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This crime scene cleanup web site seeks to explain crime scene cleanup in broader terms than found elsewhere. As a crime scene cleanup web site, it seeks justice from perpetrators, crony free government, and a scientific approach to biohazard cleanup. A Crime Scene Cleanup School goes into this material as well. Crime scene cleanup entails biohazard removal following homicides, suicides, unattended deaths, and other blood cleanup tasks.

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Bloodborne pathogen legislation created a multi-million dollar bohazard cleaning industry. Cronyism in coroners' departments became inevitable as a result.

 

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Don't date or marry an abusive person.

An abusive boyfriend or abusive husband in the early days becomes an abusive boyfirend or abusive husband in the later days. The most important risk factors for the abusive perpetrator's murder of their partner are estrangement and previous assaultive and controlling behavior. Failure to control outcomes may play a role in abusive behavior.

 

 

 

 

Homicide

Murder -  Motives   Friendly Fire

Cleaning after a violent homicide in a residential or business environment takes time. Different viewing perspectives give rise to possible trajectories created by high velocity impacts. Without taking time to check for potential unforeseen's, problems remain behind following crime scene cleanup.

Homicides I've cleaned usually resulted from criminal intent. A Los Angeles crime scene cleanup follows intentional homicides in most cases. Rarely were these accidental. Every now and then an accidental homicide comes to my way.

The last accidental homicide, they are all shootings, occurred in 2008, in northern California. Two young men were celebrating the 21st birthday of the older of the two. By the end of the party the youngest of the two, an 18 year-old, lost a large piece of his head from an "accidental" gunshot to the head. During their party the two shared cigarettes, 2 magnums of wine, a Remington 44 magnum handgun, and stupidity.

Both participants knew each other as best friends, having grown up together in the same apartment complex. Both were seated in an apartment living room adjoining a kitchen, and within a few feet of the apartment's one door. The victim sat with his back to the apartment's living room wall, a few feet from a picture window on his left. The door to his right, and the shooter a few feet from his face set the scene for homicide. Allegedly they were "only looking at the gun" when it "went off." The deceased never gave the gun a second glance. (See my comments below on combat deaths and friendly fire.)

Figuring out what went where as the crime scene exploded with bio-debris took a few moments. This job's primary debris trajectory resolved itself within 2 feet. It remained fairly localized as a result. Shotgun blasts under the chin from the center of a bedroom contaminate entire vaulted ceilings, walls, and the floor. I call these "360 top-to-bottom." There's only one way to view such a shotgun wound. That's a 360 degree perspective. Anything less does not constitute crime scene cleanup.

The birthday gun's damage spread covered less than 45 degrees my tests showed. I tested for more. It wasn't there. I would have a short day.

As an accidental homicide, this shooting probably went down quickly as a plea for an involuntary manslaughter charge without hard time (12 months county time, 3 off for good behavior). For my money I'd say the gun and alcohol combination brought this murder into the malice aforethought judicial ring. Nobody but a fool and an idiot touches a gun while drinking or after drinking alcohol.

As it turned out the local police cleaned a good piece of the crime scene in their forensics work. As small departments go, these cops had it together. They took about a quarter of the carpet and carpet padding and cut about a 3X3 piece of drywall as evidence. The coroner's technicians were super too. A little hair and some frags in the wall near the door remained from the anatomical side of it all. Maybe small town people just do good work.

The apartment's operations' manager came in as I worked. His job included moving out those who could no longer move out. As a kindly act I shared my mattress removal technique to help him out.

He told me the story. He said the shooter's father gave the gun to the shooter the night before the homicide as a birthday gift. It turns out the operations' manager had no love for guns and now the loss of these two young men convinced him not to love guns. "Do you have a gun," he asked.

"I hate the damn things."

I worked through the rest and gladly walked out into the winter air and down the stairs when done. "At least this one didn't have a ton of print dust to clean," I recall thinking to myself.

Cleaning this homicide left me unnerved. I kept thinking, "What a waste." I drove slowly through the snow-packed apartment parking lot. The rest of my day crept along with a dull feeling tugging away at my mind. I hated this feeling and knew I let this simple crime scene shake me. "It's as bad as cleaning after a 13 year-old's suicide," I realized.

It's been over a year now. Now that I'm thinking about this crime scene I wonder what became of the shooter and everyone in his social circle, his web-like network of young adult gun enthusiasts. Will the shooter return to the apartment complex or move to anonymity?

Motives for Murder

Both rational and irrational ideas lead to murder. If irrational, a motive must still be found if prosecutors hope to convict a murder suspect. Rage murders may have emotional elements similar to those in abusive behavior as well as suicide.

