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The Astrologer's Newsletter - September/October 2008

David Fisher's Data Corner

Yves St Laurent
Yves St. Laurent, who died on the 1st June 2008, was one of the century’s foremost fashion designers. He studied in Paris, graduating in modern languages and in 1955, after winning an international design competition, was employed by Christian Dior, whom he succeeded in 1957. In 1962 he opened his own fashion house and four years later opened the first of his Rive Gauche boutiques. His idea to sell ready-to-wear clothes set a trend which other fashion designers were soon to follow. In 1995 he was made an Officer of the French Legion of Honour and in 2002 announced his retirement. Apparently he suffered a number of nervous breakdowns over the years, one of which terminated his army service in the 1950s.

YVES HENRI DONAT MATHIEU ST. LAURENT: 1st August 1936; Oran, Algeria (35N43 0W43); 7:45pm (19:15) GMT. Source: French astrology publication Maison III, February 2002, quotes birth certificate.

Gordon Cummins
Yet another miscreant to add to our Rogues’ Gallery is wartime airman Gordon Cummins who, in the short space of five days in February 1942, murdered four women in London. Good-looking and married, he was known to his fellow airmen as a bit of a toff on account of his upper-class pretensions. All four victims were strangled and three of them were crudely mutilated. The police knew they were after a left-handed man and fingerprints were found on a tin-opener that Cummins used in the mutilations. It wasn’t long before Cummins was caught, largely through his own carelessness. He attacked a woman in a street doorway, but her cries attracted passers-by and the young airman ran off. Shortly after this, he attacked another woman, this time running away and leaving his Service belt behind. Cummins’ fingerprints matched those found at two of the murder scenes and a search of his quarters turned up several items belonging to his victims. At his trial at the Old Bailey the jury took only 35 minutes to find him guilty and he was hanged at Wandsworth Prison on 25th June 1942. This case has been recorded in numerous books and articles over the years, and Cummins has been compared to both Jack the Ripper and Peter Sutcliffe because of the ferocity of his crimes.

GORDON FREDERICK CUMMINS: 18 February 1914; New Earswick, near York (53N58 1W05); time not known. Source: The Blackout Murders by Simon Read (JR Books 2008), p 256.