Zodiac killer Pt.2

kodiak-imageAn American serial killer whom has never been identified is on our agenda. Much has been written and continues to be written speculating as to whom the Zodiac Killer may be. As is my want to do, I know little of the stories; limiting myself to gathering names and dates of victims and suspects. (read Part 1)

Michael Mageau survived to tell the tale.  Just before midnight on July 4, 1969, Darlene Ferrin drove into the Blue Rock Springs Park in Vallejo in the company of Michael Mageau. While the couple sat in Ferrin’s car, a second car drove into the lot and parked alongside them, almost immediately driving away.

Returning about 10 minutes later, this second car parked behind them. The driver of the second car then exited the vehicle, approaching the passenger side door of Ferrin’s car, carrying a flashlight and a 9 mm Luger. The killer directed the flashlight into Mageau’s and Ferrin’s eyes before shooting at them; firing five times.

The killer walked away from the car but upon hearing Mageau’s moaning, returned and shot each victim two more times before driving off in his own vehicle.

  • The second case of our choice:  12:10am 5th July 1969. 
  • Weapon of choice – 9mm Luger pistol
  • Victims Darlene Elizabeth Ferrin (died) and Michael Renault Mageau (survived)

IJuly69-event for blogncident chart:   Primary signifiers are ascendant=victims and descendant=perpetrator.  We note the ascendant is at 27:15°Pisces with the planetary rulers being Jupiter and Neptune.

Looking for Jupiter in the chart, it is conjunct the descendant at 28:42°Virgo  (its detrimental sign).  Speed is not working in the victim’s favour. Did they attempt to flee?

Neptune is 26:13°Scorpio in the 8th house.  With Neptune opposite the asteroid Phaeton 27:50°Taurus, we have death in a motor vehicle.

As for the perpetrator’s signifier, the descendant is at 27:17°Virgo with the planetary ruler being Mercury.  Looking for Mercury, we find it in the 3rd house of communication, conjunct the IC at 25°Gemini. When we see Mercury in Gemini, we know that this is a planet on home ground.  Mercury is also conjunct asteroid Minerva.

When we study the general cosmic weaknesses that would allow this murder to take place, the first thing we notice is the square to the angles.  This is as a result of environmental factors, rather than the boxed-in nature we see when planets are in square formation. I.e. the time and place are in unison.

July69-duoHowever we do have the Moon transiting at the ascendant with Jupiter reflecting the luminary by opposition; inflating needs.  Any killer operating at this time will be highly influenced by personal needs-emotions.  ZK will have a strong element of lunacy in his make-up box on this night.

The Lunar nodal axis identifies the timing related to a public venue and the trauma of the event. ZK is now on the stage and boxed-in by his need for attention with the four angles in play. Indications are that this incident is purposefully staged for attention; whether this is personal, or not, we have yet to learn.

POI#1 Louis Joseph Myers was purported to have worked with the female victim; Darlene Elizabeth Ferrin.  We had a strong reaction in his astrology for the first case – see post Pt.1

  • transiting 6th house Pluto (power/powerlessness in relation to ethics and morals) quindecile natal Jupiter (green) in the 12th house; the mind. This is very different tension; less emotive, however reveals an inflated behavioural reaction to the point of becoming obsessional by this 18 year-old.
  • tr Neptune square natal Mars – fascinated by the mystery, this case becomes a mental fantasy.

Of the asteroids, there is an element of a rebellious inner warrior up-in-arms at the malicious intent of the murder.  Myers does have the Luger asteroid nudging his natal Pluto so I would suggest that he likely wants to own one, or has a Luger of his own.  We can further suggest that he likely equates guns with power.

July69-Allen-duoPOI#2 Arthur Leigh Allen remains of interest to us.  As I have written previously, it’s dastardly difficult to catch a repeat offender with serial killers.

For serial offenders, it appears to be a form of the addict in psychology; unfulfilled desire. Serial and thrill killers endeavour to repeat the adrenaline, or sexual rush of their first murder.  In fact from what I’ve seen, all murders are based on an unfulfilled desire.

