‘THE SMELL IS THE WORST BIT’
Crime scene cleaners share the perils of dealing with ‘blood-spattered’ homes where bodies have sometimes lain for five MONTHS
Josh Marsden, managing director of Australian Forensic Cleaning, is confronted with grisly scenes at work on a daily basis and often has to clear up pools of blood and maggots from rotting corpses.
IF you’ve got a weak stomach, this certainly wouldn’t be the job for you.
A crime scene cleaner has spoken frankly about the grisly encounters he experiences on a daily basis – from the stench of ageing, rotting corpses to blood-spattered walls.
A crime scene cleaner has spoken frankly about the grisly encounters he experiences on a daily basis
Josh Marsden is the managing director of Australian Forensic Cleaning, which he started up having run his own commercial cleaning business for 10 years.
He told how the toughest thing about clearing up a crime scene involving a dead body is the smell.
Josh said: “The hardest part of the job is the odour. It is pretty horrendous when you’re in the middle of it and it is fresh.”
Sometimes the stench is so bad a respirator, which can filter out radiation, is needed to deal with it.
He explained the gruesome and graphic scenes he witnesses on a daily basis don’t bother him as much as they are a “prerequisite to the job”.
Josh told how the toughest thing about clearing up a crime scene involving a dead body is the smell. Pictured is Donovan Tavera ,Mexico’s only government-certified forensic cleaner.
Josh told how most people that apply for a role at his company have a background in the death industries or the police so this aspect of the work is “second nature” to them.
His team are often summoned to nearby areas to clean up the homes of people who have died.
In some cases the victim has passed away up to five months previously and gone unnoticed, meaning bodily fluids have seeped through floorboards and attracted maggots and rodents.
In some cases victims have passed away up to five months previously and gone unnoticed. Here Donovan Tavera cleans up a bloodstained bed
Often these are older people who don’t have many family members or friends.
Josh said: “It is often not just cleaning up one section but the entire house and we have found dead cats and rats.
“The place is often beyond what anyone can usually imagine.”
Often it can take up to two days to clear a crime scene of its rotten stench
While it usually takes around two days two rid the house of an odour and thoroughly clean it, sometimes Josh and his team encounter the homes of hoarders, meaning the job takes considerably longer.
Increasingly the company is called out to properties belonging to drug addicts, where it’s often a murder which has taken place and there are pools of blood on the bed or floor.
Blood from the crime scene is splatted across the walls