Peaches and green Pt.2


Before we start, I have to let a bent copper, a fat cat and a painters and dockers hit-man off the hook.  Detective Frederick Claude (Fred) Krahe did not kill Donald Mackay at the behest of Francis John (Frank) Nugan, or at least not according to the heavens.  Nor did James Frederick Bazley.

Those three astrology charts were as quiet as church mice on the night when anti drug campaigner Donald Mackay was murdered.  You might note though, that there is a little interaction with the bent copper.

Mackay-churchmiceVenus in pink would suggest that possibly Krahe was slipped the word to get himself an alibi for the night in question and the second bi-wheel Nugan; well he’s obviously well chuffed, Sun conjunct Jupiter. Frank Nugan’s future of notoriety lay elsewhere in the years ahead.

I suggest that dis-onoratable persons of interest were in the shadows, behind The Griff that evening and the heavens will assist us in our enquiry as to who was on the scene; who was behind the scenes; plus those hiding behind alibis.

Our forensic astrology enquiry is not accepted in a court of law; is based on the pseudo science of astrology and can only be taken as suggestion rather than fact.  We poke and prod, ask questions and point fingers, however at the end of the day we are only interpreting what the planetary tensions are at any given time.  Remain skeptical; it is healthy.

Donald Mackay was quoted as having said that he was after just one man in his campaign; unfortunately Saturn, father time; the grim reaper has beaten us to win Mackay’s campaign for justice.  The little cobbler, Pietro Callipari died just a decade after the murder of Donald Mackay.

Donald Mackay had cost la famiglia marijuana industry plenty.  Eighteen months before he was killed, he led the Sydney drug squad to bust a marijuana plantation in Coleambally; 31.5 acres of plants. The street value in 1975 was $25million; today with CPI that’s $100million; a lot of lettuce…

A further bust in Euston in March 1977 emptied their pockets even more.  Donald Mackay was bad for business.  The lights would have been burning late into the night in the basement of the shoe shop in Banna Avenue.

It is somewhat ironic that the little shoe shop in Banna Avenue is now, many years later in different hands; a firearms supplier.

Continuing on from our first post Jerilderie, we suggest that a decision was made not to use an outside hit-man; that the murder and disposal of Donald Mackay’s body should be kept within the family; la famiglia.

search-mackayDonald Mackay was murdered, his body remains missing and no one has been held to account. 

Conspiracy charges led to conviction, but there has been no arrest for murder.

The search continues today for his remains.

From my original list of family members gleaned from the Woodward Royal Commission Inquiry into Drug Trafficking 1977-79, no one person is innocent, however we have to chop down a few peach trees to get to those who have sap on their hands.

young-cobblerSeveral names, which we would expect to be included in the heirarchy, aren’t; they already have convictions on the record and are possibly excluded by the committee in case they drew attention to the scheme.

Some made sure they were seen in public places on that fateful night; some travelled out of town for their alibis and others even took a trip to the Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise. The heavens however, have no consideration for alibis.

According to the astrology charts we have to hand, it appears that the upper eschelon; the inner core planning committee is kept to a minimum of four senior members under el padrino, Pietro Callipari.  There are others of interest, however these four members of the cell are jumping up and down for our attention today.

Eldest to youngest: Leonardo Gambacorta, Antonio Velardi, Francesco Barbaro, and Robert Trimbole.  This particular Group of Four may surprise a few people, however that’s how the fates have drawn the lots; how the heavens dictate.  I am merely the scribe.

group-of-4We have generated bi-wheels at the estimated time of murder (method).  The inner wheel on all charts in this enquiry is a snapshot of the planetary positions overhead at 6:40pm 15th July, 1977 in Griffith, NSW –  34S17 146E02. The outer wheels are the birth charts of the persons of interest to us.

