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The Last Circle resurrects Octopus mystery

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The Last Circle, By Cheri Seymour (TrineDay LLC, Walterville, Oregon, 2010, 584 pages.)

Book Review by Dennis Moore October 1, 2010

(San Diego) Former investigative reporter Cheri Seymour, a San Diego County resident, has written a non-fiction thriller to end all thrillers.

The Last Circle is ripped from the headlines of one of our era’s most controversial murder scandals: the killing of investigative journalist Danny Casolaro, whose discoveries about a shadowy organization that he dubbed “The Octopus” reached into the Mafia, the Cali Drug Cartel, and even the U.S. Department of Justice.

Casolaro, a Washington D.C. journalist, began his probe with an investigation into the theft of a revolutionary new software program that was actually the forerunner of artificial intelligence. It was called PROMIS, or Prosecutor’s Management Information System, and it was contracted by the U.S. Department of Justice to upgrade the DOJ’s outdated case management system.

Casolaro worked closely with Bill Hamilton, owner and developer of the PROMIS software, to locate and identify the persons responsible for illegally modifying the software, installing a backdoor or Trojan Horse in the program, and selling it worldwide to foreign countries—thus allowing the U.S. government to secretly monitor intelligence operations in those countries. But Casolaro learned more than he bargained for.

The PROMIS software investigation led him into a labyrinth comprised of international spies, drug traffickers, money launderers, and unsolved murders dating as far back as 1981. He called this the “Octopus” because its tentacles reached into every facet of criminal enterprise, including the Mafia and the Cali Drug Cartel. In August 1991, Casolaro filled his briefcase with documents and headed out to Martinsburg, Virginia to “bring back the head of the Octopus,” according to his closest friends who said he was “ecstatic” about something he had recently uncovered. He never returned.

He was found dead at a Martinsburg hotel on August 10, 1991. The coroner ruled his death a suicide, but all his documents and briefcase were missing from the hotel room and never recovered. Three months after Casolaro’s death, Seymour jumped on the investigative trail he left behind, and 18 years later, his story and Seymour’s are revealed in this riveting book, The Last Circle.

One of the most provocative outcomes of this 18-year on-and-off investigation was the discovery that five days before his death, Casolaro had uncovered a connection between Mike Abbell, a former Director of International Affairs at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and the Cali Drug Cartel in Columbia. Seymour provided that information to a U.S. Customs Agent in 1993; he followed up on that lead, and in 1995 Mike Abbell was indicted for money laundering, drug conspiracy and racketeering for the Cali Cartel.

The indictment was published on the front page of the Washington Post, but the story behind the indictment is published in The Last Circle. That is what Seymour’s book is about, the story behind the story. Seymour recalled that on February 19th, 2000, the stalwart, soft-spoken Mountie of the RCMP, Sean McDade visited Seymour at her southern California home and explained that high-ranking Canadian officials may have unlawfully purchased the PROMIS software from officials in the Reagan-Bush administration.

RCMP, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, had reportedly traced some banking transactions that supported this claim. If his investigation was successful, he said, “it could cause the entire U.S. Republican Party to be dismantled and more than one presidential administration would be exposed for their knowledge of the [PROMIS] software transaction.” The scope of Seymour’s book includes behind-the-scenes dynamics of a globe-trotting undercover intelligence operative named Robert Booth Nichols.

Nichols’ labyrinthine career encompassed the covert operations of a maze of politicians, NSC, CIA, and DOJ officials, organized crime figures, intelligence agents, arms sales, drug-trafficking, high-tech money laundering, and the death of Danny Casolaro. Seymour states in her book that Nichols was aptly described in magazine articles as “Clark Gable without the ears,” tall with probing brown eyes, his demeanor simultaneously controlled and dramatic with an international flavor.

He’d been the weapons technical advisor for Steven Seagal’s movie, “Under Seige,” and it became apparent why Seagal gave him a cameo appearance as a military colonel in the movie. At times reading like something out of Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Supremacy, Seymour’s book is an investigative thriller that points fingers and name names all the way up to its conclusion with the 2009 arrest of a self-described Mafia “hit-man” contracted to kill a Cabazon tribal leader in 1981 who had opposed both development on tribal lands of the first Indian Casino in California and the terrible weapons of Wackenhut.

