Graveyard Shift

Law Enforcement Agents Share Their Creepiest Stories 

Christopher Shultz
Updated September 20, 2019 1.4M views 16 items

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Whether a police officer, an FBI agent, or another figure in the world of law enforcement, dealing with criminals can lead to some strange, disturbing, and downright creepy experiences. Reddit users asked law enforcement to share some of their craziest tales, and many delivered in spades. Here are some highlights...
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A Most Bizarre Abduction

"My old roommate's dad was a former Naval Officer and then FBI agent. 20 years in the Navy and 12-15 years or so in the FBI.  

"One of his strangest stories was from his FBI days. I'll paraphrase it below: 

"A kidnapping case, this girl disappeared from her grandparents' RV sometime between like 5pm and midnight. They were up front, next thing they know, she's gone. She was supposed to be sleeping in the back. One stop at a rest stop, then they were in stop-and-go traffic, so they figure she must have popped out the door at some point. This is near the California/Nevada border. So we meet them, talk to them, this is within about a day or so and the girl's still missing, no sign of her. She was 15. 

"Local PD theory is she ran off because she's 15 and wants to get away from her lame grandparents for the summer. But there's a busted window (glass inside the vehicle) so we're treating it like a possible kidnapped person.  

"After a few hours, there's a couple different theories on the case. One is that she ran off, another that she got snatched. Nobody's seen the girl in almost two days now, and disappearing in the desert for a young girl is tough.  

"Next thing you know, we get a phone call - naked girl, lost and confused, picked up by some trucker on a two-lane road out there called Nipton. Runs into I-15 between Barstow and Vegas somewhere. Right near the border. Matches our description. Me and three other guys head out there to meet with the Sheriff who's got her. Turns out she's our girl. She's fine. No rape. No bruises. No exposure. Nothing. Completely healthy. Completely fine. Even cleaned like she took a shower. Won't tell us a damned thing. Doesn't remember a damned thing.  

"According to her, one minute she's in the RV, the next she's naked walking down the side of the road in 100-degree heat. We talked to her for two hours while her grandparents headed out to pick her up. We had our social services lady talk to her - nothing. I've seen people hiding things - she wasn't hiding anything. She honestly didn't remember. 

"Damndest thing. Anyway, girl was found, she was fine, so we turned it back over to Local PD to figure out what happened and determine if charges were pressed and all. I kept in touch with a guy I knew there because I was curious and we were in a fantasy football league. A few months later he tells me the parents sent the girl to a therapist to look for 'repressed memories' to make sure she wasn't raped or something. Therapist says she seems fine, but honestly has no recollection of her time at all, and doesn't think there's any point to delving much further since she has no symptoms and is largely more confused by the reaction than the event. 

"So to this day, we've got a busted RV window with glass on the inside, likely from a moving RV on a jampacked freeway, likely in broad or lightly fading sunlight, with zero witnesses. A 15-year-old girl gets out, or is taken out, and is taken somewhere safe nearby for almost two days, and then is stripped naked without being touched sexually, cleaned up, and deposited on the side of a separate road a few miles away. She didn't have a drug in her system that we could detect. She remembers nothing at all. Nobody knows what happened to her clothes or anything. 

"Been almost 20 years since this happened, and I can't figure out what the hell went on with that girl. Still bugs me at night that I have no way to explain it aside from 'She lied the whole time,' but I know liars, and I'd bet money she wasn't lying at all."

Gruesome Accident

"UK here. Not a policeman but my brother is and I heard this story from him (though it was all over the local news as well... just without the gore). He wasn't the attending officer on the case but arrived on the scene as the bodies were being moved. (I actually passed the scene on my way to work the day it happened as well, though at that time the wreck was being hauled away)... So, just the fine details are third-party, in effect. 

"It's a rather gruesome story so... read at your own risk. 

"A few years back in our local town, a couple of joyriders had stolen a car. The police gave chase but had to pull back due to the speeds involved. (They got clocked at 130 miles per hour through a residential area.) The obvious happened and about three miles from where the police fell back, they managed to hit a wall or lamppost or something and kill themselves instantly.  

"Upon arriving at the scene, the attending officer discovered the driver's lower legs and feet had been pushed up due to the impact and his shin bone had gone through his jaw and up through his skull. Apparently it looked like he had a foot attached to his chin. The passenger, however, looked untouched and seemed to be unconscious... until they tried to move him and discovered most of the bones in his body had been shattered. He sort of... folded backwards when the officer tried to pull him out for first aid. He then started to... compress, squish and implode into himself in the car seat."

Horrendous Father

[WARNING: This story is very disturbing.]

 "I live in a fairly small town, my dad was a cop for 10 years or so, my aunt works in the ER going on 11 years now, & at the time of this story one of my best friend's brother-in-law was an EMT. They are all involved in this sick tale... 

"There was a call about a domestic dispute, then a 911 call from the same address from a woman who was just screaming & then cut off. Of course they sent all available units immediately. After a few officers had showed up, they reported the situation back & the Chief decided no female officers or EMTs should be allowed near the scene. It turned out a Hispanic man was on drugs & had a freak-out on his girlfriend, accusing her of cheating. He beat the sh*t out of her, broke several bones. He decided their three-month-old baby wasn't his, picked up the infant by his feet & gutted him with a box cutter. When the cops showed up he was beating on his girlfriend with a kitchen utensil while she huddled over the baby trying to shield him with her own body. They got him subdued, rushed the baby to the ER, tended to the wife in the ambulance out front, & sewed up several cuts of the man in the kitchen. The EMT tending to him was my friend's brother-in-law. The man was still high but coming down & saying a lot of disgusting things about his girlfriend, the EMT slammed his head into the refrigerator, warning him to stop talking. A sergeant was in the room, saw this & gave the EMT an approving nod. A few minutes later, the sergeant got fed up with the man's clearly unapologetic words & said "Do you hear that woman crying? She trusted you to take care of you, loved you enough to give you a son & look what you've done to them! She didn't cheat, you never let her leave the house so how could she? That little boy is your son, you could have been a father to him & raised him to be a great man, now you've taken that child's life. That woman, who loved you so much is out there weeping because she has just lost her son & her boyfriend, don't you care at all?!", the man then said that if that baby didn't want him to kill it then it should've died before it was born & that the woman deserved it because she was a "dumb bitch, cheating or not" & the sergeant shot the guy in the foot. My father witnessed all of this & later had to testify. My aunt said in the ER the baby was laying there & his intestines were literally laying next to him on the gurney, outside his body. Every single person who worked on that baby requested therapy afterward. The mom had some pretty bad internal bleeding but my aunt said the most disturbing thing was hearing her scream for her baby. She said in all her years in the ER she's never heard anyone scream like that. 

"The mom & the baby actually both lived but the baby has some serious brain damage because he didn't get enough oxygen to the brain because of a punctured lung. 

"The man is in prison, I know he got drug charges, weapons charges (unregistered guns were found in the home as well as more drugs), domestic battery, attempted murder & a few others I'm not sure of. I do know he has no possibility of parole & a long sentence but I'm not sure how long the sentence turned out to be. 

"The sergeant & EMT were both fired, that was the hearing my dad had to testify in (among other officers & EMTs)."

Not the Best Way to Go Out
"Literally two days ago we had a man dead, swinging from the ceiling (on a sex swing) with electrical nipple clamps, buttered, body and a knitting needle up his penis. The worst part, he was pushing 70 years and discovered by his 10-year-old granddaughter. How the f*ck do you erase that image?!"