Hawley Crippen + the Show Girl


Hawley Crippen  was an American doctor who lived in London with his wife Cora, a London dance-hall girl.  She  was last seen by friends after a dinner at their house in January of 1910. She was known to brow-beat and demoralize her husband in public,  a soft-spoken and relatively meek man, who practiced homeopathic medicine. When asked about Cora’s whereabouts, Crippen’s story was inconsistent, and his paramour, a 19 year old co-worker called Ethel Le Neve, moved into the house just days after Cora’s disappearance. Crippen soon confided that, much to his embarrassment, Cora had gone to the US to be with her lover.

That Crippen’s girl was so much younger than him was not all that unusual.  His first-wife who died after giving birth to their son, Otto,  was 17 at their nuptials and Cora (nee Kunugunde Mackamotski) was 19, so Ethel at 20 was in that range.


Still, the police did not believe Crippen’s story and searched his premises.  The stench in the cellar was horrid and they dug it up, finding buried in the coal bin in the cellar, human remains– no head, no limbs, no bones, and no sexual organs, just remnants of skin. Also there was hair wrapped in curlers, torso skin and muscle, and the remaining viscera, removed with purported “surgical skill.”

Here is BBC dramatization of the Crippen case from Archive.org, which is how I learnt about it.  (I was looking for something else.)  It is short and enjoyable.

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                                                  Exacavating Crippen

We have rectified Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen’s chart to 21 Virgo on September 13, 1862 at 5:45 AM in Coldwater, Michigan. This symbol is “health”  for his Ascendant and conjunct the fixed star Denebola (aka Bella Leonis for the tail of lion) — that has the combined nature of Venus and Saturn and burns very hot and bright and so will die out quicker than the heart of the Lion, the famed Regulus.

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Crippen’s sixth house’s cusp is Aquarius whose Lord is found in its essential home at 21 Gemini. Both both the signs — Gemini and Aquarius are air signs, and associated with the intellect and modern science — proven (his medical in surgery)  and unproven (his second career as a homeopathic doctor).

Neptune the planet of social obligation is in the seventh house, Aries 3, a symbol of boldness, and passion and opposite a stellium in the first house, hinting at Dr. Crippen’s vanity.  The interesting part is his opposition is squared Uranus is in the 10th house, which we already know is his profession but also considering the crime shows great mental acuity in both committing & then hiding it from the police.

 Crippen — had no bona bide medical degree — but does have his Venus at 29 Leo conjunct the fixed star Regulus and squared his Part of Fortune at 22 Taurus in the ninth house of one’s higher self and long journeys. He met his wife, who had renamed herself once already to Cora Turner,  in New York City and the two took a long journey to London England where they moved for the rest of their 17 years of married life. We are not sure why he left the Cleveland Hospital, so that part of his history is a mystery, unless it is because of the Moon on the Ninth house cusp and he got involved with another doctor’s wife.  The other theory is a desire to learn optometric surgery, as suggested in the book, “The Trial of Hawley Crippen.”

Crippen’s Part of Fortune at 22 Taurus is at the critical degree of “Notoriety” that he shares with our aforementioned Circus Girl.  Another with this is Richard Loeb of the infamous Leopold & Loeb random killing (see a short from the Hitchcock movie based on it here on Youtube),  and the poet Coleridge best remembered for his melancholic “Rime of the Ancient Mariner.”His temperament type is a rimmed bowl that spans from the seventh house of partners and opportunities to the very populated first house  of self-identity via the southern hemisphere.  That part is odd for a brow beaten man to have such an extarverted chart, and it seems that while Cora may have brown beaten, he was really quite flashy in his dress and outgoing demeanor:  the Crippens went out a lot and entertained lavishly.

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                                                       The Spilsbury Connexion

Overall though, the coppers of London did not have much to go on until the prosecution requested the expert testimony of forensic  pathologist Dr. Bernard Spilsbury for it was his testimony  convicted Crippen and had the jury being in a verdict in less than a half hour.  Crippen  was hung on November 23, 1910, a picture of Ethel in his breast pocket,  and his part of fortune proven true : his notoriety” has intrigued criminologists, amateur sleuths, forensic pathologists and astrologers debating the merits of the case ever since.



