Frequencies of Various Aspects and House and Sign Positions in the
Horoscopes of Murderers, Serial Killers, and Mass Murderers as Compared
to Control Groups, Part III

In Part I, an initial examination was made of single factors the horoscopes of sixty killers and sixty single murderers (those who killed only one victim). In Part II, combinations of factors were examined for the serial killer group alone. In both papers, the results were compared against control groups. Recently, birth data became available on 38 additional serial killers. This article reports on the next step: comparison of the previous results against data from the new group to see if any factors are replicated.

Research Criteria:
With one exception, these are the same as in the first two papers. An arbitrary standard was set. Only results 50% or greater above those expected by random chance would be considered significant. A slight change has been made for the aspects. Research was originally done with
the CCRS program, which had the ability to set orbs for each aspect individually. The other programs used (Astrodatabank, v.3 and the Astroinvestigator) set orb size the same for all aspects. The orbs were originally set as follows: + or 5 degrees for the conjunction (0 degrees) and opposition (180 degrees) aspects, and + or 4 degrees for the square aspect (90 degrees). In order to simplify matters, the orb for the square was reset for + or 5 degrees. This changed the result expected by random chance alone from 10% to 11.1%. The results from the
first two papers (both from the samples and the controls) have been recalculated to reflect this.

The Members of the Second Group

  • Beverly Allitt, British nurse who murdered patients.
  • Nathaniel Bar-Jonah, who killed, cooked, and ate at least eight
    young boys.
  • Willie Bosket killed at least two men. Prison guards referred
    to him as Hanibal Lechter because of his wild, violent behavior.
  • Robert Buell, serial rapist and killer of two young girls.
  • Leonarda Cianciulli who killed people as a magical sacrifice to
    keep her son safe in the army.
  • David R. Clark, killer of at least two people.
  • Marc Dutroux, Belgian serial killer of children.
  •  Alfred Gaynor killed at least two women and suspected of three
    more murders.
  • Edward Gein, who was the model for the Buffalo Bill character
    in the film Silence of the Lambs.
  • Kristen Gilbert, a nurse at a veteranís hospital who killed at
    least four patients with lethal injections.
  • Judy Goodyear, the black widow, who killed two husbands and a
  •  Arthur Jackson, killed two people in Scotland and attempted to
    murder an American movie actress.
  • John Joubert, killed at least four people. Executed.
  • John Kalhauser, killed two people and suspected in the
    disappearance of his wife.
  • Patrick Kearney, the California trash bag killer of at least 15
    men and boys.
  • Kenneth Kimes, Jr., one half of the mother and son grifters
    case. Only one body was recovered.
  • Henri Landru, the French bluebeard. Married and murdered 10
    women. No bodies were ever recovered.
  • Claude Lastennet, a serial killer of old women. On at least one
    occasion, he tasted the victimís blood.
  • Emile Louis raped and murdered young women in France.
  • Charles Manson who ordered his followers to commit the Tate and
    La Bianca murderers
  • Jean-Thiery Mathurin who, with his partner Thierry Paulin (see
    below) killed at least 31 elderly people.
  • Dorthea Montalvo killed elderly boarders in her rooming house,
    buried them, and continued to receive their Social Security checks.
  • Hera Myrtel killed several lovers and husbands.
  • Thierry Paulin was the accomplice of Jean-Thiery Mathurin
  • Michele Profeta killed a real estate agent and a cab driver.
  • Carlos Puch killed at least 14 people in Argentina.
  • Pascal Raffin, arsonist responsible for at least three deaths.
  • Jean-Claude Romand, a swindler who first killed his wife and
    two children, and then killed his parents.
  • Ferdinand Schoerner, a Nazi general who had many of his own
    troops executed for the slightest infraction.
  • Edgar Smith killed at least two people.
  • Charles Sobhraj, known as The Serpent, was an Asian serial
    killer who specialized in backpacking tourists.
  • Cary Stayner, murdered several women in Yellowstone National
  • Gianfranco Stevanin, the Monster of Terrazzo, killed at least
    six women.
  • Maria Swanenbrug, a care provider known as Good Natured Mie,
    insured her charges and attempted 102 murders. She killed 27.
  • Pat Taylor, serial poisoner.
  • Patrick Tissier, rapist and killer.
  • Joseph Vacher, killed at least seven women and four youths.
  • Jean-Baptiste Troppmann, killed a man and his son, and then
    later killed the widow and the remaining children.

