Joe Kenda got paranoid over a case that reminded him of his kids’ fragile lives
In an interview with People, Homicide Hunter Lt. Joe Kenda revealed one of the cases featured in the crime documentary television series still haunts him. That's because apart from being a homicide detective, Kenda is also a family man, and that particular case hit too close to home.
'I Saw My Son In That Bed'
On August 28, 2019, the homicide detective had an exclusive interview with People magazine where he blurted out the one case that still haunts him every night.
In the interview, Kenda confessed that he was haunted and saw dead bodies in his dreams, but for him, it was all worth it at the end of the day as he got to solve the case.
When asked if there was a particular recurring nightmare, the detective admitted to having one that came to him almost every night.
He recalled the one case where three lives were taken. Before entering the crime scene, the cops who had already visited the site held up three fingers to let the detective know that there were a total of three victims.
When he reached the crime scene, he first came across an adult woman; then he saw an adult man. But the one particular scene that baffled him was the body of a five-year-old boy who wore Mickey Mouse pajamas to bed but never got up.
The homicide detective explained that his son had the same pajamas when he was a boy. And although his son was 19 years old at that time, he couldn’t help but picture his son instead of the little boy.
My son had those pajamas when he was little… Now, my son was 19 years old when I saw that crime scene, but I saw him in that bed.
Kenda Confessed To Being A Paranoid Father
The retired Colorado Springs Police Department detective confessed to being the world’s most paranoid father in one of the videos on his page Ask-Kenda. Kenda, who married his high school girlfriend Mary Kathleen Mohler, is a father to two children: Dan, a retired US Navy commander, and Kris, a retired US Air Force major.
On the post made by the page on August 17, 2016, the detective was asked, “What kind of father were you?”
His answer to the question began with him sharing a conversation he had with his daughter Kris when she was 15. The detective recalled his daughter asking him when she could date, to which he replied she could date from 16. But she would be allowed to go on dates without him, only after she reached 28!
After sharing the father-daughter conversation, Kenda finally answered the question by confessing that he was the world’s most paranoid father, understandably so. In his 23-year career, Kenda has solved 356 homicide cases and has a 92 percent solve rate.