When the Worst Happens, He Cleans Up

Today’s NY Times answered a question I’ve often asked myself. Who cleans up after gruesome murders and grisly deaths? The answer in Andrews Jacob’s piece is Ronald Gospodarski, a former paramedic who runs a company called Bio-Recovery Corp, in Long Island City.

“I’ve had guys left dead for months where fluid seeped down six floors and everything had to be torn out…you can’t leave one drop of blood or body fluid or the place will stink.” He went on, explaining a $3000 technique used on the most dreadful of deathscenes, where superheating an entire apartment kills every odor producing microbe. But mostly they just use industrial strength cleansers and wear protective gear.

One of the hardest crime scenes Gospodarski had to clean up was a house in the Bronx used for Santeria, the South American religion that involves ritual slaughter of animals. Amid razor blades, animal hoofs, bottles of poison they unearthed what looked like a clump of human hair. “I’d rather be dealing with a gunshot victim,” said one worker, “I don’t like this one bit.”