We list seven broad categories for murder motives.

  1. murder for gain
  2. murder for revenge
  3. murder for elimination
  4. murder for jealousy
  5. murder for conviction
  6. murder for the lust of killing
  7. murder from bigotry

1. Murder for gain may include criminal enterprise murder. These include kidnapping, insurance benefit scams, Mafia operations, gains, goods, and favors in general. These murders often include handguns and the victims receive multiple wounds, which should interest the crime scene cleanup technician.

The FBI gives us the following to help understand a criminal enterprise.

"The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statute, or Title 18 of the United States Code, Section 1961(4), defines an enterprise as "any individual, partnership, corporation, association, or other legal entity, and any union or group of individuals associated in fact although not a legal entity. The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statute, or Title 18 of the United States Code, Section 1961(4), defines an enterprise as "any individual, partnership, corporation, association, or other legal entity, and any union or group of individuals associated in fact although not a legal entity."

As we read above, an enterprise includes many organized activities that fall within the FBI's criminal enterprise definition. Include murder in these criminal enterprises and the murder becomes a federal matter.

Latinos and Murder

We often hear stereotypes about "Mexicans" and murder. We surely must think that Mexican gangs constitute criminal enterprises in the context of gang murders. It's not hard to fall into this stereotyping trap when reading newspapers and following the commercial news.

Compare El Paso, Texas and Miami, Florida and a clear fact appears. Miami, Florida rivals the highest murder rates across the United States numerous crime scene cleanup companies do business in the area. Of course, there's a high number of elderly contributing to unattended death decompositions in Miami, too. Their numbers account for much of the crime scene cleanup word from unattended death with decomposition.

Nevertheless, for our purposes, El Paso, Texas has one of the lowest murder rates for all ethnic groups. With the growing drug war El Paso's Mexican population falls victim to an increasing number of drug related homicides, but still remains below Miami's Cuban Latino population.

With a raging drug war within a mile of its border on the other side of the Rio Grand, we might expect even more murders in El Paso. These murders belong to an economic gain type murder, not revenge as we might find in Los Angeles' gangs. None of these geographical areas have high income residents in great numbes. The crime scene cleanup technician cannot expect to establish a business simply because homicides occur; discretionary income or insurance money are the keys to crime scene cleanup business setups.

2. Murder for revenge takes the form of a gang's retaliation against rival gangs. In Los Angeles many gangs take part in murder for the sake of protecting an imagined gang territory. A gang transgressing against another's turf may suffer a deadly attack. In return the attacked gang counter attacks in a deadly manner. This for of gang warfare would seem to benefit crime scene cleanup companies. I suspect that the Los Angeles Coroner's Department has the same or similar crony problems as Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Although gangs exist over generations protecting their territory, their honor, and so forth, none seem to mind that their territory consists of rental property owned by absentee landlords. If this seems to place the gang murders in an irrational category, it does, but in terms of irrational murder, I mean something a bit different.

3. Murder for elimination includes assassination potential unfriendly witnesses and business partners, for example. This form of a rational motive for murder involves contract killing. Occasionally we hear of children murdering their parents to speed up their inheritance.

4. Murder for jealousy occurs often enough that sensationalist tabloids make a fortune from celebrity murders.

5. Murder from conviction includes religious right wing killers of abortion doctors. The Sibanese Liberation Army killed for conviction in the 1970s. President Kenney died at the hands of an ideologically generated assassin.

6. Murder for the lust of killing includes sociopathic gang members for certain, but it also includes loners intent on an adrenalin rush from murder. The simple act of killing somehow gives these killers libido energy displaying itself trough knifing and strangling victims. The close-up contact appears to satiate the killer's lust for murder, at least momentarily.

7. Murder from bigotry includes racism, homophobia, and religious ideology. Although not a professional killing, these murders do include crime scene cleanup issues. Baseball bats seem to be a weapon of choice among bigoted teenage killers. At times arson killings committed against churches leave little for the crime scene cleanup company to concern itself.

Friendly Fire:

Friendly fire is a form of manslaughter, homicide. It does not qualify as murder.

To get a grasp of what happens in friendly fire accidents, one must understand the utter confusion and deafening noise experienced by today's combat soldiers. Not counting those killed by aircraft or artillery (a terribly high number for certain), friendly fire among infantry soldiers kills many soldiers.

Automatic weapons do not forgive the anxious and terror stricken soldier wielding an automatic burst before finding his target. Soldiers run into and across comrades' line-of-fire inadvertently. Hand grenades bounce off trees, vehicles, and walls and find the wrong victims.