Sydney Omarr on the Daily Horoscope Racket

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from the New York Times archives, December 15, 1968.

At the time this article was written for the Times, Carroll Righter aka Pappy, and Jeanne Dixon had the most popular astrology columns in the country.  Carroll Righter as his obit below reports, was the astrologer to the “Stars,”  having cornered that market as early as 1938.  He was nicknamed Pappy as so many of the LA Lights looked to him for guidance.

Jeane made headlines because in 1956 she said that a “blue eyed man would die in the office” of President. Alas, she also called the 1960 election for Richard Milhous Nixon, but it was the assassination call that made her fab.

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Jeane Dixon,  born Jeane L. Pinckert in Medford, Wisconsin., was the daughter of a lumber businessman and  grew up in California. Admirers said she had a talent for foreseeing the future, which she ascribed to God as she was devout Roman Catholic.  When she was 8 years old, the story goes, her mother took her to see a gypsy soothsayer who said Jeanne had a gift for prophesying. The child’s mother thereafter encouraged her in those efforts.

In 1939, Jeane  married James L. Dixon, who went on to be president of James L. Dixon & Company Realtors in Washington D.C.   She helped him in the business by predicting individual’s futures and future events & in the process acquired a local reputation for accuracy.  She was First Lady Nancy Reagan’s astrologer.

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                                              Back to our story and Omarr.

With all this “filler” it’s hard to note that Omarr’s comment in the Times is a small side-bar where the Times notes that “a third, Sydney Omarr (of Philadelphia) commented that the daily horoscope printed in newspapers, though never in the Times, were more for “entertainment than enlightenment.”  (In case you missed it, scroll up and look to the right of Righter’s box.)

Chances are that the Times ran the story as a holiday filler, something light and entertaining to fill in the pages as the news was probably at a lull during the Christmas season.  I chose 5:15 am as when the paper starts to rolls off the presses and get delivered for the 6 am bridge and tunnel crowd, as colloquially the boroughs and Jersey are called.

The 5:15 publish time  gives the paper a 29 Scorpio Rising  with Neptune right on the cusp.  The Sun  & Mercury are both in Sagittarius and the Sun is on the Second House cusp.    That makes sense as Mercury in Sagittarius  shows how the Times was a resource for higher quality reading (Sagittarius rules higher education) and purportedly was written at a tenth grade level while  most dailies like the New York Daily News are written at grammar school (second grade) level.

Neptune in the Twelfth House also supports that it was for “mature” audiences and on the cusp that it was “required” Sunday reading for most of the New York City metro area.

The Chart, a  bowl with a bit of lip on it,  has several planets in the Tenth House, so it can scoop up information from the Western side of the map, or literally shows how the Times uses the experience of its staff  and distills “all the news that’s fit to print”  via the Saturn at the Fifth House (the symbol is a Magic Carpet ) for its readers.

Another conjunction is in the Tenth and Eleventh houses between Mars 22  (in Libra has the symbol of a child giving a drink to a bird at the public fountain) and the Moon 24 (in Libra symbol of the third wing on the left side of a butterfly)  demonstrating how much the Times’s prestige was based in its being a precise and truthful source.

Saturn found on the edge of the bowl that does the scooping, is opposite that Mars-Moon conjunction in the Fourth House, a heavy burden at the nadir and suggesting that  it is only a matter of time before things change, because Father Time (Kronos in Greek, Saturn in Latin) never stays still.

Jupiter and Uranus are conjunct in the Tenth House but Jupiter is a bit hamstrung in Capricorn’s home and Uranus cries for revolution and change.  Trine Venus (the Old Grey Lady  — the Times nickname) there is a sense that the “times are a-changing,” as Bob Dylan, the bard of the Sixties sang… but probably more than anyone yet knew.

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DC shooter: James Hodgkinson from Belleville

Who is he?

The DC shooter, Jim Hodgkinson, like Reality Winner who also came into the news this week, is a Bernie Sanders Supporter  upset over the Trump triumph in November.  He was also a member  a group called “Terminate the Republican Party,”  and his  social media pages reveal intense hatred for President Trump and Republicans.  It has since been taken down by FaceBook.

