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    Crime Scene clean-up Crews

    You've probably heard of them, the "service" that goes in to clean up after a murder or suicide. They are the ones that scrub the blood and guts off the walls, tear up the blood stained carpet, and do other things.

    Do you think you could handle working on the crew?

    Uh no, not me, I'd be puking the entire time!

    But some of those crews have some fascinating stories to tell...

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    I don't know if I could stomach the smells that went along with the job, but I do think it would be a morbidly fascinating job though.I watched a show along time ago about a company that did that and they would go in wearing space suits to clean up.

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    When I was in the business we did it

    After the Cops gave us the go ahead the FD did it as a service.

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    i seen a show on this awhile back. they were having top pick shotgun pellets out of a wall or something. wouldnt be a nice job to have, but like onehunglow said, at the scene of a accident, we are usually the ones spraying things down and sweeping up.

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    I work in a library and one day we walked in the public restroom and it was covered in blood. It smelled and looked like someone DIED IN THERE. It seemed as if someone got shot and came in the library, change his clothes, and got out without alerting anyone. CRAZY. Anyways, the City had to hire those Crime Scene people to come in and clean it up. Gross. I have watched those coroner shows on MSNBC and A&E and removing a dead body from a room is a whole different story when that body has been there for 10 days. I personally couldn't handle it. The smell must be horrendous. Then again, is that better then picking up body parts at a car accident?? Ick. Takes someone pretty special, I am telling you. And that isn't ME.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aries65 View Post
    You've probably heard of them, the "service" that goes in to clean up after a murder or suicide. They are the ones that scrub the blood and guts off the walls, tear up the blood stained carpet, and do other things.

    Do you think you could handle working on the crew?

    Uh no, not me, I'd be puking the entire time!

    But some of those crews have some fascinating stories to tell...
    I'd heard there was very good money in this kind of work. There would have to be, wouldn't there?

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    It would HAVE to pay well, otherwise....WHO would do it?!???? (then again, I feel the same about parenting & teaching....but highly underpaid & under recognized!)

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    Nope. Not me. Couldn't do it.

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    If I could be all wrapped up in some kind of protection, with full headgear and fresh oxygen being pumped in my face, I could do it. Also some strong drinks would help too. The pay would have to be good.

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    What an excellent question. I am surprised by my own answer. Had you asked me 5 years ago I would have said "NO WAY IN HELL!" Now I wonder if possibly I could do it. I am open to the idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuburbanDeathHag View Post
    If I could be all wrapped up in some kind of protection, with full headgear and fresh oxygen being pumped in my face, I could do it. Also some strong drinks would help too. The pay would have to be good.
    FYI ~ In most cases, you are wrapped up. I have witnessed it. Because of all the biohazard crap associated with it. Quite a scene. Looks like something from "Outbreak" or "E.T.". Crazyness.

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    I'm pretty sure I could...you are well protected against biohazard and probably smells

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    I probably could do it but would I? Nope, no thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aries65 View Post
    Do you think you could handle working on the crew?
    One of the local "alternative" rags had an interview with a guy who heads up one of those services.

    And while he did indeed have some stories to tell, he was pretty matter-of-fact about it for the most part. I also think being brought in after the bodies are hauled away would make a big difference in how something like that would affect you.

    So I would say "yes," simply because I feel that something like that could be gotten used to. The cleaning service guy said the first couple of weeks were rough for the n00bs, but then they adjusted to it.
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    There's no way I could do it as I'd probably be throwing up the whole time.

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    I would rather be a WalMart greeter than someone who cleans up after a crime.

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    No, not me! I saw a show about a woman who went into business doing this. The though never had occured to me that the victims are left with a horrible mess to clean up after the dust settles and the police leave. Thankfully there are people who can do this.

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    I couldnt do it either, it would be especially sad to go to those scenes where the person had been there for days / weeks and nobody noticed.