OCDLeigh Allen is not sharing a typically anxious chart. We can see that the transiting Moon is quindecile natal Neptune; that’s obsessively being on the killer wavelength IMO.

  • tr Jupiter and Moon are square natal Sun; his ego – his wants.  He wants but doesn’t get on this occasion, I would suggest.

With the asteroid chart we note natal Vesta at the descendant plus the asteroid Ixion nudging as well.  They’re dangerous thoughts in this man especially when we look to the MC (top of the chart; midheaven).

  • transiting Juno conjunct natal Pholus – regrets in relation to a spouse. I daren’t think about what regrets they might be, however they didn’t work in his favour we know that much.  Pholus is also where one shoots oneself in the foot.

July69-Edwards-duoPOI#3 Edward Wayne Edwards is another with mental needs,  His are personal; a mid-range natal Moon in the 12th house opposite transiting Pluto.

  • tr Mars in 9th house square natal Lunar Nodal axis – this is another networking indication.
  • tr Mercury (yellow in the inner wheel) in the 3rd house of communication is conjunct natal Sun (his personal wants) – he wants to communicate his ideas although in the zodiac of Gemini, they’re more likely to be lies with this male. NOTE the incident chart above identifying a likely perpetrator.
  • tr Lunar nodal axis in the 12th house is square natal Sun – the ego wants public attention.    
  • As for the asteroids transiting Alekto (building rage) is conjunct natal Uranus (the rebel).
  • Natal Ixion is at the descendant and another POI with transiting Juno (partner) conjunct Pholus. (see Leigh Allen ^)

July69-Gaikowski-duoPOI#4 Richard Joseph GAIKOWSKI

These charts appear interesting at first inspection with obsession and tension a-plenty, however if we isolate the inner wheel from the outer, there is not a whole lot going on that is potentially violent.

  • This is a man whom promotes himself strongly with transiting Jupiter (green) at the descendant quindecile 12th house natal Saturn – inflated mental fantasy levels.
  • Transiting Lunar nodal axis square natal Jupiter – inflated opinions; well he is promoting his ‘investigative reporting’  PLUS
  • Transiting Lunar nodal conjunct natal Sun (orange) in the 12th house – he wants/basks-in the public attention.
  • Transiting Mars square natal Mercury (yellow) – again I would interpret Mercury as part of his reporting (communication) on this occasion
  • Midpoint of interest is transiting Venus/Pluto=natal Pluto – note here –  we can’t have two Pluto’s in the one basket; Pluto usually knocks out Pluto, however a minimal  interpretation could be suggested as enjoying the attention.

POI#5 George Hill Hodel Jr We can skip his chart for now and return if we need to; supposedly is in Asia at this time.

July69-Phillips-duoPOI#6 James Douglas Crabtree/PHILLIPS. The female victim of this case was a previous wife of this male.  We can expect an emotive reaction, for that reason if nothing else.

We are obliged to interpret as if he is a potential killer. Facts of the case would reveal whether this is possible or not.

What I haven’t highlighted in the first chart and immediately jumps out at me, is natal Mercury 8°Taurus (in the outer chart) is exact the 2nd house cusp; personal assets. This begs the question, “Does this man see women as chattels?”  If he is the perpetrator I would certainly look further into this psychological aspect.

  • Tr Mercury (yellow) is conjunct natal Saturn in 3rd house – this is a red flag as a potential shooter when we are interpreting where guns (a means of communication) are involved.  NOTE the incident chart above identifying a likely perpetrator.
  • Tr Lunar nodal axis square natal Saturn – in public likely experiencing a traumatic episode.
  • tr Saturn square natal Pluto – forensic indicators involving power struggles
  • tr Uranus conjunct natal Neptune – possible use of underhanded means to do the job.  Being in the 7th house is also dangerous as this is the house of where his relationship with spouses resides.

