"The Octopus"

"The Octopus" Secret Government and the Death of Danny Casolaro and The PROMIS Software
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Casolaro's death and his investigation into the Inslaw case.


"The Octopus:" Experimental Weapons Testing Planned By Indian Tribes


PROMIS Software Linked To Several Murders



Danny Casolaro-Unsolved Mysteries part 1


Danny Casolaro-Unsolved Mysteries part 2

Danny Casolaro
(June 16, 1947 Ė August 10, 1991)



C2C: George Knapp welcomed investigative author Cheri Seymour for a discussion about the Octopus, an undercover intelligence operation involved in narcotics trafficking, money laundering, & arms sales.
Host: George Knapp

July 26, 1998

'The Octopus' "....no conspiracy can survive expose'......" Secret Government and the Death of Danny Casolaro

Despite being in its fifteenth year the PROMIS story refuses to die. Largely disregarded by the major media at home and abroad, it simmers away in the background. In September this year, Inslaw's Bill Hamilton, has a new court hearing scheduled. In the meantime a number of interested parties continue to probe what may be the biggest story of criminality and high-level corruption during the past two decades. Whatever else may happen, Danny Casolaro's untimely death will not be forgotten.

The following article comes from the 'TC TECHNICAL CONSULTANT',
Nov.-Dec., 1991 issue:

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"The death of a journalist in West Virginia, plus the jailing of
an alleged CIA computer consultant in Washington State may be
elements of a much wider scandal that could have serious impli-
cations for the Bush White House in 1992.
"What started out as an investigation of an apparent case of
pirated software has grown to be a project involving hundreds of
journalists all over the world.

"The dead journalist, Joseph Daniel 'Danny' Casolaro was
found dead August 10th in a motel room in West Virginia. His
wrists were slashed seven times on each wrist and a suicide note
was found nearby. The only manuscript of his book, with accom-
panying notes, WAS MISSING.

"The book, provisionally titled 'The Octopus', was meant to be
an explosive expose of misdeeds by the Justice Department
under the Reagan administration. Time Magazine also reported
that Casolaro's research centered on gambling and attempted
arms deals at the CABAZON reservation near Indio (California -

"Indeed, the scope of Casolaro's investigation was so large
that any one of a large number of areas of research could have
been the trigger for a possible hit. definitely stated that
Casolaro's mental state was sound, indeed
upbeat, after the completion of his book.

"Casolaro started his work nearly two years before, investi-
gating the bankrupting of a small computer software company
called Inslaw, allegedly by the U.S. Justice Department. INSLAW,
a company headed by Bill and Nancy Hamilton of Washington
D.C., had developed a package known as PROMIS -- short for
Prosecutor's Management Information System -- to act as a case
management tool for the Justice Department's unwieldy work load.
"Inslaw President Bill Hamilton [NOT the well-known UFO
researcher - Branton] has claimed that Ed Meese associate EARL
BRIAN was given control of pirated versions of the PROMIS soft-
ware by Meese to sell back to different U.S. government agencies
for great profit. Two courts have so far agreed with Hamilton
awarding an 8 million dollar judgment, but a higher court of
appeal has quashed the award and the verdict, declaring that it
was not the jurisdiction of the lower courts. As of October 9, the
case has moved into the realm of the Supreme Court.

"According to a Washington man, who claims to have modified
the cobol-based software for the CIA and other intelligence agencies,
the software was a reward for Earl Brian's role in arranging the
so-called 'October Surprise' gambit, the alleged conspiracy to
withhold the American hostages in Iran until after the 1980 election
which saw Carter removed from power. The 'October Surprise' scandal
has taken some time to emerge.

"In a Paris meeting, President Bush is alleged to have met
with Ali Akabar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the speaker of the Iranian
Parliament, Mohammed Ali Rajai, the future President of Iran and
Manucher Ghorbanifar, an Iranian arms dealer with connections
to Mossad, according to Navy Captain Gunther Russbacher who
claims to have flown Bush, William Casey -- the CIA chief -- and
Donald Gregg, a CIA operative to that location. Russbacher, who
made these allegations in May is now in jail on Terminal Island,
convicted on the charge of impersonating a U.S. Attorney.
"The Washington man is MICHAEL RICONOSCIUTO who is
now waiting for a trial in a Washington jail on conspiracy to sell
drugs charges, charges which Riconosciuto claims are manufac-
tured. Indeed, the charge made against Riconosciuto were made
one week after Riconosciuto authored and signed an affidavit
describing his role in modifying the pirated software.

