Originally Posted by Trevor Marriott
I would suggest that it is unsafe to totally rely on times given by witnesses for the reasons that should be cleary visible to all.
public clocks being either fast or slow
personal time pieces being either fast or slow.
Times given by witnesses who didn't have a time piece and simply guessed the time.
Despite all of that we still see researchers firmly relying on these times given by witnesses in trying to prove a theory
Agreed. For me the times are simply markers of a sort, giving a general idea how much time may have elapsed between events and a general idea of time. I think it's folly to rely upon times as reason for suspicion or to establish any kind of reliable time-frame(s). I think we can gain a general idea. That's about it.