When a content warning appears before a YouTube trailer for a documentary, you know you're about to fall into dark waters. This is what you'll see before you watch the trailer for the new Netflix documentary series. American Conspiracy: Octopus MurderBecause it contains references to suicide and self-harm. The same goes for this story.
This documentary focuses on the death of writer-journalist Danny Casolaro, whose death appeared to be a suicide, but his family and colleagues believed, and continue to believe, that it was not a suicide. ing. Casolaro is investigating a conspiracy he calls “Octopus” that is linked to a series of unsolved murders, a secret organization that stole government spy software, and some of the biggest political scandals of the 20th century. .
This documentary asks a simple question: What really happened to Danny Casolaro?
Wandering in a tangled web
As the show makes clear, Casolaro wasn't trying to find a conspiracy. He believed he was investigating a fairly obscure intellectual property dispute. However, as the investigation progresses, he discovers connections to America's hidden underworld in the 1980s, including money laundering, spyware, and even arms trafficking. The more he uncovered, the more Casolaro became convinced of a vast conspiracy, and the more he became determined to expose the secrets he had uncovered. But he didn't have that chance.
Was Casolaro killed for what he knew? His family said he had told his brother that he had been receiving threatening phone calls in the weeks before his death. Casolaro said if something happened to him, it wasn't an accident. His family also noted that he was extremely germaphobic and was even afraid of blood tests. Would a man who couldn't stand the sight of blood really take his own life in such a violent way? Although some law enforcement officials were also suspicious, and the case was covered by both ABC News and Time Magazine, no evidence of murder was found.
That's where this documentary comes in. American conspiracy: octopus murder case It's not just a historical story. It's the story of photojournalist Christian Hansen, who picks up the photo decades later and tries to find the answers Casolaro was looking for. Along with filmmaker Zachary Traits, he travels across America to find the key figure in this story, a journey that puts both of them at great personal risk. What really happened to Danny? This documentary was produced by Duplas Brothers Productions and Stardust Frames. wild, wild, countryone of the best Netflix documentaries we've seen – an attempt to find out.
American Conspiracy: Octopus Murder In the US, it will be distributed on Netflix from February 28th.