CLEAN (SXSW 2022) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

The first time I ever heard of crime scene cleaners was the episode You’re Soaking In It about Joan Dougherty in the first series of Errol Morris’s First Person in 2000. While some episodes in that series were little more than novel, quirky snapshots (the one about the parrot who witnesses a murder deserves a mention here), it was the Dougherty episode that has long since remained in my memory, exploring as it did the psychology and personality of someone who would dedicate their lives to something so unsavory, and yet so very, very necessary.

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