Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Lyon Sisters

The Lyon Sisters
Two Young Girls Go To The Mall and Disappear

From Wikipedia:

Katherine Mary Lyon (aged 10), and Sheila Mary Lyon (aged 12) were two sisters who disappeared without a trace during a trip to a local mall in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., in 1975. Known colloquially as The Lyon Sisters, their case resulted in one of the largest police investigations in the Washington, D.C., metro area’s history. The case remains unsolved. As of 2009, if Katherine and Sheila are still alive, they would be 45 and 47, respectively.

The children lived with their parents, John and Mary Lyon, and other siblings in Kensington, Maryland, a suburb of Washington. Their father John was a well-known radio personality at WMAL, a local radio station then held by the owner of the ABC Television affiliate in Washington and the now-defunct Washington Star. For the next several months, the girls' disappearance was the top story in the D.C. media, even as the U.S. was pulling out of Vietnam

About a half-mile from their home was Wheaton Plaza shopping mall (now Westfield Wheaton). On March 25, 1975, the girls were on spring vacation from school and wanted to see the Easter exhibits at the mall and have lunch at the Orange Bowl Restaurant. They left home between 11:00 AM and noon. Their mother had instructed Sheila and Katherine to return home by 4:00 PM; when they had not arrived by 7:00 PM, the police were called and an extensive search was conducted.


Police felt comfortable enough with accuracy of this timeline to release it to the public.

11:00 AM to noon: The girls leave home.

1:00 PM: A neighborhood child tells investigators that he saw both of the girls together outside the Orange Bowl Restaurant. He also told the investigators that the sisters were speaking to an unidentified man.

2:00 PM: The girls' older brother saw them inside the Orange Bowl Restaurant eating pizza together.

2:30 to 3:00 PM: A friend sees the girls walking westward down a street near the Mall which would have been one of the most direct routes from the Mall to their home. This is the final sighting of the sisters that is absolutely confirmed by the police.

4:00 PM: This curfew set by their mother passes, the girls are expected home and do not arrive.

7:00 PM: Police are called. The investigation and an active search by professionals begins.

Also, from Wikipedia:

Katherine Mary Lyon (aged 10), and Sheila Mary Lyon (aged 12) were two sisters who disappeared without a trace during a trip to a local mall in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., in 1975. Known colloquially as The Lyon Sisters, their case resulted in one of the largest police investigations in the Washington, D.C., metro area’s history. The case remains unsolved. As of 2009, if Katherine and Sheila are still alive, they would be 44 and 46, respectively.

The immense media attention given to this case at the time, its significance in the Washington area’s criminal history, and the fact that the mystery of their disappearance has never been explained, has led to the story being revisited by the press on a regular basis, with the result that it has started to pass into the area’s folklore.


This is another great case sent to me by a dutiful and loyal seeker of justice for children, Madena. This is interesting to me because not only have the bodies not been found, there have been no further sightings of the girls and no suspects have been named, even after hundreds of tips and the chasing of many leads, most of which have turned out to be false. They did entertain the possibility that Fred Howard Coffey Jr., a pedophile guilty of killing another child, was to blame. They also considered Raymond Rudolph Mileski Sr., a local bad ass that had killed his entire family. No matter, no charges were ever brought because no evidence has ever been found. This case is especially interesting because it drew enormous media attention, both locally and nationally, they had 122 National Guardsmen participate in the searches, which were extensive and lengthy and, to boot, their father was famous locally as a radio personality with quite a following. I mean, everything about this case screamed that it should have been solved, and yet it has not. A lot can happen to precious children in a scant 4 blocks, don't we know? And with no one watching, either.

Consider that, according to Wikipedia, "A neighborhood child, who knew the sisters, says that he saw them together outside the Orange Bowl Restaurant speaking with an unidentified man, about 6 feet tall, 50 to 60 years old, and wearing a brown suit. The man was carrying a briefcase with a tape recorder inside; there were also other children around who were speaking into a microphone he was holding. The witness's description of the man led authorities to view the unknown person as a prime suspect in the Lyon sisters' case and two composite sketches of the man were created." According to all sources, this is the one and only suspect the police have ever had and he is unknown, undefined, unnamed. He was sighted by other people on several occasions doing the exact same thing: having children speak into a microphone he was holding. But he was not known to be a reporter, a photographer, an investigator or anyone who would have had an honest reason to be doing this. And so he is the best guess anyone has, a pedophile out looking for victims and, presumably, he snatched the girls. None of the suspects they have looked at so far has matched this description or been found to own such a briefcase. I guess their sketches don't work so well.

