Herrin, Richard James

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Herrin, Richard James Gender: M
born on 16 December 1953 at 08:37 (= 08:37 AM )
Place Belvedere CA, USA, 37n52, 122w27
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Holliday
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 24°27' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 04°21 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 11°36'


American homicide; on 7/07/1977 he killed his college sweetheart, Bonnie Garland, with a hammer, Scarsdale, NY. A poor Mexican-American, he was a junior at Yale when he met the 17-year-old girl on 11/01/1974. They held an instant attraction for each other and fell in love, gradually beginning an affair for their three year romance. Although Herrin had a combined SAT score of 1240 and was his high school's valedictorian in Los Angeles, he proved a poor student at Yale.

Bonnie made a trip to Europe, where she was seeing other men, and on the day that she returned home, 7/01/1977, she wrote Herrin a farewell letter. He stayed with her overnight for the next several days, trying to persuade her to continue their relationship. On the night of 7/06/1977, after Bonnie went to sleep, Herrin remained awake, thinking of ways to kill her. In the early hours of 7/07/1977 he pounded the head of the sleeping girl with multiple blows from a hammer and killed her. Herrin had always been a "model boy," and was unable to express anger. Sympathy came from many quarters as he was sincere, disturbed, frightened, lost and remorseful. At his trial, a verdict came in of manslaughter due to temporary insanity.

Willard Gaylin, MD. wrote the biography, "The Killing of Bonnie Garland."


  • Relationship : Meet a significant person 1 November 1974 (Bonnie Garland)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Relationship : End significant relationship 1 July 1977 (Garland wrote good-bye letter)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Crime : Homicide Perpetration 7 July 1977 (Bashed Garland's head in)
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Source Notes

Dana Holliday quotes B.C.


  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Homicide single (Lover)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Crime Collection
  • Traits : Body : Race (Hispanic)
  • Family : Childhood : Disadvantaged (Background of poverty)