Part I: The Case of Robert Tulloch and James Parker in Etna

Dartmouth Hall (photograph by Eric Francis in The Dartmouth Murders)

There was a time not long ago when I was gaining teacher-observation hours for a certification as prerequisite for a graduate program. While I was not attending Dartmouth College, I chose to observe at Dartmouth because I was inspired by the late Dartmouth professor John Rassias’ method, otherwise known as the Dartmouth Intensive Language Model. I drove up to Hanover each week and sat in on an undergraduate Spanish class where, after the teacher finished class, another teacher applied the Rassias Method: face-to-face, impossible to avoid one-on-one sessions between teacher and student consisting of all interaction in the target language meant to reduce the student’s effective filter. In a sense, like an ice-breaker for a business meeting can dislodge crystallized individuals’ introversion and encourage more social interactions, the Rassias Method, like an alcoholic drink, does the same, allowing for reduced reluctance and increased comfort in accuracy and fluency, somewhat like a shot of booze allows the rush of blood feeling for the right hemisphere of the brain. Truly the Method was incredible to see, but also odd, reminding me of how a billing office operates for a paid-for service for a patron for a gym membership or going to the racetrack. There’s the actual spectacle (the classroom/arena) and the “dirty work” (the Method/bursar). The Method facilitator would run the student through expression trials, almost like a boxer would spar with a trainer, the intent to reinforce the storage, access, and performance of language expression.

Outside of Susan Zantop’s office after the murders (photograph by Eric Francis in The Dartmouth Murders)

This Spanish class was in Dartmouth Hall. Years earlier as an undergrad, I had the opportunity to hear a presentation by the prosecutors in the case of two Dartmouth College professors brutally murdered in their own living room by high school kids from Vermont. On the cover, back, and in the center of the book The Dartmouth Murders by Eric Francis, there are photos of Dartmouth Hall, where Professor Susanne Zantop had worked; she and her husband Half Zantop were stabbed to death. When I first started reading it, I recognized the building structure right away. A friend that was supposed to have dinner with them the evening of the murder discovered their remains at the Zantops’ home.

There, in an instant, Verona spotted her friends lying on the floor of the study. In her heart she knew that they were both dead.

The Zantops lay just a few feet apart, surrounded by separate pools of blood. The once-orderly study now looked like a hurricane had hit it. A card table was upended, a desk chair that had been smashed and splintered was lying on its side. The rug was pushed up and there was a folding chair that appeared to have been thrown. Blood was splashed on curtains and on cabinets. A wastebasket had been hurtled and papers from it had fluttered down everywhere across the chaos.

Susanne was lying just inside the doorway of the room, face down, with a large pool of blood around her head.  Behind her was the overturned card table with one leg collapsed. Beyond the card table, Half was lying on his right side, facing into the room, with his head resting on the bottom shelf of a book case.

With the amount of blood and damage, it wasn’t immediately apparent, but both of the Zantops had been stabbed at least a half-dozen times in the head, neck, and chest.

Half had what appeared to be defensive wounds on his left hand and left leg from trying to fight off an attacker before being disabled by a deep stab wound near the heart. The lower left pant leg of Half’s blue jeans was soaked in blood, and more blood had pooled under his torso.

Susanne had put up a desperate defense herself, apparently wielding the folding chair as a shield. She sustained knife injuries to the right side of her head and neck before being taken down by a slicing wound to her abdomen. Chillingly, both the Zantops’ throats had been slit, most likely from behind.

Eric Francis, The Dartmouth Murders

It appears the motive for the murders was for the killers—Robert Tulloch and James Parker—to have means via victim ATM cards and PINs to begin a life dedicated to crime together; this description seems to be the most viable, as well as confessed by James Parker to police. Police researched several other potential motives: connecting the white supremest literature found in Mr. Tulloch’s bedroom with the fact the German-born Zantops were avid human rights activists that happened to be murdered on Holocaust Remembrance Day, or that possibly the Zantop’s interests in camping and/or rock-climbing crossed paths with Mr. Tulloch’s and Mr. Parker’s worlds. Mr. Parker’s motive not only connects with the relationship the two murdering friends had with each other based on their lifestyles observed by the community, but the birth charts of the two friends in relation to each other say a lot about the nature of how astrology as a diagnostic tool can reveal their dynamic.

