Couple Makes Living From Crime Scenes

By ED GALLEK, 19/43 News Reporter

ALLIANCE, Ohio - It makes most people squeamish, but some of your neighbors are making money doing crime scene cleanups.

The sirens stop. The flashing lights go out. But you still have a crime scene to clean up. That's where the Bio Scene Recovery team comes in.

Exclusive home video obtained by 19/43 News shows what a messy, even hazardous job cleaning up a crime scene can be.

"We find a lot of blood and body fluids all over the place," Bio Scene owner Jim Monath said. "The cracks in the floor, the walls, the furniture."

Jim and Tami Monath run the company. They're married, and are both used to being asked why they do what they do.

"I'm helping a family, helping somebody in a family survive and go on with their life," Jim said.

The day that 19/43 News was at a crime scene with the Bio Scene team, they were cleaning up after a suicide, but they go in after murders too. They go in even if there are bodies starting to decompose or if the place is simply trashed.

The couple said that blood and body fluids sometimes go to places that you'd never imagine, like the duct work of a home, for example.

Despite the messy nature of their job, Bio Scene employees, including Bob Brown, talk tough.

"It took a little while to get used to that, but after the first couple, it grows on you," Brown said. "It does not bother you at all."

Sometimes, however, Jim said that it can get to them.

"I had a homicide-suicide where a father shot his 5-year-old son, then took his own life in the house," he said. "I was in this room with all the kid's effects and clothes and toys, and that was hard."

Jim works as a paramedic when he's not cleaning up crime scenes. He said that it takes a lot to do what he does.

"There's an ozone generator for odor control," Jim said. "There's also an air scrubber to clean the air in the house. If there's anything contaminated at the scene, it all gets torn down, and goes in a box. That includes couches, furniture, chairs, flooring. It's considered medical waste."

What you might consider sickening, the people at Bio Scene consider an opportunity.

Bio Scene Recovery is based in Alliance, but does work throughout the region.

The average job costs between $500 and $1,000.