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A widely circulated internet report claiming the FBI categorized and ranked criminals according to their zodiac signs has been debunked.

But what the suits failed to provide, I am here to deliver.

While thieves and killers run the gamut and round out the zodiac wheel, there are certain qualities that lend themselves to deviant behavior. I would argue that Mutability and Midwestern pedigrees lead the charge when it comes to sadistic temperaments, and Air signs are most adept at talking themselves into plea deals. Based on a personal penchant for men with neck tattoos, considerable astrological training and a teenage obsession with true crime documentaries, I bring you my list of the most dangerous zodiac signs, ranked from least to most.

12. Taurus

Contrary to this study, in my experience, a Taurus would rather masturbate and have a beach picnic than go to the trouble of murdering someone. It’s not that they don’t have rage; in fact, all bulls reserve a part of their pasture for the grudges they routinely water. It’s just that they would rather get rich than get even. Taurus rules the Second House of values and possessions, and the darkest expression of this energy is ruthless greed and absolute laziness. It is thus no surprise that infamous Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff was born under the sign of the bull.

Bernie Madoff
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11. Cancer

Ruled by the moon, Cancer energy is associated with compassion, intuition and caretaking. At its darkest expression, it is emotionally manipulative and deluded when it comes to self-reflection. For evidence, look no further than Cancer evangelist Peter Popoff, who allegedly swindled legions of faith followers out of dollars and dignity by falsely claiming to be a clairvoyant capable of divining and curing their medical conditions. Beware false prophets and those born in early July.

10. Libra

Ruled by Venus, the planet of love and beauty, Libras feel entitled to the finer things in life and exhibit no real motivation to toil for them. Renowned for prodigious charm and minimal work ethic, they prefer not to get their hands dirty or their feathers ruffled. Leave it to a glamorous Libra like Doris Payne to commit the bloodless, victimless crime of high-end larceny, eventually becoming the world’s most famous jewel thief. In 2019, Payne penned a tell-all book, revealing the key to a successful heist isn’t luck or confidence but the ability to make people forget. “If they could forget, then I could get money,” she wrote.

After a string of arrests, including this one in 1965, her notoriety forced Doris Payne to take her thievery first to small towns and then Europe.
After a string of arrests, including this one in 1965, her notoriety forced Doris Payne to take her thievery first to small towns and then Europe.
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9. Aries 

Flashy and brash, original and hard to ignore, Cardinal Fire sign Aries wants to be first and be seen. Enter mob man, Aries and alleged assassin “Crazy Joe” Gallo. The dude was allergic to keeping a low profile; he had a pet lion, celebrity pals, a penchant for quoting philosophy and died in a pinstriped suit on his 43rd birthday. At its lowest vibration, Aries energy is utterly self-centered and randomly violent. According to his biographer, when an analyst suggested Joey suffered from “pseudopsychopathic schizophren­ia,” he responded, “F–k you.  Things are not right or wrong anymore. Just smart or stupid. You don’t judge an act by its nature. You judge it by results. We’re all criminals now … Things exist when I feel they should exist, okay? Me. I am the world.”

I am the world? There is no wrong? Apex Aries on a bad day.


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8. Leo

Vanity is a Leo’s favorite sin, and many among them will go to great lengths to preserve their looks. Perhaps no living lion has taken conceit further than Countess Elizabeth Báthory. Fearful that her beauty was on the decline, Báthory took to murdering local girls and consuming their blood, believing it contained the elixir of youth. Vile? Definitely, but recent research suggests Liz may have been onto something.

7. Capricorn 

Tenacious and strategic, Capricorns come to play and they won’t settle for second place, even — and perhaps especially — when it comes to criminal credibility. Proving the point is scrappy Capricorn Al “Scarface” Capone, who was ordained Public Enemy No. 1 by the city of Chicago. Like all Earth signs, Capricorns are deeply attached to their creature comforts, and Capone didn’t even let incarceration keep him from his. Capricorns favor stoicism over sentiment, exhibited by the mobster’s alleged orchestration of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Trading Tommy guns for cupid’s arrows and a seven-man body count for candy hearts, he forever marred the meaning of the lover’s holiday.

Al Capone -- who was born in Brooklyn -- was dubbed Public Enemy No. 1.
Al Capone was dubbed Public Enemy No. 1.
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6. Sagittarius 

Ruled by fun-loving, drunk-uncle planet Jupiter and symbolized by the ever-seeking archer, Sagittarius is the sign of expansion, optimism and good luck. Exhibit A: Colombian drug lord, hippo enthusiast and notable Sagittarius Pablo Escobar. The man, the myth, the mustache created a vast narco empire, amassing a net worth that landed him on Forbes list of the richest men in the world for seven consecutive years. As savage as he was successful, Escobar and his associates were responsible for the deaths of some 1,000 Colombian police officers and effectively turned his hometown of Medellín into the murder capital of the world. Demonstrative of Sagittarian ambition and delusional optimism, Escobar was not satisfied with his station as a drug lord and set his sights on a career in politics. Sagittarians tend to live by their own, oft-skewed moral code — and Escobar was no exception. Problematic but deeply beloved by his countrymen, some of whom still regard him as a folk hero — Escobar dispensed food and blankets in city slums, and built houses and sponsored medical procedures for the poor. Escobar’s luck, if not his legacy, finally ran out the day after his 44th birthday when he was killed in a coordinated attack between Colombian police and American DEA agents. 