Accidental discharges from foot soldiers' weapons occur frequently. It may be hard for civilians to picture the environments in which foot soldiers carry their heavy, deadly equipment. At times environments covered by eight foot elephant grass in Asia brings moving soldiers to a crawl. Weapons once placed on "full-auto" remain so when threats no longer exist. Pushing through elephant grass with a weapon on full-auto eventually leads to an accidental weapon discharge.

In Afghanistan's tribal warfare in boulder covered mountains pockmarked by caves, soldiers encounter steep climbs. The incidence of accidental weapon's discharge increases with the number of soldiers climbing, their duress, and their exhaustion.

Officers enforce fictional stories to hide friendly fire deaths. Army officers must keep their records spotless if they expect to move up the chain of command. A private accidentally shot in the back and killed by a communication's sergeant while on patrol "died in combat," KIA.

For every one hundred soldiers killed by enemy fire, the number killed by friendly fire is a large percentage of KIA's. Ask an honest foot soldier and you'll find a similar opinion.

These are the sort of facts presidents need to consider before pressing the make-it-happen homicide button. (return)

BY HARRY HARRIS and SEAN MAHER
Oakland Tribune Contra Costa Times (California)

By Harry Harris and Sean Maher
Oakland Tribune

CHP Officer possibly hit by friendly fire.

"OAKLAND, Calif. -- A California Highway Patrol officer shot Wednesday by an armed robber who was later killed by police may have been wounded by a fellow CHP officer, authorities said."

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Suicide Rate for Veterans Jumps 26 Percent

 

 

In other military news, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said the suicide rate among eighteen- to twenty-nine-year-old men who have left the military rose 26 percent from 2005 to 2007. Shinseki said an average of eighteen veterans commit suicide each day. From Democracy Now

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Suicide Narrative

What I write below has little if anything to do with crime scene cleanup. I write it for the sake of personal clarification and the interest anyone reading this far. I try to clarify the suicide act so that I can understand it better, not that I really will understand it.

A suicide cleanup narrative written in English by a native English speaker must confess to a narrow perspective. What I write here cannot begin to unravel suicide issues in Japan, other than calling death in combat for the motherland "altruism."

To begin, suicide by Asians, to generalize, usually occurs by hanging. Poverty, shame, guilt, and loneliness (alienation) should fulfill the more obvious motivators.

Hanging also qualifies as the preferred method of suicide in European countries among white males. In fact, white males worldwide commit suicide at a much higher rate than any other demographic group. I should add that third world countries do not have the tracking means or methods that the industrialized nations share. I'm generalizing of course.

Emile Durkheim's seminal work, "Suicide," brought empiricism to new heights in the industrialized nations. To expect colonialists in third world nations to measure suicide among natives misses the entire point of colonialism, resource accumulation for the greater glory of God as the "white man's burden." To this day many African countries have problems feeding their populations, let alone counting those who die by suicide. We might suppose the number of suicides among the starving and disease-ridden to reach horrific numbers.

I'm reminded of my sociology and psychology professors warning against generalizing our social sciences to the third world. Even more ludicrous, the application of "humanist psychology" models to the third world makes about as much sense as sending Christmas trees to a starving nation.

Preventing Suicide

So what I write about here belongs to the United States, its various demographic, ethnic, social, and cultural groups.

When we speak of "preventing suicide" in the US, we need to clarify the big question: Should I ask him/her if she/he is thinking about suicide?

We might phrase it, "What's on your mind?". "You've been noticeably different and I hear you saying things that worry me." Whatever it takes to get this issue out in the open, do it. If the subject does indeed contemplate suicide, nobody will stop them once their goal has become part of their big plan.

Still, we never know when intervention will change their plans. The truth about suicide is that counseling seldom works as well as environmental changes. To change behavior and attitude, change environment.

Look at these venerable seven risk factors for suicide in alcoholics (Murphy' 1992 research, quoted in COMPREHENSIVE TEXTBOOK OF SUICIDOLOOGY, Ronald W. Maris, Alan L. Berfman, Morton M. Silverman, page 370)

At risk alcoholics drink heavily (a form of suicide itself), may have a major depressive disorder, little or no social support (one of seven types of alienation), unemployment (definitely a strong motivator in a strong work ethic person), living alone (elderly), suicidal thoughts or communication, and serious medical illness.