But what do the charts say? We certainly can't do this ancient case any harm at this point and we can't possibly do much worse than the entire National Guard did way back then. So, do the charts support the kidnapping theory or do they tell a different story? My first thoughts, before even drawing the first chart, was to look for Saturn and Pluto and see what they are hiding. A case that gets this dark that fast has got to be under planetary restraints. I am also interested in fast moving planets because they disappeared in less than an hour on a path of less than a mile. So the story must be a good one.

The last known sighting of the girls occurred between the hours of 2:30 and 3:30 pm. They were due home at 4 pm. The first chart I work with is for 2:30 pm. Notice that Leo is rising with the Sun in the ninth house. With the Sun is Jupiter, which is the ruler of the fifth house. This is interesting. It forces me to read the first house for the older girl and treat the younger one as her child! Although this is physically impossible, what happens in spirit is often strange. The real challenge for me is the fact that both of these planets are disposed of by Mars, which is placed in the seventh house. Mars, in turn, is disposed of by Uranus in the fourth. Mars and Uranus are in mutual reception. These girls were looking for someone on purpose, someone who lived in a home nearby. Perhaps even a home on the route they took to their own home. Someone who had invited them, perhaps? Could this be the man with the briefcase they had been seen with earlier? To top off these aspects, Mars and Uranus are in mutual reception and Mars rules the seventh house! This definitely tells me the purpose of the girls actions at this time of day was to meet up with this person. Uranus also tells me that this is a new friend, someone unusual, someone they were excited by. Also, someone a bit peculiar, perhaps? Someone much older than they?

Standout aspects in this chart are, first of all, the opposition from Uranus in the fourth to Venus in the tenth. This man had rows with authorities and had been in trouble in the past. In fact, the police knew who he was. He had a home in that neighborhood or he had family there and used their home; Uranus is retrograde so he'd been around a very long time. If you notice, Uranus is co disposed of by Pluto, in the third house in Libra. This person had a proclivity for children, maybe started with his own siblings, and favored girls. Notice how Pluto opposes the girls' markers, the Sun and Pluto. By the way, these planets are in the ninth house, telling us that, at 2:30 pm, at least, these girls were outside. They were walking along a wooded path or walking through an open field. They may even have wandered into the woods, if woods exist there. What I really don't like in this chart is Saturn in fall in the twelfth house disposed of by the Moon in Virgo in the second. Something is rotten in Denmark. Especially when you also note that the Moon is disposed of by Mercury in the eighth house while, at the same time, in opposition.

It is my first guess that this person gave the girls something. A gift, perhaps, or a promise, even. He or she gave the girls something and won their trust. They could not resist the promise or invitation, assuming they could stop in and be home in plenty of time, which would have been possible if this person lived nearby. There are strong markers that the girls might have met with foul play and quickly. Consider the trine between Saturn in fall and Mercury in fall from the twelfth and eighth houses. The next chart I draw up is for 3 pm and the first thing I notice is that the seventh house ruler, Uranus, is backing into the third. This person they are about to meet has now gone outside of his or her home and is in the neighborhood, possibly looking for the girls? I am noticing, for the first time, the inconjunction between Uranus and Jupiter. Jupiter rules the fifth house. So this may actually be someone they do not know and purely an accident. This is always possible with an inconjunction. But, then again, the north node is in a trine with Jupiter, making me think there was a plot involved, after all. In truth, most aspects seem to point at a plot which included an invitation, to which the girls were responding. But it does not rule out a surprise attack, where the attacker leaves his or her home to meet with the girls outside of the home and have the advantage of surprise. A plot on the one hand, an accident on the other.