    I watched a show on it (I think it was a UK one) and when they hired people they would set up a fake scene and see how the new guys went in cleaning it up (see if they had the stomach for it). In the show they also had to do some handy work as one person who had been dead for a while in their house, they had to remove the carpet and then replace some of the floor boards as they were starting to rot away.

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    I know I couldn't do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by poppie View Post
    I would rather be a WalMart greeter than someone who cleans up after a crime.
    I second that!!

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    Eh, probably not. I hate cleaning my own house so I don't imagine I'd want to clean anything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magblax View Post
    No, not me! I saw a show about a woman who went into business doing this. The though never had occured to me that the victims are left with a horrible mess to clean up after the dust settles and the police leave. Thankfully there are people who can do this.
    I have heard of families that cleaned up the mess on their own, after suicides, etc... I don't know if it would be easier or harder if you knew or didn't know the victim... Like I never minded changing my son's diapers, but could lose my cookies changing the diaper of a kid that wasn't mine...

    Somehow, I wouldn't want someone else to clean up the mess... Like it would be fitting that I would do it.... When my mom was horribly sick, I didn't mind in the least cleaning her and the messes up...

    All I can say is thank god there are people willing to do that job, and a million others that I would suck at!!!

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    Sad.......... but liveable with........the job.....now the smell??............don't know if I could do that

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    I'm not sure

    [SIZE=4]I always thought I would be an interesting job. But a few yeas ago a cousin OD. and it was 4 days befor he was discovered in a mobile home in the middle of summer with no AC. After he was burried we went to the mobile home to collect his things and clean up what was left behind from the body and let me tell ya...i've drove past road kill that smelled better than that trailer did. I think if I could get past the smell I could do it.[/SIZE]
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    I've read this pays well too. I don't know if I could do it or not. I think if I had no idea who died it would be easier than knowing six teenagers were there and were all murdered in the middle of the night. It's all mental.

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    well I helped my father clean up his co workers suicide when I was like 13 and it was pretty bad he had shot himself and my dad found him about two weeks later....It was very messy and I can always remeber that smell...it kindof lingers for a while. But It really did not gross me out...I did find his bloody glasses he had on when he shot himself...thats was hard and doing his dishes...thats right I did a dead guys dishes! But we wanted it be nice for his mother...anyway that was the hardest part for me seeing those glasses...it made it so personal...I had talked to him so many times and he looked at me through those very glasses...My dad still has them.Bloodstained and all.. Not to gross anyone out...but I can clearly remeber the way the blood and brain matter looked...and not flinching. Im a little girl with a sick mind and strong stomache...so I think yeah if I could have done that at 13 I think I could do that.job..but kids would bother me! I mean I was at the mall and this ladies baby was crying and I was making a fool of myself trying to make this baby smile ... I hate to see little ones hurt!

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    You know its so nice to talk about that...I never want to be morbid to people I know ya know the "norms" ....I dont wanna be creepy...so its so great to have this forum and talk about these taboo things...its like thearapy for me to talk about that. I was only 13 and it stuck with me for a while.and its not something you talk about...so thankyou to everyone who listen and dont judge.....my friends.

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    Hmm...I think I could handle it. Since they come in after the body and that has been removed, it's probably easier to look at it as another cleaning job, as opposed to being a CSI and viewing the body/ies and trying to determine exactly what happened.

    While not on the same level of morbidity/possible gore, I used to be in housekeeping at our local hospital. Let me tell you, you deal with a lot of body fluids doing that - blood, urine, feces, pus, etc. You kind of get used to it after a while (cleaning it up; not so much the smell).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisamarie View Post
    ...I did find his bloody glasses he had on when he shot himself...anyway that was the hardest part for me seeing those glasses...it made it so personal...I had talked to him so many times and he looked at me through those very glasses...My dad still has them.Bloodstained and all..
    He shouldn't feel bad about that. Yoko Ono kept the bloodied glasses John Lennon was wearing when he was shot, and has them on display somewhere...

