A 21 year-old advertises his availability as a male escort in Chicago, Illinois; for women and couples…
I’m young, spontaneous, respectful, goofy, sarcastic, extremely out going, immature yet very mature at the same time. I’m an extremely open minded guy and I get it from reading books and being of mixed ethnicities! I love switching things up and there’s no such thing as an awkward moment! Pick me because chances are you won’t ever forget me.
History won’t ever forget Tommy Schaefer, that’s for sure. He stuffed the lifeless body of his girlfriend’s mother into a suitcase and delivered it to a waiting taxi in Bali, Indonesia on 12th August 2014.
Initial indications are that this ‘male escort’ was, at the very least an accomplice to, if not the perpetrator of, the murder of 62 year-old Sheila Ann Von Wiese Mack.
What Schaefer and his teenage girlfriend, Sheila Mack’s daughter hadn’t counted on, was that Sheila had deposited all their passports at reception with instructions that they were not to be released to anyone, other than herself. She didn’t trust either of the pair; with good reason, as it turns out.
This resulted in the young couple ‘doing a runner’ from the hotel and were caught the following day. They’d tried to bluff their way out of the country, to no avail, bringing about their own undoing by their reckless actions.
18 year-old Heather Lois Mack has a history of assault and battery of her mother with 86 incident reports logged with Chicago police over the years. The first welfare check requested by Sheila Mack in relation to her daughter’s violent behaviour was in April 2008.
Despite ongoing counseling, the teenager continued to be uncontrollable. It would appear that there has been a final assault while mother and daughter were on holiday; an assault that has culminated in the woman’s brutal death.
Sheila Mack died as the result of battery to her head in-general, and her face, in-particular. Now that’s personal and purposeful; face to face and likely armed with whatever came to hand. We are not privy to the finer details, however CCTV caught all the movements outside of their rooms; the in-and-out of doors; using stairwells instead of lifts; suitcases moved from one room; one floor to another and all in the dark of night, or as reported – the early hours of the morning.
The legal system in Indonesia is such that charges are not laid until the trial, which could take some time and so we can generate a forensic astrology enquiry in our time to see what the heavens would reveal of the crime.
Of the events, there are two event times that are likely to be most revealing. We are not seeking the time of the murder; that is subjective and without a clock time of reference for us, although it would appear to have been in the early hours of the morning according to all reports.
Our event times are when someone in Room 317 (the crime scene) rang reception at 6:45am for a 10am wake-up call and the second event is when the taxi-driver turned on his meter once the suitcase containing the body was loaded into the trunk by Tommy Schaefer and Heather Mack; again caught on CCTV.
- 6:45am 12th August 2014 (10mins after sunrise)
- 11:26am 12th August 2014
We generate our first charts in relation to the general atmosphere, as is our want. Please note that astrology is a pseudo science and therefore subjective in nature. We interpret without prejudice, through the lens of forensic astrology according to classic texts.
Our first chart is at the time of the phone call to reception, I suggest placed by Heather Mack, with the crime having taken place previously; the body already removed to Schaefer’s room, three floors away. Heather and the boyfriend had their plans in place and were ready to take a nap.
The ascendant is at the Serbian astrologer’s most ominous degree; murder – 22°Leo. So we have the time as being particularly ominous and the place the St Regis Hotel, Bali. Now if that’s not a place-name fit for a Leonine king, I don’t know what is.
When we look to the heavens at 22°Leo, we are viewing the right knee of the lion in the constellation of Leo; the star Subra.
There are those whose like bent is not checked by the city-gates, but they swagger about in the heart of the capital with droves of beasts; they display mangled limbs at the shop-front, slaughter to meet the demands of luxury, and count it gain to kill. Their temper is equally prone to fitful wrath and ready withdrawal, and guileless are the sentiments of their honest hearts. Manilius, Astronomica, C1 AD.
I have a feeling we will have Cybele in our company again today for this enquiry as Mercury (yellow) is exact the ascendant; the lions will roar. And she is – the asteroid Cybele #65 at 21°44’ Scorpio is in the third house of communication and exact square the ascendant on this date in Bali, Indonesia.
