William J. Casey: The story of the terrorist who managed to escape from top American agencies for a very long time is now streaming on Showtime. The story depicts how the American agency tried hard to catch him but failed every time. At that time, the CIA chief was William Casey, and his role in the series is played by Ned Bellamy. In this article, we are going to talk about the real William, so let’s get started.
William Joseph Casey was born on March 13, 1913, and was born and raised in New York. He graduated from Fordham University in 1934 and also earned his Law degree in 1937 from St. John’s University School of Law. He then began his career following his passion as a lawyer. During World War II, he worked for the Office of Strategic Services, and later, he was promoted to the head of the intelligence branch in Europe. In 1945, he was promoted to lieutenant and received a bronze medal from the US government. He co-founded the Manhattan Institute in 1978.
After Ronald Reagan was elected as President of the US, he appointed Casey as the Chief of Central Intelligence. Casey played a major role in many CIA missions and also helped the agency catch many terrorists. He was one of the bravest and most honest officers of his time. He served in that position for almost six years, from 1981 to 1987.
On May 6, 1987, he died due to a brain tumor at the age of 74. He left behind his wife and a daughter, Bernadette Casey Smith. His wife, Sophia Kurz, also died in 2000.