Tear Jerker: Criminal Case

Sorrow-inducing moments in Criminal Case:
  • The ending to Case 6, specifically the moment when you have to arrest the not-corrupt cop.
    Jones: ...(player's name), can you handle the arrest, please? I don't have the heart to read him his rights.
    • It's even worse when it's revealed that the cop had killed his partner in the heat of the moment, and he was extremely upset for doing so. He regretted leaving his partner's children without a father, and having to spend time in jail meant that he'd also be away from his family. Since he pleaded guilty to the crime, though, he only has a four year sentence with parole eligibility in two years but he likely would never have a job as an officer again.
  • The revelation of One-tooth Sam's back-story in Case 11, especially the death of his wife which led him to renounce his former wealth.
    One-tooth Sam: My wife got sick, and even all the money in the world couldn't save her.
  • Case 21's victim Rachel Priest died standing up on truth and justice moments before her death, all while scattering clues for you to find knowing that she's not long on this earth. Jones is upset and goes It's Personal the entire case, knowing that despite Rachel was incredibly nosy, stubborn, troublesome, and a little callous to her co-workers in several previous cases, he knows that she's a loyal and diligent defender of justice whose death is largely because of her cameraman sold her life work to her murderer. When a later case reveals her murderer gets out of the jail with $ 5000 because of "procedure violation", Jones quickly demands Chief King why the murderer is free once again, but Chief says police is powerless against judicial bureaucracy.
  • Case 23's victim was one of the few victims in this series to completely avert Asshole Victim. His only "fault" was his desire to leave Grimsborough and travel, yet someone still finds a reason to kill him. This is Lampshaded by Jones and a few other characters as well.
    Jones: I don't know about you, <player>, but this case's quite bummed me out. All Daniel wanted to was travel the world and not restrict himself to our little town. But Lily was so attached to her roots that she couldn't bear the thought of Daniel not wanting the same life as she did...
  • Case 28's Motive Rant, when you arrest the killer. Her husband, the victim, had caused their infant child's death by negligence, and then tried to cover it up by saying the house was haunted and that that was what killed the child.
    Killer: Whatever punishment you give me cannot be worse than the cruel fate of losing your child!
  • The reaction of James Savage, the local Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold, when his dog is killed in Case 31.
    Savage: I met that dog when it was just a puppy. It'd been thrown in a ditch. I saved his life, and it rewarded me by staying by my side for 10 years. It never bit anyone, never growled at people. And now... now my best friend is dead!
    • Case 31 is just heartbreaking for anyone who loves animals, especially dogs.
  • The ending of Case 51, in which Chief King gives the player character a tearful farewell before shooting himself after being outed as the killer, despite Jones begging him to put the gun down.
    King: Goodbye, (player's name). Working with you has been a great honor. BANG
  • The ending of Case 56 brings quite a lot of tears in the fans' eyes as they are to part with the Grimsborough team because the Player Character is moving to Pacific Bay.
  • In the finale of White Peaks, Amy remarks that the killer couldn't be her mother, because she loves her and Duncan. Then she revises it, and says she only loves Duncan.
    • In the climax of that very same case, during the confrontation with the killer, Amy was so deep in denial that she almost concedes when the killer tried to convince her that this is a false arrest, until Hannah arrives with a video footage of the murder itself. Note that when her highschool sweetheart tried to pull the same trick two Cases before, she angrily rebuffs his attempts to lie by saying that the [Player Character] is never wrong.
  • Some murders are Accidental Murder, and at times, the murderers genuinely regret their deed. Some of them were even crying or look saddened when they're arrested, such as the murderer in Case 48 "Good Girls Don't Die".