Police And Other Officials Describe The Worst Crime Scenes They've Ever Laid Eyes On

The term "crime scene" may cause us to think of a pseudo-noir montage: a glossy detective show, caution tape blowing in the wind, blue and red lights flashing wildly, and a detective taking off his sunglasses while uttering a witty pun. But crime isn't limited to primetime, and the truth is that the most horrifying acts are the real-life ones - the ones too gruesome to be shown on TV. They're the bloody, deranged, tragic scenes that shocked police.

The stories contained within this list are extreme scenarios that have haunted even the most grizzled officers of the law. When police describe the worst scenes they've ever seen, many of them say that if they could wipe them from their memory, they would. With that warning in mind, below you'll find descriptions, in their own words, from the police officers and first responders that came across these real crime scenes and remain haunted by them to this day. 

  • A Man Attacked His Family In Response To His Wife's Alleged Infidelity

    From Redditor /u/OfficerKen:

    An older co worker told me this one: a man lived in an apartment with his three kids and wife. He goes to work and comes home at night, and one of his kids comes up to him and says "I saw mommy kissing the neighbors pee pee." He slit each of his children's throats while they slept and cut his wife's head off. He left it on the kitchen table and smoked a cigarette calmly after calling 911 on himself. Said seeing the kids in their beds with open throats covered in blood [messed] him up for a long time.

  • Someone Thought He Was A Dog And Bit Through A Person's Throat

    From Redditor /u/Holdin_McGroin:

    I know a guy who is a jail-guard, and he also worked in TBS (Dutch equivalent of jail for people with severe mental health problems). There was this schizophrenic guy who was convinced he was a dog. Now that might just sound sad and pathetic, but the guy actually bit someone in the throat and shredded his jugular. He tried to do it in jail as well, and he now has to wear a muzzle 24/7.

  • A Woman Jumped Off A 9 Story Building And Survived Long Enough To Have A Conversation

    From Redditor /u/coney27:

    [A] [s]uicidal female walked to the top of a 9 story hospital parking garage. She did a backwards swan dive off the top trying to kill herself. She ended up landing on both of her feet, which took all the impact. Every bone from her feet up to her first rib was shattered but somehow she was still alive when I got there. She looked like a slinky as the EMTs picked her up from the ground to transport her, which in the end was futile. But for the few minutes I was on scene with her I was able to speak to the woman, who was still conscious. It was the most peaceful and eerily quiet conversation I had with a person who knew they were dead.

  • The Family Dog Was Licking Up Its Owner's Blood

    From Redditor /u/cfvh:

    [M]y father was a detective in the middle of his career. He told me of a crime scene where someone had hacked up his wife's head with an axe. When they went in, the family's dog was licking up the blood and brain matter.

  • A Son Chopped Off His Mother's Head And Jumped In Front Of A Train

    From Redditor /u/BaglesNJam:


    My dad is a police officer and they had a scene the day before halloween. This kid killed his mom and chopped off her head and dragged her body into the street and then he jumped in front of a train. Meanwhile, this woman walking by thought it was a halloween prank and picked up the ladies head. When she realized it was real she tossed it far away so the crime scene was in like, 7 different places because of her and her son.

  • A Hungry Dog Ate The Face Of Its Owner

    From Redditor /u/IParaphrasedYou:


    I recently went on a ride along and got to hear a number of stories that happened here in Portland. The absolute worst story was regarding a woman who had died in her home. The police arrived, cleared the home, and found the woman lying in her living room. The neighbors hadn't seen her for a while, so they believed she had been there for a number of days. She also had a dog, and when the dog got hungry, it started to eat her face. Her cheeks were gone, as was the skin around her neck and forehead. They started their regular procedures when a cop thought he heard something and examined her closer. SHE WAS BREATHING. It was faint, but she was absolutely breathing. A stroke or some sort of brain aneurysm had paralyzed her and taken her speech. She had to lay there and literally have her face eaten off her by a dog she couldn't feed. She died later in the ICU.