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“The Ghost of Danny Casolaro” by Cheri Seymour – High Times magazine – August 2001.
The Last Circle: Danny Casolaro’s Investigation into the Octopus and the PROMIS Software Scandal”
By Cheri Seymour
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High Times Magazine, August 2001 issue, Vol. No. 313 - Headline; "The Ghost of Danny Casolaro," by Cheri Seymour. (Copyright, High Times Magazine, 2001). Reprinted below in its entirety [with updates]:
Danny Casolaro, a Washington D.C. investigative journalist, dubbed his probe of organized crime, drug trafficking, money laundering, pirated software and other nefarious activities The Octopus. Just prior to his death on August 10, 1991, Casolaro ecstatically told friends he would be traveling to Martinsburg, Va. to bring back the head of the Octopus. Instead, his body was found in a blood filled bathtub at a Martinsburg hotel, his wrists slashed deeply ten or twelve times. No papers were found in his hotel room or in his car, though he was known to cart an accordian file folder everywhere he went. The room was cleaned and his body was embalmed before relatives were notified; authorities had assumed it was a suicide.
Danny's brother, Dr. Anthony Casolaro, publicly stated his disbelief that his high spirited, gregarious brother could have committed suicide. Danny was so afraid of blood, he said, that he refused to allow samples to be drawn for medical purposes, and would never have chosen to slash his veins a dozen times. Moreover, Danny had a life filled with friends and a close-knit Italian Catholic family. He was known in private circles as an upbeat, golden-haired, Gatsby-esque romantic who loved to quote poetry, raised Arabian horses, and was adored by women.
Friends later told investigators, and Casolaro's notes at home confirmed that he had traced the tentacles of his Octopus back to a CIA 'Old Boy' network that had begun working together in the 1950's around the Albania covert operations. Reportedly these men had gotten into the arms and drug trade back then and had continued in that business ever since.