Do You Have A Killer Personality?

Admit it, you love crazy killers or at least know someone who does. We’re so bored out of our minds thanks to our typical day-to-day routine, we just love a ‘killer personality’ to add that little spice to life.

The fact that Netflix’s recent documentary Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes is currently trending and drawing great viewership is testament to this. Many of us like looking up real-life crime, to pick the minds behind heinous acts of murder, to understand or condemn the transgressor. One could say we’re almost obsessed with the life and times of infamous murderers because for some reason or another, their story serves some value or interest.

The Ted Bundy documentary isn’t the only one of its kind that generated positive reception for Netflix. After all, one of its most watched of all time is Making A Murderer, yet another true crime documentary that details the life of Steven Avery. This particular series of videos garnered such immense interest it led to viewers sending in a petition to the White House requesting for Avery to be pardoned. The petition in question saw a whopping half-a-million signatures.

It’s clear entertainment media based on killers (or at least, convicted killers) is provocative and interested, so we thought we’d play along. It’s true we won’t present archival footage nor chilling audio recordings on death from the killers themselves. Nonetheless, we do have a handy metaphysics tool of slicing and dicing the mystery behind a quartet of actual killers with a stomach churning modus operandi.

If you’ve ever wondered if YOU possess a killer personality - literally - then take a look at the diagnosis of these four infamous murderers and see if you can dance with death just as well!

Beheading BaZi Basics

The ground-breaking The Ten Gods presents a one-of-a-kind reference on this subject in ways never attempted before by any Chinese or English reference books. To advanced, intermediate or even novice students, this collection of knowledge will be one of the most integral points of reference in their study of Destiny Analysis.

Breaking down the basic concept behind BaZi is essential before we head further into case studies of psychosis manifesting through blood and gore. Known as the Eight Characters or Four Pillars of Destiny in the English language, BaZi utilizes the simple data of one’s date and time of birth to calculate the trajectory a person’s life might take. In other words, it reveals one’s destiny – the opportunities and challenges that will be present throughout their lives, as well as their traits, tendencies and sense of self.

One integral aspect of any BaZi analysis is the Ten Gods, which are neither deities nor living beings but instead elements in a BaZi chart that contain countless meanings and possible interpretations. Deciphering specified meanings largely entails an understanding of the interactions between the Gods and the Five Elements that represent them. In the interest of newcomers and brevity, we will provide a more general analysis using the Ten Gods as opposed to diving too deeply into technicalities and terminology. Further, we’ll be referencing the Animals under the Chinese Zodiac as they’re linked with any analysis of the Ten Gods. For more information on the Ten Gods and its link with the Animal Signs, visit this link for more resources.

1. Mona Fandey – The Vocally Gifted Wicked Witch of The East

If you think Mona Fandey looked a little - well, VERY - crazy while she was alive, that's because she was.

The Case Study:

To the Malaysian eye, where Mona Fandey hails from, this long-deceased woman may seem like evil incarnate. Mona Fandey was a pop singer during her earlier years, but what transpired after she left the music industry exposed her far more to the public eye than any performance or vocal prowess she ever displayed. Real name Maznah Ismail, she became infamous for being an enthusiast of head dismemberment and human skinning. The person she mutilated was the high-profile Mazlan Idris, a state assemblyman who relied on Mona’s gravitation towards black magic to make inroads in his political career.

The post-pop singer version of Mona Fandey attracted a niche crowd from the upper class of local society, Mazlan included. It’s been reported she gave charms and talisman to various political members of the ruling party during the time she practiced shamanism, known as bomohs to the locals. In Mazlan’s case, he was promised by Mona and her husband that the politician would gain invincibility in his career if he held an offered talisman, supposedly owned by former Indonesian President Sukarno. Mona convinced Mazlan that he would be "invincible" if he held the talisman. In return, Mona demanded RM 2.5 million. Mazlan paid the couple RM 500,000 as deposit, and gave them 10 land titles as surety for the remaining RM 2 million.