Through law enforcement investigators from agencies as far-ranging as the FBI, U.S. Customs, police and sheriff’s departments, and even the RCMP national security division, Seymour learned that the official head of the Octopus resided in the U.S. Department of Justice, supported by an out-of-control presidential administration. Its tentacles were comprised of a cabal of “Old Boy” cronies, true believers, who held that the end justified the means in their obsession to quell the expansion of communism in neighboring countries and throughout the world in the 1980s.

They gave corruption a new meaning as they stampeded through the Constitution and acted like cowboys toward the intelligence community, blazing new trails into drug cartels and organized crime while simultaneously growing new tentacles that reached into every facet of criminal enterprise.

The theft of high-tech software (PROMIS) for use in money-laundering and espionage, illegal drug and arms trafficking in Latin America, and exploitation of sovereign Indian nations were just a few of these enterprises.

Mind you, the high-tech software (PROMIS) was the linchpin to all the sordid acts and criminal behavior revealed in Seymour’s The Last Circle, including the murder of Danny Casolaro. The Last Circle refers to Dante’s Inferno. Seymour states that there was a last circle represented in Dante’s Inferno, but in retrospect it seems fitting. In 1306 A.D., Dante poeticized nine circles, the ninth being the last level before the final descent into Hell. “The last circle housed those souls who had been traitors to their country, their friends, and their lords.”

Because Seymour had provided a group of law enforcement men and women with the very same information that Casolaro had been working on in the last five days of his life–information that resulted in the subsequent indictment of a former career DOJ official connected to Robert Boot Nichols and the Cali Cartel– Seymour was provided with documents and reports of the best kept secret in Washington, D.C.

These law enforcement people had direct knowledge of FBI wiretaps of Robert Booth Nichols and his associates which had captured (on tape) members of the Gambino and Buffalino crime families, in collusion with the Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney general, the highest law enforcement authority in the nation, arranging the shutdown and sealing of an FBI investigation of MCA Corporation in order to facilitate the largest corporate sale in U.S. history to the Japanese.

Seymour states in her book that she was told that there is no one in America who has the power to prosecute the Octopus criminals because the tentacles have become an integral, and accepted, culture within our society and indeed, within our economy. With that in mind, it became clear to Seymour that the only avenue left to expose the history of Octopus was through publishing this book, The Last Circle, because for decades major media, government committees, U.S. Representatives and Senators had ignored the legacy of war, corruption and greed left behind by the Octopus which she says still flourishes today.

This book even includes a reference to the famous “Zapruder” video tape of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, indicating the tentacles of the “Octopus,” and what those tentacles could have people believe. The author quotes Robert Booth Nichols in her book, stating; “Nothing is as it appears to be.”

The intrigue in this book further includes Seymour being targeted for assassination, due to her investigative reporting in affairs of Danny Casolaro and Robert Booth Nichols, among others. She was warned: “They’re going to kill you, if you don’t RUN!”

She did take a brief hiatus in San Diego with her mother after this threat was made. Obviously, she escaped this fate, for I actually sat next to her and talked with her a few weeks ago at a meeting of the San Diego Writers/Editors Guild. She impressed me as someone who would go to great lengths to get at the truth. This is an exciting true-life thriller from end to end.

Read more about The Last Circle at Seymour’s website: http://www.ark-roundtable.com/book.html

The Last Circle book can be purchased through Barnes & Noble bookstores, Amazon.com on the Internet, and directly from Trine Day Publishing, P.O. Box 577, Walterville, OR 97489 – Tel. 1-800-556-2012 – Website: http://trineday.com/

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January 23, 2011 at 1:07 am

Michael J. Riconosciuto vs US Justice Dept

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AFFIDAVIT OF MICHAEL J. RICONOSCIUTOThe INSLAW CASE: AFFIDAVIT OF MICHAEL J. RICONOSCIUTO
UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIAIn Re:
INSLAW, INC., Debtor.
CASE NO. 85-00070
(Chapter 11)
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INSLAW, INC., Plaintiff
v.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and the UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Defendants.
CASE NO. 85-00070
Adversary Proceeding
NO. 86-0069

AFFIDAVIT OF MICHAEL J. RICONOSCIUTO

STATE OF WASHINGTON)

I, MICHAEL J. RICONOSCIUTO, being duly sworn, do hereby state as follows:

1. During the early 1980’s, I served as the Director of Research for a joint venture between the Wackenhut Corporation of Coral Gables, Florida, and the Cabazon Band of Indians in Indio, California. The joint venture was located on the Cabazon reservation.