Transiting midpoints will undoubtedly reveal the tug of war:

  • Sun//Pluto=natal Jupiter – flexing his power; expansion of power base; success
  • Moon/Pluto=natal Saturn – another dangerous indicator of pressure valve release
  • Moon/Mars=natal Lunar South Node – cause and effect come into play with the Lunar nodes – south node can indicate the effect of the marriage break-up. This is a disruptive indication; letting it fly.
  • Venus/Saturn=natal Sun – trouble in a relationship rekindled

As for the asteroids, transiting Luga (weapon) is conjunct natal Jupiter – a ‘big man’ when he has a gun in his hand.  We have malice-a-forethought and anger in this mix as well.  Lots to interpret if we need to revisit these charts.  This POI must remain on the ‘to-watch’ list…

July69-Tarrance-duoPOI#7 Jack Tarrance

Once again we have a bi-wheel that is not indicating violence, however the second chart has something to add.

Transiting Moon conjunct natal Eris (causing trouble and strife) and another POI with malice-a-forethought on his agenda; close to his personal needs.  From this I would suggest unless he is personally involved, he is not likely to be malicious.

There is nothing to indicate that this man is involved in this murder at this stage.

July69-VanBest-duoPOI#8 Earl VAN BEST

A 28°Gemini Mars at the IC cannot be ignored.  Transiting Jupiter and the Moon offsided with Mars; square as well. This is the will to succeed; get up and go attitude sort of tension.

Transiting Sun is also square natal Jupiter so Van Best is wound up like a spring; we could suggest.  What is most troubling is when we turn to the asteroids, although likely a personal matter rather than related to our case.

  • Natal asteroid Luga (the weapon used) is exact the ascendant  – he’s packing a weapon wherever he is.
  • Transiting asteroid Luga is conjunct Malus at the 6th house cusp – his carrying a gun is likely matter-of-course.  Is it part of his lifestyle, or his occupation?

Still we’ll wait and see.  There are two more cases attributed to ZK that we need to explore.   See Pt.3.


Zodiac killer Pt.1

kodiak-imageAn American serial killer whom has never been identified is the latest case to cross our desk. By the look of this faded newspaper, we know that we are winding the clock back; the late 1960’s in fact.

Much has been written and continues to be written speculating as to whom the Zodiac Killer may be. As is my want to do, I know little of the stories; limiting myself to gathering names and dates of victims and suspects.

Serial killers are extremely difficult to identify with this method we use for criminal profiling, as they are usually not extremely emotive beyond the first killing, however we can but check the astrology charts and see what comes up.

Persons of interest

  • Arthur Leigh ALLEN – 18 December 1933
  • Edward Wayne EDWARDS – 14 June 1933
  • Richard GAIKOWSKI – 14 March 1936
  • George Hill HODEL Jr – 10 October 1907     ……   left US 1950 returned 1990
  • Louis MYERS – 16 January 1951
  • James Douglas (Crabtree) PHILLIPS – 8 May 1944
  • Jack TARRANCE – 24 February 1928
  • Earl VAN BEST – 14 July 1934

Crime dates

  • 4 June 1963 (possibly ZK)
  • 30 October 1966, 10:30pm (possibly ZK)
  • 20 December 1968, 11pm
  • 4-5 July 1969, 12am
  • 27 September 1969, – 6:30pm
  • 11 October 1969, 9:55pm
  • 22 March 1970, 11:15pm (possibly ZK)
  • 6 September 1970, 2am+ (possibly ZK) @Lake Tahoe

Victims of interest

  • Cheryl Jo BATES – 27 September 1948 (possibly ZK)
  • Robert DOMINGOS – 12 May 1945 (possibly ZK)
  • Linda Faye EDWARDS 7 June 1945 (possibly ZK)
  • David Arthur FARRADAY – 2 October 1951
  • Darlene Elizabeth FERRIN – 17 March 1947
  • Bryan Calvin HARTNELL – 16 May 1949 – survived
  • Betty Lou JENSEN – 22 June 1952
  • Kathleen JOHNS survived – (possibly ZK)
  • Donna Ann LASS – 3 November 1944 -missing (possibly ZK)
  • Michael Renault MAGEAU  – 29 October 1949 – survived
  • Cecelia Ann SHEPARD – 1 July 1947
  • Paul Lee STINE – 18 December 1939

Note that we do not have the birth times of any individuals and so their mid-range moon is used (noon) for this enquiry.

zodiacwatchesadvertIf we commence our astrology study at the first case attributed to the Zodiac Killer by LE; approximately 11pm on 20th December 1968.  This is the shooting murder of David Farraday and Betty Lou Jensen.