Fast forward to the actual ritual and Mazlan was lying on the floor face up at Mona’s house, where he has then told to shut his eyes and anticipate money falling from the sky. Mona’s assistant, Juraimi, took advantage of Mazlan’s vulnerability to part his head from the rest of his body with an axe. Mazlan’s body was partially skinned and later found in 18 pieces in a storeroom near Mona’s house.

Despite her eventual death by hanging on 2 November 2001 at the age of 45, the infamous Mona Fandey was all smiles on camera. Apparently, her last words before her neck hanged from a noose was “Aku takkan mati,” or “I won’t die”.

BaZi Real Talk:

Mona Fandey's BaZi chart

Her chilling life story is mirrored in her destiny chart. Mona Fandey’s Indirect Resource, while not the most prominent ‘God’ in her chart, is still very strong and such individuals tend to have an affinity with the supernatural. They’re more likely to embrace occult practices or are drawn to the inexplicable, which is aligned with Mona’s second career path and the root behind her killing intent.

Indirect Resource also pertains to notoriety; one can bet that because of this, Mona she will be deeply rooted in the collective consciousness of the Malaysian public for many years after her passing. In fact, her notoriety and the sensational nature of her trial was one of the primary reasons the Malaysian government found the flaws of being trialed by jury severe enough to discontinue the system on 1 January 1995.

The Rabbit in Mona’s Day Pillar and Rat in the Month Pillar create an Uncivilized Punishment. Normally this implies the chart bearer will be betrayed by someone they trust, though the reverse can also transpire. Mazlan certainly trusted Mona’s expertise in black magic enough to fork over a fortune well beyond the capacity of the average person. Mona clearly spat on that trust by being an enabler of the victim’s dismemberment.

As a side note, her strong 7 Killings only appears in the Main Qi of the Earthly Branch located in her Month Pillar and not ‘revealed’ in the Heavenly Stems, meaning that her innate aggression and motivations were not readily apparent. Mazlan did not see impending doom by associating with her simply because her motivations weren’t perceptible, at least not to him.

2. Issei Sagawa – Japan’s Friendly Neighbourhood Hannibal Lecter

You'd never image this nerdy, bespectacled man would have perverse, cannibalistic inclinations, would you? Regardless of first impressions, Issei Sagawa is truly the Asian Hannibal Lecter and that's makes the man deceptively terrifying.

The Case Study:

Meet Issei Sagawa, who is alive and walks freely in Japan despite going full-blown Hannibal Lecter over 37 years ago. The 69-year-old from Kobe, Japan seems rather benign at first glance. He was a public speaker, actor and writer who pursued a Ph.D. in literature at Paris. His upbringing was comfortable, even fanciful, thanks to his wealthy family. Yet there’s no denying the reality that Issei Sagawa is a cannibal, necrophiliac and murderer.

Also known as Pang, the man killed and ate his classmate, a Dutch lady named Renée Hartevelt, while living and studying in Paris. Miss Hartevelt, 25 at the time, was under the assumption she was helping Issei with translating poetry for an assignment. What Issei truly had in mind when he invited her over to his apartment was to “absorb” her beauty and health – qualities he believed he lack – by dining on her dead body.

She never saw her death coming – Issei unloaded lead into the back of her neck with a rifle shot. Issei claims to have fainted after realizing the severity of the act, but woke up eventually to finish what he started. Issei raped her corpse before eating various parts of her body over two days, saving the rest in his refrigerator. He was finally arrested after police caught him about to rid himself of the victim’s body in a lake in the Bois de Boulogne.

After two years of awaiting trial the French judiciary deem Issei Sagawa to be clinically insane and thus unfit to stand trial. He was eventually deported back to Japan and immediately examined at a local hospital upon touch down. Back in his home country, Issei was found to be completely sane and found sexual perversion as his sole reason for murder. However, since charges in France had been dropped, Japan had no legal rights to detain Issei and thus the man has walked free ever since.