We view the tension between the planetary positions and interpret the tension by classical means in relevant terms to the situation at hand.  Notes:

  • The Descendant is at 09° Leo.   A lion in the fight against crime will leave us tonight.
  • Transiting Moon in the inner wheel of each bi-wheel represents the matriarchal system of the Mafiosi in this situation.  Men may sit at the head of the table, however the symbol of matriarchy, rules the system.

Leonardo Gambacorta, ­owner of the property at Coleambally is the eldest of the four under Callipari. It is he who has lost the most after the Coleambally raid.  He casts his vote.

  • Mercury (yellow) in the inner wheel has transited to exact the angle of the descendant. Mercury is the communication planet – the message in a gun, death.
  • Natal Saturn, the grim reaper in Gambacorta’s chart is at the top of the bi-wheel conjunct the midheaven; the MC.  His authority over life and death of an innocent man is uppermost at this time.  He would cast the first stone, albeit with el padrino’s blessing.
  • Pluto in the inner wheel transits to conjunct exact his natal Sun.  Power as to whether a man lives or dies is in his hands.
  • Mars (action) is square to Venus (pink) la famiglia the family is united in their resolve.
  • Transiting Moon (blue) is conjunct natal Pluto. La famiglia hands the power to him.

Antonio Velardi lived in Fairfield, Sydney at the time and travelled down to Griffith for the meetings.  He worked closely with Aussie Bob.  His brother Domenico and nephew Frank were to bring ridicule to the family name in the future.

There is a lot of 8th house activity in this bi-wheel.  It can be suggested that the other green stuff, money is very important to this man. That and the laundry business, perhaps.

  • Transiting Sun (orange) tells us that this is the date of the murder.  It is exact conjunct Velardi’s natal Pluto..  The calendar page turned, the fates aligned.
  • Transiting Jupiter (green) inflates what it touches and in this case the natal Sun (orange) His chest would be puffed to maximum.  A proud day for the Velardi family would be his thinking.
  • Transiting Venus (pink) is square natal Neptune (turquoise) the family’s business – drug distribution is under tension.
  • Transiting Neptune (turquoise in the inner wheel) is square natal Mars –  underhanded goings on.
  • The lunar nodal axis has transited to conjunct natal Uranus; this puts Velardi in a public place and subject to sudden changes in plans, cover contingencies.

I suggest that Velardi was not only at the meetings, but also had a bigger role to play in the crime.  I am sure more will be revealed as we proceed with our enquiry.

Francesco Barbaro is the grower of peaches we wrote about earlier.  He is also father of Pasquale, importer of MDMA and cocaine; the same Pasquale who is in jail for 30 years.   He’ll miss your funeral Francesco.  See post – thicker than water.

  • Natal Venus (pink) is at the descendant. Yes well you have brought downfall to the family, Francesco.  Being opposite to the ascendant would also indicate that you have scurried away with your family with a watertight alibi for the night in question. 
  • Transiting Mercury (the hit) is exact conjunct natal Venus (pink).  Venus in the natal chart is either the character’s individual family or money.  Have you agreed to the murder for economic reasons, is that what you are telling us Francesco?
  • Transiting Neptune (turquoise in the inner wheel) is in tension with natal Sun (orange) Yes Francesco, you do like what the marijuana production gives you – big house, big car, status in the community,  plenty of the readies in the pocket.

Robert Trimbole – good old Aussie Bob.  We all know who he is – born into a Calabrian family, Bob started as an apprentice mechanic with Pioneer buses in Sydney. A damn good mechanic we are told, however with a wife and four kids, plus a very expensive habit; gambling on the horses, he expanded his business.

The Calabrian mafia-cell in Griffith was still in the fruit and vegetable racket when Robert Trimbole moved back to Griffith with his young bride.  Trimbole is credited with starting the marijuana production and financed much of the expansion in the early years.

He is the junior in years of these four conspirators, however this does not lessen his involvement in the murder of Donald Mackay.  Note the action in the 6th house, this is the house of everyday affairs.  Aussie Bob is Mr Fixit.