"The affidavit also claimed that he had been contacted by
phone and threatened by PETER VIDENIEKS [a Justice Department employee
and Customs official who, Riconosciuto alleged, had intelligence
ties] as to the possible consequences of his going public with certain information.
"According to Riconosciuto, Videnieks was a frequent visitor
to the Cabazon Indian reservation near Palm Springs and visited
with tribal manager, John P. Nichols. Nichols was in essence
Riconosciuto's boss in a number of enterprises conducted on
reservation land and the PROMIS modification was just one of
these projects. According to Riconosciuto, in an interview with
T.C. conducted from jail, the PROMIS software was modified to
install a backdoor access for use by American intelligence
services. The software was then sold to 88 different countries
as a sort of 'trojan horse' package enabling us to access their
intelligence systems. According to Riconosciuto these countries
included Iraq and Libya.

"Correspondence between Nichols and other companies, if
authentic, indicates that Riconosciuto's claims of his expertise
in the area of electronics and armaments appear to be true.
Marshall Riconoscuito, Michael's father is a reputed former
business partner of Richard Nixon.

"According to Riconosciuto, the fuzzy status of reservation
land as 'sovereign' allowed elements of the CIA and organized
crime to conduct business uniquely.
"Among the projects worked on during this time were joint
projects with WACKENHUT, a company loaded with former CIA
and NSA personnel and business ventures with the Saudi Arabian
royal family and other unusual projects.

"A joint venture with Southern California Edison will soon be
generating power for bio-mass drawn from local waste outlets.
Biological warfare projects were investigated with Stormont labor-
atories looking into the creation of 'pathogenic viruses' and
enhanced fuel-air explosive weapons were created and tested in
league with Meridian Arms at the NEVADA TESTING RANGE
which matched the explosive power of nuclear devices.
"These enhanced weapons gained their power from polarizing
the molecules in the gas cloud by modification of the electric field,
a technology developed from exploring Thomas Townsend Brown's suppressed
work, a knowledge which Riconosciuto claims he gained from working at
LEAR in Reno, Nevada.

"Riconosciuto is said to have worked on the enhanced fuel-air
explosive weapons with Gerald Bull of Space Research Corporation.
Bull, now deceased, later became an arms advisor to Saddam Hussein.

"In July, Anson Ng, a reporter for the Financial Times of
London was shot and killed in Guatemala. He had reportedly
been trying to interview an American there named Jimmy Hughes,
a one-time director of security for the Cabazon Indian Reservation
secret projects.

"In April, a Philadelphia attorney named Dennis Eisman was
found dead, killed by a single bullet in his chest. According to a
former federal official who worked with Eisman, the attorney was
found dead in the parking lot where he had been due to meet with
a woman who had crucial evidence to share substantiating
Riconosciuto's claims.

"Both Eisman's and Ng's deaths were declared suicides by
"Fred Alvarez, a Cabazon tribal leader who was in vocal oppo-
sition to the developments on the reservation, was found shot to
death with two friends in 1981. Their murder remains unsolved.
"The leader of the House, Thomas Foley, announced last
month that a formal inquiry will be initiated into the Inslaw case.
Foley appointed Senator Terry Sanford as co-chairman of the joint
congressional panel. Prior to his election, Senator Sanford was
the attorney representing Earl Brian in his 1985 takeover bid for
United Press International and was instrumental in appointing Earl
Brian, a medical doctor, to the board of Duke Medical School, of
which Sanford is President.

"However, despite repeated requests from journalists to
produce photographs showing Riconosciuto together with Brian,
and requests to produce his passport showing his alleged trip to
Iran, he has not yet done so. Also Riconosciuto failed to be able
to describe Peter Videnieks to CNN's Moneyline program, claiming
a medical condition prevented him from remembering clearly.
"This led one former intelligence operative to speculate that
we may be witnessing a very sophisticated intelligence operation
being played out in public.
"Former F.B.I. Special Agent, Ted Gunderson, speaks for
Riconosciuto's credibility. Gunderson, who lives in Manhattan
Beach, has worked with Riconosciuto for many years in his
capacity as private investigator.
"Together, according to Gunderson, they were responsible for
thwarting a terrorist operation during the Los Angeles Olympics.
According to Gunderson, Riconosciuto was well known in certain
circles as a genius in almost all sciences.

"The so-called drug operation broken up in Washington State
was an electrohydrodynamic mining operation claimed Gunderson,
using Townsend Brown technology. A videotape viewed by this
journalist revealed metallic powders and apparent processes
unrelated to drug manufacture. Indeed, a government analysis of
soil samples revealed the absence of drug contamination, but a
high concentration of barium. Barium is often found in high
voltage related work.