BaZi Real Talk:

Issei Sagawa's BaZi chart

The prominent Direct Resource in Issei’s BaZi chart makes him out to be someone who is, in essence, all bark but no bite. This is at least true in the earlier part of Issei’s life. The man reportedly developed man-eating urges in first grade after staring at a male’s thigh. In spite of this, he never acted upon these desires until adulthood. The reason why he eventually had the audacity to pursue murder could be a transition in Luck Pillars that eroded the mental inhibitions placed by the Direct Resource Star, but that’s an aspect that won’t be deeply analyzed in this piece.

Imagine resigning yourself to be accused of rape because your true intention was far more taboo. That was the story with the 23-year-old version of Issei, who broke into a German woman’s apartment unit in Tokyo while she was sleeping. That could have been Issei’s first victim but the woman awoke and promptly overpowered the physically frail cannibal. As mentioned, he didn’t correct anyone for accusing him of attempted rape.

Issei’s excessively strong Eating God Star relates to his passion for writing and literature though it also influences his ability to indulge and pamper himself. Due to its extremity, Issei’s concept of luxury and indulgence morphs into depravity. His cannibalistic desires likely stem from this particular trait.

Also, the strength of his Eating God counters his Influence Element – the aspect of him that keeps his desires in check. Excessive Output equates to weaker Influence which manifests as a lack of self-discipline. While Issei’s Eating God is the root behind his creative strengths and affinity towards literature, it’s also the reason why his moral compass is completely haywire.

3. Charles Manson – The Beatles’ Lovin’ Cult Leader

Charles Manson attracted an overzealous crowd who believed in starting an unprecedented racial war of epic proportions. Simply put, his group was a perfect example of crazy leading the crazy.

The Case Study:

The mastermind behind a series of nine murders at four locations in July and August of 1969, Charles Miles Manson of the Manson Family cult has been immortalized in pop culture as a symbol of insanity and violence.

The man, who died last year from cardiac arrest at the age of 83 while serving his life sentence, was convicted in 1971 for first-degree murder and masterminding the death of seven people, which were carried out by members of his cult on his order. Charles Manson was also charged with first-degree murder concerning two separate killings.

Cults, in their warped understanding of reality, typically have strange reasons for their conduct and the Manson Family stays true to this stereotype. Charles Manson subscribed to “Helter Skelter”, a term derived from the eponymous Beatles’ song to describe an inevitable racial war of catastrophic scale. Engaging in the killings was meant as a catalyst for that war. His extremist tendencies aren’t too surprising considering he has Nazi symbolism tattooed slightly above the gap between his eyebrows.

One would think that acts of Manson’s level would make him public enemy number one, but in actuality the man had gained a fair bit of popularity across certain groups. Underground newspapers Los Angeles Free Press and Tuesday's Child portrayed him in a more appreciative light, with the latter dubbing Manson as “Man of the Year” in early 1970.

The man was also a singer-songwriter in his earlier years and his recordings and controversial stories have both contributed to his great influence on the music industry many years later. Famous names in music such as Kasabian, Spahn Ranch and Marilyn Manson have been said to derive their names from Manson and his lore, for instance.

BaZi Real Talk:

Charles Manson’s BaZi chart

Manson’s Noble People Star is the Pig and as it turns out, his chart is non-halal. With two Pigs present, he naturally drew a crowd to assist him in carrying out his visions, leading to the Manson Family. Many of these cult members were young women from across California. Many of the murders associated with him weren’t done by him alone – he wasn’t even part of the actual act of killing several of them. Helping hands naturally gravitated towards him, for better or worse.

His double Pig structure may have afforded him cult leader status, but the same trait creates Self Punishment element in his chart. This results in inherent self-destructive tendencies. Sure enough, much of Manson’s life preceding the formation the Manson Family is steeped in crime. He was an unemployed ex-convict who spent half his life in correctional facilities over a multitude of offenses, including petty theft and attempting to cash in on a forged cheque.
His Self-Punishment habits continued past the formation of his cult, which naturally lead to his own ruin. Life in prison could have been avoided, perhaps, had he surmounted this particular trait in his BaZi. Alas, that wasn’t the case.

