I came across a random article the other day that linked daylight savings time to a decrease in crime rates. Apparently, since most crimes happen in the dark, when we skip an hour ahead in the Spring (essentially lengthening the day) crime rates drop dramatically.
For some reason though, I couldn’t find any data on rising crime rates when we turn clocks back in the winter. And that got me thinking: Let’s say you want to kill someone. What better time is there to do it than the night we turn the clocks back? Think about it. It’s the perfect crime. You shoot someone at 2:59:59AM and immediately it’s 2:00AM. You go home and you’re in bed by 2:15. YOU’VE KILLED SOMEONE IN THE FUTURE. Plus, when you’re grilled by the DA on cross-examination about where you were at the time of the shooting, you’re not lying when you say you were in bed sleeping.
(I’m sure I’m overlooking something, but it seems pretty foolproof to me. I almost want to kill someone to see if it works.)
Then, early this morning when I woke up to go to the bathroom and couldn’t fall back to sleep, I thought about how it would make a great idea for an episode of “Law & Order.” A man kills his twin brother on the night the clocks are turned back and nearly gets away with it because of the messed up timeline and a lack of motive. But the twist comes when Jack discovers the motive at the last minute: 40 years ago the two brothers were born on the night when the clocks were turned back, so even though the brother who committed the murder was born at 2:59AM, and technically the older brother, his twin was then born at 2:01AM, after the clocks had been turned back, and deemed the oldest. And the oldest brother stood to inherit his father’s multi-million dollar business!*
* It seemed like an awesome idea at the time.