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Joseph Daniel "Danny" Casolaro
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Birth: Jun. 16, 1947
McLean
Fairfax County
Virginia, USA
Death: Aug. 10, 1991
Martinsburg
Berkeley County
West Virginia, USA

Conspiracy theorist. Danny was a free-lance investigative reporter who was researching a story called "The Octopus". The Octopus, he believed, is a massive global conspiracy that he traced back to the US Government's taking of a computer financial tracking system called Promis which was developed by Inslaw Corporation. He had been warned that he would die if he continued his investigation and told his brother and another individual: "If anything happens to me, don't believe it's an accident." His body was found in Room 517 of the Sheraton Inn, Martinsburg, WV with apparently self-inflicted slash wounds to both wrists. A stickler for details, none of his notes or recently received papers from a confidential source he had met with a day earlier in West Virginia could be located.
(Casolaro had been working for a year on a book on allegations made in 1983 that the U.S. Justice Department had misappropriated software developed by Inslaw Inc., a Washington company.

He was on the point of cracking the story that had absorbed him for a year, he told several people, including his brother, his girlfriend and Hamilton, an inventor who says the Justice Department stole the computer software system he and his wife devised. Casolaro had begun investigating the INSLAW case, a tangled affair of government perfidy and international intrigue. He found out about related scandals - BCCI, S&Ls, Iran-Contra, the October Surprise - but until last week, he found nothing about Inslaw. Then, he joyfully said, he hit Bingo. One more interview and the case was cracked

His brother, Dr. Anthony Casolaro, doesn't believe it was suicide. Nor does anyone who knew him - or talked to him in his last days He also said embalming the body before the family even knows he is dead and not getting their permssion could have affected blood work. The last known call he made was to his mother. He told her he was on Route 81 in Pennsylvania. He would be late, but he was headed home.) paraphrase courtesy of M. Warner) 
 
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 Parents:
  Joseph Daniel Casolaro (1920 - 1982)
  Frances Phyllis Biaso Casolaro (1924 - 2017)
 
 Siblings:
  Joseph Daniel Casolaro (1947 - 1991)
  Lisa Casolaro (1953 - 1971)*
  Christopher Casolaro (1961 - 1962)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Markers lists August 12 as date of death. Listed as August 10 elsewhere.
 
Burial:
Columbia Gardens Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section D
 
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Record added: Jan 03, 2006
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- RCS
 Added: Aug. 14, 2017
Obviously you were on to something. I think we may discover what it was in the not too distant future. Rest in Peace.
- Patriot
 Added: Oct. 15, 2014

- CB
 Added: Aug. 10, 2014
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