Hodgkinson wounded four, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), before succumbing to injuries sustained in police gunfire exchanges.  The  Congressman was practising with other GOP candidates in Alexandria, Virginia for the yearly Congressional Charity Baseball Game when the fiasco occurred.

The Belleville News-Democrat, a newspaper in Hodgkinson’s former hometown of Belleville, Illinois, reports:

The shooter who was killed during gunfire at practice for a congressional baseball game Wednesday morning was from Belleville. The shooter was James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, who belonged to a number of anti-Republican groups, including one called “Terminate the Republican Party.”


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Hodgkinson is a splash temperament type suggesting that he has a humanist bent — he is more people oriented than most Cardinal quadratured natives. While he has two conjunctions, one from the Sun to Venus and the other from Mars to the Moon that is the maximum such a type is allowed.

His ascendant is 19 Aries that gives him the Sabian Symbol of “A magic carpet,” that is all about the expansion of man’s freedom of spirit through his wide interest of philosophical potentials that become dramatized through his own vicarious imagination.

The Ascendant is opposed to Neptune Libra 21.13   with the image of a “boy giving birds a drink from the fountain” and suggests transient popularity from his fellows.  That opposition, creates a T-Square at Capricorn 10.40 to his Midheaven conjunct his Mercury and the Sun giving him a willful purpose to be someone. With Mercury in the Ninth House of long travels (at 29 Capricorn) that suggests that travelling to make his goal realized would not be a consideration.

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Rep. Steve Scalise of the Bayou State

That Mercury itself has an interesting symbol of a “man reading tea leaves,” for that is about what his vision of destroying the GOP would amount to — his progranication of a world without opposition.  In reality had that happened, outrage would have occured and RINOs would have flooded from the woodwork.

Perhaps Hodgkinson was a upland hunter as well; he aim was too good to be a novice and Rep. Rand said tha tthey only thing that saved them was the “chained link fence…and the DC police”   Five individuals total were shot by the assailant: Scalise, two police officers, a lobbyist and a congressional staffer. Representative Scalise, the Majority Whip, who is married and has two children.

Medstar Washington where he is recuperating from the attempt on his life issued this statement about him

                                        “[Rep Scalise]…. sustained a single rifle shot to the left hip. The bullet travelled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs, and causing severe bleeding. He was transported in shock to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a Level I Trauma Center. He underwent immediate surgery, and an additional procedure to stop bleeding. He has received multiple units of blood transfusion. His condition is critical, and he will require additional operations. We will provide periodic updates.”…from MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

The map we put up for this week’s highlights is  over here,.  Both him and Winner are born in December though twenty-one years apart.  Seeing how their charts compare is interesting.James Hopkinson




Not so Sunny von Bulow


Martha (Sunny) von Bülow, was an American heiress who first married Austrian playboy prince and then to a Danish-born man-about-society who was twice tried on charges of attempting to murder her, died on December 6th, 2008 on a Saturday at a nursing home in Manhattan. Mrs. von Bülow, who was 76, had been in a coma for nearly 28 years.

Maureen Connelly, a spokeswoman for the family, confirmed the death. Mrs. von Bülow’s three children said in a statement that they “were blessed to have an extraordinary loving and caring mother.” The cause pulmonary arrest, Ms. Connelly said.  Her was  27 years, 11 months and 15 days after she was found unconscious on the floor of her bathroom in her mansion in Newport, R.I., on Dec. 21, 1980.

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In her long, silent years at the Milstein Building at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital, and then at a nursing home on the Upper East Side, doctors said Mrs. von Bülow never showed any signs of brain activity.  She was fed through a tube in her stomach. There were always fresh flowers in her room, and photographs of her children and grandchildren sat on a bedside table. She was attended by private nurses, and her room, for a while at least, was guarded by private security.

another-sunnyShe is survived by her daughters, Annie-Laurie von Auersperg Kneissl Isham and Cosima Pavoncelli; her son, Alexander (Ala) von Auersperg; and nine grandchildren.

In his first trial, in Newport in 1982, Mr. von Bülow was found guilty of twice trying to kill his wife and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. He appealed and posted a $1 million bond believed to have been put up by his friend J. Paul Getty Jr., the oil tycoon.Sunny von Bülow in 1976, four years before she entered a coma that led to two trials for her second husband, Claus von Bülow.

