Jack – out of the box

… a continuation to complete our canonical five: victims pt.1 & pt.2, suspects pt.1 & pt.2

Come out, come out, wherever you are and meet the young lady, who fell from a star.

Seweryn Antonowicz Klosowski was just twenty-two when he arrived in London from Poland; in all likelihood in 1888.  At the time of the murders there was no cloud of suspicion hanging over his head so he was not included in the roundup by police.

suspects#2It wasn’t until he was convicted of poisoning his third victim years later, that his knowledge of anatomy and a violent history brought him to the attention of the authorities and suspicion of having committed the Jack the Ripper murders.

Of the three deaths that hang over Klosowski’s head, his first common-law-wife was murdered in 1897 and the third, 1902; all poisoned.

There is no evidence that Klosowski alias George Chapman was in London at the time of the Whitechapel murders, however we share his bi-wheels due to the fact that there are forensic indicators present in his charts.

The suggestion that Klosowski could be Jack the Ripper has been challenged on the public record. Among other points, we note a different modus operandi for his crimes.

Why would Jack change his method from being a violent mutilator and trophy-taker of women’s body parts; women that he was not in a relationship with, to that of a poisoner of women; his wives?

When we interpret Klosowski’s natal chart, it’s the midpoints that indicate his struggles with the women in his life.

  • Mercury/Neptune=23°Aquarius – subterfuge in communication
  • ­Venus/Pluto=23°Aquarius – women and power; volatility.
  • Jupiter/Neptune=22°Aquarius –the poisoner indicator


As for the bi-wheels, we again refer to the murder of Lizzie Stride first; the forensic indicators are close but not close enough. Transiting Mars is conjunct Mars (red) and the calendar date (orange) is opposite natal Neptune (turquoise) and square Jupiter (green) and Mercury (yellow).

The biggest crime that could possibly be happening here is perhaps, a fraud.

The second bi-wheel reveals a more sinister tension.  Transiting Uranus (red) in the inner wheel intersects the natal Lunar nodal axis (red) indicating sudden changes creating a traumatic event in a public place, however it is Klosowski who is experiencing the traumatic event rather than the perpetrator of the trauma.

When we look further transiting Pluto (red) is opposite natal Venus (pink).  Venus can represent money as well as women in a chart. We suggest that these two tension aspects with forensic indications, combined could suggest that George Chapman was possibly evicted out onto the street due to inability to pay his way.  Jupiter (green) is also transiting natal Mars – inflating Klosowski/George Chapman’s reaction.

I cannot see this as a motive to murder and mutilate a prostitute on the night that Mary Kelly was killed, let alone the previous murders.

Dr Thomas Neill Cream is another poisoner in our little group; an abortionist.  Born in Scotland, his crimes for which he was convicted were in North America.  Being a medico he had access to pharmaceutical drugs and the poison cabinet.

This is man who wanted to be caught.  Following incarceration for the poisoning murder of the husband of his lover, he was released in 1891 only to kill again. Apparently there were a string of women killed earlier to which he had bragged about killing to anyone who would listen; women he had poisoned.

It took another poisoning murder after his release, that brought him face to face with the hangman.  As the noose was pulled tight in 1892, Thomas Cream is supposed to have confessed to being our Jack. He wasn’t going out without a shout.

We don’t even need to check, natal Mercury in Gemini – liar liar pants on fire; mirroring his driving need, a Moon in Sagittarius.

The media circus took over once again, despite the supposed evidence on the record that he had been incarcerated in the USA from 1881-91 and could not have been in London in 1888.

Allowing for this information to be incorrect, we must include this person of interest especially considering that forensic indicators are present in his charts. Again we use the two murders of Lizzie Stride and Mary Kelly as our perspective.


Chart #1 Those all-important angles are in the mix; in this case the Midheaven, the career sector.  Highlighted in red are the natal planet group – Uranus-Pluto conjunction ‘the Rasputin factor’ together with the grim reaper, Saturn. They straddle the MC vying to be top of the Christmas tree.

