The basis of a forensic astrology enquiry is in identifying the tension/hard aspects between planets orbiting in our solar system at various times in space.
Having generated more than a hundred charts already, we continue; using the same process of elimination, bi-wheel methodology.
Checking the top shelf, we count three persons of interest from our previous post – flagged for further enquiry. There is always room for more.
Poet James Kenneth Stephen was considered a suspect in the Jack the Ripper murders due to his association with the Duke of Clarence. Having been a tutor to the prince, Stephen was not a well young man by the time of the Whitechapel murders in 1888.
Known to suffer from a manic-depressive disorder throughout his life, he had incurred a head injury eighteen months previously, which would have shaken his mental condition. James Stephen wouldn’t make it much past thirty years of age. Public record of his cause of death, less than three weeks after the announcement that Prince Eddy had died in the ‘flu epidemic of 1891-2, was ‘mania’.
James Stephen had been in all likelihood, put forward as a possible suspect due to his erratic behaviour and connection to the prince. Nonetheless we generate the required six bi-wheels for our enquiry.
The lack of tension by forensic indicators clears him of any implication in the Jack the Ripper murders.
Of the other public figures put forward, we can eliminate the author, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson aka Lewis Carroll, although I would comment that transiting Mars (red) was conjunct his natal Mercury (yellow) during the period – he most certainly would have made comment on the murders; wrote a letter or two.
The second tension in the chart is the transiting Moon (blue) stimulating his natal Neptune (turquoise), planet of fantasy. We could suggest that the letters he wrote likely contained some fantastical information…
Walter Richard Sickert is a renowned British artist who was born in Bavaria, Southern Germany. The family moved to the home of his mother’s birth, England when Sickert was a young lad of just seven years of age.
Post 1888, Sickert is known to have been obsessed by the Jack the Ripper murders, writing extensively on the subject both privately and to the press. For decades following his obsession continued, painting and sketching in relation to the murders.
His chart and bi-wheels are of particular interest to us and require further analysis.
Scotsman William Henry Bury was hanged following the murder of his wife in 1889 and was put forward as a possible suspect in the Whitechapel murders, as a result. The autopsy carried out on his wife’s death revealed death by strangulation and that she had deep stab wounds to her abdomen.
That aspect, together with Venus (pink) in the inner wheel quindecile natal Sun-Uranus (orange), suggests we have a window into his madness.
But this is not enough to identify Jack; we need forensic indicators. I’m inclined to agree with the police, William Bury was not involved in the Jack the Ripper murders.
Frederick Bailey Deeming was a favourite of the media at one stage as a possible perpetrator. He had cut the throats of two of his wives and his five children during his murderous career. That is all he had in common with our Jack though. Despite the fact that we are told he was supposedly in the southern hemisphere at the time of the murders, we check his chart and bi-wheels.
There are no indications to suggest that he might be of any further interest to us on this occasion.
Another elusive suspect is Francis Tumblety whom police had arrested as a suspect at one stage. There is no clear evidence of his country of birth, however he made his fortune in the USA, selling herbs and potions; a dangerous quack, poisoning several women.
The reasons for his reported misogyny are most likely related to the psychological struggles within his own psyche; projected onto women. His vitriol was directed at those of the under-class; prostitutes.
So often we note in this era and others, that those who were particularly critical of women dared not attack a married woman or a woman of good stead, for fear of retribution or litigation.
In this case we have a man whose taste in sexual partners was those of the same-sex; men. Tumblety has a criminal record for gross indecency (Victorian term for homosexuality) and violence.
It is unlikely that Francis Tumblety would be our Jack.
Broadmoor lunatic asylum inmates:
With natal Neptune (turquoise) close to the Lunar south node, we know we likely have a fantasist before we even compare his chart with the crimes.
Transiting Lunar nodal axis (red) in the inner wheel intersects natal Mercury-Moon opposition. Our boy is already ‘off the planet’.
Detained as a lunatic in March 1891, suffering from syphilis and paranoid delusions, Thomas Cutbush escapes further scrutiny in this enquiry.
