TV shows and movies teach us that relentless detectives always solve the case. Sadly, however, this is not always true. Many cases remain not only unresolved, but shrouded in mystery, rife with eerie, unsettling details that raise continue to raise questions. Several real-life detectives, police officers, and dispatchers took to Reddit to share some of their most bizarre and hair-raising stories concerning cases that were never officially solved, and incidents where "justice was served," despite a host of loose ends. Here is a collection of the most startling from two separate threads (here and here).
They Got The Corpse Wrong
From Redditor /u/Blobbypow:
My mother was a detective who told me this one. An elderly man who hasn't seem his daughter in a year was reading the news paper and in one of the pictures he sees his daughter in the street. He hires a private investigator who finds her they talk and she recognizes him and the DNA matched out etc. here's the clincher though the reason he hasn't seen his daughter in a year is because she died of lukemia. They dig up the corpse and discover its a man who died of a heart attack and not his daughter. There's pics and medical records as well as record of her death and the girl in the photo has no recollection of a week before being diagnosed but remembered for some reason she wasn't allowed to contact the family. They never found the girls body, know who the dead man was, found out where the girl had been and the hospital has no records of the doctor who treated the dead girl.
A Mother Has Duties, Even When She's Dead
From Redditor /u/LauZi:
It was my uncle who used to be a cop in Hong Kong.
He was patrolling the street on his own and received a smell complaint call from an apartment building nearby. So he reached the location and met the person who made the complaint and found out where the smell was coming from.
He rung the doorbell, a little girl opened the door. As soon as the door was opened, he knew someone's dead. The little girl is about 5-6 years old. My uncle was informed that there were only the little girl and her grandma living in the apartment. They were immigrants from China.
My uncle walked into the apartment, and noticed that there was a freshly made meal. He went to the room where the smell was coming from and found the woman's dead body.
My uncle was puzzled by the freshly made meal because the little girl was not tall enough to reach the stove and the counter top. And it also puzzled him that a little girl could cook (Chinese food is pretty complex in their recipes). When my uncle asked the little girl who made this, she said it was her mother.
Later he found out that the little girl's mother died from a stroke about a week ago...
The Morning He Left His Glasses At Home
From a deleted user:
I was in a Junior Police Academy and one of the cops told us about a call they got awhile back. And this is true, no joke. I'll tell it like a story with the details I know...
A wife and husband had just recently got married and everything was all fine and dandy, they were just working towards the American dream - house with white picket fence, three cars, 2.5 kids, you know how it is. Anyway, the husband and wife wake up one day and go about their usual routine, the husband kisses his wife goodbye and heads off for work. Nothing strange, except the wife notices the husband left his glasses, which she knew he really needed for his work.
So she tries calling him, he doesn't pick up. She figures, "ahh what the heck I'm not doing anything today" so she decides to drop off his glasses to him, his work wasn't that far anyways. So she gets in the car and heads off to her hubby's work, but as she's driving she see's a car pulled off on a dirt road and recognizes it as her husband's car. So she pulls off the main road and down the dirt a bit to see if she sees her husband.
Sure enough, she sees him standing off to the side of the road a bit. She gets out of her car and calls out his name. He turns his head to look at her, lights a match, and instantly engulfs in flames... The cops showed us a picture of his body on fire in the fetal position all charred. They never found out why he did it. No suicide note, no indication, nothing.
...he actually died from smoke inhalation, so he didn't die from being burned to death, rather suffocation from the burn of his own flesh.
A Campus Legend Might Be True
From Redditor /u/spartan337:
I worked for a university police department. One night we had a call about some kids d*cking around in one of the old shut down dorms they were trying to renovate. Me and my buddy get there and search the building, it was just 3 stories so it didn't take us long to find these kids trying to have what I guess you could call a ghost hunt. They were on the 3rd floor of the building in an old dorm with cameras and stuff. So I ask what they're doing and they said there was a story about a girl who killed herself in the dorms and they wanted to record her voice on tape.
Neither my buddy nor I believe in ghosts so we just laughed at them. I started calling in their information while my buddy was walking around the hall outside, suddenly we hear this bloodcurdling scream coming from down the hall. My buddy goes check it out and I ask the kids if they had another friend, they told me no. I call for my buddy on the radio and he doesn't answer, so I grab the kids and we go down the stairs opposite of where my buddy had gone and I get them outside.
I tried calling my buddy again once I got the kids outside and he didn't answer so I went look for him, kept all the kids ID's in case they booked it. I found him on the first floor shining his flashlight down into the basement. When I walked up on him he just looked at me and said, "I heard footsteps down there." I told him we should go search it together. He told me no, and that he had just been down there and there was no one. We got outside and called for backup because my radio didn't work in the building and got a couple more guys to search the building and didn't find anything. Still creeps me out to think about it.