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Luminol is a chemical that is known for its chemiluminescence. When it reacts with blood, it glows a vivid blue; as such, it is used in crime scene investigations to find blood.
Bruce Goodman's murderEdit
- Main article: Rise from the Ashes
While investigating the murder of Bruce Goodman, Phoenix Wright was given a bottle of luminol from Ema Skye to see if there was any evidence of blood in the evidence room and underground parking lot. The results proved to be very helpful as Wright found the bloody handprint of Jake Marshall on one of the lockers in the evidence room.
Murder of an Interpol agentEdit
- Main article: Turnabout Serenade
Upon discovering the body of Romein LeTouse in a Sunshine Coliseum dressing room, it was found that the victim had written something in his own blood on the floor, which the killer had then wiped until it was illegible. A now adult Ema Skye gave Apollo Justice the task of testing the blood traces with luminol to see what the victim wrote. Upon applying the luminol, the writing turned out to be not the killer's name, as was first thought. Instead it was a series of numbers and letters: IPXX314206. This was soon revealed to be an Interpol ID number and that the victim had been an agent; a vital clue that helped Justice to solve the case, clear his client and catch the real murderer.
Tsubasa Kagome's murderEdit
- Main article: The Forgotten Turnabout
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While investigating the murder of Tsubasa Kagome, Miles Edgeworth met Skye on the Big Tower observatory deck. When he deduced that the murder may have occurred in the hidden evidence room, Skye gave him a bottle of luminol to search for bloodstains. There were positive results on the ladder, the chained chest and the lift, which meant that the victim's body was hidden in the chest, then transported with the elevator.
Investigation at an aquariumEdit
- Main article: Turnabout Reclaimed
Luminol was also used by Phoenix Wright, Pearl Fey and Athena Cykes during the investigation of the murder of Jack Shipley at Shipshape Aquarium. The presence of a bloodstain on the skull rock in the orca pool helped Wright determine that the victim had hit the rock upon falling to his death. Additionally, Fey accidentally sprayed some of the fluid on the orca Orla Shipley and discovered traces of the victim's blood, leading Wright to the conclusion that the orca had been present when Shipley fell.