Alan Bassett and the detective

It’s not a good look when a detective of police becomes obsessed with a case.  Some cases just get under your skin though, don’t they.  This is such a story.

800px-2007_0806klklk0048During our enquiry into the Wanda Beach murders of teenagers Christine Sharrock and Marianne Schmidt, we had a person-of-interest in the case whose birth data was elusive; Alan Raymond Bassett.

We were unable to implicate or exonerate this POI whose name came up in the police investigation.  By the end of our astrology enquiry, we knew it was unlikely that Bassett was involved in the girls’ murders, however he does have relevance for us now, in hindsight.

The information of his birth data has since come to hand and we are able to exclude Bassett from our enquiry into the Wanda Beach murders, however he doesn’t get off scot-free.  We need to consider how Alan Bassett came to the attention of the police; became a person of interest in the case.

Eighteen months after the murders of the teens in the sand dunes and only a 45minute drive south of Wanda Beach, Alan Bassett raped and murdered Carolyn May Orphin in Wollongong.  It was a frenzied attack, however the modus operandi was  different.  That aside, the social situation was vastly different as well. Alan Bassett had met Carolyn Orphin at a dance and seduced her with the offer of a lift home.  He was twenty-one and she a year younger; aged twenty.

When confronted with evidence, Alan Raymond Bassett confessed and spent twenty-nine years under lock and key for the crime, however there was always that lingering doubt as to whether he was involved in the Wanda Beach case.  He was under a cloud of suspicion for other murders as well, however he consistently claimed his innocence.  His father didn’t believe him though.  Mr Bassett Snr knew the nature of the beast.

EventWanda-BassettA member of the detective squad from the unsolved Wanda Beach case kept in contact with Bassett over the years while he was in Morisset.  I have no doubt that the convicted murderer played Detective Johnson along; enjoyed the attention.

We only need to generate a bi-wheel of the Wanda Beach crime and the natal chart of Alan Bassett to see what he’s getting out of it.  There are no forensic indicators present to implicate him in that particular crime; the chart is passive enough, although with the natal Moon in the mix we can expect emotions are heightened by recalling the thrill.

  • Natal Mercury (yellow) is communicating aplenty and there is a quindecile (obsession) with death in the picture – natal Jupiter (green) inflates the obsession with transiting Saturn (grim reaper).  Transiting Pluto is conjunct natal Jupiter as well.  A deadly brew is bubbling in his cauldron in January 1965.

Eighteen months later in Wollongong, Alan Bassett’s cauldron boiled over.  We can generate a second bi-wheel, this time at the time of the murder of Carolyn May Orphin on the Mount Ousley By-pass Road.

It is 3:30am when we take a snapshot of the planetary positions overhead; the time confirmed by a witness.  The outer wheel is again the natal chart of rapist and murderer, Alan Bassett.  Despite the time difference in the two events, the ascendant is only one degree different revealing Bassett’s Sun (orange) is in the first house, his ego at stake.

Any wonder our POI is getting a buzz with the detective – connecting the two crimes.  He’s vicariously reliving the thrill of his crime, every visit.

EventOrphin-BassettLooking firstly at the outer wheel; the natal chart – apart from the Sun square Pluto (at the IC), which tells us that we have a blanket over a hand-grenade character – someone who can pull the pin and go off at any time, we have to sit up and take notice.

Natal Mars is of interest for it’s cardinal position.  The planet is at 00°Aries.  His masculinity is likely clumsy and immature.

Whenever we see a natal planet at zero degrees, we can accept that it is likely that the individual has no experience with the energy of this zodiac sign it is entering.  In Bassett’s case, Mars is in the opening minutes of Aries – fire, masculine, assertive, action etc.

Aggression is likely to be present in Bassett’s character and together with the Sun-Pluto square, there is no surprise that his father kept a short rein on this 21 year-old fitter and turner, who was still living at home.

The Sun-Moon combo of Taurus-Capricorn produces a personality that is bullish and shrewd. Under the genial front of smiles and good humor lies a core of steel, strength of purpose, and ambition. Bassett seduced Carolyn at a local dance, swept her into his Mini-Minor, then drove her to within cooee of home, but she didn’t get out the car door.

Bassett tied her hands behind her back and stole her away to somewhere where he could undertake a frenzied attack without witnesses. He had his prey.

Carolyn Orphin’s body was found three hours later in full sight of the road. There had been a trail of witnesses of the vehicle’s movements through the night.  Confronted with damning evidence, Alan Raymond Bassett confessed.

Something must have come over me… I’d like to ask for a plea of manslaughter, he told the court.

The jury deliberated for just sixteen minutes – guilty of murder.  The sentence – life-imprisonment, however following the trial Bassett was assessed as being schizoid and served his time in a unit for the criminally insane in Morisset Psychiatric Hospital.