The first appeal was guided by Alan M. Dershowitz, the Harvard law professor who asserted that information had not been made available to the defense, and there had been no search warrant when Maria Schrallhammer, Mrs. von Bülow’s longtime maid, confiscated the pills from the black bag that belonged to Mr. von Bulow.  So true to form, he did this later in the famous O.J. Simpson case, Dersh got Mr. von Bulow off on a technicality.

In reality, the contents of the black bag were given by the maid to Mrs. von Bulow’s daughter Ala, who passed to the family physician for chemical analysis.  A lab determined them to be Seconal and a paste form of Valium.  As the seizure was illegal, the lab report was inadmissible as evidence.

 On Dec. 21, 1980, Mrs. von Bülow was again found unconscious and taken to Newport Hospital. Shortly afterward, an investigator working on behalf of the two older children searched the house and found a black bag said to contain three hypodermic needles, one with traces of a sedative, again,  and insulin.  Another trial and another acquittal; Sunny in the meantime lingered on in a comatose state.

          Boo Koo Bucks

Mrs. von Bülow, who had inherited $75 million, was depicted by the defense as a quiet woman who drowned her insecurities in alcohol and was familiar with drugs. The von Auersperg children, backed by Ms. Schrallhammer, claimed that Mrs. von Bülow needed as little as two drinks to appear that she had had too much.

The prosecution put Alexandra Isles, a socialite and former actress who had been Mr. von Bülow’s mistress, on the stand to admit that she had given Mr. von Bülow an ultimatum about dissolving his marriage. It was noted, too, that a divorce would have voided the $14 million that Mr. von Bülow would have inherited under his wife’s will and left him with a measly annual income of $120,000 from a trust.  This would be about 1,000th of her total welcome.

Mr. von Bülow acknowledged that he and his wife had discussed divorce, but he denied that the issue was another woman. He initiated the talks, he said, because he wished to return to work and his wife did not agree. He had been working intermittingly as a stock broker.

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Claus von Bülow in court during his attempted murder trial on Feb. 9, 1982. Credit Associated Press

                    The early Years

Mrs. von Bülow, the former Martha Sharp Crawford, was born in Manassas, Va., on Sept. 1, 1932, the only child of Annie-Laurie and George W. Crawford.

Originally nicknamed Choo-Choo because she was born in her father’s railway car but later called Sunny because of her disposition. She attended the Chapin School in Manhattan and St. Timothy’s School in Maryland, and had an elaborate debut in 1949.

She was 24 when she married Prince Alfred von Auersperg, a 20-year-old tennis pro at the private Schloss Mittersell in Austria. The couple settled in Munich and later in Kitzbühel, Austria. Anne-Laurie von Auersperg (known as Ala) was born in 1958 and Alexander the following year, June 13, 1959. The marriage ended in divorce in 1965. The princess had few interests in common with her husband, did not share his ardor for big-game hunting in Africa or his womanizing.  She also missed the United States. The prince received $1 million and two houses in a settlement.notice

(In a twist of fate, Prince von Auersperg also went into an irreversible coma in 1983 after an automobile accident in Austria. He died in 1992.)

The year after her divorce, the princess married Claus von Bülow, whom she had met years earlier in London. He was originally neither a von nor a Bülow. His mother was divorced from his father, Svend Borberg, a playwright and drama critic who was convicted of collaborating with the Nazis by a Danish court after the war. He was sentenced to four years in prison, released after 18 months and died shortly after.

Claus grew up with his mother and maternal grandfather, Frits Bülow, a former minister of justice in Denmark and a successful businessman. Claus adopted the Bülow name and added “von” as a young adult.

At the time of his marriage, Mr. von Bülow was a senior aide to Mr. Getty.

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The couple settled in an imposing Fifth Avenue apartment facing Central Park. A short time later, following the lead of her mother, Mrs. von Bülow acquired a Newport estate, Clarendon Court, a 23-room Georgian mansion on 10 acres overlooking the sea. Mrs. von Bülow had the huge lawn lowered 17 feet to improve the view of the ocean.

