Bamber family murders Pt2

We ended Part 1 with the note: Sheila’s natal Neptune at 29:50°Libra is exact conjunct by transiting asteroid Jeremy 29:25°Libra. The second note is Ralph Nevill Bamber’s natal Saturn at 25:56°Libra.

The pressure is building in the 4th house; the realm of the home, as we are bound to locate the third connection before we finish this enquiry. I think the saying goes – once is a coincidence, twice a probability and the third, a certainty. 

Characters we have elected to use in this enquiry are the two children adopted separately by Ralph and June Bamber, together with Ralph Bamber himself.

  • Sheila Jean Caffell aka Bambi (modelling name) – birth name Phyllis Webb
  • Jeremy Nevill Bamber – birth name Jeremy Paul Marsham
  • Ralph Nevill Bamber – father of the children

sheilacaffellWe are not aware of the birth time of any of the individuals in this case, although we are not stymied altogether as we can identify the Arabian Parts of the ‘phone call event’ and seek out tension in the natal horoscopes.

In astrology, the Arabian Parts are constructed points based on mathematical calculations of three horoscopic entities often involving the ascendant and two planets in a chart.  Software does the math these days.

So, again we commence with the phone call at 3:26am on 7th August 1985 that led to the discovery of the bodies of Ralph Nevill Bamber; his wife June; daughter Sheila; together with Sheila’s twin sons, Nicholas and David Caffell.  All five died from bullet wounds.

The initial cry in the media was that it was a murder suicide, however it was Jeremy Bamber whom stood in the dock and was jailed for life in 1986.  The thirtieth anniversary of the murders at White House Farm draws near.

UntitledIn classic astrology, the Arabian Parts are often known as ‘the lots’; as in our ‘lots in life’; fated; destiny.  This method was a large part of the medieval astrologer’s toolkit.  It’s not used often in modern astrology, however the tool is valuable and on this occasion, very revealing.  We use the 3:36am time for their calculation.

  • AP Peril conjunct BML in the heavens – 5:54°Taurus
  • AP Catastrophe #1 conjunct transiting Saturn – 21:04°Scorpio
  • AP Catastrophe #2 conjunct the date on the calendar; the Sun – 14:00°Leo

These Arabian Points confirm the extent of the crime, if not the urgency that police should attend asap.

When we recall the bi-wheel from the same perspective that we used in Pt.1, where we added the human element and tension that Sheila Caffell experienced on that fateful night – we can now bring the Arabian Parts to compare with her natal horoscope.

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  • transiting AP Happiness 23:54°Taurus – conjunct natal asteroid Hylonome
  • transiting AP Suicide #1  27:34°Leo – conjunct natal asteroid Bambi
  • transiting AP Fate, Tragedy, Father –  all 28:35°Libra – conjunct natal Neptune  (** the third penny slots into place**)
  • transiting AP Desire 16:04°Scorpio – conjunct natal Lunar North Node
  • transiting AP Identity 16:42°Aquarius – conjunct natal asteroid Phyllis

This identifies the psychopathy of Sheila Cafell; aka Bambi and requires little translation I should expect. Desires will ‘out’ at the end of the day.

event-Ralph-minus APsThe third chart we reproduce in this part of the enquiry is that of Ralph ‘Nevill’ Bamber (Sheila’s father).  Again we view his tension through the perspective of the event.

  • transiting AP Assassination at 25:27°Leo – conjunct natal Lunar North Node

This identifies that he was killed by a family member.  So when we take a closer look at the bi-wheel, we note that Sheila’s father’s natal asteroid Phyllis 19:40°Cancer is conjunct the ascendant.  His voice could not be any louder.

We continue from here and endeavour to  interpret the horoscope for Jeremy Nevill Bamber; the man incarcerated with a life sentence for murder of the family.  Again we use the perspective of the official time when he called the police to report an incident at White House Farm.

event-Jeremy-minus APsIf we continue with identifying the Arabian Parts in this chart before we move to the bi-wheel, then we have…

  • transiting AP Divorce at 21:28°Virgo is conjunct the asteroid Bambi in his natal chart. (I suggest we interpret this as the alienation between the siblings)
  • transiting AP Fame and Accomplishment at 24:22°Capricorn – both conjunct natal Sun
  • transiting AP Controversy 24:53°Capricorn – conjunct natal Sun

In someone else’s chart, these last two transiting Arabian Parts would be considered a blessing, rather than a curse.  It goes to show that relevance as to when the clock is stopped holds true.

