Rosenthal, Richard

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Rosenthal, Richard Gender: M
Rosenthal, Richard Howard
born on 16 April 1955 at 05:00 (= 05:00 AM )
Place Newark, New Jersey, 40n44, 74w10
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 25°39' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 06°35 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 16°33'


American homicide; a white male, dark haired and serious looking, who strangled and bludgeoned his wife Laura Jane on 8/28/1995, cut out her heart and lungs and impaled them on a stick in the back yard of their Framingham home.

A John Hancock insurance executive, Rosenthal says that he began a mental decline when his infant son, Reese, was born with a terminal condition on 2/18/1994 and died within the day. He began to have delusions that he was being persecuted by doctors and was chosen as a messenger of God. His wife was turning into a hostile space alien.

Their marriage had a long history of spousal abuse and marital discord. On the day of Laura's death, Richard had called home nine times. That night, their tension reached a head. About 8:00 PM, Laura angrily confronted him and began pummeling him after he let a dish of ziti overcook. He strangled her until she blacked out, then he got a rock from the back yard and bludgeoned her to death. He cut out her organs and impaled them on a stick in their back yard.

In spite of an attempt to convince the jury of an insanity defense, Rosenthal was convicted of homicide on 11/07/1996 and given a mandatory life sentence.

Laura Jane Russell Rosenthal was born 5/03/1961, Highland Park, IL; time unknown.



  • Death of Child 18 February 1994 (Infant son, Reese, died of terminal disease)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Crime : Homicide Perpetration 28 August 1995 (Beat and dismembered wife, Laura Jane)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

B.C. in hand, LMR


  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Psychotic Episode (Delusions)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Schizophrenia (Believed he was a messenger from God)
  • Family : Relationship : Stress - Domestic violence (Abusive to wife)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One son)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids -Traumatic event (Son died just hours old)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Homicide single (Beat and dismembered wife)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Prison sentence (Life sentence)