2. The Wackenhut-Cabazon joint venture sought to develop and/or manufacture certain materials that are used in military and national security operations, including night vision goggles, machine guns, fuel-air explosives, and biological and chemical warfare weapons.

EXHIBIT 1

3. The Cabazon Band of Indians are a sovereign nation. The sovereign immunity that is accorded the Cabazons as a consequence of this fact made it feasible to pursue on the reservation the development and/or manufacture of materials whose development or manufacture would be subject to stringent controls off the reservation. As a minority group, the Cabazon Indians also provided the Wackenhut Corporation with an enhanced ability to obtain federal contracts through the 8A Set Aside Program, and in connection with Government-owned contractor-operated (GOCO) facilities.

4. The Wackenhut-Cabazon joint venture was intended to support the needs of a number of foreign governments and forces, including forces and governments in Central America and the Middle East. The Contras in Nicaragua represented one of the most important priorities for the joint venture.

5. The Wackenhut-Cabazon joint venture maintained close liaison with certain elements of the United States Government, including representatives of intelligence, military and law enforcement agencies.

6. Among the frequent visitors to the Wackenhut-Cabazon joint venture were Peter Videnieks of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and a close associate of Videnieks by the name of Earl W. Brian. Brian is a private businessman who lives in Maryland and who has maintained close business ties with the U.S. intelligence community for many years.

7. In connection with my work for Wackenhut, I engaged in some software development and modification work in 1983 and 1984 on the proprietary PROMIS computer software product. The copy of PROMIS on which I worked came from the Department of Justice. Earl W. Brian made it available to me through Wackenhut after acquiring it from Peter Videnieks, who was then a Department of Justice contracting official with responsibility for the PROMIS software. I performed the modifications to PROMIS in Indio, California; Silver Spring, Maryland; and Miami, Florida.

8. The purpose of the PROMIS software modifications that I made in 1983 and 1984 was to support a plan for the implementation of PROMIS in law enforcement and intelligence agencies worldwide. Earl W. Brian was spearheading the plan for this worldwide use of the PROMIS computer software.

9. Some of the modifications that I made were specifically designed to facilitate the implementation of PROMIS within two agencies of the Government of Canada: the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS). Earl W. Brian would check with me from time to time to make certain that the work would be completed in time to satisfy the schedule for the RCMP and CSIS implementations of PROMIS.

10. The proprietary versions of PROMIS, as modified by me, was, in fact, implemented in both the RCMP and the CSIS in Canada. It was my understanding that Earl W. Brian had sold this version of PROMIS to the Government of Canada.

11. In February 1991, I had a telephone conversation with Peter Videnieks, then still employed by the U.S. Department of Justice. Videnieks attempted during this telephone conversation to persuade me not to cooperate with an independent investigation of the government’s piracy of INSLAW’s proprietary PROMIS software being conducted by the Committee on the Judiciary of the U.S. House of Representatives.

12. Videnieks stated that I would be rewarded for a decision not to cooperate with the House Judiciary Committee investigation. Videnieks forecasted an immediate and favorable resolution of a protracted child custody dispute being prosecuted against my wife by her former husband, if I were to decide not to cooperate with the House Judiciary Committee investigation.

13. Videnieks also outlined specific punishments that I could expect to receive from the U.S. Department of Justice if I cooperate with the House Judiciary Committee’s investigation.

14. One punishment that Videnieks outlined was the future inclusion of me and my father in a criminal prosecution of certain business associates of mine in Orange County, California, in connection with the operation of a savings and loan institution in Orange County. By way of underscoring his power to influence such decisions at the U.S. Department of Justice, Videnieks informed me of the indictment of these business associates prior to the time when that indictment was unsealed and made public.

15. Another punishment that Videnieks threatened against me if I cooperate with the House Judiciary Commitee [sic] is prosecution by the U.S. Department of Justice for perjury. Videnieks warned me that credible witnesses would come forward to contradict any damaging claims that I made in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, and that I would subsequently be prosecuted for perjury by the U.S. Department of Justice for my testimony before the House Judiciary Committee.

FURTHER AFFIANT SAYETH NOT.

[Signed]: Michael J. Riconosciuto

Signed and sworn to before me this 21st day of March, 1991.
John M. Rosellini
Notary Public
My Commission Expires: Sept 19, 1993

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US TV station wrestles with Octopus

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The FBI’s investigation inside the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office may have stemmed from the circumstances surrounding the deaths of a D.A.’s investigator and his family at his mountain home. Though there has been no answer about the tragic event, several people have been affected, and questions have risen over the last case of the dead investigator, David McGowan.