"Unsubstantiated information from an intelligence source
claims that the current situation (with the scenario being carried
out around former Wackenhut/Nevada Test Site worker MichaelRiconosciuto
and others? - Branton) is the visible effect OF A WAR CURRENTLY GOING
ON IN THE INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY between a group centered in the CIA
called AQUARIUS (around a powerful center KNOWN AS MJ-12) and a group
known as COM-12 centered around Naval Intelligence. COM-12 is reputedly
trying to sustain a rearguard action to sustain and preserve constitutiona
l government and is deliberately LEAKING INFORMATION damaging to the former
group." (Take note of William Cooper's pro-constitution, anti-MJ/12
writings and his past association with high levels of Naval Intelligence.
Also, one source has implied that "COM-12" may stand for an intelligence
organization known as the "COMMITTEE OF 12", to which the notorious
"Commander X" himself has apparent ties - Branton) In the same publication,
same issue, there appeared a small article just following the one quoted
above. Written by Thomas Zed, the article, titled "WACKENHUT'S CONNECTION

"The Wackenhut company has a very close connection to the
world of BLACK BUDGET PROJECTS. Besides being connected
with the Cabazon venture mentioned in this issue it is also respon-
sible, according to jailed computer consultant Michael Ricono-
USED. (Note: The Underground Labs near Dulce are alleged to be tied-in
with the Department of Energy, Rand Corp, Los Alamos Labs, MJ-12 and
other 'secret government' controlled military-industrial organizations.
It is believed to be the largest underground joint CIA-Alien laboratory
of it's kind in the United States, and perhaps the world. Could the
Cabazon reservation also hold an underground base? - Branton) "After
sending two of my colleagues there recently AND RECEIVING CONFIRMATION
the newspaper office and make an educated bluff.

"I identified myself as a freelance reporter from Los Angeles
-- and told the newspaper that I was doing a story on the Cabazon
reservation biological warfare projects that had been undertaken
there on behalf of the CIA. I told her that I had heard that there
were similar things being done in Dulce and would like to know
what was going on.

"The official I spoke to BECAME FRIGHTENED and said, 'I
can't talk to you about that! It would be very unprofessional of me
to talk to you about that. You'll have to speak to the President of
the tribe.' She then hung up.
"I have yet to call back and ask the President of the tribe, but
will report on that in the next issue.

"Wackenhut is also responsible for security of a lot of UNDER-
GROUND FACILITIES in California and Nevada, including the
notorious S-4 or Area 51 in Nevada where Townsend Brown flying
disk technology (written about in a T.C. recent issue) has been
flying and developing for decades.
"A recent helicopter crash at the area, where two pilots and
three security guards from Wackenhut flying in a Messerschmit
BO-105 helicopter were killed was not at all accidental claimed
Riconosciuto, who said that the individuals aboard the helicopter
were traveling with sensitive documents.
"Groups are now investigating Riconosciuto's claims."

07/25/98 (APFN) Over the years various rumors have come to me
that the real reasons behind the Weaver and Branch Davidians
incidents have a connection to INSLAW and PROMIS SOFTWARE package.

"Casolaro started his work nearly two years before, investi-
gating the bankrupting of a small computer software company
called Inslaw, allegedly by the U.S. Justice Department. INSLAW,
a company headed by Bill and Nancy Hamilton of Washington
D.C., had developed a package known as PROMIS -- short for
Prosecutor's Management Information System -- to act as a case
management tool for the Justice Department's unwieldy work load.

How so you ask?
Well the rumor goes like this. One of the programmers that worked
for DOJ on the INSLAW project is said to have been the son of
the neighbor that had a great dislike for Randy Weaver....
Remember it is reported that the Feds had the mountain that
the Weavers lived on staked out for some 18 months. Doesn't
that seem strange for a charge of sawing off a shotgun 2 inches
shorter than required by law.... The rumor is that the FEDS wanted
Mr. Weaver to keep an eye out for this person and that Mr. Weaver
would have nothing to do with this. So he was set-up with the
illegal gun senario. The rumor goes that the son of these folks
lived at the base of the mountain that the Weavers lived on. The
stake-out was to try to find this person that had worked on
INSLAW in DOJ.... the rumor was that he had a copy of said
software. Hearings were taking place in these months by U.S. House
Rep. Jack Brooks in the investigation of the DOJ unlawfully using
this software package.

