full_moon.jpg Much has been made over the years about the effects of the full moon on crime rates and odd behavior in the animal world.  Below are the moon phases (courtesy of NASA archives) for the time before , during and after August 4th, 1892.  On August 3rd, coming home after 9 p.m. from Alice Russell’s house on Borden Street, Lizzie would have been returning under a waxing moon, nearly full.  Some may make a case for the effects of the moon on the criminal mind!

 New Moon         First Quarter      Full Moon         Last Quarter

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