Research Article

Full moon and crime.

BMJ 1984; 289 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.289.6460.1789 (Published 22 December 1984) Cite this as: BMJ 1984;289:1789
  1. C P Thakur,
  2. D Sharma

    Abstract

    The incidence of crimes reported to three police stations in different towns (one rural, one urban, one industrial) was studied to see if it varied with the day of the lunar cycle. The period of the study covered 1978-82. The incidence of crimes committed on full moon days was much higher than on all other days, new moon days, and seventh days after the full moon and new moon. A small peak in the incidence of crimes was observed on new moon days, but this was not significant when compared with crimes committed on other days. The incidence of crimes on equinox and solstice days did not differ significantly from those on other days, suggesting that the sun probably does not influence the incidence of crime. The increased incidence of crimes on full moon days may be due to "human tidal waves" caused by the gravitational pull of the moon.