  • La famiglia Moon (blue) transits natal Jupiter (green) – flattery works well with Bob obviously.
  • Transiting Pluto (power) square natal Jupiter.  Another chest is puffed out in self-importance.
  • Natal Sun (the calendar) is directly opposite natal Saturn (red) – authority.  Bob is the planner – authority in the 12th house.
  • Transiting lunar nodal axis (publicity and his undoing) is square natal Pluto – ultimately undermining his power base.

As we leave the basement, we need to consider what decisions these four players have made.  We know that Antonio Velardi of Sydney is going to be getting his head together with Trimbole.  No doubt they would have voted to use the boys that they knew best to go through with the actual murder.

Before we consider whom that might be, we need to expose el padrino himself.

event-cobblerPietro Callipari would have made sure that he kept control of the operation. He’s the boss man.  What is in his chart?

We would expect pretty spectacular results for the little cobbler and we are not disappointed.

  • Natal Mercury is at the ascendant – as el padrino, he gives the order to kill Donald Mackay.  He is the top of the tree.
  • Natal Saturn is conjunct the mid-heaven – as el padrino, he has the ultimate authority – note here that Callipari has a Saturn retrograde – this can also be interpreted as, “See Dad, I made it to the top.” 
  • Transiting Saturn (the grim reaper) is conjunct natal Neptune (turquoise) – l’onorate… silence
  • Transit Moon (blue) conjunct natal Pluto – another power symbolism indicator.
  • Transiting Mars square natal Sun – the order is given by him and no-one else.  Must have been a great ego trip for this little man.

Enough of the scheming.  What of the action?  Where’s the smoking gun?

I’m sorry, but that will require a whole post of its own Part 3, as we continue our search for those who carry the burden of guilt to their graves; guilt of the murder and disposal of the body of Donald Mackay.

Peaches and green Pt.1


We’ve seen how la famiglia’s thicker than water episode has been a recipe for disaster in recent times; hitting the family’s hip-pocket for well over $10mill.  The tax fraud scam of the previous decade seems to have been cooked by the ATO; that was a big earner for a while.    Going back even further da boyz had the car insurance scam, which brought in plenty of funds as well.

Boy oh boy, the family has been busy; lots of mouths to feed no doubt.

Today however, we go back one more step in a forensic astrology enquiry – back to the seventies, when pot was the drug of choice for the masses.  When peaches were less than 50cents a can and marijuana sold for $30 a bag.  No prizes for guessing what was growing between more than a few of the peach trees in The Riverina.

search-mackayJust this month, the New South Wales police forensic van together with AFP have been out in The Riverina searching for the remains of anti-drugs campaigner Donald Mackay; a man who was murdered in July 1977; family business.

It goes without saying that the Mackay family want his body back, for a decent burial and so we join the fray.

We insert our usual disclaimer here; that a forensic astrology enquiry is not accepted in a court of law; is based on the pseudo science of astrology and can only be taken as suggestion rather than fact.  We poke and prod, ask questions and point fingers, however at the end of the day we are only interpreting, by a classical means, what the planetary tensions are at any given time.

Mackay had brought attention to la famiglia’s criminal activities just when it was all running smoothly; local coppers in their pockets.  Donald Mackay bypassed the local constabulary; went straight to the narcotics squad in Sydney with details of a large crop of marijuana about to be harvested.

grasscastleA raid ensued, followed by a conviction.  Loss of face, loss of money, pride in shatters, members of the family caught out; time for a family meeting.

Grass castles – built from tinned peaches?  Peaches and green, more likely…

La famiglia, an heirarchy…

At the top of this Calabrian Plati family in 1977, there is the mild godfather, the little shoemakerFrom there, the family tree has three branches of interest to us – the growers of the marijuana, production; the distributors of the product and of course the money launderers who turn the illegal earnings into cash bringing it all home to papa, to start the operation again on an even bigger scale.

Kickbacks here and there and keep what you can in the family.  In all, a very profitable business enterprise.