If Dr Cream was indeed in London at the time of the murder of Lizzie Stride, he would be top of the list for interrogation; of that, I am sure.

The second highly significant forensic indicator, transiting Saturn intersects the natal Lunar nodal axis. The grim reaper is in a traumatic situation with Dr Cream.

The third aspect in tension is transiting Pluto conjunct natal Sun; power and ego.

Chart #2 As for the murder of Mary Kelly, things are pretty quiet in Dr Cream’s head.  Pluto continues to transit his Sun; an ongoing pressure that year.

Note that Pluto is the slowest moving body orbiting in our solar system and therefore any tension aspect remains ; waxing and waning over many months.

We can eliminate Dr Cream from the murder of our Mary.  Given access to the whereabouts of Dr Cream during September 1888, I have no doubt we would find that he was up to no good, even if incarcerated at the time.

James Kelly is third out of the box and a Broadmoor escapee.  If we have forensic indicators present in his chart, we know that he’d be up to no good, whether he’s in Sir Percy Blakeney’s territory across the channel, or in Whitechapel.

On this occasion we have chosen the three strongest bi-wheels to share; those of the murder of Mary Ann Nichols, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Kelly; the three murders with the 22°Ascendant/Descendant.

#1+4+5-KellyJames Kelly’s first bi-wheel reveals considerable obsessive behaviour – there are three quindeciles in the action relating to money or the lack of it, changes in moods and masculine power.

#1 The forensic indicators are close to the action, however not quite close enough.  He would not have made good company on the night of 31st August, 1888, that’s for sure.

#2 We identify transiting Saturn nearing conjunction with natal Saturn.  This is known as a Saturn return and those familiar with astrology often fear this aspect.  It always forecasts a major growth period within oneself and an internal struggle with controlling oneself and environment.

Note that the results of this aspect are often projected outwards by those not emotionally mature enough to grow with it.

Transiting Pluto continues to pressure Kelly’s personal version of madness Uranus transit inflating natal Jupiter (green).  This is crazy stuff and I mean crazy.

#3  Saturn is full on by the time of the murder of Mary Kelly, however we can see that all this forensic indication is internalised.  James Kelly is murdering his own demons, not the prostitutes of Whitechapel.  He is not our Jack.

This leaves us with fewer contenders for the joker label.  Dr Gull together with his his cab driver John Netley and the artist, Walter Sickert.  All three have forensic indicators very much in the mix.

Dr William Withey Gull was 71 years of age at the time of the Whitechapel murders.  In Victorian times I would consider him a man of advanced years; a man who also had not previously aroused any suspicion of murderous deeds.  This one is a conspiracy theory, perhaps.

#2+4+5-GullBy now, I should imagine those following this enquiry will be interpreting the forensic indicators themselves and come to the same conclusions as us, that there isn’t enough action in the charts to implicate Dr William Withey Gull in such violence as those we are making an enquiry of.

I do wish to point out that the good doctor has natal Neptune at 22°Sagittarius; he holds many secrets that have a whiff of sulphur about them.   However today, Dr Gull is not our Jack.

As for the cab driver John Netley, despite the fact that his birth date is very close to Walter Sickert and therefore has forensic indicators in common, we cannot consider him a suspect in his own right. I would suggest a clever researcher has possibly implicated this man in the nefarious deeds for his own reasons.

RIP John Netley, we’ll not rattle your bones today.  Thanks Wedgetailegal.

Sickert-toffThat brings us down to the last cab off the rank; the jobbing actor who wasn’t good enough to play the lead at the Lyceum in Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. As a vengeful act against Henry Irving and his production, we suggest that he gave us his interpretation of  ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’.

There was not going to be a mention on the entertainment pages; our Jack wanted top billing, the front page and he got it.

  • We know that his first career as an actor bombed; that Henry Irving had let him go from the company of actors.
  • We know that his specialty within the company had been disguise and makeup.
  • We know that in his second career choice, his art teacher and mentor, Whistler had recently released him as a student; moving abroad.
  • We know that he was familiar with the Whitechapel area, renting rooms as studios.
  • We know that he used prostitutes as art models.
  • It is highly likely that he learned anatomy; observed dissection of corpses, as part of his art studies.

