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Your second paragraph, beginning "A little background here," would make a great opening for a short-story !
If it's crime, at least it's delicious crime ?
"We live in a world ruled by fictions: mass merchandising, advertising, politics as advertising, instant translation of science, technology, into popular imagery, increasing blur of identity in realms of consumer goods, preempting any free, original, imaginative, response to experience by the television screen. We live in an enormous novel. For a writer it's less necessary to invent a novel's fictional content: fiction's already there. A writer's task is to invent a reality." J. G. Ballard, 1974
As a US Citizen I'm not seeing much on here about it at all with the exception of a lady at work who is having a party on that day to celebrate. I might go to bed early the night of the 20th - maybe put my running shoes near the bed.