I can imagine that David Farraday’s physicality could have been a threat to the killer; i.e. the killer was likely concerned by the possibility of being overpowered if the male teen was given the opportunity to exit fully from his vehicle. David Farraday was shot at close range as he was getting out of his vehicle.

As for Betty Lou, she managed to flee some thirty-feet before being hunted down.  Did the killer hunt her down because she was the target, or because she could possibly recognise the killer, or something else in the mind of ZK? We have to consider these psychological questions as sleuths, before we even generate the charts. It gives us a general idea of what we might be looking for in the charts.

So where do we go from here… We don’t know the amount of natural light/cloud cover, however it was only a night off the New Moon. So we have someone skilled with night shooting plus access to a Winchester Western long rifle with Super X copper-coated bullets.  The Sun in the heavens was in the closing degrees of Sagittarius and the Moon 21degrees ahead in the grim reaper’s realm – Capricorn.

Case study #1…     11pm 20th December 1968

20Dec-blogclick on all charts for full size.

The Incident chart

When we consider that the Ascendant represents the victims and the Descendant, the perpetrator in a murder situation, these are our primary signifiers in a horary chart.

At 11:10pm on the night in question, the Ascendant (victims) is 17:57°Virgo with the ruling planet for Virgo = Mercury.

We then locate 7:29°Mercury in the chart – is in the 4th house plus in the zodiac sign of Capricorn (not the same sign as the cusp).  There is a red flag for us immediately as the 4th cusp is 16:21°Sagittarius; Jupiter’s realm. If the cusp had been Capricorn the victims would be in a controlled/supervised environment (Saturn’s realm), however with the cusp being Jupiter, this indicates that the victims were not where they were intended to be; i.e. in the wrong place at the right time and therefore not likely to have been personally targeted; unless they were followed.

With the Descendant (perpetrator) in the zodiac sign of (17:57°)Pisces, we know that the ruling planets for Pisces are Jupiter and Neptune.

We locate Jupiter in 1st house at 4:39° Libra, however the 1st house cusp is 17:57°Virgo (ruled by Mercury). We also note that Jupiter is conjunct the rebellious buzz of Uranus (3:51°Libra) in the heavens; an adrenaline rush. When considering the Jupiter as the perpetrator’s signifier, we have the confirmation that the victims are in the perpetrator’s chosen territory; 4th house Sagittarius. I.e. the ruling planet of Sagittarius is Jupiter.

When we turn to the second signifier for the perpetrator, Neptune – it is in the 3rd house and in the zodiac sign of (27:27°) Scorpio; I.e. action/fantasy/stirring up trouble, by the means of communication (3rd house). Note: a rifle is a means of communication when we are talking murder.

Notes as we build a ZK profile:

  • Asteroid Juno 14:04°Sagittarius is at the IC – commitment/lack-of between a male and female is a potential motive here. Is this based on observation, or personal?
  • Asteroid Aphophis is also present at this point in the chart.
  • Asteroid Minerva 28:34°Aries conjunct Malus

Once I learned that one of the suspects possibly went to school with the two victims  of this killing, he has to be our first choice for POI.  We should expect a good emotive reaction if merely by his association with the victims; his high school peers.

POI#1 Louis Joseph MYERS was discounted by LE as being too young to have carried out the ‘sophistication’ of the murders, as he was just 17 years-old in December ’68 (a month short of 18) and not yet served in the military. His father was ex-navy and apparently owned an army and navy disposal store. If this is correct, then Myers would have access to weapons and clothing.

The most dangerous aspect in this male’s natal chart is a peregrine Mars in Aquarius.

Offbeat and weird identifies a Mars in Aquarius male.  In the chart of a potential killer, we need to remain vigilant when we see this combination together with an unharnessed aspect; out of control actions.

