OCTOPUS CONSPIRACY CLAIMS ANOTHER?
The co-author of the book The Octopus, about a writer who died mysteriously investigating an international conspiracy, has died under mysterious circumstances. Jim Keith, who co-wrote The Octopus with Kenn
Thomas based on the notes of writer Danny Casolaro, died at Washoe Medical hospital after going in for knee surgery. Rumors suggest that he
was killed after revealing the name of the physician who claimed Princess Diana was pregnant at the time of here death. "I have long noted the connections between the Octopus story and the death of Diana,"
says Keith's co-author, Kenn Thomas. The web news service where Keith named the source has become inaccessible since his death.
Danny Casolaro died in August 1991 in Martinsberg, West Virginia, of what appeared to be a suicide. He was investigating the theft of a super-surveillance software called PROMIS involving Justice Department officials and a shadowy international group he called the Octopus. Two congressional investigations of the PROMIS case (also known as the Inslaw case, after the name of the company that created PROMIS) recommened that Casolaro's death be investigated as a homicide. Keith and Thomas obtained the notes that Casolaro let behind and made them the basis of their book, The Octopus, published by Feral House in 1997.
"This rumor may be nonsense," Thomas said. "Casolaro may have committed
suicide. It is the way of the Octopus. It exists but it doesn't exist. These are suicides or non-suspicious homicides or real accidents. They just happen
to cluster coincidentally around a certain set of facts or a certain perception of an organized conspiracy. Keith himself would certainly have been suspicious of the circumstances of his own death, however"
Jim Keith fell from a stage at the Burning Man arts event held in Black
Rock, Nevada, north of Reno, his hometown, and broke his knee. He went to the Washoe Medical hospital there and died during surgery on September 7 at 8:10 PM, when a blood clot released and entered his lung. In addition to co-authoring The Octopus with Kenn Thomas, Keith wrote many other popular books on conspiracy topics, including Mind Control/World Control, Black Helicopters I and II, OKC Bomb, Saucers of the Illuminati, Casebook on
Alternative 3, Casebook on the Men In Black and many others. He was well-known and well-loved among the readers of conspiracy literature,
and Thomas is receiving a great outpouring of grief and condolences from
Keith's many fans around the world.
A tribute page to Jim Keith now appears at http://www.umsl.edu/~skthoma/urls.htm
It is still linked to the news column wrote about Diana, although that site is inaccessible. A memorial volume of essays about Keith is planned.
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