Comparison of Results for Serial Killer Groups I and II
Sign Positions: The odds of a particular planet being in any particular house or sign by random chance alone is approximately 1/12. Sign positions of Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto were not used, as their lengthy orbital periods would tend to give skewed results. For the first group of sixty cases, the random chance result would be 5 out of the sixty. For the second group of thirty-eight cases, the random chance result would be 3.17. To get a result 50% higher would require 7.5 in the first case (rounded off to 8) and 4.755 in the second case (rounded off to 5). For the combined results of all 99 cases, the random result is 8.17 and 50% higher than that is 12.25 (rounded off to

The second group of serial killers gave low results in several cases. However, for some of these, the combined total of both groups was at 50% (or better) above chance. These were counted as hits. In some cases, the first sample gave results below the 50% criterion, but the second group gave results far enough above to push the total above the mark. These were also counted as hits.

The Sun in Gemini or Capricorn, and the Moon in Capricorn made the cut again with 13 cases each. Sun in Sagittarius gave only 12 hits, as did the Moon in either Sagittarius of Pisces. This is a borderline result, and while it cannot be counted here, it is very close and (IMO) should still be tested for when future samples become available.

The surprise was Mercury in Scorpio. The smaller second group gave a larger result than the first group. 10 out of 39 had Mercury placed here (which is 25.6%, over two and a half times the result expected by random chance) as opposed to 9 out of 60 for the first group.

Mars in Aries, which showed up in the first group, did not make the cut here. Mars in Leo replaced it with 13 hits for the combined group. Jupiter in Scorpio hung on with 13 hits.

Of course, no conclusions can be drawn at this preliminary stage, but these results are interesting because astrologers have tended to classify Mercury and Jupiter as mental planets. They are alleged to affect oneís thinking. Mercury is alleged to show a persons ability to deal with details, while Jupiter is supposed to indicate oneís ability to deal in principles, to get the big picture. In these samples, they both give above average results when they are found in the sign that astrologers claim is associated with death.

Full results for sign placements are in Table I.

House Positions:
The Sun, Moon, and Mercury showed no results by house. Venus no longer gave above random results for the 6th house but now did for the 11th house. The outer planets were more consistent.

The following gave results equal to or greater than the cutoff point of 50% above random:

  • Mars in the 7th house.
  •  Jupiter in the 10th house.
  • Saturn in the 1st house (gave above average results for both
  • Saturn in the 6th house (gave above average results for both
  • Uranus in the 8th house.
  • Neptune in the 7th house (gave above average results for both groups).
  • Neptune in the 12th house (gave above average results for both groups).
  • Pluto in the 10th house.
  • Pluto in the 11th house.

All told, fourteen of the original sign and house indicators still showed positive results for the combined group.

Full results for house placements are in Table II.


The numbers change here. The random result would be 1 out of 9, not 1 out of 12 as with the signs and houses. To get a result that is at least 50% higher than chance would require at least 10 hits for the first group and 6.3 for the second. The aspects that passed this test
for the first group were tested against the second. However, other aspects were also run. On several occasions, the second group yielded results that were high enough for the combined total to be 50% above chance (15 hits out of a total of 98 cases) and these were also listed.

The following results were obtained:

In 31 cases, both groups yielded results that met our criterion of 50% or more above random.

In 20 cases, one group yielded below random results, but the total met the 50% or more criterion. In 17 of those cases, the first group yielded results that were enough above the 50% mark to bring the total to at least 50%. In the remaining three cases, it was the second group
that did so. A total of 51 aspects met the criterion of 50% or more above chance.

In 10 cases, the total for the two control groups reached the 50% or better mark.

Some of the aspects were:

  • Sun in stress aspect to Pluto. Pluto is alleged by astrologers
    to rule death.
  • Sun in conjunction with the Venus/Mars midpoint.
  • Moon (emotions) in stress aspect to Mars. According to the astrological literature (which is anecdotal) this can give a shortened temper.
  • Moon in stress aspect to the Ascendant.
  • Mercury to Mars.
  • Mercury to Chiron.
  • Mars to the Moonís North Node.
  • Mars to the Sun/Uranus midpoint.
  • Mars to the Neptune/Pluto midpoint.
  • Jupiter to the Venus/Ceres midpoint.
  • Jupiter to the Ceres/Pluto midpoint.
  • Saturn to Chiron.
  • Saturn to the 12th house cusp.
  • Chiron to the Mars/Pluto midpoint.
  • Chiron to the Venus/Neptune midpoint.
  • Uranus to the Ceres/Chiron midpoint.
  • Uranus to the Pluto/Vertex midpoint.
  • Neptune to the Mars/Vertex midpoint.
  • Neptune to the Mars/Ceres midpoint.
  • Neptune to the Mars/Pluto midpoint.
  • Pluto to the Moon/Venus midpoint.
  • Pluto to the Uranus/Vertex midpoint.

The full results are in Table III.



This is still a work in progress. While it is true that several of the results from the first two papers were duplicated in the second group and the test groups gave five times as many hits as the control groups, it is still possible that the results are nothing but a fluke. However, with results from two separate groups of the horoscopes of serial killers, we now have 6 sign placements, 9 house placements, and 22 aspects that can be tested for in future studies.

The work is continuing....