Useless Crime Facts
Murder is the only crime that does not increase during the full moon. Theft, disorderly conduct, larceny, armed robbery, assault and battery, illegal breaking and entering, and rape all statistically increase dramatically during the full moon.
Approximately 80 percent of the men serving terms in American prisons for rape were convicted not of forcible rape but of statutory rape, that is, of fornicating with a girl who is underage.
Marie-Augustin Marquis de Pélier of Brittany was arrested in 1786 and spent the next fifty years of his life in prison. His crime, whistling at Queen Marie Antoinette as she was being ushered into a theater.
According to the National Safety Council, an average of sixty-nine people a day are shot to death with handguns in the United States. Three-quarters of these shootings take place within the inner family circle or among close friends.
Approximately half the money paid out by fire-insurance companies in the United States is paid for fire loss due to arson.