We always think about the police, first responders and forensics being around to see the worst and most tragic scenes in the country. But have you ever thought about the people who go into those scenes and clean them up?
We had many curious questions when Jay-Jay & Flynny chatted with Karl Loader, the General Manager of Crime Scene Cleaners NZ for Jay-Jay & Flynny's After Dark Podcast.
Karl started Crime Scenes Cleaners in 2010 from Christchurch, and since then, has branched out to help across the country. His team don't just clean up crime scenes, but clean a wide range of situations; from hotel and motel clean-ups and meth houses, to places with broken sewage pipes and strange hoarder homes.
It's one thing to clean someone else's toilet, which is gross enough. But why on earth would you want to do this for a job?
"No, look, it's interesting. And every day is different, like we problem solve. So it's not straightforward. And I'm actually really proud that we're able to carry out some of the services we do because a lot of people can't. And, you know, in a lot of situations, what do you do when a bad situation arises?"
And while we didn't want to go into detail about which crime scenes were the worst, it's likely that Karl and his team of 30 have been available for some of New Zealand's most high-profile cases.
Learn more about Karl and NZ's Crime Scene Cleaners, as well as his surprising answer to "the hardest thing to clean up" in our special After Dark podcast chat.