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Chilling E-Mail Details ‘Dangerous’ Triple Murder Case

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Part 32: Chilling E-Mail Details ‘Dangerous’ Triple Murder Case
Posted: Aug 21, 2008 08:38 AM

By Nathan Baca
News Channel 3

 

The Riverside County Sheriff’s department is looking into possible connections between a triple murder in 1981 and murder-suicide in 2005 that claimed six lives.

A chilling email written by a detective shows just how dangerous this case is.

When this detective writes he “can’t look his wife in the eyes” and risk his family’s lives, you know it’s a big case.

Nicauraguan arms deals, stolen computer databases, weapons testing on local Cabazon Indian land and a lawsuit alleging conspiracy from the highest federal officials for the past 30 years: all of these are now being investigated by the Riverside County Cold Case Division.

Three people were murdered execution style in a Rancho Mirage home on July 1st, 1981. There were never any arrests. The victims included Cabazon Indian Vice Chairman Fred Alvarez. Family members say he was going to blow the whistle on a business partnership between defense contractor Wackenhut Services and the Cabazon Indians to build machine guns and biological weapons for Central American countries.

Confidential sources close to the investigation recently handed over an email written by a riverside county sheriff’s detective. The email’s source was confirmed by multiple people inside the investigation. The detective who wrote the email hasn’t responded to additional requests for information. We’re not revealing his name to protect his identity.

The email states the Cold Case Division reopened the Alvarez triple murder several months ago.

Bad things seem to happen to those who get too close to uncovering Cabazon Arms and its dealings with the Federal Government.

There were three Rancho Mirage murders in 1981, and a Riverside County District Attorney Investigator left the office in the early 80’s after threats on his life.

Journalist Danny Casolero investigated what he called “The Octopus” and was found dead in his hotel room in 1991. His reporter notes disappeared. The book on the conspiracy he was to name “Indio” was never finished.

The detective is also investigating whether DA Investigator David McGowan and his family of five were murdered in 2005 after McGowan looked into the case.

The detective writes he “doesn’t want to continue on the case based on the number of people who have met an untimely demise while doing so.”

But the detective is continuing the case. Newschannel 3 learned former computer programmer Michael Riconisciuto was recently questioned.

Documents show a secret government computer spy program named “PROMIS” was modified on tribal land in Indio. PROMIS is linked to a major spy scandal that has stretched for years.

With all of these national security implications, the detective states he “feels like Alice in Wonderland going down the rabbit hole” and he “no longer has a complete grasp on the real world.”

The stakes are high, the secrets are growing, and the suspicious deaths remain unanswered. Even the detective desperately asks, “am i just another lamb to the slaughter?”

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What follows is the text of the email obtained by News Channel 3. Information that identifies the detective and the source are deleted. The email is part of an ongoing exchange between the detective and the source, who is one of many people who have independently investigated this case for years.

The Rachel Begley referenced in the email is the daughter of 1981 murder victim Ralph Boger. John Nichols as mentioned in the email is the former manager of the Cabazon Band of Indians. Jimmy Hughes is a former murder suspect who was never arrested for any of the deaths. Hughes is currently a Christian minister in Honduras.

—– Original Message —– 
  From: X 
  To: X 
  Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2008 1:44 PM
  Subject: Alvarez Triple Homicide
  Hello X

  My name is X and I’m with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.  I’m a homicide detective assigned to the cold case division.  The Alvarez triple homicide was assigned to me a couple of months ago.

  For the past two months I have reviewed nearly a thousand documents of police reports, and spent many hours browsing the Internet for additional sources of information.  As I am sure you can imagine, I feel a bit like Alice in Wonderland after falling down the rabbit hole.  I no longer have a complete grasp on the real world.

  You should know first off, that I am an experienced investigator with 18 years on the Sheriff’s Dept. and I consider myself pretty intuitive when it comes to filtering out the BS.  After my first review of the police reports in this case, I wasn’t sure why it remained unsolved for over 26 years.  All of the players were identified and the Modus Operandi seemed to be well established.  I couldn’t understand why every few years the case was suddenly dropped and put back on the shelf.

  That’s when Rachel Begley introduced me to the rabbit hole.  After the countless hours I have now spent on her website and the numerous other conspiracy theorists websites, I’m having a very difficult time sifting through the BS.

  I have also spent much time on your website and I have found your investigations impressive and your opinions refreshing.  That is why I am writing to you now.  I do not make it a habit of talking to journalists about open homicide investigations, however, it appears you are much more educated about this particular case than I am.

