The term 'Lunacy' is
defined as 'an intermittent insanity once believed to be related to the
phases of the moon.' In 18th century England a person who commited
murder during a full-moon could plead 'lunacy' and get off with a lighter
In the 1970's a study published in
the 'Journal of Clinical Psyciatry' found that Homicides in 'Dade County,
Florida' appeared to rise and fall with the phases of the moon, and were at
their highest during fall moons.