As we said, Bassett’s father knew the true nature of the beast.  He provided family support for his son through the period of incarceration, however Mr Bassett Snr did his best to stop the authorities from releasing him when the convicted rapist and murderer came up for parole.

Alan Bassett paintingFast-forward ten years from the time of the crime.  Our ‘just a tad obsessed’ detective is still visiting Alan Bassett in Morisset.  The prisoner had been in art therapy and produced a painting, which he gifted to his visitor.  Our detective took it home and hung it on the wall – not a good idea Cecil.

The law-man spent too much time looking at the painting and began to believe that there were sub-conscious clues to other murders in the image.  Maybe there are; who are we to suggest differently.

We can, however generate further charts for the other unsolved murders in Wollongong in the lead up to June 1996 when Alan Bassett raped and murdered Carolyn Orphin; vicious murders that the detective suggested Bassett may have perpetrated. Was Carolyn May Orphin his only victim, as he claimed?

Duo-BassettWhen we check, there were two violent murders of women in Wollongong prior to June.  The first was at 4am on Saturday 29th January, the first day of the Australia Day long weekend and the second – a midnight appointment 16-17th February, 1966; midweek.  Both are cold cases; unsolved.

Wilhemina Kruger was 57 years-old, a contract cleaner of an arcade in town.  She was on the job, when she was brutally murdered.  The ominous 22 degrees is at the ascendant.

The second victim Annya Dowlingkoa (born Elizabeth Anne Dowling) was a prostitute plying her trade.  She was just 27 years-old.

Interacting with the planetary movements, we note that the outer planets of Uranus and Pluto are still brewing in our suspect’s cauldron with natal Jupiter (green) inflating that dangerous mix of a transiting Uranus-Pluto conjunction.

Forensic-astrology-speaking – sudden changes (Uranus) and power (Pluto) in conjunction gives us a clue that anyone with power issues/traits in their character is likely to be rattled during this long transit.   Plus in Bassett’s case, Jupiter in the mix inflates whatever it touches.

Interpreting the astrology bi-wheels, I suggest that Alan Bassett was not likely to have been on the scene of either murder, nor is it likely that he could be held responsible for these two murders.  The forensic indicators are just not present in my opinion.

And what happened to the obsessed detective?  He apparently went to a police psychologist about his theory of subliminal messages in the Bassett painting and the psychologist recommended that he retire from the police force because he was becoming paranoid…  Cecil Johnson took the advice and went fishing.

School holidays and sand dunes – Pt.1

Having one sexual predator on the beach at the time is one thing; two is terrifying, but we’ll see if we can separate them.  They are operating independently of each other and neither is aware of the other’s intent.  One is particularly dangerous…

wanda-on-downThis is another unsolved crime; a cold case. We are following five children on a sunny Monday during the school holidays; packed off to the beach by train, to give those at home a break.

We all know that there is safety in numbers, and anyway these were innocent times.  It was the mid 1960’s in Sydney, Australia; the big smoke.

Four of the little group had lost their father the previous year and now their mum was in hospital, so their elder brother was left in charge and stayed home.  The last of the group, their neighbour – well she was living with her grandparents, as her mum had remarried since her dad had died.  As a result, the two eldest – at fifteen, were close friends.

But before we go further onto the warm sand, let’s take a look at these two predators’ charts to see what we are up against.  We don’t know the times of their births and so we are not able to interpret the astrology houses or the angles, but we note that there is more than enough for us to breathe a sigh of relief that they never got to work together.

Percy-WoodleighWe use a mid-range Moon generating our charts – midday births and create a bi-wheel of the two natal charts (method).  We view from the perspective of the younger of the two.

The  inner wheel is the younger POI’s natal chart and the outer is a natal chart of the second predator.  We say predators openly, as each were convicted of sexual offences against children during their lives and one, of murder.

Did the other get away with murder on this day?

To suggest that the charts are ominous, is an understatement.  The Lunar nodal axis of each is conjunct the other, but note that they are reversed with South Node conjunct North Node.  Their karma is interconnected.

  • The younger POI’s Mars is conjunct his own South Node (karma) – indicating his own actions bring about his undoing.
  • The younger POI’s action (Mars) stimulates the outer man’s notoriety in the eyes of the public (lunar nodal axis).
  • The younger POI’s Sun (ego) conjunct the outer Saturn (red) – keeping company with the grim reaper.
  • The younger POI’s Moon (blue) mirrors his natal Pluto – the driving need is power (suggesting the powerlessness of his childhood drives his rage).
  • The younger POI’s Moon (blue) mirrors the outer man’s Neptune – driving the outer man’s fantasy.
  • The younger POI’s Saturn conjunct the outer man’s Moon – the outer man’s needs are met by the younger man’s sense of authority; keeping company with the grim reaper.
  • The younger POI’s Venus generates a peer group square to each of their Lunar nodal axis.