As for the natal chart of Jeremy Bamber, he has a Capricorn Sun and Sagittarius Moon. This is a  pairing of strict discipline and self-control with bold enthusiasm; even idealism. This is a conflict between what one wants and what one needs. The ruling planet for Capricorn is Saturn; self control. We note that Jeremy does not struggle with the Saturn retrograde phenomenon as his sister does, likely because his natal Saturn is placed on home ground; in Capricorn.  That, together with the close association between Saturn and Sun reveals a bombastic character in relation to wanting to control his environment.

That aside for a moment, opinions of a Sagittarius Moon have a need to be respected. We know that self-respect must precede respect for others and so the continued stance of not-guilty likely fulfills this need in Jeremy Bamber.

Born with Pluto 7:50°Virgo EXACT conjunct 7:10°Virgo Lunar North Node is classically interpreted as a person whom identifies with a large group; making important contacts. When we look to the other end of the nodal axis, the reward for this by the native is natal Ceres right there at 6:52°Pisces.  The group nourishes the man.

This will colour his decisions.  It is the typical, what is commonly known as, the ‘master-slave’ relationship.  Without the slaves there is no master and so it follows that without the support group, Jeremy Bamber would become malnourished and fade into obscurity.

Imagination and fantasy are the keywords here… so send him meditation CDs with the sounds of the ocean; evoking the smell of salt in the air together with the lapping of the waves – he’ll be happy. Ceres in Pisces folks are nurtured by anything imaginative.

Returning to White House Farm and our astrology interpretation, the first point of note is that Jeremy Bamber’s natal asteroid Bambi is at the IC/cusp of the 4th house; realm of the home and also the lowest point in the chart for him.  Angles are always high on the level of importance in astrology interpretation, so when we note that his natal Saturn 21:03° is EXACT the descendant this is also of great import. Natal Sun is also conjunct at 23:04°Capricorn.

From the astrology, Jeremy Bamber’s phone call is reporting that Sheila is at the farmhouse; that he is not at the scene and that the grim reaper is present.

Natal Atropos is conjunct by transiting Lunar Nodal Axis – death in the family; things will never be as they were.  This is the end of the line for the Bambers.   Being in the 11th house this particular conjunction draws my attention.  I would expect this aspect to be at one of the angles, due to its importance in this man’s life, however we do not know the character fully and so it is an item of interest at this point of our enquiry.

The phone call at 3:26am reveals the position of Jeremy’s natal Mercury (communication) in the 7th house in the bi-wheel.  According to classic astrology interpretation, we would not expect to find his natal Mercury in the realm of open enemies.

If Jeremy Bamber is innocent as he claims, then we have to ask if the phone call from his father to him occurred at an earlier time; perhaps even from when Mercury was located in the 8th house (house of death and transformation).

Returning to natal Saturn (self-control) conjunct natal Sun, we know that the Sun will overwhelm the self-control and the ego’s wants will become uppermost; ‘bombast’ is the astrology term. This is a major flaw in Jeremy Bamber’s natal chart.  Plus it is also indicative of where his case likely fell apart in court. Perhaps his pompous/bombastic nature overrode his elective strategy; statements that he would have had reason to withdraw, if he were not so caught up in his out of bounds; rampant Mars, in Cancer.  Was the risk of loss of face too great when weighed against that need for the group’s support?

If this phone call from father to son was at an earlier time (eg an hour earlier), then the argument that a call was placed directly to the police by Ralph Nevill (not acknowledged by law authorities) just prior to Jeremy Bamber’s call officially logged as 3:26am, is incorrect.  In other words, the use of this as a ground for the defense in an appeal would be a misdirected, albeit a well-meaning attempt and would NOT have worked in Jeremy Bamber’s favour if he wanted any appeal to succeed.

Thirty years on, it is  far too late in the day to be giving opinion and so we shall stick to the astrology interpretation of the charts before us.  As a last note which cannot be controlled by a natal Sun-Saturn or a Pluto-Lunar nodal axis, nor by a rampant Mars.  They are interpreted from the classic astrology texts.

  • Transiting asteroid Phyllis is conjunct Jeremy’s natal asteroid Hylonome; identifying his sister’s suicide.

With my astrology profiling hat on my head and taking into consideration the entire astrology enquiry interpretation, I am obliged to suggest that Sheila Caffell did indeed commit mass murder, followed by suicide at White House Farm in Essex on the night of 7th August, 1985.

Bamber family murders Pt.1

The silencer being attached to the rifle was pivotal in convicting Jeremy Bamber, with the judge telling the jury at his trial, that they could convict him “on the evidence of the silencer alone”. It only took the jury three days of deliberation before the guilty verdict was announced.  The date, 18th October 1986.