Understanding the astrology of both individuals is the understanding of how the elemental triplicities in traditional astrology via Dr. Shelli Renee Joye’s take on Rudolph Steiner’s An Occult Philosophy reveal themselves in nature, in particular the human body:

  • Fire signs equate to spirit energy: radiant energy plasma (ego/I)—nondual frequency domain (Bohm’s implicate order), or biophotonic energy (e.g., mitogenic radiation, ultraviolet biophotons emitted from DNA). Ego: Complete fire sign triplicity (intuition/understanding): the nature of access to the enfolded holoflux energy from Bohmian implicate/intent/frequency realm; this access seems to be potential for what occultists like Aleister Crowley called “magick” (will to power), or “spirit,” and house placement/sign dignity of planet in relation to aspect to sign indicates what, how, and where that access occurs in reference to “meaning-making.”
  • Water signs equate to astral body: magnetic energy activity—blood plasma (Pribram’s quantum brain dynamics), or biomagnetic energy (e.g., by-products or cardiac, nerve, and brain activity; by-products of cellular activity; and subtle energies [Qi, Prana, and etheric energy]). Astral: Complete water sign triplicity (feeling/imagination): nature of access to the ability draw out the holoflux energy into our own entropic explicate EM realm; to navigate psi via magnetic relationship to emotion depending on dignity; there seems to be a strong bond between the natures of fire and water, as there is with the nature of the explicate/implicate. Archetypal.
  • Air signs equate etheric body: electrical energy activity—nervous system (brain and central nervous system), or bioelectric energy (e.g., nerve signal transmission, cardiac electrical rhythms, neuroelectrical brain activity, piezoelectrical bone currents)–also, bioelectronic energy (e.g., inherent cellular/DNA activity; DNA vibrating at GHz frequencies). Etheric: Complete air sign triplicity (thinking/perceiving): nature of access to the highest ideals/thoughts of man, the frequency transmit/receive functions as antennas we portray—very challenging to the role of water’s mystic relationship to fire; yet, the information “served up on a platter” that, while expanded in our time/space, informs/stimulates what’s within the explicate.
  • Earth signs equate to physical body: molecular energy structure—organic chemistry in space-time and biochemical processes), or biochemical energy (e.g., glucose, adenosine triphosphate, fats, protein). This last part is the foundation of western science; however, it seems the previous three have been recognized only in the east, until modern times. Physical: Complete earth sign triplicity (five senses): access to the end-state of energy as matter in the forms of wealth, structure, power, anything that can be concrete/touched, etc.

And how the mechanics of the human brain apply via Dr. Frank Heile’s Three-Agent Model of Cognition to these triplicities:

How does this theory apply to traditional astrology? (Emphasis on the colored words in the slide below mine.)

  • The principle of The Thinker corresponds to left hemisphere of the brain and the element of air
  • The principle of The Doer corresponds to the right hemisphere of the brain and the element of water
  • The principle of The Experiencer corresponds to back of the brain and the element of earth
From Dr. Frank Heile via YouTube

Ray Grasse observed a similar model, but attributed planetary spheres to the chakric regions of the brain and body rather than a more comprehensive and integrated model like Dr. Heile’s.

The conscious mind is naturally antagonistic to the unconscious. It prides itself on its precise observation and objectivity. It likes to separate, analyze, categorize. It uses its powerful logical thrust to establish scientific proof of things that it calls “facts.” This chair, this table, the sea are facts of the reality we live in. Facts depend on hypotheses, such as the types of questions we ask ourselves, and the points of view from which we perceive and examine them. Our dearly held certainties may shift and change when new questions and new hypotheses emerge. Ask Albert Einstein if the table is really solid, and he may say that also being pure energy, it is both a solid and not a solid at all. The sea is blue, but the ancient Greeks saw it wine red. Blue was not a “fact” in the time of Homer. The world was geocentric until Copernicus proved otherwise. A scientist will describe the rose as having a stem, thorns, leaves, petals, pistils, coloring, and scent, which are different aspects of a totality of experience, which only the unconscious gives access to. The unconscious has no hypotheses; it is a cauldron of swirling experiences. Tap into it, and up pops a dream image. The unconscious deals only in revelation, and revelation, being an experience, is, by definition, true. If I turn a corner and am suddenly faced with a blazing sunset over the ocean, my heart moves not to the “fact” of the sunset, but to the wondrous experience. The conscious mind deals in facts, the unconscious deals in truth.

