|By Ken Olson
Originally published in the July 2009 Socionomist
In October 2004, The Elliott Wave Theorist observed a connection between mood and a type of murder: serial killings. In his landmark report, Prechter noted, “most serial killers begin taking action in bear markets, [and] it appears that generally speaking, rashes of high-profile sprees end a year or two after bottoms in social mood.”
The figure below portrays the power of social mood on these killers. From the 1966 peak until two years after the major bottom of 1982, our chart shows 181 serial murders. Ridgeway, who started killing in the bottom year of 1982, racked up the largest toll of victims. From 1984 until two years after the major top of 2000, our chart shows only 37 victims. In other words, in 16 down years plus 2, we chart 181 kills; in 16 up years plus 2, we chart only 37 kills, a 5-to-1 ratio.
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