An 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
- 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.
If 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
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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.
Our 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.
A 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.
As 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.
Gaikowski’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.
Hodel’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.
Once 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.
No 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.