Pablo Escobar in 1988
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5. Scorpio

Scorpio is ruled by death-daddy planet Pluto and the darker expressions of the sign are paranoia, toxic sexuality, obsession, controlling tendencies and the pursuit of power at all costs. Themes epitomized by failed folk musician turned death dealer Charles Manson. Scorpios are adept at seduction and making use of other people’s talents, which explains how and why Manson was able to cajole a fleet of middle part-wearing young women to do his dark bidding while he languished in the desert, calling the shots while standing a diminutive 5-foot-6. To add insult to fatal injury, Chuck had himself a messianic Aquarius Moon making him all but destined to be a killer cult leader. Who but a man with this Sun and Moon configuration would routinely dose his followers with LSD, cast himself as Christ and re-enact the crucifixion?

convicted murderer Charles Manson
Convicted murderer Charles Manson is shown in a file photo.
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4. Aquarius

Ruled by Uranus, planet of revolution and individualism, Aquarians are the trailblazers of the zodiac. Consider Aquarius “Queen of Cocaine” Griselda Blanco, who became a true pioneer in the male-dominated industry of drug trafficking. Could there be a more apropos surname for a woman who in her prime smuggled a ton and a half of cocaine per month into the United States? I think not. Described as “ruthless and ingenious”— operative adjectives for any Aquarius — Blanco conspired to kill not one but two of her husbands and once planned to kidnap John F. Kennedy Jr. as a way to bribe her way out of a murder sentence.

Griselda Blanco
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3. Gemini 

Represented by the twins, Gemini is the sign of duality. These folks run hot and cold and never has the swing been more extreme than in the case of geisha, prostitute, convicted murderess and full-bore Gemini Sada Abe. After a weekend of vigorous, sex she asphyxiated her married lover using her own belt. Afterward, she sipped beers, cuddled his corpse and — Gemini being the sign of written communication — carved her name into his arm and used the blood to write a love note. Eventually, she cut off his penis, carrying it with her as a keepsake. After being apprehended, Abe told police: “I felt totally at ease, as though a heavy burden had been lifted from my shoulders, and I felt a sense of clarity.” Leave it to an Air sign to feel unburdened by murder, smile for the cameras at the courthouse and live out their later years in a convent. Can’t say the girl didn’t have range.

2. Pisces

A truly inordinate amount of famous death-dealers fall under the sign of the fish, including, but not limited to John Wayne Gacy, Richard ‘Double Pisces” Ramirez, Aileen Wuornos, Osama Bin Laden, the BTK Killer, Adolf Eichmann and Ottis Toole. How does the most compassionate of Water signs end up with the densest concentration of killers? Pisces are an escapist ilk who often retreat into the world of fantasy as a way to cope with their acute sensitivity. The shadow side of this is a tendency to live beyond reason or reality. Pisces is ruled by Neptune, planet of dreams and delusions. At its most dangerous expression, Pisces energy is destructive, secretive and seriously pessimistic. Easily wounded, these people are prone to despair and the development of deep resentments that can fester into violent fantasies of revenge or domination. They tend to avoid confrontation and resist accountability, habits that support prolific killing careers.

John Wayne Gacy
John Wayne Gacy’s arrest photo from Dec. 21, 1978.
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1. Virgo

Virgo takes the cake — nay, the corpse — for most dangerous sign of the zodiac. In my estimation they are least likely to get caught in the act or in the aftermath of a crime. Their exacting, meticulous nature lends itself well to cover-ups and crime scene cleanup, while their mutable energy makes adapting to stressors like guilt and regret a veritable breeze. More inclined to invert than express, they’ll take all their secrets and skeletons to the grave. Virgo is an industrious Earth sign that doesn’t like to waste time or materials, preferences exhibited by Midwestern madman Ed Gein, who fashioned clothing — including a nipple belt and home decor such as human-skin lampshades — from the remains of his victims. Gein served as inspiration for the films “Psycho,” “Silence of the Lambs” and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” and his habits were immortalized by Blind Melon in their 1995 kazoo bop “Skinned.”


