The trouble with witnesses can be a headache where accuracy is concerned; add time estimation and you’ve a hit or miss situation at best.
We all know a person that’s habitually late; then there’s the Johnny-on-the-spots that are always on time, and still, there’s folks who are ten minutes early for everything. And still yet, are those that set their clocks five to fifteen minutes early.
It’s these habitual variables that make determining exact times an inexact science.
I’ve only been able to determine that one witness was a Sun-Drop truck driver; the other motorist has been described as driving both a car and truck–depending on which report you’re perusing. I’m inclined to believe a truck driver would be more time-conscious than a typical motorist with all the logging they do.
But why is all that info important?
It’s very important.
The sightings were reported as being 3:45 and 4:15 a.m.. It’s these ’rounded’ time frames that are cause for concern, as they’re subject to the aforementioned very-individual habits. Notice the times don’t reflect an exact quality, like 3:47 or 4:12. Since typically, time is remembered in multiples of five, I’d love to know the precise times down to the minute. With investigations of this magnitude, a time line is crucial.
Suppose you ask a random person on the street what time it is; you may get a person that rounds time upward, say, 3:11 gets rounded to 3:15, while another person may quote a rounded down time of 3:00. Together, you’ve a difference of five minutes.
You may be thinking, ‘What’s the big deal?’
Well, with the times reported, we see a thirty minute span of time. But a more precise model, like the 3:47 and 4:12 example above, is 25 minutes. If each witness is off by a few minutes; still, we could even see a time span that is off up to ten minutes.
In ten minutes a person can drive 10 miles on HWY 18, uninterrupted at 60 MPH.
Now, that’s a problem and can lead to a skewed result.
Did investigators ask these witnesses how they manage their time on a day-to-day basis? Are their clocks accurate; are they set ahead? Do they run late or early? Do they have an analog (with hands) or digital (lighted numbers) timepieces? What timepiece did the witnesses use–a vehicle clock, wristwatch or cell phone clock?
Page Poser: Do you know anyone who sets their clocks ahead? Do you feel confident that investigators inquired about witnesses’ time-keeping practices?
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