Category: Crime

The Dynamic Aptitude of Emma Borden


Looking at Emma Borden’s (Lizzie Borden’s elder system) Dynamic Aptitude (closest square or opposition)/ I find in her chart at Jupiter square Venus — part of her T square with multiple opposition’s to Saturn, Uranus and Pluto in her 8th house. This gives her a bucket with a Jupiter handle.

With Jupiter in the 2nd house, her short leg is Venus is in the 5th house, a planet that has a tendency to get lost in the superficiality of life. Thus this Jupiter-Venus makes Emma outweigh her core interest of moving forward with instead obsessing over the trivialities of what she does not have (2nd house of emotional and real property). If instead of dwelling on that, and she unlocked the growth capacity inherent in that square, she could be her best & recognize her true desires — of family, and community,(5th and 6th house stellium) instead of becoming a societal pariah.

Uranus as disruptor

The faster planet Venus is past the 90-degree angle in this case with the applying planet to her oppositions. Jupiter is closest to Uranus, not to Saturn. This makes Emma lose herself in embracing her dynamic aptitude instead of unlocking it. This is born out by her & Lizzie’s virulent dislike of their stepmother (6th house Mars on the cusp) sextile their father (Saturn in the 8th in Aries that Mars rules) resulting in the “forty whacks by Lizzie”. This setup is almost Freudian in her resentment of the stepmother usurping what she felt was her place in the family as eldest daughter and in her relationship with a harsh father. Emma needed to have power in the family and she transmitted this to the weaker Lizzie in many quiet nighttime conversations.

Between the two girls, the chart becomes a very lopsided see-saw with a unifying Mars in the 5th in both charts. We can only surmise there was some amount of discussion and “daydreaming” about if only Step-Mother was gone (Moon in 6th).

Fiendish Inspiration

Attic vase with Orestes, Electra and Hermes at the tomb of Agamemnon,

To say Emma was absent from the murder would underestimate her importance in the crime. More likely, she was Elektra of the Oresteia, goading Lizzie on, thinking she would walk about free and unencumbered with lots of money. Alas when Emma died, shortly after her sister, and her estate was worth “$450,000 in 1927 monies” or $6,635,456.90 (6 million) in 2019, but she lived a life in the shadows far from home.

Update on Charlottesville Driver


When the Charlottesville riot occured, our mundane astrologer, Eugene Johnson, wrote about it here. Finally there is a verdict in the case of Virginia vs James Alex Fields Jr.

Charlottesville Attack Driver James Fields Sentenced to Life in Prison

Prosecutors called 2017 attack an act of domestic terrorism

James Alex Fields Jr. accelerated his car into a crowd of counter protesters in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017. PHOTO: RYAN M. KELLY/ASSOCIATED PRESS

By Jennifer Calfas of the Wall Street Journal.

the late Heather Heyer, date of picture unknown

James Field who killed Heather Heyer and injured others when he accelerated his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., was sentenced to life in prison Friday.

Federal judge Michael Urbanski sentenced 22 year old James Alex Fields Jr. of Maumee Ohio, an avowed neo-Nazi with a history of racism and anti-Semitism, on federal hate-crime charges. The sentencing came nearly two years after Mr. Fields’ attack killed Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal who was demonstrating against the hundreds of white nationalists who took to the streets that day.

The Judge but no jury

Michael Francis Urbanski the presiding judge is the chief judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia was born in Livorno, Italy in 1956 and graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1978; he received his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1982. He was nominated by President Barack Obama in December 2010 after having been appointed a  federal magistrate judge for the court, since January 23, 2004.

Federal prosecutors have called Field’s act one of domestic terrorism, amid the violent clashes that erupted at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., in August 2017.

Earlier this year, Mr. Fields, pleaded guilty to 29 federal hate crimes—each one carrying a maximum sentence of life in prison and representing those he killed or injured when he accelerated his Dodge Challenger into the crowd. The plea deal took the death penalty off the table, so to save his life he had to agree to it.

Last week, his lawyers requested federal prosecutors consider a sentence of less than life in prison, asking for mercy because of Mr. Fields’ history of mental illness, difficult childhood and young age. He was dismissed from the US. Army because of his inability to follow rules and meet their standards; they said No despite Dwayne Dixon claims he chased James Fields with a semi-automatic rifle before the crash and probably into the path of Heyer.