Later, the rumor is that this person went to Mt. Carmel....
where the Davidians had 12 computers and a large network,
with some very experienced computer programs. What is in a
rumor? The Davidians felt they had the goods on the government
with a data base of various corrupt activities....

Casolaro believed he had uncovered a secret network of prominent
individuals who orchestrated a series of criminal conspiracies.
Better still, he had the evidence to prove it.
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INSLAW: Murder in the Martinsburg Sheraton

CHAPTER 10, Part 1
While reading these documents, I couldn't help wondering why an "arms"
dealer, allegedly tied in with organized crime, wanted to fund the
exclusive training of physicians at a Japanese medical school?
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Who killed Danny Casolaro and why?
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The following excerpts are from THE VILLAGE VOICE
Then Hamilton called Wendy Weaver to find out if she knew where he was. Wendy didn't know, but she promised to find out.

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Subject: Part XIV, The Casolaro Murder --> The Feds' Theft of Inslaw Software

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Date: Wed, 21 Oct 1992 20:00:16 GMT

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The following excerpts are from THE VILLAGE VOICE

(a New York weekly newspaper), October 15, 1991.

Subscriptions can be ordered and enquiries can be made

about obtaining back issues by calling 1(800) 347-6969.

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Ann Klenk called, but got no answer. Casolaro called Danielle

Stalling and asked her to set up appointments for him the next

week with a former police officer, now employed as a private

investigator, to learn more about the Laotian warlord Khun Sa's

proposed Golden Triangle drug trade from his Asian stepmother.

Later that morning, Casolaro dropped by the office of his insurance

agent, Jim Kelly, and paid up the insurance policy on his house.


By now Bill Hamilton was starting to worry.


"I talk to Danny almost every day."

Hamilton said.

"I had never gone [without speaking to him] for so long before,

so I called Bob Nichols in Los Angeles and asked whether he

had heard from Danny recently. He said `Yes, he called late

Monday night. Danny sounded like the cat who had swallowed the

canary. He was euphoric. I have probably had fifty hours of

telephone conversations with him in the last year; he always

plays chess with me on the phone. Danny told me that he had

just come back from meeting with a source, and he now knew

everything about Inslaw and PROMIS, and the Hamiltons were

going to be very excited.' He was going back for a final

meeting Tuesday. I said, `I haven't heard from him in a few

days. It's not like Danny.' Nichols said that he was taking

off for Europe that evening."

Then Hamilton called Wendy Weaver to find out if she knew where he

was. Wendy didn't know, but she promised to find out.

By now, Ann Klenk was also worried. Her television program had

done a live shot of former Air Force general and Ollie North

sidekick Richard Secord the night before; Casolaro knew they were

going to talk to Secord, and he'd certainly want to know what

happened. Why didn't he call? She phoned Hunter's and asked if

anybody had seen him. Nobody had.

Meanwhile, Olga, the housekeeper, was taking care of Casolaro's

house. She claimed to remember four or five telephone calls that

day. The first was about 9 A.M., a man's voice, "good English,"

she says, and it sounded far away. The voice said:

"I will cut his body and throw it to the sharks."

About half an hour to an hour later, there was a second call.

This voice, also a man's, had no accent, but she thinks it was a

different person's.

"Drop dead,"

he said, and hangs up.

"You drop dead,"

Olga remembers saying back. There was a third call. No voice,

just music, as if coming from a radio in the background. Olga

remembers saying into the phone,

"Don't call him no more."

The fourth call was the same. Olga left the house before dark.

She returned at night and turned on the porch light, thinking that

Casolaro would be returning soon. At 10 P.M. there was a fifth

call. Again, no voice, and this time no background noise either.

Olga slammed the phone down.

Sometime between 5 P.M. and 6 P.M., Casolaro placed a collect call

to his mother's home in McLean, [Virginia] where the family expected

him for dinner. His niece answered the phone; she later recalled

that Casolaro said something about having been in Pennsylvania,

but she doesn't remember this clearly. He told his mother that he

would be late, if he showed up at all, and not to wait for him.


Wendy Weaver called Ann Klenk and told her that Bill Hamilton was

worried about Casolaro. Ann was now thoroughly alarmed, and she

paged Dr. Tony Casolaro, Danny's brother, at the suburban Virginia

hospital where he works. She was relieved to hear about what Tony

described as a call from Pennsylvania Friday evening.

Wendy Weaver called Hamilton and told him that Casolaro had been

in Pennsylvania and was on his way back. About mid-morning, Olga

heard the phone ring in Casolaro's house. When she picked up the

receiver, there was no voice and no background noise.