So many of these indicators point to older white men that we should expect their numbers to reflect the highest incidence of suicide, and they do. We would expect loneliness, hopelessness, and poor health as motivators for suicide in this population. Alcohol and drug abuse play a lesser role, although depression may operate as a motivator.

What I find important in Murphy's study stands out pointedly. Murphy's research showed that underlying psychiatric disorders coincided with alcoholic suicides. I would expect psychiatric disorders to operate as suicide motivators in younger, demographic populations than older suicide victims.

In two different studies of alcoholic suicides using his risk factors, Murphy came up with 69% and 76% positives when the dust settled. These figures show significance for anyone involved in the study of suicide and alcoholism. Remove the depressive disorder and the self-medicating may come under control with fewer alcohol and drug related suicides.

It happens that the alcohol and other substance abusers self-medicate to place a handle on their depressive disorder. From society's perspective, these alcoholics are "drunks," not sick. When these alcoholics live a "depressive lifestyle" we find a strong trigger for their alcohol and drug abuse, and suicide for some.

In other places I write about white males, The Six Gun Mystique, and suicide. From the perspective of non-whites, white male suicide must seem perverse. G.K. Chesterson attacked suicide as the sin of sins because the "man who kills himself kills all." Suicide wipes out the world and in so doing insults all of life's beauty. Chesterson notes that at least the thief lives satisifed with diamonds, complimenting the diamonds and their source. The suicide victim exits the world insulting it and everything else.

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Don't date or marry an abusive person.

Outcome Control

Why abusive behavior? Failure to control outcomes may lead to abusive behavior.

Abusive behavior reflects frustration externalized to others as an expression of rage.

The failure to control outcomes finds others as the cause and then target of externalized frustration and rage. "Every time you do that you make me mad!" means frustrated actors punish others to displace their own failure to control outcomes. In short, frustration experienced through negative outcomes becomes externalized rage as abusive behavior.

Imagine the desperation experienced by toddlers as they fail to please their parents, their care-givers. A generalized feeling of dread envelopes their their attitude toward new experiences and ideas. Parents with poor parenting skills soon destroy the toddler's quest for self-actualization, learning to learn, and an assertive, non-aggressive place in the world.

In the United States schools routinely promote "failing" students. As a consequence failing behavior becomes a rewarding behavior in an ironic twist. Failing behavior becomes a means of controlling outcomes. "Why try?" becomes an attitude toward learning new behavior and ideas because there's no risk of frustration and chastisement.

Looking back to hunting-and-gathering societies, life may have had more external dangers and little material wealth, but controlling an individual's outcomes for thought and practice remained within the reach of most actors. Simple technology and simple customs allowed most actors to control the outcomes of their thoughts and practice. Most people would find plenty to reward their efforts without frustration. Rage and frustration existed, and we must imagine some sense of control over outcomes existed. Where such control failed, sympathetic magic would arise.

Time and conditions change. In hunting-and-gathering societies outcome control remained in reach, but behaviors similar to today's stealing, lying, cheating, and abusive behavior existed. At the forefront of their emergence, these conscious behaviors probably began through deception. Women and children learned to hide surplus food from dominant males, deceivng their patriarchal leadership for simple survival. If the reader prefers, Adam and Eve deceived one another and begot Cain, the masterful agrarian deceiver of his parents and herding brother, the first homicide victim.

Eddie Evans

Crime Scene Cleanup

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Writing Exercises

Usa a dictionary for defining words.

Crony writing lesson for students

I recommend this writing exercise for students interested in knowing how to edit their own work. Copy this exercise and keep it. You will want to share it with others.

I color coded this writing exercise for transitions, parallelism, and active sentences. It will serve as a model paragraph for future reference. I recommend that you take it seriously for writing and you will be glad that you have done so.

Active words (yellow) - Transition Words between paragraphs (red) - Parallelism (green - parallelism means running together, like train tracks) - Active and Transitions - - Some words serve two or more jobs in sentences and paragraphs. These have two colors.

Eddie Evans 

Cleaning Professionals Against Cronyism (CPAC) seeks to end cronyism between local governments and crime scene cleanup companies. CPAC shares this information for the benefit of independent crime scene cleanup companies and the general public's awareness. Read on to learn more about your future without us.

You know now why you must join with us or ignore us. Join us and belong to the solution. Ignore us and your silence equals complicity with cronyism.

Do you have the crony option? Some of your competitors receive the crony option. As a result these crony companies receive the more lucrative jobs from county employee referrals. As a result, the public gets ripped-off.