Samantha Lea Bloom, Field’s mother. Our header picture is of Jim Fields and his mother.

“I’d like to apologize,” Mr. Fields told the judge before his sentencing Friday, according to one of his lawyers. “I apologize to my mother, Samantha Lea Bloom, for putting her through all of this. Every day I think about my actions and how this could have gone differently. I’m sorry.”

Mr. Fields had previously admitted he intentionally targeted the counterprotesters, and the D.A. said the problems cited by his lawyers didn’t justify a shorter sentence in this case.

The incident was immortalized in a photo that shows Mr. Fields’ car ramming into the crowd where more than 30 people were injured ranging fom fractured skulls to damaged organs and broken arms.

According to Kavanaugh’s in a phone call from jail months after the attack, Mr. Fields called Susan Bro, Heather Heyer’s mother and now a social justice speaker on the even “the enemy.”

Susan Bro

In a separate state case in December, Mr. Fields was convicted of first-degree murder for killing Ms. Heyer. The jury in that case recommended a life sentence plus 419 years in prison.

The baby Middono death


The chart is for when the baby died. I happened to catch this article on the bing news feed from the Chicago Trib. Our featured image is of the daddy; there is no mention of mummy.

Will County man has been charged in connection to what authorities say was the beating death of his 10-week-old daughter. The infant, Kora Middono, was airlifted to Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago on Monday and pronounced dead there about 12:50 p.m. the same day, according to authorities.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office determined her death was a homicide by blunt force trauma and child abuse, the agency reported.

According to police in the village of Channahon, southwest of Joliet, Kora was brought to a hospital in nearby Grundy County just after 11 p.m. Sunday, when officials were told the injuries occurred when the baby’s father collapsed as a result of a heart condition and landed on the child.

On Tuesday, police announced that the girl’s father, Jonathon R. Middono, 29, has been charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm to a child under the age of 13.

Where is Channahon?

Channahon is a village in Grundy and Will counties. The population is about was 12,560. It was developed in 1961. It’s name means “Meeting of the Waters” in Pottawatomie as it is located at the confluence of the Des Plaines and Kankakee rivers, where they form the Illinois River.

 The Pottawatomie Indians solely inhabited this area until white settlers began to settle here in 1832. In 1836, construction began on the I & M Canal and Channahon became the site for one of the locks that were needed along the waterway. The village itself was laid out by Myrvin Benjamin, and for a while it was called DuPage, after the river that cut through the area. In the 1840s, it was renamed Swifton, after the I & M Canal board president.

This area continued to thrive until the railroad replaced inland boat travel, which caused business to decline.

The current demographics are

  • 32.8% of the population is under the age of 18,
  • 7.2% from 18 to 24
  • 33.8% from 25 to 44,
  • 20.9% from 45 to 64, and
  • 5.3% who were 65 years of age or older.
  • The median age is 34 years based on the 2010 Census.
    • For every 100 females, there were 105.7 males.
    • For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.7 males.

The median income for a household in the village is a whopping $94,519

Oops I just fell on the baby and can’t get up!

Hospital staff members determined Kora’s condition “indicated significant injuries to her head consistent with blunt force trauma,” police said in a news release. Police said that additional charges are possible in the case as their investigation continues. Middono is being held in Will County Jail on a $2 million bond. According to police, the family first reported that the injuries occurred in a hotel room in Channahon where the family had been living.

Channahon police were called to the hospital and learned the family had moved to a motel in Crest Hill on about May 30, Channahon Police Department Deputy Chief Adam Bogart said. Detectives were able to get into their room and determine the girl suffered her injuries in the Crest Hill motel sometime on Sunday, Bogart said. Channahon and Crest Hill police are continuing their investigation, Bogart said.

“The investigation is ongoing,” he said. “We’re looking at video, everything we can to build a stronger case.”An official with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services said the agency had no prior contact with the family and is now investigating this incident, and that another child in the household has been placed with a relative.