The house had been the setting for the 1956 musical “High Society,” starring Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Bing Crosby. The property was sold in 1988 for $4.2 million; the same year, an auction of von Bülow furniture, paintings, porcelains and silver brought more than $11.5 million.

cosima.pngA daughter, Cosima, was born April 10, 1967, and the three siblings apparently got along well until their mother’s Marriage-Legacy aroused the suspicions of the von Auersperg children. Miss von Bülow supported her father during his trials and as a result was cut out of her maternal grandmother’s will.

When Mrs. Aitken died in 1984, Miss von Bülow filed suit claiming that family members had turned her grandmother against her. In a 1987 settlement, Mr. von Bülow renounced all his claims to his wife’s fortune in return for his daughter’s receiving a share of Mrs. Aitken’s estate, equal to those of her half sister and half brother.

Ms. Connelly, the family spokeswoman, said the three siblings, after a long period of estrangement, are “reconciling and moving forward together as a family, because that is what their mother would have wanted.”  Anne-Laurie married Ralph Isham of New York, June 10, 1989.Van Bulow Mansion for Sale

After the trials, the von Auerspergs founded the Sunny von Bülow National Victim Advocacy Center, with headquarters in Fort Worth, Tex., and the Sunny von Bülow Coma and Head Trauma Research Foundation in New York.

 Hollywood made the scandal the subject of the 1990 movie “Reversal of Fortune” with Glenn Close as Mrs. von Bülow and Jeremy Irons as Mr. von Bülow.

The author Dominick Dunne wrote about the case for Vanity Fair.  He had known Mrs. von Bulow since she was a debutante. Dunne said she had been portrayed unfairly in the film as an emotionally frail alcoholic but that  she was a “beautiful and shy” woman who “really did not like the social life, although she was associated with it.”

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                   Charting Sunny


We have rectified Mrs. von Bulow’s chart to 04.25.Libra that has the symbol is a  “woman teaching real inner knowledge,” the keyword affinity. It has the warning, and one which we believe Mrs. von Bulow should have heeded in “subtle attempts to dominate her environment.”  She has Cardinal Grand Cross &  a  stellium of planets in the twelfth house suggesting both hidden enemies and a bond with large institutions.  Her temperament type is a bucket with a Saturn handle, with no intercepted houses via the Koch layout.

That Saturn handle is at 16.44 Capricorn.  It is also is part of her boomerang Yod (see the Aqua on the chart) as the inconjunct point between Pluto in Cancer and Mercury in Virgo (its Lord).  It is an impressive set of aspects because the Yod shows how the ghoulish publicity about her health, all those planets in Virgo.  The Saturn, in High Focus,  as it is the turning point of her chart, whether it is part of the bucket’s handle, the apex Yod, or within the Grand Cross.  Its symbol tells of a “girl surreptitiously bathing in the nude” suggesting furtive activity around her.

Part of her Fixed X-cross is a translation of light between Uranus and the Moon on the seventh-eighth house cusps as Mrs. von Bulow shifts emphasis in her life between the four points of institutions, home. Marriage-Legacy and limelight.

          In the end…

Was Mrs. von Bulow murdered? Or was this negligence or perhaps even an attempt at suicide?  We think that the answer lays in her Midheaven, a calculated point, and not an aspect.It has the symbol of a dark “archway and ten logs at the bottom,” that competence in handling life’s affairs, but with the warning of being in bondage to them.  E.C. Chambers in book “Fixed Stars”  cuts to the chase and says “Miserly.”

Case Study from Havelock Ellis

Our featured image is of Havelock Ellis., from where the study emanates.

This chart is of eight-year-old Marie Schneider whom Havelock Ellis wrote up.  Perhaps before reading further, you may want to figure out what she did to attract such notice.   We rectified it based on her account giving her a 01 Aquarius Ascendant; John Dillinger has this aspect on his Descendent according to Astrotheme.com  E. C. Chambers claims it should be the other way and similar to Marie.  We will have to check that one day.


Here’s the story…

This account is verbatim from Dr. Ellis’s book The Criminal.

