New Yorkers were too cold to kill each other for nine whole days

New Yorkers were too cold to kill each other for nine whole days

Jan 28, 2013

Although 11-degree Fahrenheit temperatures made living in New York City borderline unbearable last week, there was a hidden upside to the cold: it apparently made the city unbearable to murder in, as well.

According to New York Times, the city enjoyed a pleasant “murder-free period” last week. As of Friday, 6:20 a.m., no cold dead had shown up in New York in more than nine days—the longest period in recent history, followed closely by an eight-day no-killing episode directly following Hurricane Sandy.

In August 2010, despite the summer heat, seven days passed without a murder. In 2009, there was a six-day reprieve in February and March. In other years, New York considered itself lucky to go five days without a homicide.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told NYT, “We’re rooting for more cold weather. “Any respite in [murder] is obviously a welcomed thing.”

Ellen G. Cohn, a professor of criminal justice at Florida International University suggested people are too cold to go outside, let alone go outside and kill each other. She explained: “victims and offenders are less likely to come into contact with each other.”

Apparently the dry spell ended at 6:20 a.m Friday morning, when a 40 year-old woman was found dead and naked from the waist down in Brooklyn Heights.

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