The Virginia Beach attack


The Virginia Beach gunman appeared to target supervisors in his department in the early moments of a shooting spree that left 12 people dead on Friday, according to a survivor of the attack and a city councilman.

The Virginia Beach on a sunny afternoon

Authorities in Virginia Beach say they are still working to determine what motivated DeWayne Craddock to bring two handguns into his municipal office last week and begin shooting.

In the meantime, the survivor and the councilman described how Craddock walked down a hallway past a number of employees on the second floor of Building 2 before firing his first shots inside of the building, in an area where senior engineers and supervisors sat.

“He was looking for specific people apparently, at least at first,” said Louis Jones, a Virginia Beach councilman and former mayor whose grandson, Jack Jones, was interning in the public works department and working on the second floor when the shooting occurred.

Craddock, a longtime engineer in the city’s Department of Public Utilities, submitted a short letter of resignation the morning of the shooting. He wrote that he was giving his two weeks’ notice “due to personal reasons,” and that “it has been a pleasure to serve the City,” according to a copy of the email released by the city on Monday.

Claus von Bulow has reposed



Claus von Bulow, left, with attorney Thomas Puccio at a press conference in the New York law offices of Strook & Strook & Lavan in a June 11, 1985, photo. PHOTO: MARTY LEDERHANDLER/ASSOCIATED PRESS

The von Bulow obit

May 25, 2019 dateline LONDON—Danish-born socialite Claus von Bulow, who was convicted but later acquitted of trying to kill his wealthy wife in two trials that drew intense international attention in the 1980s, has died. He was 92.

We highlighted his wife, Sunny von Bulow over here.

Mr. von Bulow, who moved to London after he was cleared, died at his home there on Saturday, his son-in-law, Count Riccardo Pavoncelli, (he has been married to daughter Cosima since 1996) told the New York Times.

The tall, aristocratic Mr. von Bulow was charged with putting his wife, Martha “Sunny” von Bulow, into an irreversible coma to gain her fortune so he could live with his mistress, Andrea Reynolds. He was convicted of attempted murder in 1982 at a trial in Newport, R.I., that was widely followed with its high society overtones about possible attempted murder by insulin injection.

The conviction was overturned on appeal, and he was acquitted at his second trial in 1985. The jury in the first case endorsed the prosecution claim that Sunny von Bulow’s coma was caused by insulin injections administered surreptitiously by her husband, Claus, but the second jury didn’t reach the same conclusion.

Sunny von Bulow died in 2008, nearly 28 years after she became comatose.

The von Bulow’s synastric chart

He rarely spoke about the case, in part because an eventual financial settlement reached with his stepchildren required him to keep mum. “If I give an interview, it will be a $5 million interview,” he told the Associated Press in 2012, referring to a fine he said he might face if he discussed the matter with the press.

“He lived a good happy life following his acquittal, because he decided to remain in private. I advised him once we won the case to disappear from public view. He, unlike O.J. Simpson, accepted my advice,” Mr. Dershowitz said on Thursday.

Professor Alan Dershowitz of Harvard Law who represented von Bulow at one of his trials

The von Bulow’s lifestyle

The von Bulows had a grand Fifth Avenue apartment in New York City to go along with Clarendon Court, their oceanside mansion in Newport, R.I., which had been the setting for the 1956 musical “High Society” starring Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby.

Sunny von Bulow—who in her youth resembled Ms. Kelly, according to many friends—was the source of the wealth. She was the heiress to a substantial fortune, with her mother’s net worth estimated at $100 million. In the trials she was portrayed as an unhappy woman, although some friends, including the writer Dominick Dunne, challenged this perception as inaccurate and unfair in his article for Vanity Fair.

Mr. von Bulow was born Claus Cecil Borberg on August 11th, 1926 in Copenhagen. During World War II, after the Nazi occupation of neutral Denmark, teenage Claus moved to England and lived with his mother for its duration . He later attended Trinity College at Cambridge University where he studied law. His maternal grandfather, Frits Bulow (April 16, 1872 Aalborg – July 30, 1955 Copenhagen) was a former justice minister in Denmark.