At 8:30 that evening, Olga returned to Casolaro's house to look

for him. The phone rang. A man's voice said,

"You son of a bitch. You're dead."


Hamilton called Casolaro's house and got no answer.

Sometime after 4 P.M. Dan Bischoff, the national affairs editor at

the VILLAGE VOICE, received an anonymous phone call from a man who

said the paper should look into the disappearance of a reporter

investigating the October Surprise in West Virginia. Bischoff sent

a computer message to VOICE editor-in-chief Jonathan Larsen,

informing him of the tip.

Ann Klenk stopped by Casolaro's house that evening.

"It was so still. So empty,"

she remembered.

"It was just dead. I yelled for him and no one was there."

She left a note:

"Danny -- where the hell are you? I'm worried about you."


Bill Hamilton began the day with yet another call to Casolaro's

house. Again no answer.

Martinsburg police detective Sergeant George Swartwood called

Danny Casolaro's mother's house and told the family that Casolaro

was dead, an apparent suicide. By the middle of that day,

National Public Radio was broadcasting the first reports about

Casolaro's mysterious death and "the Octopus". At 10:30 that

morning, Hamilton learned from Ann Klenk that Casolaro was dead.

(to be continued)

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

This is one of countless stories unveiling the deeply corrupted

and subverted state of our theoretically democratic Government.

This story makes disgustingly obvious the fact that patriotism

is not the waving of flags, the tying of yellow ribbons and the

mindless support of the Government, just because it happens to be ours.

You don't support cancer just because you happen to have it.

Patriotism is telling the truth to the people of our country

in order that they may unite to conquer the anti-democratic

cancer that is gradually destroying ours and our children's

freedom. So please post the installments of this ongoing series

to other bulletin boards, and post hardcopies in public places,

both on and off campus. That would be a truly patriotic deed.

John DiNardo

Chapter 13, Part 2
John Connolly, a former New York police officer turned writer, was also researching the death of Danny Casolaro.

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Dead Right by John Connolly Spy Magazine, January 1993

The Man Who Knew Too Much?


THE LAST DAYS OF DANNY CASOLARO by James Ridgeway and Doug Vaughan

Joseph Daniel Casolaro

also mirrored to APFN http://www.apfn.org/apfn/casolaro.htm

CIABASE 1/96 data dump on "Casolaro"

also mirrored on APFN http://www.apfn.org/apfn/datadump.htm

Allegations Regarding Vince Foster, the NSA, and Banking Transactions
Spying, Part II by J. Orlin Grabbe "According to written statements of which INSLAW has obtained copies, another undeclared mission of the Justice Department's covert agents was to insure that investigative journalist Danny Casolaro remained silent about the role of the Justice Department in the INSLAW scandal by murdering him in West Virginia in August 1991. INSLAW has acquired copies of two relevant written statements furnished to a veteran investigative journalist by a national security operative of the U.S. Government, several months after Casolaro's death. ..."

The Octopus: Secret Government and the Death of Danny
Casolaro by Kenn Thomas and Jim Keith, Feral House.

Vince Foster, the NSA, and Banking Transaction Spying Part 2
Charles Morgan's denials suggest to me that an important part of
the Kenneth Starr investigation into matters related to Whitewater
should focus on the relationship between the death of Danny
Casolaro and the death of Vincent Foster.

Excerpt from the Executive Summary of the
"Addendum to INSLAW's ANALYSIS and REBUTTAL of the BUA REPORT' dated February 14, 1994.
"What Danny Casolaro was investigating is a business. If you
don't want to end up like Danny or like the journalist who died a
horrific death in Guatemala, you'll stay out of this. Anyone who
asks too many questions will end up dead."

also mirrored on APFN http://www.apfn.org/apfn/inslaw.htm

And Kenneth Starr should question Charles O. Morgan with respect to his personal knowledge of the topics of Danny Casolaro's investigation which lead to Casolaro's death.

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Randy Weaver web page:


FROM: Garby Leon
Columbia Pictures
Culver City, CA
July 14, 1993

TO: The Honorable Janet Reno
Attorney General of the United States
Department of Justice - Room 4400
Tenth and Constitution Ave N.E.
Washington, DC 20530

Dear Madame Attorney General,

I am writing because I feel the death of Paul Wilcher deserves your most serious attention, and should be investigated by your most trusted officials in the Department of Justice.

Paul Wilcher, like Danny Casolaro, was investigating possible government involvement in a variety of questionable activities, including the controversial October Surprise allegations and the INSLAW case, his researches leading him into areas that Casolaro had covered earlier.
In his quest Wilcher made himself known in and around Capitol Hill as a persistent gadfly, trying to spur inquiries into possible government malfeasance in several areas. He had contacts with, among others, Lee Hamilton, William Webster, Elliot Richardson and Ross Perot.

