Two University of Missouri graduates Jo Craven McGinty and Brian Hamman, are working on the New York Times' analysis of murder rates. The information was compiled from open records requests from the New York Police Department, and a searchable database is now available to readers.
There were more homicides in September than in any other month last year: 52. Next highest was August, with 51. Variations, of course, exist. There were 48 homicides last March, for instance.More here.
Still, the prime time for murder is clear: summertime. Indeed, it is close to a constant, one hammered home painfully from June to September across the decades. And the breakdown of deadly brutality can get even more specific. September Saturdays around 10 p.m. were the most likely moments for a murder in the city.