A taste for poison

We are told that Polish-born Seweryn Antonowicz Klosowski used the alias George Chapman in English-speaking London. If we are to accept the court transcript, there are rumblings of another alias, as well.

We are sure to have a man who has a strong Mercury experiencing a rough ride with Neptune. When we check the heavens on the day Klosowski was born, this man sure does have some tension; Mercury is square Neptune.  Jupiter is nudging Mercury as well, fanning the fantastical.

GC-barbers_ razorKnowing that the birth in Poland was in the morning, we generate his natal chart at sunrise; Sun conjunct ascendant.

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The ominous 22° is present at the ascendant; a red flag.  With the ascendant in Sagittarius and a Gemini descendant, we are bound to witness – a barbed tongue.

The Sun Moon combination reveals the ‘go-getter’ and if combined with a criminal mind, then a life of crime likely started early for this individual. Highly opinionated, a damaged character with this combination would likely attack, as a form of defense.

  • Assertive character; with the planets on the LHS of the chart.
  • Jupiter (green) square Neptune (turquoise) – inflates a sense of fantasy. Note that the fantasy/hidden element is in the 3rd house (communication)
  • Mercury (yellow) square Neptune – communicating (Mercury) from the 1st house; truth and fantasy likely blur in his personality.
  • Mars (red) in the 12th house – operates from a narrow field in the mind.
  • Moon (blue) conjunct Saturn in 10th house – driving need is authoritarian; a dangerous mix in a criminal mind; needs and the grim reaper keeping company.  PLUS opposite Pluto – the power symbol.
  • Pluto in the 4th house, power/powerlessness struggle in the home. This can also refer to the home being the inner heart.  Was he afraid to love?
  • Jupiter quindecile descendant, cusp of the 7th house – an obsession with being in the public eye.  This is not a man who would settle for a reclusive life; nor one life-partner when we look into his 7th house.

If we were to include the main asteroids in this interpretation, Ceres is square Moon-Saturn suggesting a lack of nurturing in his early life and Juno square Vesta; spousal abuse was learned in the home.

Hiding behind an alias is a good way to disengage from any responsibility for one’s actions; take a step away from those frightening childhood memories. The twisted mind can abrogate responsibility for any anti-social behaviour, yet protect an image of themselves as upstanding citizens in a community.

I wonder if Klosowski’s girlfriends/partners who used the alias-surname Chapman, weren’t considered to be committed relationships by Klosowski and therefore dispensable.  That’s one way of dehumanising your victim.

Murderers concoct the darndest excuses for their aberrant behaviour.  They can even put up an argument as to which name the justice system should use when they are in the dock. Chapman or Klosowski, makes no difference to the heavens.

JTR-redwritingGeorge Chapman was considered a suspect in the Jack the Ripper murders at one stage.  He was familiar with a scalpel as well as a barber’s blade – trained as a feldspar (doctor’s assistant) in Poland and worked as a barber in London.

It is unknown as to whether Klosowski had arrived in London by the last quarter of 1888, however we excluded him from our astrology enquiry as a result of the aspects in his chart, not where he hang his hat.

A serial killer is someone who kills a series of victims, usually with a similar modus operandi.  Jack the Ripper had a lust for dismembering females and taking trophies of body parts.  Apart from the results of a forensic astrology enquiry, we surmised that the fact all the victims were prostitutes and in their cups, was more a case of easy pickings and a quick getaway, rather than a particular type of victim.

Apart from the astrology result exonerating George Chapman in that case, his victims – the ones we know of anyway, were his female companions in life; poisoned over a period of time with the motive, as yet undetermined.

AntimonyMrs. Moffat’s Shoo-Fly Powders for Drunkenness, aka Tartar Emetic was a remedy for alcohol intoxication; supposedly to sober someone up.  George Chapman had a better use for the patent medicine; murder.

If we look at events from the perspective of Chapman as a murderer, we can view through the lens of astrology and get an idea of where the killer is coming from.  Well, as much as we can walk in a madman’s shoes anyway.  We have the data for the time of death of three victims.

Generating bi-wheels (methodology) we have George Chapman’s natal chart as the inner wheel and the outer wheel on each occasion is the death of one of his London Belles.

GC-1230SpinkYorkshire born, Mary Isabella Renton Spink (Isabella) was his first victim, that we know of.  He got away with that murder for five years.  Isabella’s body was exhumed and following tests, it was determined that she had been poisoned similarly to his other victims.

Although charged, Chapman never stood trial for the murder of Isabella Spink. Her manner of death and that of Bessie Taylor were included in the evidence in the trial of his third victim; contributing to the guilty verdict as Chapman stood in the dock in 1903.

