Having one sexual predator on the beach at the time is one thing; two is terrifying, but we’ll see if we can separate them. They are operating independently of each other and neither is aware of the other’s intent. One is particularly dangerous…
We all know that there is safety in numbers, and anyway these were innocent times. It was the mid 1960’s in Sydney, Australia; the big smoke.
Four of the little group had lost their father the previous year and now their mum was in hospital, so their elder brother was left in charge and stayed home. The last of the group, their neighbour – well she was living with her grandparents, as her mum had remarried since her dad had died. As a result, the two eldest – at fifteen, were close friends.
But before we go further onto the warm sand, let’s take a look at these two predators’ charts to see what we are up against. We don’t know the times of their births and so we are not able to interpret the astrology houses or the angles, but we note that there is more than enough for us to breathe a sigh of relief that they never got to work together.
We use a mid-range Moon generating our charts – midday births and create a bi-wheel of the two natal charts (method). We view from the perspective of the younger of the two.
The inner wheel is the younger POI’s natal chart and the outer is a natal chart of the second predator. We say predators openly, as each were convicted of sexual offences against children during their lives and one, of murder.
Did the other get away with murder on this day?
To suggest that the charts are ominous, is an understatement. The Lunar nodal axis of each is conjunct the other, but note that they are reversed with South Node conjunct North Node. Their karma is interconnected.
- The younger POI’s Mars is conjunct his own South Node (karma) – indicating his own actions bring about his undoing.
- The younger POI’s action (Mars) stimulates the outer man’s notoriety in the eyes of the public (lunar nodal axis).
- The younger POI’s Sun (ego) conjunct the outer Saturn (red) – keeping company with the grim reaper.
- The younger POI’s Moon (blue) mirrors his natal Pluto – the driving need is power (suggesting the powerlessness of his childhood drives his rage).
- The younger POI’s Moon (blue) mirrors the outer man’s Neptune – driving the outer man’s fantasy.
- The younger POI’s Saturn conjunct the outer man’s Moon – the outer man’s needs are met by the younger man’s sense of authority; keeping company with the grim reaper.
- The younger POI’s Venus generates a peer group square to each of their Lunar nodal axis.
This appears to indicate that the younger man is the perpetrator, while the outer man feeds off the fantasy of the younger man’s deeds; any wonder the older man threatened to kill his first wife if she took any of the six children, when she left. But we are possibly getting ahead of ourselves commenting at this point – back to the scene of the crime.
Many beaches on the east coast of Australia are spectacular, with much more than just a strip of sand beside the rolling surf; sand-dunes and rock pools abound. That’s the appeal for adventurous children – Wanda Beach was perfect.
Nothing changes much. This was such a day, the wind had made the water all choppy and the lifesavers had closed the beach to bathers.
Fifteen year-old Marianne Schmidt and her younger siblings had a picnic lunch while her best friend, Christine Sharrock went off on her own; in all likelihood to the beach kiosk and a friendly face.
I propose that both predators were active at this time; one interacting with Christine and the other at the rock pool…
All the children were very familiar with Wanda Beach, as was another fair-headed teenage boy who was likely on the same train travelling with the group from West Ryde station. At sixteen, Derek Percy was staying with his grannie during the school holidays, just walking distance from the girl’s homes.
Even at sixteen, Derek Percy was a person of interest. The previous year, women’s underwear began to disappear from clothes-lines around Mount Beauty. Derek Percy was rumoured to be the thief and no doubt was; when we know his history.
Before Derek Percy headed up to grannie’s for the holidays, he was seen by two teenage boys when they went for a dip at a local swimming hole. They saw what they thought was a girl, in a petticoat. Then they realised it was Percy in a pink negligee.
“Well, at least it fits,” one joked to his mate. But any humour was lost when Percy began to slash wildly at the clothing, then cut and stabbed at the crotch of a pair of knickers.
One of the boys had a clear view, “Derek’s eyes were full of excitement, a glazed look, but I recall there was something very cold and sinister in the look,” he told police much later.
Derek Percy’s emotions were buried deep in his psyche; guarded already, at that age. In hindsight we know that he was already writing down his sexual fantasies and was severely punished by his parents in an effort to dissuade him. Grannie was known to hog-tie him and I suspect he was also literally made to ‘eat his words’.
We have enquired into two cases already where the forensic astrology results indicate that Derek Percy was the likely perpetrator. He was just seventeen years of age in January 1966 when the missing Beaumont children were abducted from a beach – Australia Day and the murder of Linda Stilwell in 1968, again at the seaside – Wandering the asylum corridors.
On Wanda Beach, Christine and Marianne, our two fifteen year-old girls were murdered in the sand dunes that afternoon. One of the girls nearly got away and I’m sure there would have been screams for help; screams that were lost in the wind. Lost because the girls had wandered too far away from their little group. With a closed beach and poor conditions, potential witnesses were absent.
It was the perfect scenario for a novice to practice his art; the satisfaction and the fantasy would come later with recall of his murderous deeds. The act of murder was cold and calculating and I am sure will reveal a very different astrology chart from that of a crime of passion, which relies on excessive emotional input for interpretation.
Attempts had been made to rape both girls, however two teenage girls were more than a handful without some form of restraint and so the perpetrator in all likelihood slit Marianne’s throat, before running Christine down.
Drag marks of more than 35 metres were still present the following day when the bodies were found. Our killer obviously needed to contain his work-place in order to heighten the pleasure. There may be indicators present in the charts to identify this idiosyncratic behaviour.
The fair-haired teenage boy was seen to have a sheathed knife at his waist that day, by witnesses; whereas we are told that our second predator carried a satchel at all times, which contained restraints and knives. This difference may also be significant, as we get further into our enquiry.
It had been many years since our phantom had been a teenager; he was already 44. His violence and sexual deviance had mainly been contained within the family. When he was observed in an unseemly manner among children outside the home, police moved him on, or chased him out of town.
We suggest that it was this man who plied Christine Sharrock with alcohol at the Wanda Beach kiosk. He may have had his way with her then; carnal knowledge, however we are not privy to that information.
Any man who has a wife and children at home would have an underlying sexual agenda going on, if he were to give a fifteen year-old girl, alcohol at a venue outside of her home. The predator knew her vulnerability.
This is not an alcoholic toast among friends and family – we are at a take-away food stall at a public beach with an under-age teenage girl and a man old enough to fill the ‘father role model’.
Being a regular to the beach during the school holidays, Christine would have known the man from the kiosk and besides, there were other factors that they had in common; or so we are told. He had a son around her age who apparently went to the same school.
We are also told that after the murders, this man packed up his family and moved, yet again. I believe he then went on to use the alias of ‘Lavender’ for a time.
But more on that in Part 2… We turn to the heavens for answers as to whom of these two POI’s might have murdered the teens.