By late May, Wilcher said his information had gone beyond Casolaro's and he felt this made him a da"danger signal.U In three weeks, he was dead.

I feel that the two deaths, Casolaro's and Wilcher's, offer disturbing parallels, outlined below.

On the 23rd of June, 1993, the body of Paul Wilcher was discovered in his Washington DC apartment. This is not a certainty, since to my knowledge no evidentially identification--no fingerprint or dental x- ray matching-- was made before the body's reported cremation two weeks ago.

Present at the scene after Wilcher's death was noted White House correspondent Sarah McClendon, who knew Wilcher well and who had alerted authorities that he was missing. McClendon was unable to identify the body as Wilcher after viewing the remains.

McClendon has been told that preliminary autopsy results have found "no natural cause of death, and no other cause of death to explain Wilcher's demise. Given that Wilcher, in his 40s, was in apparent good health, this seems fairly astonishing.

A much larger issue is also implied here: if critics of our government are found dead in their bathrooms from obscure causes, and the government itself doesn't take steps to find out why, then our freedoms themselves are threatened--as well as the activities that protect those freedoms.

If individual investigation and criticism of government activities is chilled or intimidated into silence, then democracy loses its most important protection.

To put it another way, if Danny Casolaro's death was a message of some kind, then Wilcher's death is an even grimmer message--it suggests that Casolaro's death was not a fluke. Anyone inspired to follow Casolaro or Wilcher's path now has a strong added reason to fear doing so.

And a real investigation into Wilcher's death might not be an academic exercise. One person who is extremely close to and knowledgeable about the Casolaro case has said in private that the mystery of Casolaro's death could be resolved by a Grand Jury investigation, with sworn testimony, subpoena power, etc. This suggests Paul Wilcher's death may not have to remain a mystery either.

Paul Wilcher was an acquaintance of mine. He was not a perfect person; he made mistakes like anyone else but he was also, at times, a man of unusual energy and altruism. A seminary student who considered becoming a priest, he later became an attorney is his efforts to accomplish some good in this world.

Overall, I fell he was a good man. He didn't deserve to die.

Personally, I don't believe he died of natural causes.

In the following pages are brief remarks regarding A) disturbing parallels between the Casolaro and Wilcher cases; B) Police, FBI and CIA presence at the scene; C) other information about Wilcher's death; and D) possible further forensic investigation.

Mme. Attorney General, I feel the death of Paul Wilcher offers too many questions and inconsistencies to be ignored. I am writing because I feel this matter deserves your most serious attention,and hope this letter will bring some action on your part to answer some of the many, very troubling questions raised by Paul Wilcher's death.


Garby Leon
(PhD, Harvard University)


Both were investigating possible government involvement in illegal

Each was acting on his own, with dogged persistence, over a long time period.

Both Casolaro and Wilcher expressed fears, shortly before their deaths, that their lives were in danger because their investigations had led into sensitive territory. Casolaro was known to have received direct phone call threats, and told his brother shortly before he died, "If something happens to me, it won't be an accident."

As stated, Wilcher told at least one other person at the end of May that he feared he'd become a "danger signal" because his information on government malfeasance had gone beyond Casolaro's. In three weeks he was dead.

Both decedents' bodies were found in bathrooms, in bizarre circumstances (Casolaro a supposed suicide though forensic evidence cast substantial doubt on this; Wilcher, a man in good health, propped up on a toilet but showing no discernible cause of death).

In both cases, the scene of death was sealed off and made inaccessible, then cleaned, preventing any further official or independent investigation (the motel room where Casolaro was found was industrially cleaned the next day; Wilcher's apartment was sealed off and no one was allowed to enter; it was also cleaned the next day. I am unaware of any subsequent, serious investigation or crime report released to the public in either case).

In both cases, personal records, documents, computer files and/or other information belonging to the decedents are apparently not officially accounted for. Casolaro's briefcase and personal records were not found at the scene of his death. While Wilcher's family reportedly has taken possession of some personal belongings, the location of Wilcher's complete files, the result of years of hard work, is not publicly known.

In both cases, rapid alterations were made to the corpse making further forensic study difficult or impossible. Casolaro was embalmed shortly after death without family consent; Wilcher was cremated, as remarked above, without fingerprint or other evidential identification of the body, and without complete forensic examination to determine cause of death.

