WARNING: Graphic descriptions of murder scenes follow. Not for the faint of heart or those about to eat lunch
If a person is killed in a violent fashion in a residence, either through murder or suicide, the burden and responsibility for cleaning up the crime scene falls upon the homeowner, most often a family member. Obviously this would be a traumatic and unwelcome task that few would be willing to undertake themselves.
Recognizing the need for this service, as well as the potential for a lucrative business, crime-scene cleaning has now developed into a fast-growing industry. Called “Crime and Trauma Scene Decontamination” or CTS Decon, this burgeoning enterprise has approximately 300 companies in the United States who will take on any assignment, no matter how bloody. With salaries that can range between $40,000 and $50,000, and higher in large cities, the bio-technicians employed for this type of work must be certified, psychologically stable, and physically fit. They must also maintain a respectful demeanor when dealing not only with the trauma scene, but also with the grieving families.
Once under contract, the bio-hazard technicians will guarantee that the scene will be restored to its original pre-incident state. Obviously, their arrival will be after the victim is removed and the area is secured. In crime scenes of a violent nature, such as a gunshot to the head or stabbings, the area could be highly contaminated with blood, or brain matter and bone fragments, and even urine or feces, each a potential source of germs, bacteria, and infection.
If a decomposing body was removed from the crime scene, the clean-up is even more challenging. Since the body swells during the process of decomposition, and insects move in through body openings such as the mouth, ears, nostrils, etc, some maggots may still be in the area after the body was removed by the coroner. Also left behind for the technicians may be body fluids from the liquefied skin and organs that have saturated the carpet or soaked into the floor. This is in addition to removing what many describe as the most sickening stench on earth, the smell that resulted from the ammonia gas released from the body.