I will now give, in some detail, the history of a more decisive and significant example of this same moral insensibility. It is in a child, and I take it from German records. Marie Schneider, a school-girl, twelve years of age, was brought before the Berlin Criminal Court in 1886. She was well developed for her age, of ordinary facial expression, not pretty, nor yet ugly. Her head was round, the forehead receding slightly, the nose rather small, the eyes brown and lively, the smooth, rather fair hair combed back.

With an intellectual clearness and precision very remarkable for her age, she answered all the searching questions put by the President of the Court without hesitation or shrinking. There was not the slightest trace of any inner emotion or deep excitement. She spoke in the same quiet equable tone in which a school-girl speaks to her teacher or repeats her lesson. And when the questions put to her became of so serious a character that the judge himself involuntarily altered his voice and tone, the little girl still remained self-possessed, lucid, childlike.

She was by no means bold, but she knew that she had to answer as when her teacher spoke to her, and what she said bore the impress of perfect truth, and agreed at every point with the evidence already placed before the court. Her statement was substantially as follows:—

“My name is Marie Schneider. I was born on the 1st of May 1874, in Berlin. My father died long ago, I do not know when; I never knew him. My mother is still living; she is a machinist. I also have a younger brother. I lost a sister a year ago. I did not much like her, because she was better than I, and my mother treated her better.

My mother has several times whipped me for naughtiness, and it is right that I should take away the stick with which she beat me, and to beat her. I have gone to school since I was six years old. I have been in the third class for two years. I stayed there from idleness.

I have been taught reading, writing, arithmetic, geography, and history, and also religion. I know the ten commandments. I know the sixth: it is, ‘Thou shalt not kill.’ I have some playfellows at school and in the neighbourhood, and I am often with a young lady [believed to be of immoral life] who is twenty years old and[Pg 9] lives in the same house. She has told me about her childhood, and that she was just as naughty as I am, and that she struck the teacher who was going to punish her.

Some time ago, in playing in the yard, I came behind a child, held his eyes, and asked him who I was. I pressed my thumbs deep in his eyes, so that he cried out and had inflamed eyes. I knew that I hurt him, and, in spite of his crying, I did not let go until I was made to. It did not give me special pleasure, but I have not felt sorry.

When I was a little child I have stuck forks in the eyes of rabbits, and afterwards slit open the belly. At least so my mother has often said; I do not remember it.

I know that Conrad murdered his wife and children, and that his head was cut off. I have heard my aunt read the newspapers. I am very fond of sweets, and have several times tried to get money to buy myself sweets. I told people the money was for some one else who had no small change. I know that that was deceit. I know too what theft is. Any one who kills is a murderer, and I am a murderess. Murder is punished with death; the murderer is executed; his head is cut off.

My head will not be cut off, because I am still too young. On the 7th of July my mother sent me on an errand. Then I met little Margarete Dietrich, who was three and a half years old, and whom I had known since March. I said to her that she must come with me, and I took her hand. I wanted to take away her ear-rings. They were little gold ear-rings with a coloured stone.

I did not want the ear-rings for myself, but to sell at a second-hand shop in the neighbourhood, to get money to buy some cakes. When I reached the yard I wanted to go somewhere, and I called to my[Pg 10] mother to throw me down the key. She did so, and threw me down some money too, for the errand that I was to go on. I left little Margarete on the stairs, and there I found her again.

From the yard I saw that the second-floor window was half open. I went with her up the stairs to the second floor to take away the ear-rings, and then to throw her out of the window. I wanted to kill her, because I was afraid that she would betray me. She could not talk very well, but she could point to me; and if it came out, my mother would have beaten me. I went with her to the window, opened it wide, and set her on the ledge.

Then I heard some one coming down. I quickly put the child on the ground and shut the window. The man went by without noticing us. Then I opened the window and put the child on the ledge, with her feet hanging out, and her face turned away from me. I did that because I did not want to look in her face, and because I could push her easier. I pulled the ear-rings out. Grete began to cry because I hurt her. When I threatened to throw her out of the window she became quiet.

I took the ear-rings and put them in my pocket. Then I gave the child a shove, and heard her strike the lamp and then the pavement. Then I quickly ran downstairs to go on the errand my mother had sent me. I knew that I should kill the child. I did not reflect that little Grete’s parents would be sorry. It did not hurt me; I was not sorry; I was not sorry all the time I was in prison; I am not sorry now.