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    In a copy of 'Morbid Curiosity' someone wrote about cleaning up a relative's suicide. It was awful-

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    I think I could do it. At least, I'd give it a try.

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    No way!

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    I could do it.. put a lil vicks vaporub on before doing it all ya smell is that hahaha.

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    Imagine all the gore they have to dispose of.
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    I think most of us are capable of doing more than we realize... it's probably more of a matter of what we WANT to do. As a teenager I had to help deal with a freezer full of meat that had sat without electricity for two weeks, and well.... we ended up throwing the entire thing out!
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    you know, im pretty darn shur i could do it. especially once i saw that money rolling in. i think im desenstized (sp?) enough to do it. ...ah man then i could totally buy me a nintendo ds. how would sumone even find out about a job like that anyway? coz i need a job!
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    I would not care to do that.

    Sadly; my sister's husband committed suicide by pistol a few weeks ago; and such a service was called in to clean that area of the home.


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    One of the dealers in my casino runs her own business doing this very thing. She didn't want to talk about it until I told her I was a death hag. She loosed up then.

    I did my share of nasty scenes as a paramedic. Don't think I could clean up the gore.

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    I think that I could do it. I wonder if when they are cleaning up a bloody, gutty, crime scene are they thinking........I wonder what I will have for lunch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SusanCarole View Post
    I think that I could do it. I wonder if when they are cleaning up a bloody, gutty, crime scene are they thinking........I wonder what I will have for lunch?
    I have a weak stomach. And if I had to do that job it would be awhile before I could eat without heaving.
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    Thankfully, I have never been faced with having to "clean up" after a loved one. I thank God there are people who do this job because I certainly couldn't.
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    I suspect that I would be alright with this if the money was good enough. As a teenager I worked in a hospital and did a variety of things that required a strong stomach, including helping to hold down a man for x-rays who was in convulsions after shooting himself in the head. (Everybody knew he had no chance of survival, but while he was still breathing they had to at least pretend to treat him. Defensive/"Don't Sue Us, We Tried" medicine at its finest!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by pvezz View Post
    Thankfully, I have never been faced with having to "clean up" after a loved one. I thank God there are people who do this job because I certainly couldn't.
    Ditto...I can't even imagine it.



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    Crime Scene Clean Up Crew

    Not for those with a weak stomach but someone's got to do it. Ewwww.

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    I really wonder if I could do it. I think I could, but only so far as no animal is involved - can't stand touching or just seeing dead animals.
    I'm the 'curiosity killed the cat' type - I want to see and experience everything if possible, so I really would like to try how far can I go.

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    I had a friend in Texas and her son do it. I think it was too much for her. She said the pay was great, and they had to wear full suits. She wasn't a squeamish person either.


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    I'm pretty sure I could to it, my only concern would be how it would affect my eating, I'm not sure how much I'd be able to eat, at least in the beginning.

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    There was an episode of Mythbusters where the challenge was to sell a car that someone had died in. They used a dead pig and left it in there for a long time. They called in the cleaners to see if they could make it presentable enough for sale. The crime scene cleaners talked a little about their job and they were indeed able to get the stink out enough to sell the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by candleinthewind View Post
    There was an episode of Mythbusters where the challenge was to sell a car that someone had died in. They used a dead pig and left it in there for a long time. They called in the cleaners to see if they could make it presentable enough for sale. The crime scene cleaners talked a little about their job and they were indeed able to get the stink out enough to sell the car.
    I remember that! They showed the pig decomposing over time using stop-image film. Then they had to pull it out of there. Even with masks and suits on, they said they could smell it and the smell still seeped into their clothes.
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    I couldn't do it. I once tried to clean up milk that had been spilled in the back of my car and believe me that is one stinky mess, can't imagine what a dead pig would smell like or how you would possibly get that smell out.

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