Catherine Shainberg, The Kabbalah of Light

I agreed with this Apollonian/Cybele Model when I first learned of it, but after recognizing a more neurocognitive approach represented by Dr. Heile, it’s challenging to agree with the former. However, I don’t subscribe completely to Dr. Heile’s interpretations. For example, Dr. Heile believes consciousness is generated by neurons; I believe consciousness generates neurons. And my theory of the source and origin of this consciousness is the implicate/frequency domain of Bohmian physics. I believe this is the nature of the element of fire. This concept is beyond our understanding of the domains of space and time, as is the nature of plasma, which is a better definition than fire.

From Ray Grasse in Under a Sacred Sky

In my opinion, I cannot wrap my head around how planets alone could directly correspond to subtle energy centers and the endocrine system which seems affected by them. But what I can grasp is the nature of the molten nickel core of the Earth and geomagnetism, the nature of geomagnetism of other planets, and how ours and the others relate magnetically. The nature of the magnetic field of the human circulatory system is a micro scale of the Earth’s very own. And inlaid over that is the electric nervous system, just like the corresponding electromagnetic system of all planets, including our own—this is the aura, biofield, subtle body, etc. I have personally witnessed and timed archetypal and synchronistic phenomena subjectively and objectively as planets transit through the signs, and honestly there would be no other conscious explanation of reality that better maps the Symbolic Consciousness of the left brain and the Primary Consciousness of the right.

How traditional astrological rulerships apply to the Steiner and Heile Model is shown by the nature of the air element of The Thinker, water element of The Doer, and earth element of The Experiencer.

One final thing to mention: whole signs vs. equal house signs. Hellenistic astrologers advocated whole signs. But why? By looking at house description with the Steiner-Heile Model, when it comes to Equal signs, it would appear the very nature of the horizon of the Earth demonstrates significance on the life of the native. That is, it would allow the extension of the first house and the remaining by ascendant degree the difference of those remaining zodiac signs as effluent nature on the native. The nature and role of the Sun isn’t really like that. It’s an EM plasma emitter, at the very least, and it demonstrates a macro scale of the nature of subatomic or quantum universe design. As the Planck length, in theory, seems to be the smallest scale we can fathom for our dimension of time and space (explicate/entropic) to access an apparent other dimension (or others), it is directly related to the length of our Sun and the Liebnitz monad-like nature of our solar system and its relationship to the Milky Way. If consciousness is expanding from the Planck length and enveloping/unravelling holographic energy into matter that we perceive, the Sun must be doing the same. The nature and formula of what orbits the Sun and what EM and gravitational relationship planets have with the Sun must correspond to the subtle essence and influence of atomic and subatomic particles in a similar fashion. That is, do elemental atomic structures—that is the protons and neutrons—of an atom exhibit a house-like relation to the orbiting electrons in the same way traditional astrologers had considered via planet dignity and domicile? Or subatomic for that matter? I believe so, and I feel the whole-sign house system reflects the nature of the core of the Earth rather than the nature of the tropical zodiac ecliptic.

I’ll use the birth charts of Robert Tulloch and James Parker as examples to better describe the integration of the Steiner and Heile Models. As their birth times are unknown, I had to rectify to the best of my estimation what time of the day they were born based on what is available about the understanding of their character and actions. Yet, based on understanding of the Steiner-Heile Model, the determination of house topic and chart rectification can be better assessed by the value of The Thinker, The Doer, and The Experiencer.

Robert Tulloch birth chart
Robert Tulloch

Let’s begin with a small interpretation of Mr. Tulloch’s birth chart. The reason I chose this rectified time is because this Taurus stellium—Mars in detriment conjunct Mercury retrograde and combust by the Sun—seems to represent a profected year like no other, and as Mr. Tulloch murdered the Zantops just shy of four months prior to his 18th birthday, knowing that 17 is a 6th house profected year for everyone, it was natural to identify Taurus in his 6th house, making him a Sagittarius ascendant; Mr. Tulloch’s 18th birthday would make it a 7th house Gemini profected year.