Astrologer Reda Wigle researches and irreverently reports back on planetary configurations and their effect on each zodiac sign. Her horoscopes integrate history, poetry, pop culture and personal experience. She is also an accomplished writer who has profiled a variety of artists and performers, as well as extensively chronicled her experiences while traveling. Among the many intriguing topics she has tackled are cemetery etiquette, her love for dive bars, Cuban Airbnbs, a “girls guide” to strip clubs and the “weirdest” foods available abroad.

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Legendary NFL coach and broadcaster John Madden died Tuesday morning at 85, the NFL announced. News of the football icon’s passing hit Twitter on Tuesday evening, and athletes, coaches and broadcasters from across the sports world reacted.

Fellow broadcasting legend Dick Vitale, who is currently battling cancer, called Madden “the greatest analyst of all time of any sport” in his Twitter tribute.

Former Yankees pitcher and notable Raiders fan CC Sabathia said “your legacy will live forever.” Madden coached the then-Oakland Raiders from 1969-78, a couple of years before Sabathia, a Vallejo, California native, was born. Lakers star LeBron James had similar words about Madden’s lasting legacy, adding an infinity emoji.

Former tennis star and social justice activist Billie Jean King recalled meeting Madden as a “privilege.”

Radio voice of the Rangers Kenny Albert, a five-sport broadcaster who’s been with FOX Sports since its inception in 1994, shared a photo circa 26 years ago to remember Madden.

ESPN’s Bomani Jones took a bit of a shot at current color commentators, noting that Madden “set an unreachable standard.”

Frank Caliendo, who’s made a career out of impersonations, including one for Madden, said he was surprised how emotional he felt.

Several football players, and others, including Saints running back Mark Ingram II and former Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, credited Madden with being part of the reason why they love football.

Rams wide receiver and NFL MVP contender Cooper Kupp quote the late coach in his tribute: “The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.”

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Miles McBride’s Knicks role will lessen with Kemba Walker’s resurgence

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Knicks got back another body in rookie point guard Miles McBride, who was cleared from protocols Tuesday and rejoined the team in Minnesota.

But there is no longer any hype for the rookie’s return. Kemba Walker is back as the starting point guard and coming off winning Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors with four standout games, including his Christmas Day spectacular. The Knicks have gone 2-2 since Walker regained the starting job.

“It’s great,’’ coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He had a great week. He’s playing great basketball. The team winning helps him get recognized and he was a big part of driving that winning. It’s great for the team.’’

McBride was also spectacular in his last outing before getting COVID-19, when he played the entire second half Dec. 16 in Houston and seemingly earned a spot in the rotation. In fact, McBride had strung together two decent outings before he was ruled out. But things have changed since his emergence and McBride is likely back to being a bit player.

Without a practice, McBride wasn’t even expected to see time when the Knicks faced the Timberwolves to kick off a four-game road trip.

Miles McBride
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Of course, with Walker’s arthritic knee, anything is possible. The Knicks play Detroit on Wednesday in a back-to-back, so it’s uncertain whether Walker will complete both contests. In addition, Immanuel Quickley is out of COVID-19 protocols but Thibodeau wasn’t sure he was ready for meaningful minutes.

That left Walker against the depleted Timberwolves, who were missing their three top players (Anthony Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell), all because of COVID-19 .

Kemba Walker
Kemba Walker
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When McBride got sidelined by the virus and Derrick Rose needed ankle surgery, Walker was resurrected by Thibodeau and it’s been a stunning comeback story.

Though Thibodeau has clear reservations about Walker based on his nine-game banishment due to his defensive malaise as an undersized point guard, he admitted after the Christmas Day triple-double against Atlanta that Walker is playing “much more aggressive.”

Walker’s triple-double that featured 10 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds was a lot different than his prior outing, when he scored 44 points against Washington.

“I thought his passing was terrific,’’ Thibodeau said before the Knicks resumed their schedule.

“Kemba had control of the game. The game tells you what to do. That’s what I loved about the way he played. I don’t think he forced anything. They puts size on him and were aggressive in their pick-and-roll coverage. He didn’t fight it. He attacked pressure the way you like to attack pressure. You don’t fight pressure with pressure. Don’t try to split it. Get rid of it, go to the backside. Let the game tell you what to do.’’

The Knicks coach is finally seeing all the elements of what Walker can do. Before his demotion, Walker was nothing more than a no-defense, 3-point shooter whose plus-minus was an abysmal minus-122.

Thibodeau was also concerned about his durability in sitting out two of the three back-to-back sets. The last load management game in Atlanta in late November triggered Thibodeau’s decision.

But now it’s only superlatives from Thibodeau in judging the last four games.

“Sometimes it’s going to be his shooting, sometimes it’s his penetration and getting in the paint to force a collapse and sometimes they’re being aggressive with their traps get rid of the ball quickly,’’ Thibodeau said. “The overall play, his rebounding. When your guards rebound, those are key to fast breaks. The more guard rebounding we get the better we can be. ‘’

The Knicks still have three players in protocols — centers Nerlens Noel and Jericho Sims and the newly infected Wayne Selden. Quickley and Kevin Knox were cleared on Christmas but were held out for conditioning.