In both cases, forensic evidence relating to the corpses is scant.

In neither case was any kind of inquest held, no official testimony taken under oath, nor was any thoroughgoing official investigation undertaken (at least publicly). Nor has any official report been released in either case.


According to Mr. MASON O. LIDELL JR. (637 Third St. NE, Apt. B-03, DC 20002) superintendent of Wilcher's building, a Lieutenant and a Sergeant from the D. C. Police (with the help of firemen to force the door) entered Wilcher's apartment at about 11:30 AM on June 23rd.
Three detectives from DC Police entered and found Wilcher's computer was turned on. When they read what was on the computer screen, they summoned the FBI. There is no further information on what the screen actually said.

After entering the apartment and getting a brief glance at the body and the apartment, Lidell was ordered to leave. The apartment was sealed off for the rest of the day, except for official personnel. The body was removed at about 12:30 according to Lidell (who didn't witness this), though he did mention that when he entered the apartment later, there was blood on the floor and on the commode which wasn't present earlier.
He was told that this was because of measures taken to move the body.

At about 4:30 in the afternoon FBI Agents arrived. Sarah McClendon was also present, though not allowed in the apartment itself. She says two groups of four FBI Agents - eight FBI Agents in all - arrived and asked questions. McClendon checked their identification, which seemed convincing. According to Lidell at least three FBI Agents entered the apartment during the 4:30 to 7:30 time period.

Then, according to Lidell, one man appeared and said he was CIA (without offering identification). He joined the FBI agents in the Wilcher apartment during the 4:30 to 7:30 time period. More people could have entered during this time Lidell says "he returned to his own apartment and didn't keep track."

Lidell says that an NBC camera crew was prevented from entering the apartment. Aside from firemen, medical personnel to remove the body and the above Government agents, no one was allowed in the apartment for the entire day - no reporters, friends, media crews, etc. This raises a question: why no other observers, since police okayed cleaning of the apartment the very next day?

Ms. McClendon phoned the FBI to ask about the presence of FBI Agents; later MR. JAMES V. DESARNO JR., Assistant Special Agent in Charge from the D. C. Metropolitan Office, arrived. Mr. Desarno also asked questions, but strongly denied that the FBI was interested in or involved in the case. "We are not interested in this case," he told McClendon, Lidell and others repeatedly.

This seems curious. If Wilcher was a "nobody" why the official presence and vehement expression of non-involvement "ironic" with so many agents present? How could Desarno know the FBI would or wouldn't be involved without an investigation or known cause of death? Why all the secrecy and denial? Why the presence of the CIA?


Only a few slight pieces of information have filtered down about public officials and others involved in the Wilcher matter:

Two FBI Agents present at the scene were JAMES V. DESARNO, as remarked, and CRAIG OLSON, both of the D. C. Metropolitan Office: 1900 Half Street SW, Washington DC 20535. (202) 252-7801, both at same address and office.

The DC police officer in charge of investigating the Wilcher death is named BRIAN HENRY, (202) 727-4347.

Coroner for the government is a DR. KIM, who performed the autopsy, the results of which have not been released.

Building superintendent MASON LIDELL (202-543-2751) was questioned by Desarno and others, and has kindly provided information in this letter.

One friend of Wilcher's phoned apartment 302 in Wilcher's building (across from his) and got a taped answer message on the telephone intercom. The message said (paraphrasing) "This is a government telephone line, no longer in service" or words to that effect. Phone records, occupancy etc. from this address should be investigated.

Given the inconclusive autopsy results, further testing of the forensic evidence would seem to be crucial. Wilcher's body fluids, sent by the D. C. Medical Examiner to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology at Walter Reed Hospital, haven't yielded any clue as to cause of death. Apparently coroner Dr. Kim is still in possession of Wilcher's heart.

Sarah McClendon is petitioning Dr. JOYE CARTER of the D. C. Medical Examiner's office to submit this forensic evidence for further study. Dr. Carter hasn't moved with alacrity to permit or facilitate this.

McClendon would like to submit the evidence to a DR. MASON, one of the top forensic toxicologists in the U. S. (Dr. Mason: 2300 Stratford Ave, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, 215 657-4900). Dr. Mason feels it is extremely significant that no cause of death has been found, a rarity in his experience.

Perhaps, Mme. Attorney General, you can aid in investigating this and other crucial aspects of Paul Wilcher's death. Thank you for any consideration in response to this request Garby Leon.

