Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr. is the serial killer who has been found responsible for the highly publicized abduction and murder of university student Hannah Graham. Police have forensically tied Matthew to other young women’s deaths and more cold cases are expected to be attributed to him. Jesse Matthew has been raping and killing young women for over a decade.
In addition to Hannah Graham, “DNA evidence has linked suspect Matthew to the death of a second woman, Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, who disappeared in 2009, authorities said. She was 20 at the time. Her remains were found on a farm months later.
Investigators are also checking other unsolved homicide and missing person cases for possible connections: Those of Cassandra Morton, whose body was found in a wooded area near Lynchburg in November 2009; Samantha Ann Clarke, who was last seen on September 13, 2010; and Virginia Tech students Heidi Childs and David Metzler, who were shot to death in 2009 . . . In addition, in 2010, Harrington’s case was connected to the 2005 kidnapping and sexual assault of another woman in Fairfax, Virginia. That woman survived her ordeal and provided police a description to make a sketch . . . a “criminal incident information” report was released by Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, pointing to a sexual assault allegedly involving Matthew on September 7, 2003.”
His first sexual assault on record was in October 2002. “His college career took a sharp wrong turn in his junior year, when a fellow student accused Matthew of raping her. Matthew withdrew from Liberty on Oct. 17, 2002 — hours after a reported sexual assault behind the university’s sports arena. Prosecutors said the case was dropped when the woman declined to press charges.”
Jesse Matthew was born on December 14, 1981. The time and place of his birth is unknown at this time. Therefore, in this natal chart analysis, the houses (including Ascendant and Midheaven) cannot be used. The time and place of birth are extremely important with astrology readings as it is the only way to differentiate him from others born on the same day. While this limits the information that may be revealed – there is still a wealth of telling details about him. This article will cover a few of the prominent features of his natal chart.
First, he has an emphasis of the fire element in his chart with the Sun in Sagittarius and the Moon in Leo. This makes him a go-getter in life. He needs his freedom and craves action. Matthew was an athlete, playing football and later coaching football. His fire dominant personality made him popular and well-liked with acquaintances. He would always seem larger than life, optimistic and energetic. On a negative side, fire signs can be bossy, argumentative and overly aggressive.
Matthew has his Sun, Mercury and Neptune in Sagittarius, a fire sign ruled by Jupiter. Sagittarians are usually larger sized people, very friendly, religious, and usually like to travel. Before Matthew was conclusively tied to killing multiple women, many people spoke out in support for him. The Washington Post wrote an article where he was described by those who knew him as a big teddy bear.
“Friends have said they were shocked the “gentle giant” — he’s 6-foot-2 and weighs 270 pounds — could be suspected of such violence.”
Police found inspiration messages all over his apartment when they searched it, showing his attraction for spiritually uplifting quotes.
“‘Sing like no one’s listening,” urges the peel-and-stick wall art in one bedroom. “Dance like nobody’s watching. Love like you’ve never been hurt.” In the living room, a small “Leadership” poster in a cheap plastic frame shows a bird soaring over a lake and advises that “Until you spread your wings, you’ll have no idea how far you can fly.'”
On the night that Hannah Graham was abducted, two incidents illustrating Matthew’s dominating personality occurred:
“Unprovoked, he [Matthew] suddenly grabbed a man in the Blue Light Grill and wrenched him into a wrestling hold so forcefully that he pulled the man’s hamstring, leaving this man limping for days. In the first few seconds of meeting two women for the first time, he yanked them up off the ground and threw them over his shoulders and laughed, making them uncomfortable and embarrassed.”
His need for playfulness is indicated by his Moon in Leo. He would love to entertain, spend time with children, and need to be the center of attention. He would be quite proud of himself and want to be in charge (the ‘king’.) Unfortunately, he could also be dictatorial, self-centered and immature at times. He would enjoy theatrics and be a natural actor. This helped him to seduce some young women and talk a man out of pressing charges after he had punched him in the face. Combined with Sun, Mercury and Neptune close together, he could portray himself as a harmless, friendly guy. However, as we have all learned, there was a much darker side to him. A controlling, sociopath who thought nothing, felt nothing as he brutally killed innocent young women.
His Moon in Leo is similar to Leo Sun sign of another mass killer, Elliott Rodger, who made videos of himself, announcing his magnificence and his hatred for young women who for some reason would not date him. This Leo pride can turn tyrannical if it feels rejected by potential partners. Matthew is no doubt enjoying all of the attention shown to him in the press.
Of course, there is much more in the chart besides a Sun or Moon in Leo. Matthew also has Venus square Pluto which indicates a need to control women (Venus). He would enjoy having the power of life and death (Pluto) over them and abuse it (square). His Sun square Mars (similar to Oscar Pistorius’s chart) gave him a hair trigger temper.
Matthews Mars at 29 Virgo shows the potential for him to go too far with his aggressive tendencies. A Charlottesville journalist recounted a road rage incident with Matthew back in 2009 when Matthew hit him in the face followed by acting contrite and apologetic. In another incident, Matthew went into a rage at a automobile repair shop when he wanted his money back. The employees were forced to call 911 due to Matthews belligerent behavior.
He worked in a hospital which is a positive manifestation of Mars in Virgo, Sun/Mercury/Neptune. Virgo deals with health/hospital matters and Neptune with large institutions. While interacting with patients (it is unknown to what extent) he would be in control, which he performed well with. However, in the real world, encountering people who were not under his control was where his violent rage surfaced.
Mars square Neptune and Mercury conjoined Neptune indicated his tendency to act in immoral and secretive ways. As the bodies piled up, he remained hidden. He was able to act secretively (Mars square Neptune) to avoid detection for over a decade.
It is only now that his past has finally caught up with him. When Matthew began his attacks is unknown. His lawyer stated that police are looking into cold cases that Matthew could be involved in from the 1990’s when he was a teenager.