We’re not talking about a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, here. This law enforcement taskforce is more in line with the Mikado Method, a process for surfacing hard-to-see dependencies.
Relying on a psycho-social history to satisfy our need to make order of chaos, we can suggest that a male person capable of such a vicious attack, most likely had a dysfunctional relationship with an older female mentor in his early childhood development.
A mother who gave birth late or perhaps his grandmother, would be my choice. Having a perception of a lack of mentoring, whether factual or not, can evolve into an immature, warped view of reality as a child develops. It is never that simple, however this, together with other life choices, can become a psychosis in an adult. That is a subjective view.
What we do know is that the killer was seeking an elderly victim and most certainly a female. That is a given, considering the attack was targeted at a nursing home for the elderly; our POI’s phone records support this.
The unfortunate reality is, that this particular elderly lady was most likely chosen at random. Kathleen Downes’ only error was leaving her door open overnight; allowing an intruder ease of access.
I suggest that this was the third murder in three consecutive months for Peter Norris Dupas and also that this particular murder is the best insight into the mind of this psychopath that we will probably ever get, should a psychological study be made.
At the time of these three murders, Dupas’ defacto partner was overseas. This alone would have pressed a few fear of abandonment buttons in an already damaged psyche.
What pattern in forensic astrology could be revealed that might add to our knowledge if we were to look at this trio of murders?
- Kathleen Gladwyn Downes had been stabbed in the neck at her Loyola Avenue nursing home in December 1997.
- A month earlier in November, Dupas had killed 25 year-old Mersina Halvagis, in a frenzied knife attack at Fawkner Cemetery – Dupas was convicted of this murder in 2007.
- Stepping back one more month, in October Margaret Josephine Maher was murdered in Somerton, Melbourne. Dupas was also convicted of this murder, seven years later.
In and out of jail all his adult life, Dupas has a very long history of violent crimes against women commencing when he was just fifteen; a teenager. His criminal history reveals a chilling precursor to the murder of Kathleen Downes that ominously brings Saturn into the room. Before he turned seventeen, Dupas broke into a hospital mortuary; mutilating the bodies of two deceased elderly women.
If we utilize our astrology toolkit and create bi-wheels (method) of two of these murders ; murders that Dupas has already been convicted of, we can see that a psychosis is in action. The astrology suggests that these two murders were down to basics in this man’s mind; other than forensic indicators there is not a lot going on.
This is a violent act against two female victims who were stalked until opportunity presented itself; opportunity to penetrate the victim with a knife.
Penetration is the deed; need for power, the motive.
Of these pair of bi-wheels, the inner wheel is the planetary positions at the estimated time of the murders and the outer wheel is the natal chart of Peter Dupas.
- The forensic indicators are highlighted red.
- Jupiter inflates what it touches – highlighted in green.
- The Moon (blue) is the driving need – the basis for his psychosis.
Those familiar with this forensic astrology method can interpret for themselves that both murders were traumatic in nature (Lunar nodal axis) and both in public areas; that the attacker’s power (Pluto) at the mid-heaven was the driver in the murder of Margaret Josephine Maher.
The second bi-wheel reveals planetary indicators suggesting that Mersina Halvagis died to satisfy this psychopath’s ‘masculine drive’ (Sun-Mars conjunction) together with the added thrill of committing the crime in a public place (Lunar nodal axis at the horizon) – late afternoon at Fawkner cemetery.
The third murder in this three-month period, which I suggest was also committed by Peter Norris Dupas, is a different matter and much more personal to this killer; not that he knew Mrs Downes personally, but who she represented; someone whom he couldn’t kill. There was unfinished business in his psyche.
I suggest that his mutilation of elderly women in the mortuary some twenty-eight years earlier (Saturnian cycle) culminated in this murder; the knife his weapon yet again.
Immediately you can see what I mean. There is a lot more revealed in these two bi-wheels. Both have the inner wheel as the estimated time of the murder of Kathleen Downes. The first bi-wheel has the natal chart of the victim as the outer wheel and the second is the natal chart of our POI; Peter Dupas.
The Lunar nodal axis in the outer wheel reveals the trauma of the event for the victim. She was not killed in her sleep. This ninety-five year old has much to tell us.
Her determination reveals a locator angle to identify her killer. Note the red line and hold that thought.
- Mercury (yellow) opposite Pluto (red) indicates the method of her demise.
- Moon (blue) is exact conjunct natal Saturn (death and body locator) 21° Capricorn.
- Neptune (turquoise) indicates the stealth of the act at the IC and conjunct Kathleen’s Jupiter (green). I suggest this relates to her leaving the door open.
- Uranus-Mars in the inner wheel (red) conjunct natal Sun – sudden changes in movement, perhaps her attempt to get up from her bed.
- Jupiter (green) conjunct natal Jupiter (green) – she did attempt to resist her killer.
Dupas meanwhile has a very, very busy bi-wheel. This killing was personal. In his mind this was not Kathleen Downes in the bed; the darkness allowed him to believe he was killing his tormenter; perceived or otherwise. The demons came out that night. Do I need to interpret for you? I don’t think so.
We have used the usual conversation between astrology and cartography (method) and centred Kathleen Downes’ bi-wheel over the location of her murder.
Note the red locator angle we spoke of above in her chart – it continues onto the map, not only pointing the finger at her killer’s address but drawing a red line for us to follow to his doorstep.
Looking forward to the day when this crime takes its turn before the courts and not remain in the pile of unsolved cases on the desk of the Taskforce Mikado, we suggest that the judge’s summing up might read something like this.
“Finally, I return to you, Mr Dupas. You took from Mrs Downes the most basic right of all – her right to life. She had led a full and rewarding life and deserved to end her years in peace. You left her family and loved ones bereaved.
Before 31 December 1997 you had murdered two women both of which you have been convicted of. You have been convicted of one further murder in 1999 and convicted three times of violent rapes of women – in 1974, 1980 and 1985 all crimes of which you have been sentenced to imprisonment.
You have no remorse for the terrible crime of the murder of Mrs Downes; none. You have no prospect of rehabilitation; none.
You do not suffer from any mental illness. Rather, you are a psychopath driven by a hatred of women. For the murder of Kathleen Gladwyn Downes, I sentence you to life imprisonment. I refuse to set any minimum term. Life means life.
Remove the prisoner.”
Peter Norris Dupas is also serving a life sentence for the murder of Nicole Patterson, stabbed in her Northcote home two years later, in 1999.