There are no African lions in Bali, their lion is a mythological one and symbol for the eternal good versus evil battle; Barong. The human guardian angel is what animates the Balinese Barong and fights for ‘good’. We could suggest that the timing of that phone call to reception was certainly ominous; if not auspicious, for our enquiry.
- tr Mercury (yellow) conjunct ascendant – communication is on the agenda; timing of the phone call.
- tr Mercury quindecile Moon (blue) – driving need to communicate at this time
- tr Mercury quindecile Neptune (turquoise) – need for subterfuge to be utilized in relation to communication (impersonating the victim perhaps?)
- tr Sun (orange) square Saturn (grim reaper) – authority is under tension on this date on the calendar.
From the general tension between planets, we can look at a more subtle level; the astrology midpoints.
- Moon/Mercury = midheaven 29°Taurus (pink) – mental stimulation about personal needs and how to fulfill them. With Taurus in the mix, money is the likely overriding agenda.
- Mercury/Neptune = midheaven 29°Taurus – in fantasyland; delusion in relation to the above.
- Moon/Saturn = Pluto 11°Capricorn – the threat of loss is upon them; fear drives the action.
Midpoints end with the planetary positions, however when we continue with the money/assets/self-worth consideration, we note that the symbol for inflation, Jupiter (green) creates a midpoint with Saturn (forensic indicator of death) to the cusp of the 2nd house (money).
The second chart is more than four hours later. Noting the changes that have relevance, the heavens’ starry realm of Menkent; the centaur is at the ascendant 12° Scorpio. Half man/half beast, the mercenary centaur is laden with rabbit and lupus/canine; wolves are now on the run.
- Mars/Saturn = Ascendant – this is the struggle for advancement; putting the body in the taxi; the beginning of the escape attempt.
When we bring the characters into our enquiry, we gain their insight by the tension in their charts with each of these event times (method). The inner chart is the perspective as our previous two charts; the lens we view through and the outer wheel the natal chart of our human characters.
This Moon identifies a need to be the leader in her personal relationships. Whether she has the talent for leadership is quite another matter, however that is not our concern.
Under the genial front of smiles and good humor lies a core of steel, strength of purpose and ambition for herself and by association, her daughter as well. Of that we can be sure. Perhaps Tommy Schaefer wasn’t her idea of a good match for Heather. We’ll likely never know.
- tr Sun (orange) conjunct natal Pluto – there’s a day to live and a day to die, we are told. This aspect identifies a potential date with the ultimate loss of power; death.
- tr Mercury (yellow) conjunct natal Lunar South node – there is a karmic element to this ending. It also indicates the traumatic event in a public place taking place.
- tr Moon and Neptune quindecile Pluto/South Node – fulfillment of a karmic event as a result of obsession; overtaken by utter madness beyond the reasoning mind. Is this derangement as a result of an excessive alcohol intake, or something more?
- tr Mars opposite natal Jupiter in 3-9th house axis – likely inflated argument a ‘clearing of the air’ has ensued between victim and perpetrator.
- tr Uranus quindecile natal Mars – a test of nerves; driven to obsessive/compulsive action by the victim in an effort to evade her attacker
There is one midpoint of concern; natal Sun/Jupiter = midheaven. This aspect is usually indicative of good fortune. The ‘fortune’ (money) is certainly on the agenda, however the ‘good’ is at the door/ascendant. The fact is that Sheila already lies dead, so if I might suggest, this is the time for her guardian angel to depart the scene with Barong.
By 11:26am the only aspect to add to the victim’s story is the midpoint Mercury/Uranus = natal Sun – ready to go.
We can continue our enquiry on another day, when we look to the charts for the young man Tommy Schaefer; escort and current boyfriend of Sheila’s daughter, Heather Mack plus the teenager’s charts herself.
Exploring the heavens is what we do as astrologers. The forensic role is uncovering whom is the perpetrator and whom the accomplice and if there is a difference.
There is a death penalty for murder in paradise.