James Kelly, however is of interest. An upholsterer, he had murdered his wife five years earlier; was an escapee from Broadmoor and later claimed to have been in France at the time of the Whitechapel murders.
Make room on the shelf, for we will need to look more closely at this chart; forensic indicators are present.
Those close to the action:
Mary Kelly’s partner, Joseph Barnett does not have a chart of any interest. The hounding of this man as a possible murderer is foundless according to our interpretation of his astrology bi-wheel. The most we can garner from the chart is that on the calendar date 9th November, a discussion about money, or lack of it, was had between them.
We know that after 9th November 1888, Mary Kelly had no need of money anymore. Joseph Barnett escapes further attention from us today.
George William Topping Hutchinson, a neighbour of Mary Kelly was also a suspect due to his apparently over-zealous approach to the description of Mary’s possible killer. With the Lunar nodal axis in the 10th house at the time of the event, the murder of Mary Kelly was to affect not just George Hutchinson, but many a person’s career.
We can suggest that with the Lunar nodal axis conjunct natal Jupiter, Hutchinson had an inflated desire for public attention; his 15minutes of fame, nothing more.
His natal chart doesn’t reveal any forensic indicators and therefore this George goes back in his box; he is no Jack the Ripper.
While in his cups on a Friday evening in October 1888, weeks before Mary Kelly was murdered, a travelling salesman Alfred Blanchard confessed to the pub’s landlord that he was Jack the Ripper. That sure got everyone’s attention and a media circus ensued.
Fronting the magistrate, Blanchard admitted that he’d been on an alcoholic binge when he made the confession. What price, 15 minutes of fame? The fool cooled his heels for a few days, on remand.
Blanchard’s alibi, that he was in Manchester at the time, saved his backside and he was discharged. We discharge him also.
Robert D’Onston Stephenson was someone who had a lot to say about the Jack the Ripper murders. He is reputed to have known a lot of the detail that others didn’t have access to. Who knows, he may have had inside contacts in informed places.
In astrology terms, his natal chart reveals Sun-Pluto-Moon in close proximity; a needy ego seeking power.
When we check the event bi-wheels, Stephenson has nothing to add to the conversation here.
The diary’s author does not mention his own name, but offers enough hints and references apparently, consistent with James Maybrick’s established life and habits, that the reader is expected to believe it is Maybrick who wrote the diary.
Whether the diary was by his hand or is a forgery, matters not at this stage. Our interest is whether James Maybrick is possibly Jack the Ripper. We can ask the heavens; forensic indicators will either be present, or not.
When we interpret the bi-wheel from the perspective of the event, we note that this person of interest was not oblivious to the Whitechapel murders; he read the papers of the day.
- Transiting Uranus (red) in the inner wheel intersects natal (pink) Venus-Pluto. We suggest that this man already has a power struggle with women. Uranus (sudden changes) is likely creating mental tension on this already difficult aspect.
- The larger blue highlight encompassing natal Jupiter (green) suggests an instability; passive-aggressive, uncompromising character.
- Transiting Sun (orange) is the date on the calendar. This is conjunct the Lunar South Node-Jupiter conjunction – the Whitechapel murders certainly pressed his buttons; inflated his ‘issues with women’.
The forensic indicators as to whether this person of interest can be implicated of the murder of Lizzie Stride are missing.
As for the second bi-wheel, Mercury (yellow) in the inner wheel intersects his natal Sun-Pluto quindecile aspect, his power struggle with the feminine would lead him to obsessively read everything he can find on the Whitechapel murders.
- Transiting Lunar nodal axis square natal Mercury (yellow) in the outer wheel – communication of the trauma in the public arena.
Maybrick may well have written the diary as a means of psychological release for the tension, or mere fantasy, however he didn’t kill Mary Kelly.
That’s the end our elimination process of Jack the Ripper suspects as per the public record. We shall pry open the box from the top shelf in our next post and see what the heavens can tell us.
There are five persons of particular interest. Which one could be Jack? Is there more than one perpetrator?
…. the conclusion – Jack out of the box