The full moon is traditionally associated with temporal insomnia, insanity, and various magical phenomena. Psychologists, however, have found that there is no strong evidence proving these effects on human behavior around the time of a full moon.
Well, I have a handful of incident reports that suggest that during the full moon some human behavior become very bizarre.
On Aug. 24, at approximately 6 p.m., a mother walked into the station to report that she had an argument with a taxi driver over a spot at a gas pump located at the intersection of Blue Hill Avenue and American Legion Highway.
She told the officer at the front desk that the taxi driver became extremely upset with her, got out of his taxi, pulled down his pants, bent over exposing his rear end, and said to her â€œthis is what your face looks like.â€ That is unusual behavior.
On the same date, officers responded to an assault and battery incident on Itasca Street. The female who opened the door had a lip so badly bruised that the officers requested an ambulance to respond to the scene. The officers observed a blood trail that led from the front room to the kitchen sink. When the officers asked what happened, the victim stated, â€œHe did it.â€ The â€œheâ€ was her boyfriend who was standing in their bedroom naked.
I donâ€™t want to give the impression that the moon has to be full for assault and battery to occur on District B-3; that would be misleading.
A 43-year-old woman called the police stating that her husband of fifteen years had knocked her two front teeth out and locked her in the bedroom. When the officers arrived at the Wentworth Street address, they found one of the victimâ€™s teeth on the bed.
On the same date, officers responded to Bernard Street for a 50-year-old male who had been stabbed in the buttock by a friend. The reason for the stabbing: the 50-year old male had gotten his penis pierced and decided to take it out and show it to his friendâ€™s mother. It was at that moment that the penis exhibitionist felt a sharp pain in his buttock.
On Aug. 22, a young woman decided to go out with her friends, leaving her boyfriend home alone. Big mistake. He had a case of insomnia. When the girlfriend returned home at 4 a.m., she found him in their bed naked with another woman, who was also naked. The girlfriend became so enraged that she got a sledgehammer, went outside and smashed the front windshield and headlights to both of his precious vehicles. Well, that did not go over to well with the boyfriend. He took the sledgehammer and shattered the windshield of the car that his live-in girlfriend was driving, which turned out to be her grandmotherâ€™s vehicle.
It does not matter how hard the officers of District B-3 work, the closer we get to the full moon, the behavior of certain residents begin to alter drastically. In one week, from August 21 to August 27, there were two homicides, and five persons shot.
August 18, 8:20 p.m.
While performing a Code 19 (Walk and Talk) officers heard four gunshots coming from the direction of Talbot Avenue and Washington Street. As the officers were responding to that location, they were stopped by a witness who informed them that a male riding a red bike had just shot another male operating a red Jetta. Officers located the red Jetta on Norfolk Street with four bullet holes in the right front passengerâ€™s window and one bullet hole in the driverâ€™s side door. Officers then observed the victim seated in the driverâ€™s seat covered in blood. Four spent shell casings and an unused magazine was found at the scene.
August 19: 12:25 a.m.
A female walked into District B-3 stating that three males had forced their way into her home on Fuller Street and robbed her and her guests at gunpoint. The suspects took money, gold rings, ID cards, credit cards, Gucci wallet, Coach bag, and house keys. The suspects then loaded all the stolen goods into the victimâ€™s vehicle and drove off. However, the victims got a good look at one of the suspects and was able to identify him in a photo line-up. The suspect was arrested in Dorchester District Court. He gave his home address as Providence, RI, and his occupation as a sales clerk for the Red Sox Foundation.
August 21, 2:56 a.m.
Officers received information that there was a shooting victim at the intersection of Augustus Ave. and Crandall Street in Roslindale. It was later discovered that the victim was shot in the Franklin Field area and then driven to Roslindale. Upon further questioning, the victim told officers that he was drinking all night in Franklin Field with friends when someone passed him a handgun to shoot at a can. He accidentally shot himself in the left thigh. As the officers were trying to extract more information from the victim, he became hostile stating, â€œI donâ€™t talk to the police.â€
On August 24, an 18-year old youth was shot and killed on Glenarm Street. On August 25, just after 7 p.m., officers responded to a radio call to Norwell Street and discovered two victims (male and female) of gunshot wounds. The female was pronounced dead at the scene. On August 27, just after midnight, two young men were trying to jump- start a car in front of a house on Norfolk Street when they noticed a group of males wearing white T-shirts and one in a grey T-shirt across the street making hand signals back and forth to each other. Moments later, shots rang out and the group in the white T-shirts fled the area in a black sedan. It was later discovered that one of the males trying to jump-start the vehicle on Norfolk Street sustained a gunshot wound to his left hand.