Three reports by eminent experts, suggested that all 26 shots were fired without the silencer attached to the rifle was one of the grounds for appeal, sixteen years later. There were fifteen other grounds in this appeal, however in the end, all were dismissed.  The date; 12th December 2002.  Jeremy Bamber remains incarcerated.

  • Original event: murder of 5 persons; three generations of one family.
  • When: between the last phone call received at 10pm on 6th August and the early hours of 7th August 1985
  • Incident report: 3:26am a phone call to police by Jeremy Bamber claiming that his father had rung him only minutes earlier in an appeal for help.

sheilacaffellFirst media reports headlined with ‘Massacre at White House Farm’. Today is no different, as those first impressions continue to be held today. Jeremy Bamber claims and has claimed throughout, that he is innocent and that his father told him that it was his sister whom was responsible… That the deaths were murder-suicide.

This claim of innocence has maintained a band of supporters; sustaining Jeremy Bamber through the days and nights of his life-sentence.

As astrologers, we have been requested to make an enquiry as to the heaven’s perspective of events as they unfolded on that fateful night. Our outcome cannot be considered as evidence in any camp of skeptics, crime club, or legal body as astrology is seen as a pseudo science by the law of the land in western society.

The most we can offer is an unbiased, as is humanly possible, astrology report.  We use computer generated software and classic texts for interpretation of the emotive reaction in the horoscopes. 

Of what we need to know for our charting, Jeremy Nevill Bamber was not living at the scene of the crime; that his sister Sheila Jean ‘Bambi’ Caffell, together with her twin boys, Daniel and Nicholas, were visiting her parents Ralph and June Bamber.  That there was easy access to firearms at the farm-house.

A note here that may prove significant to us as astrologers. Childless, the Bambers had adopted both Sheila and some years later, baby Jeremy. Neither Bamber children were related to each other.

We have been provided with relevant birth data for all concerned; calculated at noon. As we have no times of birth, we will view each of the character’s tension aspects through the perspective of the phone call; 3:26am 7th August 1985. And so to work as we generate our first chart, the incident/event.

On these charts, the hard aspects are in red and the soft aspects (including trines) are blue. We can see a red square and a blue triangle in this chart; a pattern made in the heavens above us at this point in time.

We are to believe that planets in trine aspect, work together, however when we have a Grand Trine – i.e. 3 planets in trine aspect, this reveals a weakness as the planetary energy working together is to the exclusion of others.  This can fester, without an outlet.

UntitledOn this occasion, the Moon is part of that Grand Trine and so the energy would quickly move on from being blocked. But and that’s a big ‘but’… When we have a crime – the investigation, the courts and public opinion are are all weighed and judged by this one snapshot frozen in time.

That’s well and good if the crime is spontaneous and passionate, however I’m noticing that this has been a well planned set of events probably decided at least 2 days prior.  However, I’ll not digress.

It is the heavens that give us the outlet for that Grand Trine – asteroid Jeremy at 29°Libra. We could suggest he is a scapegoat in this position (Libra), however lets not jump to conclusions. We have to note these ‘aha’ moments and keep on our voyage of discovery.

Apart from our ‘tried and true’ friends in the heavens, the asteroids in this particular case include:

  • Jeremias#128586 (Jeremy)
  • Bambi #15845 (Sheila’s modelling name)
  • Phyllis #556 (Sheila’s birth name)
  • Ralph #5051 (father)

We will view all persons through the perspective of this chart and so we comment at this point on that which will affect all persons; the general atmosphere.  That includes all of us – the police, the courts, the followers.  It is up to us as astrologers to stand apart and use the skills of observation, rather than participation.  This is where astrology has its most valuable input.

The red square in the chart reveals the enormity of the trauma, as well as the public following in the aftermath.  The lunar nodal axis at 13:28°Taurus-13:28°Scorpio square to 11:42°Jupiter in Aquarius and 14:32°Sun in Leo.  Jupiter in an air sign (Aquarius) whips up a lot of inflation.  I would expect that there would be quite a lot of money come out of this case, when we see the zodiac sign Taurus in the mix; money earned, or lost.   As for how it affects the characters, that will come out in due course with the bi-wheels.