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I am afraid that I must throw in my two cents as I read these charts. I am pretty convinced that the charts are saying these girls died that day. Looking at the chart for 3:30 pm, I am concerned by a lot of what I am seeing. The first house ruler, the Sun is now with the fifth house ruler, Jupiter, in the eighth house. They are joined there by Mercury, which disposes the Moon. The seventh house ruler, Uranus, is still in the third house but it's dispositor, Mars, has fallen into the sixth house. These girls were not taken to the home. This person lived in the neighborhood and so had access to the same path the girls were walking. This person arrived by surprise, even after an invitation had been extended, and either convinced the girls or forced them into the woods. They were killed in a small wooded area with small animals like turtles, squirrels and raccoons. Were there cornfields or haystacks in that area? How about a chicken ranch or a dairy farm? If not, these do not fit, then consider also greyhound racing, beekeeping, fox farming or hunting and mineral mines. Farms that grow carrots or parsley also come to mind.. and this person probably also owned a small dog. A small dog that barked a lot.

What I am trying to do is point out the area where the girls were taken and killed. It would be near an area similar to the places I've described: such as near a greyhound track or in an area where bees are kept or where they have mined for minerals. You get the drift. I know nothing of Maryland, have never been there, so I will leave it to those near the area to judge what fits. I almost never do this, but this chart is clear to me so I will venture to guess the manner of death. The charts appear to say that the girls died by stabbing or strangulation and were buried in that area, most likely close to a place that was dug up already. In other words, the murderer sought to find broken ground to bury her. I saw a similar placement in Natalie Holloway's chart, that she was buried where there was freshly dug up ground. This would mean places where construction had just begun, where mines were being excavated, where pools are being laid in, et al..

This event occurred close to the home. This was right in the neighborhood and involved a person who also lived nearby. This person was known to the police and had been in trouble before. He or she had extended an invitation to the girls but made sure to meet with them on the way and take them by surprise. The girls were taken to an area in the woods or off the road near a chicken ranch or greyhound track or anything else I touched on that might fit the region. An interesting aspect I must point out is that Uranus, the marker for the abductor, is in opposition to the fixed star, Schedir, which is conjoined Venus, which rules the tenth house. This tells me that the police set him or her free. They had the culprit and let him or her go!

And so now I take my lame shot at describing this person who took these children. Throughout the chart he or she is represented by Uranus in Scorpio. Again, I must say that this does not mean he or she is a Scorpio. They may not, in fact, even have a single planet in Scorpio. It just means that they are defined by this placement. Which, in my book, makes him or her short and stocky with broad shoulders. Strong and bullish. Conversely, he or she may have a long face with a broad forehead. There would be dark hair with dark eyes and a dark complexion. Again, I must say, that I am not pointing at blacks or Latinos, but that this individual had a dark complexion in comparison to many of his or her race. For instance, it might be said that I have a dark complexion as far as Caucasian women go and I have dark hair and eyes. I do, and so do many other people, including blacks and Latinos, some of which are almost white in color and others are dark as night.

This person has a snappy expression and can be sarcastic and rude. This person is very determined and has fantastic willpower, pushing hard for what is wanted. Strong desires, urges, some perversity. Unusual outlook on life. This person has such persistance that they cannot be put off. When they set the mind on something, it must be done! Resistance means nothing. These girls were helpless against this strong, willful adult. This person is very intuitive and careful and can be one step ahead of anyone seeking him or her out. This person is somewhat eccentric and impulsive and may have planned this for some time and then just grabbed an opportunity on a whim. There is no doubt that this person is very dangerous and can be extremely malicious and almost revolutionary. He or she would stand out among others and you would not forget if you had crossed the same path.

Although I am always hopeful that something I do will help, the real purpose of my work is to study Astrology and see if a system cannot be developed that will help investigators. I do not mean it to be the final word or the only tool; my hope is that it can be integrated with profiles and other tools to be useful to some extent. Life is full of mystery and hidden actions, wouldn't it be wonderful if we could see these things more closely, more easily? Absence of Superman on earth, we have to settle for these sorts of things. I would LOVE to have Xray vision! However, this is the best I can do at this time and perhaps something good will come of it. I know this case will never be solved. My heart goes out to the friends and family of these girls. I hope this brings some small measure of peace.. and, for want of that, perhaps rekindle an investigation into the senseless murders of these lovely children.

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