The Grim Sweepers


| November/December 1999

Lost among the reports of run-of-the-mill bloody murders or suicides is a basic question: Who cleans up the mess? In nearly every case, it's a homeowner. And as Jeff Klein tells Eye (Sept./Oct. 1999), 'Usually the event is traumatic enough; they want to get it over with ASAP.' So Klein and partner, Mike Bruno, both New Jersey police officers, founded a crime scene cleaning service. The part-time venture has since gone national, and Scene-Clean kits are now available to prospective sanitizers for $29.95 (a steal when you consider the company gets $150 to $350 an hour). Still, Klein says, this business is not for the faint of heart, given its blood-borne pathogens and grisly working conditions. 'The squeamish aren't out there mopping up blood.'