Using their intelligence in an over-inflated way, to the point of being arrogant, these Mars in Aquarius males invariably believe they are ‘above’ the rules; often angry that the world is not operating according to their specific world-view. They are the types to start arguments and pick fights. They won’t pick fights with an individual though; they usually find some outlet to vent their anger – a cause, or a group of people. They can also be extremely cold and very nihilistic.

So to charting…

Asteroids: Faraday#3758; Jensen#5900, Myers#21455 and Winchester#21456.

Dec68-MyersduoOur first pair of bi-wheels (method) – the inner wheel is a ‘freeze-frame’ of the heavens at the time of the incident; blue text in the second chart.  The outer wheel in red in the same chart is that of the natal chart for Louis Myers with a mid-range moon placement (noon).  Two snapshots in time, aligned by the zodiac signs.

This is what I call a Christmas Tree of lights; a highly reactive character. There’s plenty to interpret here that is incriminating with asteroid Faraday at the ascendant in Myers natal chart.

  • Midpoint transiting Saturn/Pluto= natal Uranus – rebellious attack regardless of potential losses – this is a very dangerous aspect.
  • tr asteroid Eros 26:51°Capricorn conjunct natal Sun and Ceres.

Even without a full interpretation, IF Myers is the Zodiac killer, then this is likely his first killing. However, let’s not jump to conclusions…

POI#2 Arthur Leigh ALLEN was 35 years old in December 1968 and had recently been dismissed from his teaching role; accused of molestation of a student. He had returned to live with his parents in Vallejo, California following a second major career failure.  He had previously being discharged from the US Navy after only 2 years of service.

Note: I’ve checked the charts for the 1966 murder of Cheri Jo Bates – there are no astrology profiling indications to implicate Allen in her murder.

A quick scan of the natal chart gives of us a weakness; Saturn-Venus in Aquarius.  This is a loser in the love stakes for a man. With 12°Virgo Neptune peregrine, Leigh Allen would rely on ‘detailed fantasy’ for sexual gratification.  His crimes would be related to deviant behaviour most likely.

Dec68-AllenA 22°Capricorn Mars square to rebellious Uranus and opposite Pluto interprets as an explosive and controlling character. We also note the mid-range Moon is conjunct Mars at 22°Capricorn; personal needs above all else.

This is a potentially nasty combination in a character. A second peregrine planet – 9°Sagittarius Mercury; always has an opinion and potential author of wild theories (unrestrained).  At the least, this man is a sociopath.

Leigh Allen has to be considered as the potential author of the Zodiac letters with this astrology.  His natural perspective (Pluto) is EXACT the asteroid Malus (malice) at 24°Cancer.  He’d write a poison-pen letter at any given opportunity.

  • Midpoint transiting Mars/Saturn= natal Mars.  This does reveal hesitation, with cold Saturn and hot Mars, driven by the personal needs of the controller; Capricorn Mars. It could swing either way for Leigh Allen. 

Despite the seventeen years difference in their ages, both male POI’s so far have the asteroid Faraday in-common in their natal horoscopes; Myers 19°Virgo and Allen 22°Virgo.  That doesn’t help us, as both POI’s have the asteroid nudging the ascendant at 11:10pm, 20th December 1968.

POI#3 Edward Wayne EDWARDS a native of Ohio, was paroled out of Leavenworth prison in 1967 and later became a convicted serial killer, so we have no need to check his credentials as a possible killer.  He does have Saturn quindecile Lunar South Node in his natal chart – obsessed with notoriety of self. 

Dec68-Edwards-duoAs for involvement in the Zodiac killings, Edwards has his personal asteroid nudging the ascendant.  We are obliged to include him in this first murders as he has natal Mars at the ascendant plus a mid-range Moon at the descendant.

However the midpoint also tells us that it’s his communication that matters to this male. He apparently offered his experience as a killer to LE, which raised suspicions.

  • Midpoint transiting Saturn/Uranus = natal Mercury – stages of re-thinking.  This backs up his approach to LE as a sycophant, however with Mars at the ascendant it is the focus on himself that he ultimately wants.

