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Options October 11, 2017: The Scene of the Crime

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Welcome to In Real Life  0:01:46 (Pop‑up)
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Kim and Emily speak   0:36:15 (Pop‑up)
Interview with Bill from Aftermath Services  0:38:48 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

  7:02pm dez:

now this is an opening!!!
  7:03pm Hypertoast:

That was amazing
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:04pm chris:

hi! i *think* i'm looking forward to this episode. :)
  7:06pm cat:

For me cleaning up a crime scene is cleaning up the ashes, roaches, and stems after smoking my joints
Avatar 7:06pm ifinkyoufreeky:

New listener here from trenton , ga! Love the station! also listened to your cave show.... fabulous i say!
Avatar 7:07pm kimzilla:

Hi all, welcome new listener ifinkyoufreeky!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:08pm chris:

thse epa regulations just got a lot fewer, so there's that!
Avatar 7:09pm kimzilla:

@chris, damn, true, now you can just shove em back in the river like the good ol' days!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:10pm melinda:

Avatar 7:10pm BnowB:

Thats heavy and that does help a lot of families. Real shit!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:10pm steve:

does anyone else love the movie Curdled? its a romantic comedy about a crime scene cleaner. www.pastposters.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:11pm chris:

lol, kimzilla
  7:11pm Emily:

Hey everybody! Howdy :) And welcome to some new folks--thanks for joining us!
Avatar 7:11pm kimzilla:

Trigger warning for those that might be sensitive to some graphic descriptions, but I do hope people see that this is a good service that is provided to people that need this service.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:13pm Ken From Hyde Park:

I don't know if I'm looking forward to the pictures, in case there are any.
  7:13pm wizard frog:

man what a sombre topic (not complaining)
Avatar 7:13pm kimzilla:

@Steve, I didn't know about this. I found a German sitcom on the subject and the obvious Sunshine Cleaning movie.
  7:14pm Tina:

Hi all - Aftermath here! Fun fact, we were actually consulted by the movie Sunshine Cleaners when they were filming!
  7:15pm Emily:

@wizard frog: yeah, editing this show all day definitely affected us more than we expected! Somber material, indeed.
Avatar 7:15pm kimzilla:

Hi Tina! Welcome. Hey all, we have Tina here if you have any direct questions about their services.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:15pm chris:

thanks for what you do, Tina. i'm so happy i don't have that job, and i'm so happy folks have you to turn to.
Avatar 7:15pm bnowb:

I hope the "clean up" crew gets a lot of therapy.
  7:16pm Emily:

@bnowb: I was curious about that, too--that must be so important for them
  7:16pm Heather:

Was this the company that was also on the show "A dirty job"?
These companies do amazing work.
  7:17pm Tina:

We have a wellness and employee assistance program to help with any type of emotional concerns
Avatar 7:18pm bnowb:

Usually a therapist goes to crime scenes like this to talk to family. The clean up crew? no idea.. who talks to them...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:19pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Simpsons did it! (Marge cleans up Police Chief Wiggum's crime scenes, season 27 episode 15)
  7:19pm Tina:

Hi Heather - we're not the same company. We don't allow film crews to accompany us on site. You can imagine the sensitivity and trauma that families are already dealing with, we would not let video filming be another potential strain on them.
  7:20pm Heather:

Thanks @Tina.
Avatar 7:20pm bnowb:

The police keep you away from the "scene" ... and if its a modern day city like Philadelphia the police come with a therapist. This clean up crew.. is lol bodily fluids and gross and who would still live there.. ? HOUSE SOLD BYE
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:20pm common:

Avatar 7:21pm bnowb:

I need a drink! make it a double
Avatar 7:22pm kimzilla:

@bnowb, wow. just wow.
Avatar 7:25pm kimzilla:

Emily and I have the same face on as we did while we were doing the interview.. a wide eyed look of disbelief.
  7:26pm Heather:

@Emily and Kimzilla thanks so much for talking about this topic. Death is another one of the more ignored conversations.
Life and all its interesting stinks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:27pm Ken From Hyde Park:

About a year and a half ago, my cousin's husband went off the deep end and died in a shoot-out with the police. There was tear gas involved and they tore the house down afterwards.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:27pm Switchblade Batman:

This is absolutely disgusting. But probably the most fascinating of your shows @Kimzilla & @Em
Avatar 7:28pm Will from Seattle:

I know from experience, having a dead human in your house reeks
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:29pm Switchblade Batman:

The screwed thing is, you KNOW someone died in your apartment somewhere along the line.
  7:29pm Emily:

@Heather: thanks for saying so! I agree--this is something we try to avoid talking about, but I believe we should be more open about it.
  7:30pm Tina:

tear gas is one of the hardest things to remediate. depending on the family's wishes, condition of the house, etc. sometimes burning it down is the best option.
Avatar 7:30pm Dez:

this is really a textbook IN REAL LIFE episode
  7:30pm Tina:

We hear that a lot; the same goes for hotels.
  7:31pm Emily:

@switchblade batman: thank you! Yeah though--I'm with you. I could never do this job. I was squeemy just hearing this!
  7:31pm Tina:

We just have to cross our fingers that the apartment complex and/or the hotel remediated the situation properly
Avatar 7:31pm kimzilla:

@Ken, oh my goodness, suicide by cops! That's terrible. @Heather, totally agree! You should check out our death episode from last year. (Karen T is in it talking about the loss of her mom) its was less heavy than this, but really informative.
  7:32pm Tina:

It's definitely not your usual 9 to 5. We're very lucky to have all the employees that we do in the field. As patrick mentioned, many come from a military or first responder background.
  7:32pm Emily:

@Will from Seattle: I'm so sorry you have firsthand knowledge of that--that sounds awful
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:33pm chris:

do you use UV lights to check your work at the final stage, Tina?
  7:34pm Tina:

@Chris we use something call ATP testing to confirm our work.
  7:34pm Emily:

I believe the older woman who lived in my apt prior to us might have died there. They were vague about it, but it seems like that might be the case...either way, there are no traces, so they must've called the right people.
  7:34pm Heather:

Thanks @ kimzilla, i will check that out! If you haven't already read it, Mary Roach wrote a book called "Stiff" that is fascinating!
  7:35pm Tina:

@Chris this blog explains how we use ATP. https://www.aftermath.com/blog/aftermath-helps-decrease-liability-risk-improve-safety-atp-testing/
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:37pm Switchblade Batman:

I used to work nights @Em and one day I came home, my elevator opened up and on the other side was EMTs with a body bag hauling off the lady next door. FREAKED ME OUT
Avatar 7:37pm Will from Seattle:

I didn't know the person that well. Over a year ago I was living in a boarding house with 20+ people. One of the residents died locked in his room over Memorial Day weekend. No one knew he died until the following week. I remember a terrible smell coming from the door of his room, which I'd walk by on my way to the kitchen. I thought someone had some rotten food or something (some people in there were slobs). The landlord had it cleaned out, the smell stayed for at least a month.
  7:38pm Tina:

@Will from Seattle - that sounds terrible! I'm sorry you had that experience. Hopefully they were able to remediate it properly.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:39pm melinda:

I live alone, and hate the thought not being discovered for an extended period of time if I died.
  7:40pm Emily:

@switchblade batman- aaaaaaaah! Geeeeez...
Avatar 7:40pm Will from Seattle:

I looked in the room once the landlord deemed the room ready for a new tenant, IDK what it looked like before but it wasn't obvious to me.
  7:41pm Emily:

@Will from Seattle: I had a similar experience in an apt building where I lived for awhile in NC--my neighbor across the hall.
Avatar 7:41pm kimzilla:

@Melinda, we would notice your missing presence on the message board.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:42pm chris:

wow, thanks, Tina!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:43pm Ken From Hyde Park:

@Kimzilla - I heard that he took a pretty big fall on his job at some point and had become increasingly violent since then. (Leading to ... you could do an episode on mental health issues.)
Avatar 7:44pm kimzilla:

@Ken, I totally agree.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:46pm Switchblade Batman:

I saw her head roll in the bad (shudder) @em
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:46pm Switchblade Batman:

  7:47pm Emily:

@batman: aAaaaaah! Nooo...
  7:49pm dez:

i wonder, is it a 24/7 operation or do they wait for regular business hours? i suppose weekends are a must
  7:50pm Tina:

@dez, we operate 24/7/365.
Avatar 7:50pm MayorFrank Rizzo:

  7:50pm Emily:

@dez: totally 24/7 they said. They're always available, always on-call.
Avatar 7:51pm MayorFrank Rizzo:

  7:51pm Tina:

@dez, we treat these as emergency situations. No family should have to wait for business hours if they've just experienced a tragedy.
  7:54pm Kate:

The ability to laugh in the face of death is the difference between people who continue on and those who don't
Avatar 7:54pm MayorFrank Rizzo:

I was a kid in Bozeman, MT and had some folks drug up from a raging river near Three Forks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:54pm Switchblade Batman:

Look for the helpers
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:55pm Ken From Hyde Park:

I see the billboard Kickstarter is almost $12k. Sadness or relief that it's coming to an end?
  7:55pm Tina:

@Emily and @Kimzilla thank you so much for having us! We hope this was educational for everyone. We hope you never have to use us, but if you do, we'll be here!
  7:56pm GB:

you all rock
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:57pm steve:

riveting show thank you
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:58pm chris:

thanks! great show!
Avatar 8:04pm MayorFrank Rizzo:

Gallows Pole. #ledzep
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