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Tue Dec 2, 2014, 03:15 PM


The Octopus - The Strange Death of Danny Casolaro

This story has been blogged on right here at DU. I wanted to let everyone know, that his cousin wrote a play, "Danny Casolaro Died for You". Now, they are making a movie!

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Dominic Orlando, Casolaro's cousin, wrote a play based on Casolaro's story in 2008 called, "Danny Casolaro Died For You." [17]

In January, 2013 Aviation Cinemas Productions and Caliber Media optioned the film rights to the story of Danny Casolaro based on the play, "Danny Casolaro Died For You," written by his cousin, Dominic Orlando. Adam Donaghey, Eric Steel, Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller are set to produce with Eric Steel directing. Production is set to begin in 2014.[18]

This should be good.....may Danny rest in peace.

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Tue Dec 2, 2014, 03:37 PM

1. Kick for Danny!


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Tue Dec 2, 2014, 04:17 PM

3. i added Danny to my "suicided" file years ago.

It is a fascinating story and Danny was a very brave man.

Some of the players in the Anslaw case are still alive (Meese for one) and it's a shame no one was ever proven involved in his death.

When Snowden made his revelations about NSA systems I wondered if the Octopus might have been the beginning.

I look forward to learning more - and like Gary Web, I hope Danny has some peace. We need to value and protect our investigative journalists. It is a dangerous life, indeed.

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Tue Dec 2, 2014, 04:11 PM

2. I'm glad to hear about the movie

I remember very clearly when Danny was (in my opinion) killed. His death had the pre-requisite oddities of conspiracy fodder, such as he allegedly cut his wrists 12 times and one cut was so deep it severed a tendon. He was also hastily embalmed without the permission of his family, which was against West Virginia law.

Casolaro's brother "requested a second examination, which was performed by West Virginia state medical examiner Jack Frost, who stated at the same August 15 press conference that the evidence was 'not inconsistent' with suicide. At the same time, he declared that he 'could not rule out foul play' and admitted that performing a conclusive autopsy on an embalmed body is almost impossible."


I've actually wondered recently whether the Inslaw software story he was investigating as part of his Octopus theory went on to contribute to the surveillance technology that's currently monitoring us all today.

From Wikipedia: "Promis was a people-tracking program which had the power to integrate innumerable databases regardless of their languages, or regardless of their operating platforms."

for Danny.

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Response to deutsey (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 2, 2014, 04:24 PM

4. We were typing at the same time, looks like!

Sorry I mis-remembered "Inslaw" so I misspelled it. I'll have to dig up my old files. There were some interesting (and still very contemporary) entities involved, including some wealthy (now) security companies.

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Response to summerschild (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 2, 2014, 04:51 PM

5. Yes, I'm glad his story hasn't disappeared down the memory hole

Well, at least among a few of us, anyway.

There was a play done back in the mid-'90s called "Octopus" that I went to see. It was based on Danny's mysterious death and how technology was becoming increasingly invasive in our lives at the time.

Here's an article about it:

One of the frustratingly mysterious details about this story (that was included in the play) was how someone dressed in a full military officer's uniform showed up at Danny's burial site and saluted the coffin before abruptly leaving. That odd detail, I believe, came from Danny's brother or a family member who was there. The mystery man left quickly before anyone could talk to him.

On edit: there was actually more to the military man story (from the Village Voice):

Even at Casolaro's funeral, the family felt engulfed by mysteries. As his mother, brothers, sisters and close friends watched from beneath a canopy, a man in a tan raincoat and a beribboned black soldier in Army dress uniform walked up to the casket. The soldier laid a medal on the lid, saluted and both men quickly walked away. No one recognized either man; Danny had never served in or covered the military. The medal was buried with the coffin.


It's been a while since I've read the details. In the play, I think they only had one guy in a uniform salute the coffin. The image stuck in my memory, I guess.

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