Saturday, March 8, 2008

Profile: Jerry Turner, crime scene cleaner

Posted By on Sat, Mar 8, 2008 at 5:00 PM

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Jerry Turner is president of Advanced Bio-Treatment, a company that specializes in cleaning the mess left behind by murder and suicide. The company also cleans up urine and feces, as well as old meth labs.

“Suicide from firearms are difficult because the splatters are small and located all over the place.”

The most gruesome place he’s cleaned: “A suicide with a [large caliber rifle]. It looked like 15 bodies had been slaughtered, not just one head.”

On telling people his job: “I pass out my business card and all kinds of cool conversation happens. It’s like my bar trick.”

“I have empathy for people. I understand how it affects people to lose a loved one. But death just doesn’t bother me at all. It’s a part of life. Everybody dies.”

On what he looks for when hiring: “They need to be meticulous and not squeamish. Most of my workforce is women. I guess they’re used to dirty diapers. And they’re typically cleaner than men.”

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