Given the nature of many crimes, you are better off not knowing who had committed them. Sometimes the answer is too hard to bear or it may not result in the desired outcome.
The real-life police detectives here discuss the acts that they wished had gone unsolved, whether for tragic reasons, humorous ones, or gruesome ones. These stories, all from Reddit, are of real-life stories, leading you to the answer that, yes, there are answers that even law enforcement didn't wish to find.
A Lethal Dose Of Morphine
From Redditor /u/getthatsugarcrisp:
I had been alerted to a well-known local philanthropist who passed. These were the days where physician-assisted euthanasia was illegal in most of the developed world.
This man in question I knew quite well, and he had been suffering from a very serious terminal illness that was going to kill him before his 40th birthday, shattering his family, especially his two young children.
He was always donating to local charities, he gave a struggling single mother $25,000 at Christmas one year so she could pay off her debts, repair her car, buy food and presents for her children.
An autopsy had determined that he had been murdered, intentional overdose of morphine. The Health Authority and Department of Justice wanted us to investigate and bring the person who essentially [had killed] him to justice.
We chalked it up [to the fact] that there was no way we could ever determine who it was that killed him.
Years later, his wife sent our department a letter saying she gave her husband the lethal dose to put him out of his misery.
I wish I had never known.
She was brought in for an interview and to write her statement of confession.
We had no other supporting evidence to prove she had done it, but one thing she mentioned was his "dying wish" to end his suffering.
The Crown Prosecutor declined to pursue as the likelihood of conviction was low.
Swung The Kid Around By His Ankles
From Redditor /u/camp_anawanna__:
Bit of background: We are often, if not always, dispatched to rescue calls depending on the severity/type, due to the fact that we are closer than FD. We responded to a 4-year-old who was unconscious and vomiting. Without getting into the details, it didn't take long after my arrival to realize it was a coverup. My partner and I already knew where this incident was headed, but you keep your head down and try and do the job without getting emotional.
Mother and father both adamantly lied that the child had just eaten some junk food and had gone to sleep before he started vomiting. Without getting into the details, investigation revealed that the father was mad at the child for eating some junk food. So he grabbed the child by the ankles and swung him around the house into furniture all over the home, nearly killing him.
It's one of those cases that you don't want to investigate because you know ahead of time what the outcome is going to be and how bad it's going to get.
Mom's Boyfriend Killed Her Child
From Redditor /u/yosemitesambo:
Had an 18-month-old murdered by his mom's boyfriend. I don't know if it was intentional or accidental.
Mom found the kid after she got off work. He was staged in his crib all tucked in, but hadn't been breathing for several hours. Suspect had cut his wrists, written an apology in his blood on the bathroom wall: "I'm sorry Tammy." The suspect had laid down in bed to wait to bleed out. Both wrists. We could tell because of the blood pooling on the bed.
It took too long so the suspect got up and left the house, and I didn't care to find him to save him from his suicide attempt. I would have tried to to save the guy so he could go to court, but his death was easier and seemed more just. But part of the job requires us to look.
We put out a search on his car, and received a hit immediately. The suspect had driven into a neighboring county out in the country. He drove into a concrete barrier, going an estimated 80 mph. He wasn't belted-in and was ejected through the windshield. The vehicle rolled and landed on him. The coroner couldn't tell which impact killed him.
I still remember the kid's full name. His mother's name. I remember my [sergeant] saying, "[The victim] hasn't been down long, he's got a full belly," while I hooked up an AED and my partner did CPR. I remember thinking, "He's not full, his stomach is distended. He's been down too long."
This was some years ago. The guys on the case all got Grand Cordon Awards. I wear the ribbon on my class A's. We didn't do anything though really. It's just a reminder of how f*cked up it gets.
That was a time I didn't want to find a suspect.
Two Sexual Offenders Killed In A Two-Month Span
From a deleted user:
I really never wanted to find the answer to two particular murders in my area. Two known offenders were killed in the space of eight weeks. One assaulted a child, the other used to drug women. The two issues were unrelated.
Only one of the alleged offenders was caught (also a scumbag). He was released after a week due to lack of evidence.
I know it's bad to wish death on people, but these two blokes were just rancid. As a cop, it was my job to find the offenders, but as a human I had no interest in solving the issue at all. Luckily I was never in charge of the investigations.