Neal Smither doesn't hide his work. The side of his van reads: "Crime Scene Cleaners: Homicides, Suicides and Accidental Death." Whenever a hotel guest permanently checks out, the cops finish an investigation, or an accidental death is reported, Smither's crew pick up the pieces after the police cruisers and ambulances have left. Alan Emmins offers a glimpse at this little-known aspect of America's most gruesome deaths. Filled with details as fascinating as they are gory, "Mop Men "examines not just the public fascination with murder but also how a self-made success like Smither can make a fortune just by praying for death.
Alan Emmins is a freelance journalist who was born in England in 1974. After living in New York he relocated to Copenhagen, Denmark. Alan's texts and images have sold worldwide and cover a wide range of topics, from point of interest features to investigative journalism. His texts have been translated into many languages including Japanese, German, French, Spanish and Danish. Accompanied by his images his stories have appeared in GQ, The New York Post, Stern, Playboy, The New York Daily News, Politiken, Berlingske Tidene and others. Alan is currently working as the managing editor of the fiction magazine and website Spoiled Ink, but still continues to travel and write features for worldwide publication.