Fallacy of a perfect crime

By Alex P. Vidal

“What do you expect me to do about it?”— John Dillinger

THERE is no such thing as perfect crime, according to a conventional wisdom.

Even the most macabre crimes in human history that slumbered for decades for lack of immediate solid pieces of evidence and credible witnesses have been solved eventually even after the passing of time.

Forensic science played a major role in the belated solution of many of these almost forgotten but sensational crimes.

Although the case of the three murdered young Iloilo businessmen: Paul “JP” Bosque, Chrysler Floyd Fernandes, and Mark Clarence Libao is now on the brink of melting down after the Iloilo provincial prosecutor’s office dismissed the murder charges filed against the accused “for lack of probable cause”, it didn’t mean the bridge will now tremble over a troubled water.

For sure, the investigators will immediately buckle down to work, reevaluate their case, reload and mount a Plan B to pursue and nail down the perpetrators.

If the principle of law that says no one can be subjected to a double jeopardy applies in this case, then the police will have a big problem here if they persist in running after the same set of suspects.

But who was it who said that crime doesn’t pay?


True crime writer Robert A. Waters said one of the most obvious fallacies ever foisted on long-suffering true crime readers is the notion that “there is no such thing as a perfect crime.”

While we can debate the meaning of a “perfect crime,” he said, “to me, it is one in which the identity of the perpetrator(s) is never learned and they are never brought to justice.”

He cited a few of the hundreds of thousands of perfect murders that were never solved: Then there are the un-caught serial killers:  The so-called Cincinnati Ripper, the Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run, the Toledo Clubber, the Axeman of New Orleans, the Zodiac Killer, etc.

The unfortunate victims in these and thousands of other unsolved murders deserved justice, according to Waters.

But utopia does not exist, and while it is comforting to think that there are no “perfect crimes,” the evidence to the contrary is overwhelming.


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(The author, who is now based in New York City, used to be the editor of two local dailies in Iloilo.—Ed)