The relational aspects between Mr. Tulloch’s rectified ascendant map a planetary circuit from 1st, 5th, 7th, and 11th. Aversions like the 6th are unseen by the ascendant, so these subtle energeric forces can come out in the traditional astrological interpretations of this house. This is why Mars is in joy in the 6th:

The 6th house in traditional astrology

The 12th house can be known as the place of incarceration and prisons—a good indicator if Scorpio is in the 12th and its ruler, Mars, is in detriment, but also in joy AND conjunct the fixed star Algol (my article on H. P. Lovecraft on the “Intent” page describes another comparison of this star influence for writer Colin Wilson and serial killer Peter Kürten:

This specific Mars placement is important to understand because at this very degree where he has his Mars in his birth chart is where Saturn was placed on the day he killed the Zantops—and transit Mars was applying to an opposition with Saturn conjunct Algol. Let’ dig into this. So, we have Mr. Tulloch as a Sagittarius rising with Jupiter in domicile in the 1st. On the day he killed the Zantops:

Most accurate time of the Zantop murders forensic chart
  • Strong Mars in domicile in the 4th (home) opposed Saturn conjunct Algol in the 10th (public image).
  • Leo rising is ruled by the Sun which is in detriment in the 7th (other person), so as the 1st house represents the victim in a forensic chart, the victim’s “quality/dignity” is poor due to “the other.”
  • The antagonist, Aquarius, is ruled by Saturn, so the Sun is in “Aquarius’ World, and Saturn has the “high ground” in the 10th. That is, the 10th is the 7th‘s 4th, so the “antagonist’s home. Mars in domicile offers a fight, which the Zantops did, but Venus rules the sign of Taurus where Saturn is placed, and not only is Venus exalted in Pisces, but it’s sextile Saturn.
  • Jupiter is in detriment in the 11th, or the antagonist’s 5th house, so as Jupiter is in joy in the 11th, the joy is too much (remember, Mr. Tulloch has Jupiter in domicile in Sag, which is opposite Gemini, plus more likely than not Jupiter is in Mr. Tulloch’s 1st house). That is, enough evidence was left behind. Just look at the Rider-Waite 8 of Swords tarot card where this Jupiter is in detriment: swords and a prisoner (or body) left behind, fluid beneath, and a house in the background.
8 of Swords in the Rider-Waite tarot

The best clue to the identity of the Zantops’ killers had been there all along: the matching plastic knife sheaths on the floor of the study.

From Day One, investigators had realized the potential these items had to be absolutely critical pieces of evidence in the case. The problem was going to be figuring out how to trace them back to their owners.

Molded right into the hard black material on each were the letters “SOG.”

Of the many kinds of knives that SOG manufactured, only two came with their own unique plastic sheaths. The ones from the Zantops’ study matched the model called the SEAL Knife 2000.

By Friday, February 2, [detectives] had a list, state by state, of all authorized SOG dealers in the country. The list was huge, stretching into the hundreds, and there was always the possibility that one of the listed retailers or distributors had sold the knives on one of their Websites, or that the knives used in the homicide had been bough second-hand through a private sale or some other forum.

[Detectives] had also noticed that one of the listed dealers, Fox Firearms of Scituate, Massachusetts, was auctioning a couple of hundred knives at a time, including SEAL 200s he had sold.

Of the 84 sales that Fox had recently completed, there was just one order for two identical SOG SEAL 2000s. It had been placed on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2001, less than a month before the murders.

The purchaser was listed as Jim Parker of Chelsea, Vermont—a town that sits only twenty-three miles northwest as the crow flies form where the Zantops had been killed.

Eric Francis, The Dartmouth Murders

Starting with The Thinker, we would observe the nature of Mr. Tulloch’s Libra, Aquarius, and Gemini placements since as air and ego, we would see this correspond with the left hemisphere of the frontal lobe and the executive function of cognition. In this rectified case, it would be the nature of his 3rd , 7th , and 11th house. Beginning with Libra and its ruler, Venus, Libra is strong based on Venus placed in an air sign by trine-aspect harmony between Libra and Gemini. Saturn in Libra is exalted, and Saturn had recently traveled back retrograde into Libra from Scorpio. This strong Saturnian strength makes Aquarius strong as well. However, Venus conjunct Rahu in Gemini can make the signs Venus rules somewhat unfortunate; we definitely see this with how he relates to others. In fact, Susan Zantop also had Venus conjunct Rahu, but in Cancer (she was born in 1945, but both Venus-Rahu conjunctions are within 10 degrees). She also had Mars in Gemini. I’ll discuss the Zantops’ birth charts in the next post. This is the nature of Sag risings as the mind/air operate in how they communicate and interact in their environments (3rd), with other people (7th), and in group settings (11th). Yet, with a strong Thinker focused on short trips (3rd) and hopes (11th) by the exalted Saturn, yet attracted to money (2nd house of possessions Saturn-ruled Capricorn) in others (7th house Venus)–by why a life of crime? Why not a different Sagittarian-inspired quest? This is what planets in strong places like the 1st house conjunct the fixed star Antares—the stinger of the constellation Scorpius—can reveal themselves as. From my earlier post on meth use, Ethan Freeman had Jupiter and Uranus conjunct Antares. In fact, Mr. Freeman was born only 19 days prior to Mr. Tulloch. And this conjunction was opposed the Venus in Gemini; however, Venus hadn’t yet reached Rahu as it had on the day Mr. Tulloch was born. What can be made this?