This appears to indicate that the younger man is the perpetrator, while the outer man feeds off the fantasy of the younger man’s deeds; any wonder the older man threatened to kill his first wife if she took any of the six children, when she left. But we are possibly getting ahead of ourselves commenting at this point – back to the scene of the crime.

Many beaches on the east coast of Australia are spectacular, with much more than just a strip of sand beside the rolling surf; sand-dunes and rock pools abound.   That’s the appeal for adventurous children – Wanda Beach was perfect.

800px-2007_0806klklk0048When the north-easterlies picked up and whipped the sand, some would retreat into the dunes for shelter; others for lovers trysts.  The little ones usually kept to the wet sand and rock pools.

Nothing changes much. This was such a day, the wind had made the water all choppy and the lifesavers had closed the beach to bathers.

Fifteen year-old Marianne Schmidt and her younger siblings had a picnic lunch while her best friend, Christine Sharrock went off on her own; in all likelihood to the beach kiosk and a friendly face.

I propose that both predators were active at this time; one interacting with Christine and the other at the rock pool…

All the children were very familiar with Wanda Beach, as was another fair-headed teenage boy who was likely on the same train travelling with the group from West Ryde station.  At sixteen, Derek Percy was staying with his grannie during the school holidays, just walking distance from the girl’s homes.

Even at sixteen, Derek Percy was a person of interest. The previous year, women’s underwear began to disappear from clothes-lines around Mount Beauty. Derek Percy was rumoured to be the thief and no doubt was; when we know his history.

Before Derek Percy headed up to grannie’s for the holidays, he was seen by two teenage boys when they went for a dip at a local swimming hole. They saw what they thought was a girl, in a petticoat. Then they realised it was Percy in a pink negligee.

“Well, at least it fits,” one joked to his mate. But any humour was lost when Percy began to slash wildly at the clothing, then cut and stabbed at the crotch of a pair of knickers.

One of the boys had a clear view, “Derek’s eyes were full of excitement, a glazed look, but I recall there was something very cold and sinister in the look,” he told police much later.

Derek Percy’s emotions were buried deep in his psyche; guarded already, at that age.  In hindsight we know that he was already writing down his sexual fantasies and was severely punished by his parents in an effort to dissuade him.  Grannie was known to hog-tie him and I suspect he was also literally made to ‘eat his words’.

We have enquired into two cases already where the forensic astrology results indicate that Derek Percy was the likely perpetrator.  He was just seventeen years of age in January 1966 when the missing Beaumont children were abducted from a beach – Australia Day  and the murder of Linda Stilwell in 1968, again at the seaside – Wandering the asylum corridors.

On Wanda Beach, Christine and Marianne, our two fifteen year-old girls were murdered in the sand dunes that afternoon.  One of the girls nearly got away and I’m sure there would have been screams for help; screams that were lost in the wind.  Lost because the girls had wandered too far away from their little group.  With a closed beach and poor conditions, potential witnesses were absent.

It was the perfect scenario for a novice to practice his art; the satisfaction and the fantasy would come later with recall of his murderous deeds.  The act of murder was cold and calculating and I am sure will reveal a very different astrology chart from that of a crime of passion, which relies on excessive emotional input for interpretation.

Attempts had been made to rape both girls, however two teenage girls were more than a handful without some form of restraint and so the perpetrator in all likelihood slit Marianne’s throat, before running Christine down.

Drag marks of more than 35 metres were still present the following day when the bodies were found.  Our killer obviously needed to contain his work-place in order to heighten the pleasure.  There may be indicators present in the charts to identify this idiosyncratic behaviour.

The fair-haired teenage boy was seen to have a sheathed knife at his waist that day, by witnesses; whereas we are told that our second predator carried a satchel at all times, which contained restraints and knives.  This difference may also be significant, as we get further into our enquiry.

It had been many years since our phantom had been a teenager; he was already 44.  His violence and sexual deviance had mainly been contained within the family.  When he was observed in an unseemly manner among children outside the home, police moved him on, or chased him out of town.

We suggest that it was this man who plied Christine Sharrock with alcohol at the Wanda Beach kiosk. He may have had his way with her then; carnal knowledge, however we are not privy to that information.

wandabeachdetectivesAny man who has a wife and children at home would have an underlying sexual agenda going on, if he were to give a fifteen year-old girl, alcohol at a venue outside of her home.  The predator knew her vulnerability.

This is not an alcoholic toast among friends and family – we are at a take-away food stall at a public beach with an under-age teenage girl and a man old enough to fill the ‘father role model’.

Being a regular to the beach during the school holidays, Christine would have known the man from the kiosk and besides, there were other factors that they had in common; or so we are told. He had a son around her age who apparently went to the same school.

We are also told that after the murders, this man packed up his family and moved, yet again. I believe he then went on to use the alias of ‘Lavender’ for a time.

But more on that in Part 2…   We turn to the heavens for answers as to whom of these two POI’s might have murdered the teens.