Claus adopted the Bulow name; he added the “von” when he was a young adult because it suggested aristocracy.

von Bulow’s Natal Chart

We rectified Mr. von Bulow chart for an ascendant of 10 Virgo, (HS) of “a round stone hidden with another, ” giving him great awareness that not everything is what it seems and that are often concealed within something else that is unknown. McClung gives the keyword of “nucleus.”

Asteroid Lilith at 07 Cancer is in the 11th house & sextile his Mars in Taurus in the 9th of higher education and learning. With his see-saw temperament type, von Bulow was competitive concerning his social image and school; he did not like to lose. The ruler of his horoscope is Mercury at 12 Leo, suggesting not only a “gestalt” mental chemistry but also that he was , unable to freely express himself, as he mentions above in his 5 million dollar comment. This is also square his Mars that undoubtedly encouraged his succinctness.

Martin Schulman writes that his North Node at 15 Capricorn suggests a “social climber” that needs to validate his “subconscious Capricornian memory,” — rather evocative of his “von” prefix. Schulman suggests that the North Node is too rigid and too controlling in Capricorn and so needs to acknowledge his southern Node and nourish others instead.

Mollie Tibbets, a life cut short


We like most Americans were horrified by the murder of college student Mollie Tibbets, and so to honour her decided to do her chart.  We have rectified it against her death and feel comfortable with presenting it.

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Certain things in her map do alarm us:  Neptune in the ninth of higher education and university study square Square in the eleventh of the public that as we saw in Lizzie Borden shows up in murderers and their victims.  Here it shows Mollie was an unwitting victim at school of some type of violence; the sextile of Pluto in the seventh to Neptune increases that it would occur during some generational opportunity involving her dreams and future hopes (Midheaven) or university.

The Moon in the third, and also the handle to her bundle-bucket above, depicts that she was outgoing, talked to people easily and was close to her family and friends; in short she was well liked.  it thought is opposite Uranus also in the ninth house with a wide conjunction to Neptune , indicating that she was unprepared for the large social dynamic of university life.  Her Venus exact her Midheaven supports that she was good looking, graceful and had a blind eye towards trouble — she did not see evil because there was none in her heart — making her a gullible victim.

She has a T-Square between Mars and her Part of Fortune that gets a point focus to Pluto, and she misses many other larger aspects by just a few degrees or a semisextile, suggesting as a whole that this was a life cut short from its potential and promise.

We send our heart felt condolences to her friends and family, whom we believe were many.

Smokey reminds you about Forest Fires


 With all the fire raging out in California, it is odd that his birthday, August 9th, was so overlooked, but is it since the WaPo and SF Gate are now blaming him for them in what is the oddest turn of events yet.  Smokey was a U.S. Forest Service creation from Munich-born Albert Staehle a popular illustrator in the  1930s into the mid-1960s. Another of his posters is the  1939 New York World’s Fair.   He , died of a stroke in april 1974 in North Miami, Florida; he was 74 years old.

It is the longest-running public service advertising campaign in United States history, and uses Smokey Bear, the Forest Warden,  to educate the public about the dangers of human carelessness in causing wildfires.

A campaign featuring Smokey and the slogan “Smokey Says – Care Will Prevent 9 out of 10 Forest Fires” began in 1944. The original debut ad is our header shot. His later slogan, “Remember… Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires” was created in 1947 and was associated with Smokey Bear for more than five decades.

Smokey’s Chart

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Smokey is a bucket with a Moon handle on the seventh house cusp.  He has no oppositions including the rim to his bowl.  He has the other luminary, the Sun, unaspected, making the two of them quite strong in his chart, thus making his image and name equal to his message.  That works well for him.

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Inner chart is the commission; outer — now a contained bowl (Uranus and Venus oppo is the rim) —  the actual publication

His map is filled to the brim in the eleventh house of publicity, and a little less so in the tenth house with his Venus on the cusp of both — Smokey is well liked and the Pluto conjunct his Midheaven, his message is potent.  His part of fortune, his message, is at 07 Cancer on the ninth house cusp “two fairies on a moonlight night” with the keyword of Ascendancy and invoking the magic of selfhood rising above those that would tarnish his message.  Rather apropos in lieu of this WaPo article, for no   what it claims, Smokey’s message is about  careless fires, not planned, perhaps they and others who picked up the story ought to revisit that message.