The next day a policeman came to us and asked if I had thrown the child out of the window. I said no, I knew nothing about it. Then I threw away the ear-rings that I had kept hid; I was afraid they would search my pockets and find[Pg 11] them. Then there came another policeman, and I told him the truth, because he said he would box my ears if I did not tell the truth.

Then I was taken away, and had to tell people how it happened. I was taken in a cab to the mortuary. I ate a piece of bread they gave me with a good appetite. I saw little Grete’s body, undressed, on a bed. I did not feel any pain and was not sorry. They put me with four women, and I told them the story.

I laughed while I was telling it because they asked me such curious questions. I wrote to my mother from prison, and asked her to send me some money to buy some dripping, for we had dry bread.”

That was what little Marie Schneider told the judge, without either hesitation or impudence, in a completely childlike manner, like a school-girl at examination; and she seemed to find a certain satisfaction in being able to answer long questions so nicely. Only once her eyes gleamed, and that was when she told how in the prison they had given her dry bread to eat.

The medical officer of the prison, who had watched her carefully, declared that he could find nothing intellectually wrong in her. She was intelligent beyond her years, but had no sense of what she had done, and was morally an idiot. And this was the opinion of the other medical men who were called to examine her.

The Court, bearing in mind that she was perfectly able to understand the nature of the action she had committed, condemned Marie Schneider to imprisonment for eight years. The question of heredity was not raised. Nothing is known of the father except that he is dead. Marie Schneider differs from the previous cases, not merely by her apparent freedom from pathological elements, but by her rational motives and her intelligence.

The young French woman intended nothing very serious by her brutal and unfeeling practical jokes. Marie Schneider was as thorough and as relentless in the satisfaction of her personal desires as the Marquise de Brinvilliers.

But she was a child, and she would very generally be described as an example of “moral insanity.” It is still necessary to take a further step, although a very slight one, to reach what every one would be willing to accept as an instinctive criminal.

 BTW, her Chiron, the Asteroid that demonstrates the natives Respect for Others,  is at 19 Aries.  It is not shown on either map.


           Detangling Marie

Miss Schneider has several clues in her horoscope that point to her cold blooded killed of little Grete.  One of the first thing is that her first house as two rulers, Saturn there as well, and Uranus at 07 Leo, directly opposite working at Mr. Vivian Robson wrote nearly a hundred years ago, a translation of light between the two.   Robson tells us that Saturn conjunct, as it via Uranus, makes the person “mean spirited,” while Uranus square Mars in the third house suggests that the person will express their personality through violent means.

We would agree as Saturn is a cold planet found here in the first aspect, giving her a rather abstract and detached attitude towards those around her while Uranus found opposite it, in its detriment in animal loving Leo, would make her feel the same way with them as well.  Her confession bares that out.

Next to Uranus is her part of Fortune found at 09 Leo, that Dr. Jones says is a symbol of a “A glass blower,” who when positive has the ability to breathe new life into things and when negative, as it is here, a distortion of reality leading to destructive acts.  Unfortunately, that is true as Marie did not seem to value the fragility of life very highly compared to the fear of being found out as a thief by her mother.

Finally, her Moon at Scorpio 04, suggests a “simple minded creature” according to E. C. Chambers.  Dr. Ellis agreed.

                                      Lines of Hope?

Marie has the Line of Culture in her chart trined, similar to Helen Keller who also has Uranus elevated.  Dr. Jones writes, that this suggests a person who is self-motivated and ignorant of social convention.  Other aspects would determine how well the native uses that beneficial line.

Her Line of Efficiency is conjunct, semi-sextile the supernumerary of Mercury giving Marie a certain keen insight to her world, and also a fast reflex action to instinctively push Grete out the window.

She has a strong Line of Vitality, that aspect between her Sun and Moon, here in opposition, giving her a remarkable ability to see every situation with an eye of how to benefit from it.

She has no line of Personality, which comes as no surprise as even Dr. Ellis found that lacking.  Today she would be said to have Proactive Aggressive behavior. proactive.png


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