Don’t ever slight a ‘cusp Ascendant Scorpio Moon’ individual.  You do so at your own peril.  The driving need of their personality is to seek revenge; a meal best served cold, as we know.

WS-natalMoon (blue) conjunct ascendant also tells us that we have an accomplished writer before us and with (yellow) Mercury in Gemini, fiction is his realm.  We need to challenge the ‘facts’ of anything that this man writes or communicates; he’s a natural ‘actor’.

Also of note is a peregrine Saturn 20° Leo at the top of the Christmas tree in the 10th house, the career; self-centred, the lion king.

Our Jack still stalks the London Lyceum, it seems.

phrenologyThere are no surprises really.  This man’s phrenology development reveals, through a study of a series of photos from youth to old-age; that the life-focus on imitation, fantasy, even wonder has created what is commonly referred to as a ‘swollen head’.

Walter Richard Sickert is the only person of interest in our enquiry who has consistent tension across all six bi-wheels; forensic indicators abound. One perpetrator for all the crimes; a natural progression of honing his skills, mastering his craft.

sickert-sepiaHis master plan might have got a bit out of control, but then that’s just the peregrine Saturn at work.  This man’s ego and intellect would have had a denial ready for any challenge.

What I can add from experience of interpreting charts over the years, is that someone with the following tension in their charts could not possibly have been calmly painting landscapes with his brother in the countryside; playing happy families with his mother in France.

With the angles in the action, we interpret determination and purpose; a man in turmoil.

1-2-3-Sickert-smallMartha Tabram #1

  • Transit Mercury (yellow) opposite natal Mars – identifies the perpetrator of this murderous deed; the motive – a message.
  • Transiting Uranus (red) quindecile natal Neptune (turquoise) – obsessively secretive.
  • Transiting Mars opposite natal Pluto – this man’s driving need for power is behind the action; natal Moon.
  • Transit Neptune conjunct natal Mercury – fantasy element in the delivery of the message (artistic expression).
  • Transiting lunar nodal axis square by exact 5th house cusp Natal Moon (blue) – driving need, entertainment in the public arena.

Mary Ann Nichols #2

  • Angle – Ascendant conjunct natal Saturn – the grim reaper drives the action from the 12th house/mind of the assailant, pressing for action.
  • Angle – Midheaven conjunct natal Pluto  – death indicator; power uppermost, the aim.
  • Transiting Neptune conjunct natal Mercury – fantasy element in the delivery of the message (artistic expression).

Annie Chapman #3

  • Angle – Midheaven conjunct natal Sun – he’ll making the headline by now, to be sure.
  • Transiting Neptune (turquoise) conjunct natal Mercury (yellow) – fantasy element in the delivery of the message (artistic expression).
  • Transiting Pluto=Mercury/Uranus – this is where it starts to get out of control. Uranus brings manic action to the mix.

456-Sickert-smallElizabeth Stride #4

  • Transiting Moon (blue) conjunct Lunar nodal axis intersects natal Mars and Jupiter.  Unconscious childhood issues related to relationship with mother surfacing; emotional needs, drives the action.
  • Transiting Jupiter (green) opposite Neptune conjunct natal Mercury (yellow)  inflated urgency in the kill with fantasy element in the career house.

Catherine Eddowes #5

This is basically a repeat performance of the murder of Lizzie Stride with the difference that one-hour later, the angles have now aligned.

  • Angle – Ascendant conjunct natal Saturn – the grim reaper is still in the 12th house/mind of the assailant, pressing for action. The scythe is doing its work; the timer sand runs out as the lifeforce leaves the body of Catherine Eddowes.
  • Angle – Midheaven conjunct natal Pluto  – death indicator; power uppermost.

Mary Kelly #6

We have the Christmas tree… Note on this bi-wheel that the Saturn return challenge has now aligned – the internal struggle with self-purpose; inner authority.