Unlike your crony competitors, you have competition and must work hard for referrals. You do not bid on high paying jobs. You have few if any opportunities to bid on high paying jobs. If you receive crime scene cleanup jobs, you drive far. You clean apartment death scenes and other free enterprise death scenes, each one a single death scene, usually. You receive hundreds of dollars in return, or a small fraction of what your crony crime scene cleanup competitors receive. Your local government ignores your pleas for equity.  

Unlike you, your crony competitors do not compete for high paying jobs. These they receive from crony government employees. Your crony competitors work nearby home. Your crony competitors' rip-off their grieving clients (tax payers) for tens-of-thousands of dollars. Your local government looks the other way while some of its employees receive kickbacks.

Your clients receive service from a competitive company that owes its life to its clients. You will clean your best while knowing your next job may not come for a long time.

Your crony competitors belong to a quasi-monopoly and have no fear of losing jobs for poor cleaning. Their business receives guaranteed jobs from their local government. Your local government and their local government prefers silence for the sake of public ignorance.

You belong to a meritocracy. You earn your place in the crime scene cleanup business and pay local taxes. Your crony crime scene cleanup competitors receive local government referrals, welfare.  They pay local taxes with money ripped off from grieving tax payers. They belong to the aristocracy. They need cronyism. 
 
Now you know who needs cronyism and who needs CPAC. Do you need CPAC? The public does.

 

Crime Scene Cleanup Model Paragraph

Bloody Marry - How do I know what to write about?

Most students know how to write a crime scene cleanup paragraph in their beginning 4th grade class. Some do not. Some students do not begin writing crime scene cleanup paragraphs until after their college years.

What this crime scene cleanup paragraph does.

Students of crime scene cleanup need to write clear paragraphs with a beginning, middle, and ending. If this sounds familiar, like writing crime scene cleanup stories, it should. Both stories and paragraphs usually have a beginning, middle and ending.

Crime scene cleanup paragraphs build the crime scene cleanup story. Some students learn to think of their paragraphs in terms of length. Their public school teachers said, “A paragraph in this classroom has five sentences.” This instruction made sense for then, but times change. A crime scene cleanup paragraph sticks its words together. This means a paragraph's words belong to one another and nothing else.

Example:

Bloody Marry Cutting Tool

The bloody marry cutting tool serves the crime scene cleanup technician very well. With its sleek design, red finish, and easily changed blade design, the bloody marry catches the fancy of many young crime scene cleanup technicians. Other cutting tools for crime scene cleanup technicians exist, but none match the bloody marry for its affordability and utility. Before leaving for a crime scene cleanup job, the diligent crime scene cleanup technician ensures their supplies include at least three bloody marries and plenty of new blades.

We see from the above paragraph that its words stick together. This paragraph's subject, the bloody marry, zeros in on the bloody marry while using the words crime scene cleanup, cutting tools, blades, and more. These words serve the bloody marry idea by expanding on it. Note the use of yellow coding. This code shows connecting words between sentences.

How do I know what to write about?

I used the bloody marry example because the bloody marry cuts so well and remains easily found at the Home Depot for a good price. I recommend buying 1,000 blades, which cost less than $15 a package.

Your choice of paragraph subjects comes from real world experience and reading. Reading remains the key for learning new ideas to write about.

Read this paragraph about cutting safety and the bloody marry. Note the connecting words between sentences.

Following cleaning for toodlers, the crime scene cleanup technician's safey follows in importance. By thoroughly scrubbing and rinsing repeatedly, highlighting areas before and after cleaning with hydrogen peroxide, the crime scene cleanup technician shows her affirmative attitude. The apparent significance of the crime scene cleanup technican's safety proceeds all actions, and the toddlers' hygienic safety comes first.

The toddler paragraph connects the hygienic safety for toddlers and safety. Note the yellow code words connect sentences for sentence sense. By making sure each sentence connects to those around it, the writer avoids aimless confusion. More importantly, by connecting sentences with these connecting words, the writer finds a way to create the following sentences.

Writing fluency with a nack for sentence building leads to coherent, focused paragraphs.

Crime Scene Cleanup sentences for students.

  1. An apprehensive dread follows poor crime scene cleanup work.
  2. A lingering death order proves poor cleaning, but the death odor may have permiated fabrics, papers, walls, carpets and carpet padding.
  3. Asserted cleaning, an awakened curiosity, and decontaminating as cleaning continues destroys baseless assumptions about crime scene cleanup's risks.
  4. The appropriate designation of personal protective equipment (PPE), rather than arbitrarily imposed rules, avoids annoying complications for the professional cleaner.
  5. Belittling concerns for crime scene cleanup methods and hazards leads to astounding mistakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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