New evidence has turned up that Doris Duke, ‘richest women in the world’, heir to a tobacco, aluminium and energy fortune, who died in 1993, was responsible for crushing her constant companion of seven years under the wheels of her car, after he had told her he was leaving. Vanity Fair says: “A notoriously jealous and possessive woman, Duke had stabbed her common-law husband, jazz musician Joseph Castro, with a butcher knife three years earlier and escaped any criminal charges.” This time round the local police chief who had mafia connections deemed it an accident. In thanks she donated hundreds of thousands to local projects.
Born 22 November 1912, she had a 12th house Sun conjunct Mars in vengeful Scorpio in a hard-edged and can-be cruel opposition to Saturn. Her Sun was inconjunct a 7th house Pluto which would intensity her darker emotions where close relationships were concerned; and she had a pushily confident Pluto opposition Jupiter Mercury in Sagittarius. What is also noteworthy is her Neptune in the 8th which would give her an ’aura’ in the public eye, shared by many top film stars. She had a sociable and indulgent, tactile Taurus Moon in the 5th squaring onto a changeable Uranus which was in a highly-strung opposition to her Neptune. Her Venus was in an intense and manipulative/jealous opposition to Pluto and trine her Moon – not a lady who liked to go without what she wanted. But also emotionally very unstable.
The astrology of the moment in 1966 when the killing occurred is illuminating – her Solar Arc Saturn was conjunct her 8th house Neptune, tr Uranus Pluto was conjunct her Solar Arc Sun Neptune and tr Saturn was conjunct her Solar Arc Uranus – her life would be melting down with high anxiety and extreme uncertainty. The tr Uranus Pluto conjunction in Virgo was moving to conjunct her Midheaven in the aftermath, changing the course of her life.
She was friends with Jackie Kennedy and in later years did a good deal of philanthropic giving towards AIDS research, medicine, child welfare and donated funds to support and educate black students in the South who were disadvantaged because of their race. Her estimated $1.3 billion fortune was largely left to charity, dedicated to medical research, prevention of cruelty to children and animals, the performing arts, wildlife and ecology.
Maybe she finally saw the light and her sins sent her off in search of redemption. She certainly wouldn’t be in control of her jealousy or anger.