  I know you are very busy and I understand the Alvarez triple homicide is a very small part of the Octopus, but I would be very interested in spending any time with you that you have available, in order to get some perspective on what I’ve read.

  Just so you understand where I am in this case.  I am currently preparing a review and summary for my Sergeant.  My conclusion will be that I do not wish to continue investigating this case, based on the number of people who have met an untimely demise while doing so.

  My actions in this matter go against everything I believe in, and this case is very difficult for me to walk away from, especially with the allegations that involve the deaths of Investigator Dave McGowan and his family.  But I am conceding to a higher power (my wife) and trying to give her some peace of mind.  I cannot look her in the eyes and tell her that I am willing to risk the life of my family by pursuing this.

  I am interested in your opinion.  Am I just another lamb to the slaughter?  Is the Puppet Master pulling my strings via Rachel Begley?  Is this just a simple case of murder by Jimmy Hughes at the direction of John P. Nichols, or is it really much more than that?

  Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you,

  Detective X
  RSO – Central Homicide
  (951) X desk
  (951) X cell

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September 2, 2008 at 6:31 am

Secret Government Program Linked To Local Murders?

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Part 31: Secret Government Program Linked To Local Murders?
Posted: Aug 1, 2008 01:21 AM

By Nathan Baca
News Channel 3

There are new developments in a year-long News Channel 3 investigation.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is looking into possible connections between a triple murder in 1981, and murders-suicide in 2005 that claimed 6 lives.

We have internal documents from the Cold Case Division of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department showing the depth of the investigation.

We will not reveal the investigators’ identity at this time since the documents show their lives may be in danger.

Now, we are learning the murders may be a cover up for one of the federal government’s most secret computer programs.

“PROMIS” is the name of one of the government’s most secret computer database programs.

Computer programmer Michael Riconosciuto wrote in an affadavit that major modifications to the program were made in Indio.

On July 1, 1981, Fred Alvarez, his girlfriend Patty Castro and friend Ralph Boger were shot to death on Bob Hope Drive in Rancho Mirage. There was a house here that has since been bulldozed. Nobody was ever arrested for the shooting.

Family friends say Cabazon Band of Mission Indians Vice Chairman Fred Alvarez was going to blow the whistle on

documents from the early 1980’s showing a business partnership between defense contractor Wackenhut Services and Cabazon Manager John Phillip Nichols to form “Cabazon Arms.”

One of their alleged projects was the PROMIS computer program. Database and pattern recognition software was a new source of information and power in the early 1980s.

It starts when the program’s designers, Inslaw Corporation, accused the U.S. Justice Department of stealing the software for their own foreign policy purposes.

This programmer testified he altered the program to create what’s called “a back door” to allow government spying.

This happened while working on Cabazon Indian Sovereign land.

“The parties that were involved in the distribution of this software were involved in covert operations. They were involved in Nicaragua and Central America. And they were involved in operation in the Middle East,” said Riconosciuto in an 1993 interview.

A U.S. Justice Department memo from 1985 shows the PROMIS software was being sold to Middle Eastern arms dealers and wanted “no paperwork or customs inspections” to interfere.

Even TV show “Unsolved Mysteries” got on the case when the last journalist to investigate this spy scandal was found dead in his hotel room.

Danny Casolero’s wrists were slashed in 1991. It was ruled a suicide.

But his reporter notes disappeared, and the book on the conspiracy he was to title “Indio” was never finished.

Congressional hearings were held in 1992.

“The report involves the committee’s investigation into serious allegations that high level Department of Justice officials were involved in the criminal conspiracy to force Inslaw, a small company, out of business.” stated Rep. Jack Brooks at the opening of the hearings.

The hearings ended inconclusively.

The PROMIS software was allegedly altered on tribal land in Indio with the lack of federal oversight. Just like Microsoft Windows, the database program kept up with the times, upgraded several times over the years.

But PROMIS came back to haunt America in ways never imagined.

As Brit Hume reported in an October 2001 FOX News newscast, “A disturbing indication that Robert Hanssen, the FBI agent accused of spying for the Russians in what officials said at the time of his arrest was a ‘massive security breach’ ended up helping Osama bin Laden. Correspondent Carl Cameron reports Hanson sold the Russians an extremely sensitive piece of U.S. Technology. And they in turn sold it to Al Qaeda’s terrorist network.”