Emphasis on air signs (left brain/The Thinker/conscious ego) in Robert Tulloch’s birth chart

Mr. Tulloch’s chart is a Thinker self-model as shown in the orange model above. The nature of the relationship of Gemini 7th is aversion to its ruler, retrograde Mercury, so Mercury doesn’t “see” this sign. The same with Venus’ inability to “see” Taurus. However, they practice what is mutual reception; however, if the dignities are in aversion to each other, I fail to see how the mutual reception can mitigate any 6th-7th house hardships if the energy cannot be accessed. You can see this in just how weak the right brain Doer is for Mr. Tulloch in the blue version below. While Jupiter is in Sag, and it’s in a square aspect to its other domicile, Pisces, it’s still strong, especially busy as all mutable signs in his chart are, but creating subjective friction between the native and his home in a right-brain fashion.

Emphasis on water signs (right brain/The Doer/subconscious) in Robert Tulloch’s birth chart

The nature of Pisces and the 4th house, I’ve found, has very often had a lot to do with psi-related phenomena in the home; whereas, in a chart like Edgar Cayce’s below, we see the quality of the other planets in this sign, but not a strong sign or house for than matter. In fact, Jupiter exiled (opposite Cancer in Capricorn) is in the 6th, yet it’s sextile the 8th. We all know the talents documented by Mr. Cayce, “The Sleeping Prophet,” yet as a comparison to Mr. Tulloch, it reveals a lot in light of the following example:

Edgar Cayce’s birth chart

Rob [Tulloch] had spent his early childhood in another central Vermont town called Sharon before the Tulloch family briefly moved to Jensen Beach, Florida, in the early 1990s. In 1995, when they returned to Vermont, they settled in Chelsea and bough the landmark Hood House on Main Street and the old Chelsea Mills building immediately beside it.

Eric Francis, The Dartmouth Murders

I would assume 1991 as it would have been a 9th-house profected year for Mr. Tulloch, and coincidental that the 9th contains Leo and he moved to “The Sunshine State.” Also, in 1995, Mr. Tulloch would have been experiencing a 1st house Sag year: another indicator of travel by sign and planet.

After the Hoods moved to Massachusetts, the large house became the Brookhaven Home for Boys in the 1950s and 60s. By the 1980s it had become the Chelsea Outpost of the Vermont State Police.

State troopers assigned to patrol Orange County would send the night in the bedroom that later became Robert Tulloch’s. Downstairs they did their paperwork and processed criminals and drunk drivers in the large first-floor rooms. One of the troopers’ girlfriends grew increasingly convinced that the creaky old place was haunted by ghosts, and she eventually became too terrified to venture inside it.

Eric Francis, The Dartmouth Murders

It seems that spirit activity can also influence weak right-brained individuals like Mr. Tulloch, so it wouldn’t be any surprise to estimate this affect for any native with water signs in liminal houses when their dignity is in question; especially Scorpio in the 12th and Mars in detriment in Taurus in the 6th. This axis is notorious for patterns of this sort of phenomena in natives that exhibit them. Could there had been spiritual influence in Mr. Tulloch’s life to subconsciously motivate him to murder? Is the world his consciousness portrays for him built on this sort of understanding of reality? That murder is an acceptable route to acquire financial means to start his life journey as a modern-day pirate or mobster mythical character? So, by the James Parker’s birth chart, how does his energetic signature fit in with Mr. Tulloch’s, the day of the murders, and the very birth charts of the Zantops? This will continue in the next post.

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