The Policeman is a scary story about a man who comes home late from work and has an encounter in the elevator with a suspicious individual. This is based on a popular urban legend from Japan and Korea.


A few years ago, I lived in an large apartment complex in the city. The building was 10 stories high and my apartment was on the 8th floor. It was a bad area, with a lot of crime. I was planning to move out soon, so I never bothered to get to know any of my neighbors.

One Friday night, I came home from a hard day at work and I was feeling very tired. I got into the elevator and pressed the button for my floor. When the doors opened, there was a man standing there. He was dressed in a long overcoat and his hat was pulled down low over his eyes.

“Hello,” I said, trying to be polite.

The man didn’t answer.

As I got out of the elevator, he pushed past me roughly and got into the elevator and started pressing the buttons.

“What a jerk,” I muttered to myself.

I unlocked my apartment door and went inside. I went straight to the bathroom. While I was washing my hands, I happened to glance in the mirror and noticed something strange. There was a dark red stain on the sleeve of my shirt. It looked like blood.

Then, I remembered the rude guy who had bumped into me at the elevator.

It made me feel sick. I didn’t know where the blood had come from, but I had my suspicions. I immediately locked my front door. Then, i took a shower and threw the blood-stained shirt in the trash.

I didn’t sleep very well that night.

The next day was a Saturday and I had a date with an attractive young woman I had met. I was getting ready to leave when I heard my doorbell ring.

“Who could that be?” I muttered in irritation.

I was already late for my date and I didn’t want to waste more time.

Peering through the peephole, I saw a policeman standing outside.

“What is it?” I asked loudly, through the door.

“I’m sorry to disturb you, Sir,” he said politely. “I wanted to ask you some questions. There was a murder last night in the apartment next door to yours.”

I was late for my date. I didn’t want to get involved.

“Sorry officer, I didn’t see anything,” I lied.

“But you may be able to help us,” said the policeman. “Did you see anybody suspicious? Can you at least open the door to talk?”

“I wasn’t at home last night,” I lied again. “Sorry officer, I can’t help you.”

“Alright, Sir,” the policeman responded. “Thank you for your time.”

He walked off down the hallway and I continued getting ready for my date.

For the next few days, I felt very nervous. My next door neighbor had been murdered. The neighborhood was really unsafe. I was glad I was moving out soon.

I also felt very guilty about lying to the policeman. After all, I had seen the murderer. Even though I hadn’t seen his face, perhaps there was something I could have told the police that would help them catch the killer. Sometimes crimes are solved by one little detail.

One morning, before went to work, I was wondering if the police had managed to solve the case. I turned on the TV and watched the news, but they didn’t mention anything about the murder.

When I was leaving for work, I noticed a bad smell in the hallway. It seemed to be coming from the apartment next door to mine.

I had a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. The hair on the back of my neck stood on end.

I went to find the building manager and told him about the smell. When I mentioned the murder, he said there hadn’t been any murder in this building.

I convinced him to come back up to my floor. When he smelled the stench, he used his master key to open my neighbor’s apartment. Both of us were horrified by what we found.

My neighbor was on the floor, surrounded by a pool of blood. The smell was overpowering. He had been lying there for days…


  1. brynwriteshorror says

    There’s a killer who use to do that. I think it was Ted Bundy, but I’m not sure.

  2. reppir666 says

    but still the killer has shown his face to the guy right? what’s the point anyway..lol..

  3. DemonicQueenzilla says

    So the policeman was the murderer disguised as a policeman? Ok, but I don’t get the part where his body was there and yada yada. Sorry, but this story is just too confusing. 0 out of 10 dead bodies.

  4. FurryKittensAreEvil0 says

    The “policeman” should have still killed him since he saw who murdered his neighbor. Those are “you know to much, you need to die” murders. I mean he was going to rat him out anyways if it wasn’t for his date.

  5. lizette says

    So the policeman was the killer cuz in the story he asked the man if he had seen anything and he said the police no.So then it wasn’t a real policman

  6. BeautyQueen says

    O myyyyyy gosssshhhhhhh, you replied to me thanks. Ive been dreaming of this day that sfk would reply to me.
    @SFK, thanks for explaining it to me, I was pretty confused about the body. Moral of the story? Never trust a policeman, jk.

  7. BeautyQueen says

    7 out of 10 brownies. I dont get the ending, why does it sound suspicious when it says “he had been lying there for days”. Please help

    Scaryforkids says: It means nobody discovered his body, so how did the policeman know he was dead… he was a fake policeman… it was the murderer in disguise!

  8. Rainbow Phantom says

    Awesome story!My mother is always badgering me to tell the truth.I should show her this story.

  9. Paradise says

    The Police Man wasn’t a Police Man he was the murderer and he was testing the man to see if he would rat him out.

  10. TIGERSDEATH says

    I get it, the murderer is the policeman and is asking everybody who lives on the floor if they saw anything and if they did he would kill them. Good thing he lied!!!! ☺ ☺

  11. JoslynVicious says

    When I heard this years ago it gave me goosebumps, this is an urban legend told all over Asia. The policeman is the murderer and he disguised himself as an officer to ask people who lived on that floor if they seen/heard anything and if they gave any feedback he would then kill them. Luckily, no one heard a thing.

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