4. Aileen Wuornos – Femme Fatale With A Deadly Vendetta

Aileen Wuornos led an incredibly traumatizing life since early childhood, which was probably integral to the development of her blood-thirst towards predatory men in her later years.

The Case Study:

Rape is a powerful enabler for violence, as evidenced by the actions of the infamous Aileen Wuornos. The American lady was executed through lethal injection for murdering seven men in Florida between 1989 and 1990. She was essentially the incarnation of Marvel’s Punisher, committing homicide by shooting her victims at point-blank range while blinded by the vermillion hue of vengeance.

The killer claims each and every murder was done in self-defense, as all of them had raped or attempted to rape her while she was working as a prostitute. Her plea was not met with mercy and understanding, likely because of inconsistencies in her story. One moment her reasoning was self-defense, the next it was simply because she was engaged in robbery and wanted to leave no witnesses behind.

Aileen Wuornos was yet another dangerous individual that inspired creatives – in this case, the creatives were in filmmaking. The 2003 film Monster directly pertains to Aileen Wuornos’ life, chronicling her story from childhood up until her first murder conviction. As it happens, the movie earned Charlize Theron, who assumed the role of the murderer on the silver screen, an Academy Award for Best Actress.

BaZi Real Talk:

By the age of 11, Aileen Wuornos was offering sexual services in school for cigarettes, drugs and food. She didn’t enjoy proper parenting to steer her on the straight and narrow – her father had been incarcerated at the time of her birth and eventually committed suicide.

The killer also alleged that her grandfather had sexually assaulted and beaten her when she was still at a tender age. She claims that before being pummelled and violated, she would be forcefully stripped of her articles of clothing. This gross exhibition of injustice culminated with Wuornos getting pregnant from her grandfather’s accomplice, at age 14. A year later, the grandfather threw her out of the house, forcing the girl to turn to prostitution to survive.

From a BaZi perspective, her tumultuous life is on the back of a Fan Yin (反吟) Clash between her Year and Month Pillars. This is a Heaven and Earth Clash, meaning the Heavenly Stems Clash with each other while the Earth Branches also Clash with one another. This results in an upbringing defined by emotional trauma and hardship.

Aileen Wuornos’ BaZi chart is riddled with Clashes, not just the one mentioned above. Her Tiger in the Day Pillar is in opposition with the Monkey in Year Pillar. Her Day Master also clashes with the Heavenly Stem of the Month Pillar. One interpretation is that she is prone to misfortune. More specifically, she is liable to accidents and problems that are externally created as opposed to self-inflicted. This lends some credibility to her claim that she was raped by the men she killed. These Clashes also indicate a very poor financial state, which was reflected during Aileen Wuornos’ life. Life was perpetually tough since her earliest years and a large part of that difficulty was rooted in a lack of financial stability.

Of the four killers mentioned here, one could argue that Aileen Wuornos is the easiest to sympathize with. Destined to be Death-bringers?

These body of analysis begs the question – are some people truly destined for murder? The answer is a bit of yes and no. There are elements in a chart that could imply behavioural patterns that lead down a dark path, or horrible circumstances that galvanize equally horrifying responses on account of the individual in question.

However, murder is an action – meaning it is governed by the will of an individual. Plenty of people don’t fulfill their destiny because of insufficient will. You may have the opportunities or talent to achieve something, but without strength of will you’re going to inevitably fall short of your destiny. The same roughly applies in this context. Other people may have charts with identical configurations to these killers, but their lives could be complete opposites of one another.

Willpower and action is the control mechanism of destiny. People may have no control over the destiny prescribed by Heaven, but it is well-within our control to tweak certain parameters to create the best possible outcomes.

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