We are under the three-pronged trident of the Roman god, Neptune. The planet Neptune is symbolic of all that is hidden – addictions, subterfuge, drugs, dreams and movies.  When we are dealing with drugs within forensic astrology, Neptune is always in the picture.

Meanwhile back in the little shoemaker’s basement, as in all meetings there was what-when-where-why-who and how, discussed.  I have an idea of how it probably went down – a heap of schemes then…

Distribution has solid contacts interstate… hmmm that might be a good idea.

“Aussie Bob that’s your department, so why don’t you follow up on that.”

Robert Trimbole duly gets on the blower and rings his southern manager, Gianfranco Tizzone. Tizzone in turn, met with a gun dealer who put him on to a shooter, James Frederick Bazley and together they prepare a contract to kill Donald Mackay.

The next thing we hear is that back in New South Wales, a phone-call was made to Donald Mackay in Griffith attempting to lure him to a business appointment in the town of Jerilderie; a 10:30am appointment with destiny and supposedly, James Frederick Bazley.

We know that Mackay was unable to attend the appointment and sent one of his employees in his place.  The employee was not approached and nothing eventuated.  The contract was not carried out until the planets aligned some three days later – we have the charts to hand.

This is where we are going to spill the tin of peaches; upset the apple cart. We are led to believe that la famiglia accepted the contract from Tizzone and Co, however the heavens disagree; but let’s not get ahead of the story.

Donald Mackay was murdered three days after the Jerilderie incident, in a darkened carpark in Griffith. There were no eye-witnesses, just blood and three .22 spent cartridges on the ground – no body. No-one was charged; corruption continued.

Some years later Gianfranco Tizzone was sprung by the police south of the border with a bale of marijuana in the boot of his Mercedes.  He did a deal with the DPP to get off; spun a tale about the conspiracy back in 1977 between Robert Trimbole and himself – dumping Bazley right in it as the shooter; the murderer of Donald Mackay.

Aussie Bob Trimbole got a tip-off about Tizzone’s confession and did a runner overseas, leaving Tizzone and Bazley to face the charge of Conspiracy to Murder.   Tizzone rolled over as a protected witness, while Bazley was convicted and served time. To date there has been no charge of murder laid at any door, tent flap or grass castle.

Following the recent news of a search for the remains of Donald Mackay, we have come to offer a contribution from our toolkit; a different bag of tricks, forensic astrology – method.

contract-jerilderieWe have three bi-wheels to interpret – the intended victim Donald Mackay and the co-conspirators Tizzone and Bazley. (We can discuss Trimbole and the family separately) The snapshot of the heavens is at 10:30am, the time of the appointment with Mr Adams.  We know now that Donald Mackay is not in Jerilderie, however he is the target of this meeting.

The inner wheel is the appointment and outer wheel the birth charts; both snapshots of the planetary positions at a relevant point in time, taken at specific places in the world.

Chart#1 Jerilderie and Donald Mackay – the Ascendant is the main focus, the timing of the event.  Secondary are any planets in the inner wheel interacting with Mackay’s natal wheel. We don’t have any forensic planets interacting – well he’s not present here, so we wouldn’t expect any.  Today is not his day to meet his fate.

  • Natal planet Sun (orange) is at the ascendant just as we would expect, he is the focus of this appointment.
  • Natal planet Mercury (yellow) is also there – Mercury is the planet of communication. Classically, this appointment is a means of communication – a meeting, albeit not in the usual sense of the meaning.

Chart#2 Jerilderie and Tizzone – we can suggest that Tizzone had prior knowledge of the appointment as his natal Mercury (yellow) is at the Ascendant, nominating the time.

  • Mercury (yellow) in the inner wheel represents the contract to kill (a form of communication). Exact by conjunction to natal Mars (red).  This is our first forensic planet in the mix.  Mars represents action.   Tizzone was arranging a contract; the meeting.  This is confirmation of his input to the conspiracy.

