Cleaning Up The Crime Scene - Atlas Obscura

Denver, Colorado

Cleaning Up The Crime Scene

Discover what happens to a crime scene after the police and forensic team leave.

When a person meets an unfortunate end in a gruesome way, returning the scene of the incident back to its original condition can be too much for the average person to handle. That's when you call Nick...

Join Nick Hodgdon, owner and founder of Denver-based Crime Scene Cleaners, Inc., for a presentation about the realities of crime scene cleanup. We'll discuss the ins and outs of the industry, look at a few before-and-after photographs from locations that Nick's company has worked on, and have the chance to ask questions about an important profession that not many have the stomach for. 

About Nick Hodgdon

Nick Hodgdon formed Crime Scene Cleaners, Inc. in 2003. It has grown to become one of Colorado's premier cleaning services specializing in cleaning and disinfecting trauma scenes, hoarding situations, and distressed property. Crime Scene Cleaners, Inc. frequently assists law enforcement and property owners/managers in restoring property contaminated as a result of crime, disaster, or misuse.

Special thanks to the Lighthouse Writer's Workshop for hosting us in their space. For more info about their programs go to:


This presentation will include graphic content that may be unsettling for some attendees. Discretion is advised.


  • Please arrive 15 minutes before event start time to check in. Follow the signs to the "grotto" where the event will be held.
  • Event will run rain or shine.
  • This event is intended for an adult audience and may not be appropriate for ages below 13. Parental discretion is advised.
  • ADA: This venue is an old home and may not be accessible for all guests. The location involves negotiating at least one flight of stairs. Please contact for additional accessibility information/questions.
  • Parking lot adjacent to building and street parking available.


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