  • Transiting Mercury (yellow) conjunct natal Moon-Ascendant – this is the Scorpio revenge as discussed previously.
  • Transiting Jupiter opposite natal Sun – inflated sense of self.
  • Transiting Moon (blue) in the inner wheel conjunct natal Mars – emotional needs driving the action.
  • Lunar nodal axis in the heavens conjunct natal Venus-Jupiter conjunction in the 10th house – highly inflated, lofty ideas about a career on the public stage.

jack-in-the-boxThe Whitechapel murders were conscious murderous acts, which allowed the madness within the mind of the perpetrator to express itself.  Mind you, the madness got out of control somewhat, judging by the acceleration of frenzied attack and I would expect there were in all likelihood, further murders elsewhere until the perpetrator regained control of his compulsion.

If there were more murders by the same hand, perhaps we can open that box another day…

PS:  a new blog is just in the process of being developed, devoted to Jack & Co, Whitechapel. we’ve called it ripperastrology.wordpress.com  Contributing authors are welcome.

Jack the Ripper – the victims Pt.1

Two years earlier Robert Louis Stevenson had written the novella Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.  Last year, Arthur Conan Doyle’s super sleuth Sherlock Holmes first appeared in print – A Study in Scarlet.  Dracula was still fermenting in Bram Stoker’s mind and Jack the Ripper was preparing to enter the public stage; the year was 1888.

BigBenWe could suggest that it was a horror of a time to be in London with fact and fiction blurring.  Revisiting that era from the comfort of distance over time is but one step. Let’s share our sleuthing skills, make suggestions and ask questions.  The fascination with horror, crime and Ripperology has never waned.

We aim to join the conversation by contributing a forensic astrology enquiry into the real life crime of the time; the Jack the Ripper murders.

There have been hundreds of suspects put forward over the intervening years; suspects across all classes – from bluebloods to gutter snipes, princes to writers of children’s stories.  We have a daunting task before us.

For our enquiry we’ll stick to the usual suspects, respecting 125 years of research that has already been done. We will whittle the number down by a process of elimination, utilising forensic astrology and our toolkit of chisels and penknives.

The usual method of comparing planetary tensions of events and natal charts will be used for the enquiry, avoiding the distraction of opinion and preconceived notions.  The heavens will have their say and guide our direction.  What’s MM talking about, I hear you ask…

Well, we refer to a published text known as an ephemeris which is produced by astronomers; snapshots of planetary positions orbiting over, in our case London, on the date and at the time of each of the murders.  The positions of planets have been recorded for thousands of years.

Once these planetary positions are transposed onto an astrology wheel, then we identify and interpret the tension/hard aspects between various planetary positions.   In other words, the heavens have their say of the event.

When we turn to consideration of the suspects, we overlay this same event chart/freeze-frame with another snapshot in time, that of the birth chart of a person of interest to us, creating a bi-wheel and once again we interpret the tension of the interaction between the two charts by the same guidebook that has also been around for thousands of years.

What has changed over the intervening generations, as astrology has progressed and computer software developed, is that we have created a seemingly reliable method of identification of possible suspects.  I’m starting to call it the hysteria factor because basically that is what it is; revealing unmanageable emotional excesses in the human mind by a means beyond reason – it’s subjective.

Provided we have an accurate date of birth, the heavens will have their say about the persons of interest via their natal horoscope.  But putting the persons of interest aside for now…

I suggest that we start our forensic astrology enquiry from the events themselves. We can generate relevant charts from information on the public record.  There is a consensus of opinion that the Jack the Ripper murders are five particular crimes with similar methods of operation/modus operandi that most likely identify one particular killer or killers.  The time period of these murders is between 31st August and 9th November, 1888.

I may as well tell you, straight up-front, that we are going to focus on a slightly different time period, which will be self-explanatory as we go along.  We suggest that 4th August to 20th October, 1888 holds more relevance for the killer, his motive and if we are to attempt to get inside his head, us.

