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American Conspiracy: Who is Danny Casorola in the Netflix documentary?

What happened to Danny Casolaro, the subject of American Conspiracy: The Octopus Murders?

Depends who you ask!

American Conspiracy: The Octopus Murders is all about the mysterious circumstances around the death of investigative journalist Danny Casolaro, who died in 1991. However, in case you are wondering what on earth Danny Casolaro did to deserve a whole four-episode investigation like American Conspiracy, here is everything that happened to him and the questions that surrounded him, his work and his death.

Who is Danny Casolaro in American Conspiracy?

Danny was a reporter from the Virginia town of McLean, which is really near the US capital, Washington, DC. His professional life was filled with many things, like looking into Fidel Castro’s intelligence network and how Chinese communists had snuck opium into the US. Like many journalists, he cut his teeth on trade magazines and specialised in IT industry news. On the personal front, he was married to Terrill Pace, and they had one son, Trey.


How did American Conspiracy subject Danny Casolaro die?

This is where the mystery begins. His body was found in Room 517 at the Sheraton Hotel in the West Virginia town of Martinsburg by a housekeeper in 1991. According to official records, his wrists were slashed between 10 and 12 times, and his death was ruled as a suicide.

Why do people remain unconvinced that Danny Casolaro died by suicide?

Well, basically, he was looking into some dodgy government malarkey before he died. Notably, he was researching a book about the US government and its dealings with the software company INSLAW. Danny was about to make his explosive findings public. They included allegations of Cold War international spying, election tampering and so on. People who knew him also claimed that Danny warned them not to believe anyone who said he had died by suicide if he was, in fact, found dead.

You can find out more about Danny Casorola in American Conspiracy: The Octopus Murders as it now available on Netflix. For all the latest Netflix news, drops, quizzes and memes like The Holy Church of Netflix on Facebook. 

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