the O.J. Simpson case on blood evidence matters, and was involved in the investigations of the assassinations of Senator Robert F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He has also appeared on a number of news television programs, including Good Morning America, 20/20, and Dateline NBC.
Along with author Alfred Allan Lewis, MacDonell wrote the 1984 book The Evidence Never Lies: The Casebook of a Modern Sherlock Holmes.
MacDonell serves as the subject of the book, and profiles a number of cases that he worked on and solved. He has also written numerous articles for a variety of professional publications. In addition, MacDonell has shared his expertise in academic settings, as a lecturer at various conferences and universities. He also serves as the director of the Bloodstain Evidence Institute, which runs a study program for forensic science students. MacDonell was the 1974 winner of the John A. Dondero Award from the International Association for Identification.
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Flight characteristics and stain patterns of human blood,by Herbert Leon MacDonell(1974)
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An icon in the field of forensic science, Herbert Leon MacDonell, will present "Sixty Years of Forensic Investigations" Tuesday, March 24, at 7 p.m. in Syracuse University's Life Science Complex Auditorium (Room 001). The lecture is presented by the Forensic Science Program in SU's College of Arts and Sciences and is free and open to the public. Paid parking is available in the Booth Garage on Comstock Avenue.
MacDonell is director of the Laboratory of Forensic Science in Corning, N.Y. He has testified as an expert witness in 33 states and in countries across the globe, including in such celebrated cases as the Joan Little murder trial in Raleigh, N.C.; the O.J. Simpson double murder trial in Los Angeles; the assassination of U.S. Sen.
Holder of four patents, MacDonell invented the MAGNA Brush, a device for processing latent fingerprints. It is the only powder method that is successful for developing fingerprints deposited on human skin. In 1973, MacDonell founded the Bloodstain Evidence Institute; he has conducted seminars and workshops on human bloodstain evidence across the United States and abroad. He is also founder of the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts, which currently has more than 800 members from 17 countries. He has written four books on bloodstain pattern interpretation and more than 100 forensic and scientific articles, some of which are chapters in classic forensic textbooks.
MacDonell holds a B.A. from Alfred University and an M.S. and Sc.D. from the University of Rhode Island. He was professor and head of the chemistry department at Milton College in Wisconsin and professor of criminalistics at both Corning Community College and Elmira College.
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For Information about The Bloodstain Institute and to contact Dr. Herbert MacDonell of the Laboratory of Forensic Science, please contact:
Dr. Herbert Leon MacDonell, Director
Laboratory of Forensic Science
The Bloodstain Institute
PO Box 1111, Corning, NY 14830
MacDonell to speak Wednesday at ..., 18 Sept 2007 [cached]
MacDonell to speak Wednesday at MU"Chemistry and Common Sense in the Reconstruction of Prior Events" will be the topic of a presentation Wednesday by forensic scientist Herbert L. MacDonell of Corning at a meeting of the American Chemical Society at Mansfield University.
MacDonell, the director of the Laboratory of Forensic Science in Corning, will speak at 7 p.m. in North Manser Hall.MacDonell is also director of the Bloodstain Evidence Institute and president of MacDonell Associates Inc. in Corning.
MacDonell is a past professor at Corning Community College and Elmira College.Prior to his career in criminalistics, he was an analytical research chemist for Corning Glass Works, now Corning Inc.
MacDonell has testified as an expert witness in many cases, including the O.J. Simpson murder case.
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