Chart#3 Jerilderie and Bazley – we have highlighted the forensic indicators of the Lunar nodal axis and also Mars in the outer wheel (Bazley), however being in the 11th and 12th houses indicate that this is still at the planning stage, no action here today.

  • Mars square Venus (pink) and Moon (blue) represents la famiglia, nothing more.
  • Transiting Mercury (yellow) in the inner wheel is almost lined up with the Lunar nodal axis, but not enough to consider in the mix.

As I suggested earlier, the astrology just doesn’t have Bazley at Jerilderie.  Why?

Bazley admitted to the conspiracy, however he has always maintained his innocence of the murder of Donald Mackay; that he was never in Jerilderie or Griffith on the dates in question.

Don’t throw your arms in the air folks; I’m not about to claim that an innocent man has been imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit – he did conspire to kill as his charge sheet reads.  James Frederick Bazley is no babe in the woods and has a criminal record as long as my arm.  He served his time for the crime.

Where the cart went off the rails in my opinion, is that it has been assumed that Bazley was guilty of the murder of Donald Mackay because Tizzone said so.

I suggest that Tizzone protected la famiglia by telling the big porky pie about how Bazley did it; about the trip to Jerilderie and the second trip to Griffith, then adding the bits about which route Bazley took back to Melbourne, where he dumped the body and the gun etc. – none of which has come to fruition.

Tizzone was not a member of the inner family of Calabrians, however he was smart enough to divert attention away from la famiglia; to protect his own hide.

When I dug deeper, I found that the NSW investigating officer who came onto the scene some time later; Frederick Parrington, tends to lean towards the thinking that Bazley didn’t murder Donald Mackay.

I suggest that the murder was an inside job.  That second meeting with la famiglia would have discussed the involvement by outsiders. Tizzone, although he was close to Robert Trimbole and also ‘Ndrangheta, he was not Calabrian.  As for Bazley, well he was a Painters and Dockers hitman; not exactly a grower of peaches.

Was the decision made to keep it in the family?

We have the birth data on some thirty individuals to hand, compliments of the Woodward Royal Commission into Drug Trafficking 1977-79 and Wedgetailegal’s research – that’s a desktop of charts to generate, however the pile is reducing, as we get closer to the crime.

peachy_cobblerUnder the guidance of the heavens and their charts, we have been able to generate the Plati hierarchy under Pietro Callipari.

From this we have determined that the pressure for the murder of Donald Mackay came from the money-laundering side of the table with distribution in support.  Production had their say as well completing the triad before the little shoemaker gave his blessing.

As to who drove down to Jerilderie posing as Mr Adams, we know that it has to be someone who would know the difference between the dominant public figure of Donald Mackay and his salesman, Bruce Pursehouse, of that we can be sure.

distribution-JerilderieHere are three more bi-wheels of a trio of la famiglia members together with their investment in what went down at Jerilderie.  Comparing this group with the trio above, it is pretty obvious that these characters are considerably more involved with the event than the first three, you have to agree.

For those wishing to test their skills at interpretation  – here is the key and click on image for full size:

  • Red for the forensic planets – serious crime indicators
  • Pink for Venus – la famiglia
  • Green for Jupiter – inflates whatever it interacts with
  • Turquoise for Neptune – the drug factor
  • Yellow for Mercury – communication in whatever form
  • Orange for the Sun – the date on the calendar
  • Chart#4 Jerilderie – Robert Trimbole
  • Chart#5 Jerilderie – Antonio Velardi
  • Chart#6 Jerilderie – Antonio Sergi (1950)

I have no need to draw up maps from Jerilderie to Sydney or to Griffith to check locator angles, we have more than enough in front of us with the murder of Donald Mackay to interpret.

If you are disappointed because I haven’t interpreted the last three charts, don’t fret. I am quite sure that these characters will come up in our next post, Peaches and Green Pt.2  Until then, arrivederci.