From an office in Indio, to foreign capitals all over the world; several murder investigations are connected to this spy scandal. Whether answers can still be found 27 years later remains in the hands of the Sheriff’s Cold Case squad.

The internal documents we’ve obtained and confidential interviews we’ve done reveal the Riverside County Sheriff’s Cold Case squad is investigating whether DA Investigator David McGowan was on this 27 year old murder case before his 2005 death. News Channel 3 is still looking into whether they’ve concluded that angle of their questioning.

The Cabazon Indian Tribe has still not responded to our questions about this cold case being reopened.

If you’ve missed any part of this 31-part exclusive investigation, more than a year in the making, click on the right hand side of the KESQ.com homepage on “Special Reports” and then the icon that says “Inside the DA’s Office and DHS Police.”

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1981 Triple Murder Tied to McGowan Murders-Suicide?

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Part 30: 1981 Triple Murder Tied to McGowan Murders-Suicide?

Posted: July 17, 2008 08:52 AM

By Nathan Baca

 

News Channel 3

There are new developments in a year-long News Channel 3 investigation.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is looking into possible connections between a triple murder in 1981 and murder-suicide in 2005 that claimed six lives.

It’s a story you’ll only see on News Channel 3.

We have internal documents from the Cold Case Division of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department showing the depth of the investigation.

We will not reveal the investigators’ identity at this time since the documents show their lives may be in danger.

The investigation ranges from a local indian tribe to the top levels of the federal government.

Nicaraguan arms deals, stolen computer databases, weapons testing on local Cabazon Indian land and a lawsuit alleging conspiracy from the highest federal officials of the 1980s.

All of these are now being investigated by the Riverside County Cold Case Division.

On July 1, 1981, Fred Alvarez, his girlfriend Patty Castro and friend Ralph Boger were shot to death on Bob Hope Drive in Rancho Mirage. There was a house at the location that has since been bulldozed. Nobody was ever arrested for the shooting.

Family menbers and friends say Cabazon Band of Mission Indians Vice Chairman Fred Alvarez was going to blow the whistle with documents from the early 1980’s showing a business partnership between defense contractor Wackenhut Services and Cabazon Manager John Phillip Nichols to form Cabazon Arms.

The tribe that now runs the Fantasy Springs Casino was a pioneer in Indian gaming, starting with a small card room.

Nichols allegedly planned on using Indian sovereign land to test and build pistols, assault rifles, sniper guns and rocket launchers.

The partnership was interested in biological weapons that could be deployed in small countries.

Twenty-five years ago, the offices of Cabazon arms were in an office suite on Requa Avenue in Indio.

This is at the heart of the Iran-Contra scandal that affected President Ronald Reagan’s administration, whether weapons were sold to Central American groups to pay for the release of hostages in Iran.

The documents show that some of these weapons were developed near Indio.

Three people may have been murdered to protect that secret.

Cabazon business manager John Phillip Nichols later went to prison for a separate case of murder solicitation, but tribal officials say that any connection to the Alvarez triple murder was “ridiculous and malicious.”

Wackenhut corporation declined to comment to News Channel 3, but denied any wrongdoing in the book “Return of the Buffalo: The Story Behind America’s Indian Gaming Explosion.”

The murder case has been reopened and closed multiple times in the past 27 years. Sheriff’s investigators have asked friends and former partners of District Attorney Investigator David McGowan whether he was working the case in 2005.

An investigation concluded that McGowan murdered his family of five before shooting himself on May 10th, 2005. Surviving family members tell News Channel 3 they believe the investigation was rushed and incomplete.

Sheriff’s officials now tell News Channel 3 the District Attorney’s office was not investigating the Alvarez case.

Another document says otherwise:

Former DA Investigator and current Indio Councilman Gene Gilbert handled the case in the early 1990’s.

His report detailed a weapons test held in Lake Cahuilla between Cabazon Arms and two Nicaraguan generals. (Documents 123.)

It is unclear at this time whether Investigator David McGowan was working on the Alvarez triple murder before his 2005 death.

What is clear is that the sheriff’s cold case squad is taking it seriously, interviewing people familiar with McGowan’s former cases and reopening a case that in the words of one investigator, they “do not want to continue working – based on the number of people who have met an untimely demise while doing so.”

As of Wednesday, the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians has not responded to News Channel 3’s questions.

Our next report will focus on the importance of a stolen computer database in the 1980’s, and how a journalist may have been murdered after uncovering a local connection to a massive political conspiracy.

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