Fact Check: The False Claim about the FBI Ranking the 'Most Dangerous' Zodiac Signs

In the midst of uncertain times, astrology has gained a tremendous surge in popularity. People are searching for answers and turning to the stars for guidance. However, a recent claim on social media suggests that...

In the midst of uncertain times, astrology has gained a tremendous surge in popularity. People are searching for answers and turning to the stars for guidance. However, a recent claim on social media suggests that even the FBI is using astrology to identify potential criminals. Let's dive deeper into this intriguing topic and separate fact from fiction.

The Claim: FBI's Ranking of the Most Dangerous Zodiac Signs

A Facebook post shared a graphic stating that the FBI has ranked the most dangerous Zodiac signs. According to the post, individuals born under the sign of Cancer are the most likely to be convicted of crimes, followed closely by Sagittarius, Scorpio, and Aries. The graphic appears to be sourced from an article published on a UK-based website called PsychReel.

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No FBI Studies on Criminality and Astrology

Contrary to the claim, the FBI has not conducted any studies on the correlation between Zodiac signs and criminal behavior. A spokesperson from the FBI confirmed that there is no such study within the agency's records. Additionally, a search on the FBI's official website yielded no results related to the "Most Dangerous Zodiac Signs."

The connection between astrology and criminality seems to have originated from a 2010 blog post on a psychic website called Insightful Psychics. However, both the PsychReel article and the blog post fail to provide any concrete evidence that their information came from the FBI.

Astrology and Criminal Predilections

The attempt to link astrology and criminal behavior is not unique to this claim. People have long sought to explain personality types and criminal tendencies through astrology. In 1999, Gunther Sachs, a German-born billionaire, claimed to have found a statistical relationship between Zodiac signs and criminal offenses based on Swiss crime registry data. However, a 2003 study published in Psychology Science discredited Sachs' findings as invalid.

Conclusion: The Claim is False

Based on our research, the claim that the FBI ranked the most dangerous Zodiac signs is false. There is no evidence to support this assertion, and the FBI has confirmed that no such studies have ever been conducted. While astrology continues to captivate our curiosity, it is essential to separate fact from fiction when examining such claims.

Fact-Check Sources:

  • Google Trends, accessed Aug. 29, Google trend search of astrology, zodiac, birth chart, and horoscope
  • BBC, Feb. 8, The anxieties and apps fueling the astrology boom
  • PsychReel, June 30, Most Dangerous Zodiac Signs According to the FBI (A Complete Guide) (archived)
  • PsychReel, accessed Aug. 28, About Us (archived)
  • FBI, accessed Aug. 28, Serial Murder Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives for Investigators
  • Insightful Psychics via the Wayback Machine, Aug. 21, 2010, Zodiac Signs - The Relationships Between Serial Killer's Criminal Behavior and Their Signs
  • FBI, Aug. 27, Email exchange with USA TODAY
  • ABC News, May 10, 2011, Gunther Sachs Commits Suicide, Alludes to Alzheimer's Struggle in Note
  • Psychology Science, accessed Aug. 28, Is it all written in the stars? A methodological commentary on Sachs' astrology monograph and re-analyses of his data on crime statistics

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