Dux; the leader:

Richard MansfieldThe Lyceum headline bill had been running for three nights.  Henry Irving had a sensation on his hands and it wasn’t one of the classics. After a run in New York, The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde was entertaining London; stirring the shadows and those in it.

The outer planet of Uranus was orbiting through the social zodiac of Libra.  Psychological upheaval, sudden changes and the buzz of electricity wouldn’t be at this point in the heavens again for that generation, or the next.

It was Monday night of the August Bank Holiday long weekend; a black night lit only by gaslight.  A New Moon with a stellium of planets grouped in the zodiac of Leo, when the Lion King raised his baton.  Jack the Ripper began a rival production; a solo performance.

Martha Tabram:

It was said that Martha was a person who would rather have a glass of ale than a cup of tea. She’d been out with her friend Pearly Poll, both turning tricks for drinks. The theatres had long closed when our Jack took her arm and guided her into the shadows.

Prior to the murder, PC Thomas Barrett saw a young Grenadier Guardsman at the north end of George Yard. Barrett questioned his reason for being there and was told by the guardsman that he was waiting for a chum who went off with a girl.   Was this the first of many disguises that Jack got up in?

Martha’s body lay in public view; found within the hour. Her killer had stabbed her 39 times in the body and neck, including nine times in the throat, five in the left lung, two in the right lung, one in the heart, five in the liver, two in the spleen, and six in the stomach.  Wounds were also found in her lower abdomen and genital area.  There was no evidence of sexual activity.

JTR-7AugDespite the physical proximity; the location where the attack took place, this murder was not included in the canonical five or attributed to Jack the Ripper at the time.

We suggest that this murder shares the common denominators with the other charts; that Jack is likely testing his disguises, honing his skills, refining his modus operandi.

Note:  the strings connecting all these victims will be revealed once we interpret the other charts. 

The key, I believe, is the Serbian Astrology foreboding measurement of 22 degrees.

  • The ominous killer 22° is in the mix; at the midheaven.  On this occasion in the zodiac of Pisces – Neptune’s realm.  We know that Neptune on an angle often means that a criminal will get away with a crime; master of disguise.
  • The midpoint of the Sun-Moon is the most important point in a chart.  On 7th August at 2:30am the Sun/Moon=Saturn at 10°Leo.  The grim reaper was in charge.
  • A second midpoint is at that same exact degree 10°Leo – Mercury/Venus=Saturn.  The seriousness of the situation is highlighted.
  • A third midpoint is at the exact degree 10°Leo – Mars/Pluto=Saturn.  Brutality is highlighted.
  • Giansar 10°Leo, is a small orange star in the tail of the Dragon constellation. Robson tells us that Kabbalists associate this star with the Hebrew letter Mem and the 13th Tarot Trump Death.
  • At 11°Leo, Venus/North Node=Saturn. Withdraw Martha ! …too late.

We note that the stellium of planets that created this mix was controlled by the handle of the fan on the other side of the wheel, the Lunar South Node; karma.

The composition:

All of our victims were making their living as prostitutes, earning pennies where they could on the streets of 19th century London.  From the killer’s perspective, they were but bit players in his delusional fantasy.

Looking at these events purely from an astrological standpoint, we turn to the hemisphere analysis first.  All five murders in the canon took place after midnight and before sunrise, just as the leader case.  The Sun is in the 1st 2nd or 3rd houses.

Note: The last victim may not have been found until mid-morning, however the autopsy indicates otherwise and so I’ve calculated Mary Kelly’s chart (in Part 2) as per the public record.

When we consider the Sun’s position, we are drawn to an understanding of a possible motive behind these killings. This is not your usual run-of-the-mill serial killer.

  • The first house relates to the personality, the ego.
  • The second house, a financial matter; value, related to self-esteem.
  • The third house can be related to siblings, but generally the 3rd house is about communication.  The killer wants to communicate something.

As none of the crimes left evidence of sexual activity, we know that the 2nd house is not likely to be high on the agenda. The prostitutes were not necessarily chosen because of their profession.  Money likely didn’t change hands.