No matter. The Knicks go as Kemba goes.

“He’s much more aggressive,’’ Thibodeau said. “That was the challenge. At the beginning of the year he and Evan were two new starters. Sometimes guys are trying to fit in. he’s being very aggressive which is the way we want him to play. Not deferring at all. When he and Julius [Randle] are aggressive like that our team is different.’’

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Zach Wilson and Tom Brady

When Zach Wilson stares across the MetLife Stadium field at the opposite sideline this Sunday, it won’t be Trevor Lawrence he’ll be looking at as his game-day counterpart.

Lawrence, drafted by Jacksonville one spot before the Jets selected Wilson at No. 2 overall last April, is a contemporary.

This Sunday at MetLife, the Jets rookie quarterback won’t be staring at a contemporary on the other sideline. He’ll be staring at the GOAT.

Tom Brady.

The bar raises dramatically for Wilson and the Jets, who are coming off of their feel-good, get-well win over the woeful Jaguars and Lawrence this past Sunday.

Brady and Buccaneers, who are 11-4, NFC South division champions and seeking to repeat as Super Bowl champions, play the Jets, who are 4-11 and seeking more signs of development from their rookie quarterback.

To say this is a step up in competition for Wilson and the Jets going from Lawrence and the Jags to Brady and the Bucs is as obvious as pointing out that Tampa Bay receiver Antonio Brown has had a few off-the-field incidents during his otherwise stellar NFL career.

There hasn’t been a lot to keep the interest of the Jets fan this season — other than watching Wilson’s development. That took an unfortunate pause for the four games Wilson missed with a knee injury, but he’s been back for five games and has looked like a better quarterback, throwing only two interceptions in those games (none in the last three) since returning from his injury.

The problem, though, is that Wilson hasn’t been producing enough touchdowns, throwing for three of them and rushing for four others in the past five games.

Zach Wilson and Tom Brady
Zach Wilson and Tom Brady
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Baby steps, though.

Wilson was the better quarterback this past Sunday when matched up with Lawrence, who threw for more yards than Wilson did, but Wilson ran for 91 yards, including his electric 52-yard scoring jaunt, and made key throws when he needed them.

Wilson will not win Sunday’s game against Brady and the Bucs throwing for the 102 yards he had against the Jaguars. He and the Jets will need more.

Consider this: Brady enters the game having thrown 37 TD passes and for 4,580 yards this season and averages a league-high 305.2 passing yards per game.

Then this: The Buccaneers average 29.5 points per game this season, second most in the NFL.

And this: Wilson doesn’t have a single 300-yard passing game, averages 183 passing yards per game and has thrown seven TD passes in 11 games.

Seven TD passes is a pedestrian two-game total for Brady.

Wilson and the Jets are playing with house money anyway in what always has been a developmental season, so Sunday against Brady should, at its very least, be a great measuring-stick learning experience for Wilson, who’s studied Brady on tape.

Wilson revealed this month that he watched film of Brady before the Jets played the Eagles on Dec. 5 in an effort to pick up tips on how Brady worked against the Eagles defense when he played them earlier in the season.

“I thought it was really cool to see kind of how he went through his whole process, how he navigated the pocket, different things like that,” Wilson said at the time.

On Sunday, Wilson gets to see that process up close as Brady tries to dissect a Jets defense that has yielded 29.9 points per game this season, the most in the NFL.

That puts an added onus on Wilson to produce on the other side of the ball, because he knows Brady is going to get his. Wilson will likely need to produce four TDs — any way he can — for the Jets to simply remain competitive with the Super Bowl champs.

That’s a lot to ask of a 22-year-old kid who’s produced just 11 TDs in his 11 starts, up against Brady, who’s thrown 618 TD passes and for 83,784 yards in his remarkable career.

It, too, is a lot to ask playing against an aggressive Tampa Bay defense that’s ranked No. 9 in the NFL in points allowed (20.8 per game) and is led by former Jets head coach Todd Bowles, who’d surely like to send a holiday message to his former employer.

If you don’t think Bowles will be blitzing the bejesus out of Wilson, then you probably think Antonio Brown is a living saint.

The good news for the Jets is that Wilson has shown incremental improvements, particularly when it comes to his decision-making and quicker releases on his throws.

“He’s coming along, he’s getting more comfortable, he’s calmer back there,’’ Jets coach Robert Saleh said Monday. “He’s in a great headspace and it’s going to be fun to watch him grow, continue to grow.’’

A big part of that growth will take place this Sunday as he watches the GOAT operate from the opposite sideline at MetLife.

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