  • Hemisphere analysis reveals a weight of planets on the LHS – assertive.
  • The time of death is recorded with the ascendant at 26°Aries (ASC in the outer wheel) conjunct I.C., cusp of the 4th house – regaining control of his domain, moving on.
  • Midheaven conjunct natal l Mercury in the inner wheel (yellow) – a career move.
  • 22°Sagittarius the ascendant of the bi-wheel belongs to Chapman, so for him Venus (pink) is what the death of Isabella brought him personally.  As there is no peer group in this enquiry, Venus would likely represent the coin of the realm.
  • Transiting Venus/Mars=natal Sun – conception. I have to consider that this is the conception of an idea rather than a pregnancy, as the aspect is at the ascendant – ominous and opinionated.

Despite the fact that our belle had handed over her money to this man previously, there was likely always the yours and mine struggle going on;  if not between the couple then internal power struggle –  “Your money is mine… Mine , do you hear… mine…”  

  • Transiting Mars in the 1st house conjunct natal Sun gave him freedom of action and the Sun (orange) being the date on the calendar intersects natal Jupiter on it’s way to mirror Uranus (sudden changes) on the opposite side of the bi-wheel.  Isabella’s contribution to the coffers certainly changed his situation, I would imagine.
  • This transiting Mars is also at the midpoint of Chapman’s natal Mercury/Venus – the act is an emotional statement.  That’s about as close as Klosowski can get; to being in-touch with his emotions.  The crime is not emotionally driven.
  • The planet Mercury (yellow) represents communication and being square Jupiter (green) transiting above on that day indicates an inflated confidence in his manner of communication as a result of Isabella’s death; cocky I should imagine.
  • Natal Mars in the inner wheel and in the 12th house opposite transiting Pluto – the mind holding up the mirror of his actions.  Pluto is a forensic indicator.  The perpetrator knows in his mind, that he has committed murder.

GC-event-TaylorA Cheshire belle, far from home.  Bessie Taylor didn’t get to celebrate Valentine’s Day, 1901.  She succumbed to Chapman’s brandy laced with poison before the cock crowed on 13th February.  We can hear Chapman’s mind ticking over, “It worked with Isabella; it’ll work again.”

Lucky?  You betcha – Jupiter transit Jupiter and in the 1st house.

  • The grim reaper; Saturn, is quindecile Neptune (turquoise) at the descendant, keeping a murderous secret.
  • Uranus opposite Pluto, transiting in the heavens; madness and power struggles. Bessie gave up her struggle to survive the madness of her chosen partner.
  • Transiting Moon/Uranus = Chapman’s natal Mars – self aggrandisement.
  • Natal Mars is also in quindecile aspect with the transiting South Node – karmic connection indicated.  If past life connection is your thing, then this aspect suggests that these pair have been down this road before, perhaps in different roles.
  • The same transiting Lunar nodal axis is quindecile natal Pluto – obsession with power creates trauma.

Third time wasn’t lucky for George Chapman.  Jupiter had continued on its orbit around the Sun to generate tension, square the natal conjunction Moon-Saturn; his Achilles heel.  The Moon – an individual’s driving need plus Saturn – the ultimate authority of life over death; the grim reaper.

This is yet another example of those two forensic indicators – Saturn and Pluto; authority and power.  A murderer seeks both authority and power, however which side of the coin falls, depends on the heavens.  On this occasion the hangman’s noose was to snatch back both, as Chapman departed through the trap-door.

GC-1230Marsh 3bellesJust nineteen, Maud Marsh was to meet her end, believing that she was the wife of George Chapman; another sham.

It was antimony poisoning once again, that led to Maud’s death.  Chapman’s conviction for her murder brought justice for the previous victims, Isabella and Bessie.  The angles in the bi-wheel, tell the story.

  • Transiting midheaven, the MC is conjunct natal Moon-Saturn – the internal ‘grim reaper’ has reached his zenith.
  • Lunar South Node at the natal IC, identifying Chapman’s karmic event. Sun/Mercury=MC.  This midpoint heralds the peak of a career – awareness of the ego.
  • Transiting Mercury is also quindecile natal Neptune (turquoise) in the inner wheel – heightening the communication of intrigue; subterfuge.  Note: Neptune can also be a signifier for drugs.
  • Transiting Venus conjunct natal Lunar nodal axis.  Venus on this occasion is more likely to indicate the feminine, as the event is traumatic.
  • Transit Jupiter (green) square the Moon-Saturn – inflating the driving need to kill.Power ranges overhead to quindecile natal Venus – this compulsive need to overpower the feminine; a likely frustration/rage from early childhood.
  • Transit Moon (blue) holding her silver mirror to the natal Mercury communicator, reveals Chapman’s evil deeds.

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.