Detective Kronos, of the International Time Crimes Unit, spoke to me in an exclusive interview about his latest breakthrough.
This has been a very difficult case, he said.
Serial killers have been on the loose since time began but things have got much worse over the past decade.
In most cases it’s premeditated murder but there’s no evidence, bodies or weapons.
We have admissions of guilt from people from all walks of life but they’re worthless without any evidence.
How can you get a conviction without a body or a weapon?
The thing that struck me about these confessions is the total lack of remorse.
People no longer care about what they do with their time.
They just want more and more but then they kill it without a second thought.
And that really haunts me because I was just as guilty.
I wanted more time to spend with my family and enjoy life.
But I often wasted my time.
That all changed when I was transferred to the Time Crime Unit.
Our directors came up with a plan to help solve this crime.
A lot of money was spent on developing technology to save time.
But it backfired.
The killings got worse as mankind advanced.
We thought that technology would influence people’s lives but in the end it betrayed us.
Mankind corrupted technology’s purpose which was to save time.
But worst of all they turned into their weapon of choice.
I do not want to waste your time with details however; there is a blog post about this called Time and Money: The Terrible Twins which covers this issue.
I asked Detective Kronos how to spot a time killer.
There is a very thin line between time wasters and time killers, he explained.
Time wasters are usually found in the workplace with employees being the main culprits.
Email, social networks and meetings account for most of the waste.
Time killers are usually found in rush hour traffic, queues and airports where waiting triggers the suspects to murder.
As the interview ended, he checked his watch and made this chilling observation…
To all you time killers out there. You may think you have committed the perfect murder but Time will have the last laugh when your time comes.
Are you guilty of killing time?
“Who has never killed an hour? Not casually or without thought, but carefully: a premeditated murder of minutes. The violence comes from a combination of giving up, not caring, and a resignation that getting past it is all you can hope to accomplish. So you kill the hour. You do not work, you do not read, you do not daydream. If you sleep it is not because you need to sleep.
And when at last it is over, there is no evidence: no weapon, no blood, and no body. The only clue might be the shadows beneath your eyes or a terribly thin line near the corner of your mouth indicating something has been suffered, that in the privacy of your life you have lost something and the loss is too empty to share.”
Mark Z. Danielewski (House of Leaves)