In our case study, we have the Sun in the 1st house for the first two murders of the canon and the 3rd house for the last three. We can suggest that ego is involved initially, which then led to his message to his audience; his communication to us, the public.

Let the music begin; the canon:

Mary Ann Nichols:

Selling her femaleness for a pittance, alcoholic Mary Ann was in her early forties.  Whatever her client wanted, she offered, however this client wasn’t looking for the usual penetration of the flesh.

JTR-31AugAt 5’2″ tall with brown eyes, a dark complexion and brown hair turning grey, Polly was described as having small, delicate features with high cheekbones and grey eyes. She had a sad litany of moving from workhouse to workhouse with prostitution, her line of work.

It wasn’t a hot August night; the rain was sharp with frequent squalls, accompanied by peals of thunder and flashes of lightning. The dark sky was tinted red by the two dock fires burning on the nearby River Thames.

  • Ascendant at 22°Leo – the murderous degree and in the realm of the KingNote: We can see where the suspicion of a possible blue-blood perpetrator comes from.
  • Sun (orange) is in the 1st house, but not in Leo.  This Sun is 8° Virgo – another life threatening position. Mary offered the Sun, however her client needed the Moon.
  • Moon (blue) is in the 11th house 25°Gemini and in tension with Venus and Mercury in the 2nd house – lying Gemini, communicating that he needed love.
  • Venus and Mercury (pink) in the 2nd house – money was discussed, however the only silver that crossed Polly’s palm was a cold blade.
  • Saturn (red) is in the 12th house; 13°Leo.  The grim reaper is in the mind with murderous intent.

3:45am on 31st August was not a good time to be out on the streets tending your trade.  Mary Ann Nichols was left on the street for PC John Neil to find; she’d bled out after her throat had been slit ear to ear.  There were deep jagged gashes to her lower abdomen.  Jack was just warming up.

Eliza Ann Chapman:

Dark Annie lost a daughter at just 12 years of age, her son was disabled, a grieving husband took to the drink and they separated.  By the time of Annie’s death at 47, her younger daughter had also left her; joined the circus and gone abroad.

JTR-8SeptAnnie was seen in a backyard of a lodging house talking to a man with a dark complexion, in a deer-stalker hat and wearing a dark overcoat.  He was described as ‘foreign looking’.

Jack had changed hats and disguised his colouring with makeup perhaps.  I would imagine he was in his element; quite a performance.

The clock on the Black Eagle Brewery, Brick Lane, struck the half hour.  It was 5:30am, just on dawn Saturday morning; the Sun was at the ascendant.

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde had been running at the Lyceum for a little more than a month.  Competing for the headline, Jack was most likely seething.

  • Midpoint Sun/Moon=Mercury 29°Virgo (yellow)– silencing the lamb.
  • Midpoint Saturn/Uranus=Sun 15°Virgo (orange) – egocentric drive against control; madness.

Note: In astrology when Saturn and Uranus struggle – Uranus invariably wins; the New wins out over the Old, or to put it another way – control and madness struggle – madness wins.

  • Mars (red) conjunct Jupiter (green) in the 3rd house – frenetic activity in the silence.

Sixteen people were living in that lodging house at the time and yet no-one heard or saw a thing. Annie’s tongue was protruded; likely strangled before her throat was cut from left to right and her body mutilated.  Disemboweled, her intestines were thrown over each of her shoulders.

The morgue examination revealed that part of her uterus was missing. Jack had taken a trophy; the ego satisfied by his performance.  He moves on, cocksure, ready to up the ante.

kidney-letterWith his ego bolstered by his successes, the killer is likely to strike earlier in the night in the future. We are likely to see the Sun progress into the 3rd house of the event chart; Jack is ready to brag to us about his prowess.

Letters to the editor, taunting the police; catch-me-if-you-can, started on 27th September.

Altogether there were 250, or as some reports say 500 letters over time claiming to come from Jack the Ripper.  How many were from the killer, we do not know.  With this delusional egotistical fantasist on the loose, I reckon there would have been a few genuine ones.

The myth of Jack the Ripper was born.

…continued Pt.2