Edward’s charts do not appear to indicate any involvement in the murders of David Farraday and Betty Lou Jensen, however that does not allow us to exonerate him. We must consider that quindecile of transiting Jupiter (perpetrator signifier) with natal Mid range Moon.  This is of minor concern, however we will check his natal chart with the other murders in the Zodiac file.

POI#4 Richard Joseph GAIKOWSKI, although from South Dakota, he was an investigative reporter in San Francisco in the late 60’s. Gaikowski’s interest in investigative journalism is revealed with natal NeptuneRx 15°Virgo opposite natal Saturn 14°Pisces.

Dec68-Gaikowski-duoGaikowski’s subversive activities, similarity of voice of the killer, plus his handwriting brought him to the attention of LE.

  • Asteroid Malus 23°Sagittarius conjunct natal Jupiter plus square natal Sun  – malicious opinion in relation to the justice system likely motivates his ego.
  • Peregrine Mars in Aries (in-common with Myers above), plus Pluto quindecile natal Lunar North Node reveals the obsession with public attention.

There’s nothing in these chart to link him to the first murders, however he’ll stay on the list.

POI#5 George Hill HODEL Jr was supposedly in Asia at the time of this first killing, however we shall include him nevertheless.  He is linked to the Black Dahlia murders and has been under our microscope in the past.

Dec68-Hodel-duoHodel’s likely main weakness would be a peregrine Moon; i.e. personal needs know no boundaries.  Saturn Rx at 22°Pisces is also peregrine.  He married four times in all – not surprising with Venus trine Pluto.  

Hodel would sniff out any undercurrent/alternative agenda in the women in his life.  That, together with the peregrination, interprets as severe behaviour with regard to interaction with women in general; not just his wives.  Plus Uranus in quindecile aspect to Pluto – duck for cover, ladies.

There is really nothing in these charts to indicate that George Hodel Jnr was in the area of Vallejo, CA on the night of 20 December 1968.

POI#6 James Douglas Crabtree/PHILLIPS is included in the suspect list as he was the first husband of the female victim/Darlene Ferrin in the July 1969 murder attributed to the Zodiac killer.  Nevertheless we shall share his horoscope in relation to the first murders.

Dec68-Phillips-duoOnce again we have peregrine planets in the natal chart – no boundaries.  This time it is Venus and Saturn.  There is no retrograde and so the issue with Saturn is about self-control plus with Venus, you can see the picture.

Another POI with his natal asteroid nudging the ascendant; asteroid James on this occasion. Plus this asteroid is also square natal Saturn. We are not surprised are we…  He doesn’t appear to be involved in this first murder, however closer scrutiny will follow with the second case; the murder of his ex-wife.

POI#7 Jack Tarrance, the oldest of our suspects. He and I have crossed swords before, in my role as profiler, however we’ll stick to the facts and not go off on a tangent.

Dec68-Tarrance-duoNo prizes for guessing… we have two more peregrine planets in this man’s natal chart; Mars in Capricorn and Pluto in Cancer.

Being in a natal chart he’s born a free agent with these dominant traits, however those dastardly transiting bodies will create tension; attempting to rein him in.

  • Natal Saturn straddling the IC with LNR – there’s little joy to be had from accomplishments, if he’s our perp.
  • tr Hygiea conjunct natal Uranus and Eris – causing trouble and strife
  • tr Juno conjunct Lunar South Node – TBA

POI#8 Earl VAN BEST is included in the list of public supported suspects, due to the fact that his name is suggested as being connected to the cryptograms created by ZK.  For us he is an astrology chart to be interpreted in connection with the first murders.

Peregrine Neptune in Virgo and Pluto in Cancer; although 24°Pluto is nudging his natal Sun at 21°Cancer.  We know that anything in tension with Pluto can be a warning of explosion. It’s egg shells around this man I would imagine.  He’s a naturally subversive character.

This is another case of wait and see.  There is nothing sinister revealed in relation to the murder of David Farraday and Betty-Lou Jensen.

From here we can continue with the second case in Part 2.