More Info from Garby Leon:
Sarah McClendon's Washington Report





Jim Keith Online Wake!  REVEALING NEW MATERIAL! http://www.umsl.edu/~skthoma/keith.htm

Rumor has it that Jim may have been killed because he mentioned the name of the physician who declared Diana was pregnant at the time of her death. I have long noted the connections between Diana's death and the Octopus. http://users.intercomm.com/gpickard/jimkeith/

Page 101 of Paul Wilcher Report to Janet Reno:


Paul Wilcher's exPOSE (2 pages)


ATTORNEY GENERAL JANET RENO - Friday, May 21st, 1993

Paul Wilcher's FULL REPORT w/ letter (103 page
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'The Octopus' - Follow up 7/27/98

Harry V. Martin wrote:

Real-To: "Harry V. Martin" freeamerica@napanet.net

At 01:05 AM 7/26/98 -0700, you wrote:
'The Octopus' "....no conspiracy can survive expose'......"

I find it absolutely amazing that long before Danny's investigation, the Napa Sentinel did the complete investigation and reports on the Cabazon (including being sued by the tribe), we broke the Inslaw case, reported on our findings of Wackenhut, the deaths - we have been interviewed by almost all the sources you quote, including Sara and have been the lead in this field with copyright material and yet not one of your sources points to our work. We have been pledgerized, attacked by the Village Voice, copied by the alternative press and radio including the Spotlight.
You, yourself, have been fully aware of our work and yet in doing your latest report you ignore our work completely, which is probably the most comprehensive and certainly the father of all these subsequent reports.
And incidently, we warned Danny not to work alone. His death is not tied to Inslaw despite popular belief but by Air Force Counter-intelligence relative to Hughes Aircraft and an Air Force-Hughes scandal far greater than Inslaw. His specific killer, is a colonel who leave in New England and one of our sources to the Justice Department years ago. We have full confirmation including his scratched and cut condition after the murder - which he claimed was from a car accident, but his car never showed signs of damage and he was in West Virigina that day, self-admitted. Just wanted the record straight. I get tired of people stealing our work and profiting by it. We want our work to be free and in use, like your service, to get the word out not to make profit.


Thank you for the above.... No I did not know of your work in this matter. I may of received one or two copies of Napa Sentinel in the five years+ that I have ran APFN. I did a complete web search for the information I included 'The Octopus' report, I did not find any info posted by the Napa Sentinel.. You have done great reporting, I know. I would of included your information if I had been aware of it. I will be posting a follow-up report once the info sinks in. I am just a one man band doing the best I can with what I've got, which is not much. It sounds like you are upset with me for posting the report, whereas, I again unaware of your specific knowledge, don't know how to react. Please help me in the future, I am not the bad guy here, nor are you. Do you have a Web page with your info posted? APFN has only been on the Internet for a few months, but has built quite a email list because of the APFN fax network. I've had to move ten times in the last five years and am down to, "if it don't fit in the car, it don't go....." The result is I've lost a lot of info in the crakes...so to speak.
Please consider a report with the above information that I can re-post on this matter.

Where do we go from here?


/s/ Kenneth Vardon
//APFN// apfn@apfn.org

Subject: Re: 'The Octopus'
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 1998 13:34:47 -0700
From: "Harry V. Martin" freeamerica@napanet.net
To: apfn@apfn.org

Real-To: "Harry V. Martin" freeamerica@napanet.net

'The Octopus' "....no conspiracy can survive expose'......"

I'm not upset with you but with all the johnny-come-latelies. All of them have interviewed me, used my work and not a word of credit lines even though everything is copyrighted. From Riconochutto (who never saw publicity until us) to Russbacher, Kumnick, Earl Brian (from early mind-control issues to October Surprise), to pioneering the Inslaw series, to Wackenhut and Cabazons (as I say we were even sued for libel on that one and won the case). We had a lot of correspondence when you were on the fax network and I'm glad to see you use the internet without your high phone
Our website is http://freeamerica.com and includes INSLAW, WACKENHUT, OCTOBER SURPRISE with Russbacher and also inside reports from Iran intelligence, EARL BRIAN in October Surprise, Inslaw and Mind Control series. We were the only publication involved with Barry Kumnick, his father was the next door neighbor of Randy Weaver. Kumnick enhanced the INSLAW software with artificial intelligence - a quantum leap - and disappeared for a year. His father had him call us when he resurfaced.
Hamilton says he would have been a key witness to his case. In sharing information, I request others to spread the information not to make profit.
Like yourself, you do this for the dedication and it ticks me off to see publications for profit with speculative information. As you know the government using discrediting processes on issues like this, and one some run off half-cocked they can ruin it for the real truth.

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