Before moving on, we must note that the asteroid Bambi in the heavens at 23:44°Cancer is about to cross the ascendant and close on her heels  is Ceres at 25:15°Cancer. Ceres invariably reveals where we are needing to be nourished (Ceres=cereals/the harvest).  On this August night, we would expect all to be sitting on their verandah’s enjoying the fruits of their harvest, however the negative side of Ceres in this zodiac sign brings out the ‘poor-me’… “Nobody loves me, nobody cares about me and I’m going to die in the poorhouse” syndrome.

No prizes for guessing that our ‘Bambi’ likely has an Aries Moon (I am Numero Uno)… plus we are under an Aries Moon in the heavens on this night as well.  Let’s check.

 event-Sheila-minus APsA bi-wheel is used by us (method) when we do not have the advantage of a time of birth.  This can give us a perspective of a character’s behaviour.  It’s basically a synastry chart, with the event wheel on the inside and the natal horoscope aligned by the zodiac on the outer wheel.

Note immediately Sheila’s natal Sun in the outer wheel (red) is  exact by transiting Ceres; at the ascendant.  That’s our Sheila (her wants) crying the poor-house routine.  Her needs (Moon) are just where we expected, in Aries; i.e. me first.

We must ask, What was the purpose of her visit to her parent’s home? More money, or to be nourished in other ways?

  • When we look to Sheila’s natal chart, her natal Ceres is 23:28°Gemini is EXACT asteroid Ralph 23:05°Gemini.  She turns to daddy to supply her with ‘nourishment’.   We also have the adopted child issue happening with a Saturn retrograde in her natal chart as well; lacking a male mentor in her early years.  Sheila was not adopted as a new born. That tension can never be made up later in life and so the child carries the lack within her character into adulthood unless it is transmuted with therapy.
  • Asteroid Alekto at 18:42°Aquarius is conjunct asteroid Phyllis 17:37°Aquarius – this reveals deep seated anger with her birth parents abandoning Phyllis (as seen from Sheila’s immature emotional perspective).
  • We have no need to comment on her current spousal arrangement, other than to point out that natal Juno is conjunct her Lunar nodal axis in the zodiac sign of Taurus.
  • Transiting asteroid Jeremy – remember earlier at 29°Libra (the outlet for the Grand Trine) is EXACT her natal 29°Libra Neptune.

Note: Sheila’s natal Neptune, together with all that Neptune symbolises, is also the outlet for the Grand Trine.  We are aware that Sheila had a serious mental illness and was likely medicated. Plus Jeremy also stated to police that she had a drug problem.  Whether this is true or not, we have no idea, however Jeremy (represented by the asteroid of his name) and Sheila’s Neptune are very intertwined in this case.

  • Transiting in the heavens, asteroid Hylonome (suicide flag) at 18:10°Leo is conjunct natal Mars 16:54°Leo so it’s been creating tension for a few days.
  • Transiting Alekto 12:03°Aries is  keeping company with Moirea (the fates) 13:27°. Both illuminated by Sheila’s personal needs (mid-range Moon).  We note the closeness of Martir (the martyr) within range as well.

Sheila has her Sun (her wants) in Cancer and Moon (her needs) in Aries.  We know that she has a Saturn Rx and that adds insecurity to her fragile ego (natal Sun). The Aries Moon gives a shallowness to the otherwise security-conscious ego.  This sensitivity is manifested in “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” belief pattern in her psyche most likely.

There will always be underlying agendas adding to her psychopathology.  This Sun-Moon combination reveals the tension in an unplanned pregnancy by her birth parents – Sun square Moon in a natal horoscope.  The constant reminder is there as part of her character.

event-Ralph-minus APsAs for Sheila’s interaction with her father, Ralph Nevill Bamber, we note that he has a Gemini Sun and Virgo Moon.  Immediately we see that he also has the asteroid Bambi at 19:55°Gemini conjunct his natal Sun 18:18°Gemini in his personal horoscope.  So Sheila is a daddy’s girl.

That mix of Gemini and Virgo in Nevill’s chart will work well in his chosen career, however it can be seen to be nit-picky outside of the magistrate’s court. There is some malice between father and daughter though, with Sheila’s Mars 16:54°Leo conjunct her father’s asteroid Malus 15:58°Leo. Perhaps she is too quick to act in his opinion; malice aforethought.

Does this give us a very big flag to take note of?  I would think so…

Also, remember Sheila’s natal Neptune above, at 29:50°Libra exact conjunct by transiting asteroid Jeremy 29:25°Libra… Well, Ralph Nevill Bamber has his natal Saturn in his personal horoscope at 25:56°Libra.    Hmmm. The pressure is building in the 4th house; the realm of the home...

Part 2 will explore this family dynamic further.