Prasanna Kalahasthi, 25, a USC dental student and married to Pendyala
Vamsikrishna, a Flight 11 passenger, killed herself five weeks after 9/11 in
her Los Angeles apartment even though friends say she was 'in good spirits and
determined to finish dental school.'
A friend of an alleged Flight 11 passenger said he was “shocked and amazed”
after learning five weeks after 9/11 his friend’s wife committed suicide
in her Los Angeles apartment in an apparent act of despair.
But others were quick to point out that foul play has never been ruled out,
according to several sources close to the suicide investigation.
Not only was this 9/11 suicide shocking and difficult to understand,
but the alleged victim's husband, Pendyala Vamsikrishna of India, was never
even listed on the original Flight 11 manifest, only appearing later as a passenger
on a couple of conflicting unofficial lists.
Due to the numerous inconsistencies and irregularities on all four 9/11 flight
manifests, critics of the official government story contend many of the passengers
probably never existed at all or were concocted as the result of carefully constructed
aliases, essentially faking their deaths.
Further, critics contend if the passenger lists were suspect then so were the
planes, calling the 9/11 jetliners ‘phantom flights,’ paving the
way for military drones to be used to attack the WTC and Pentagon.
Others who disagree with the official story for the most part buy into the
drone theory, but theorize the unlucky passengers actually were killed by being
transferred onto a single airliner and then either dumped into the Atlantic
or taken to one of the many hidden underground government bases.
Of course, both theories have their skeptics, but the irregularity of the passenger
lists, the evidence refuting the existence of the flights, eye-witness accounts
of seeing a cargo plane without windows slam into the towers and the strange
silence among the airline family members makes it imperative to pursue a full
scale investigation into the whereabouts and real identities of each and every
passenger listed by the government as dead.
And the case of Vamsikrishna, a 30 year old engineer from India, and his wife
who committed suicide, called unlikely or very strange by those in the Hindu
community, is just another example of the many mysteries surrounding the 9/11
passengers and their families.
Going back to a month after 9/11, Prasanna Kalahasthi, 25, a USC dental student
from India and Vamsikrishna’s wife, was found dead in her Catalina St.
apartment in Los Angeles on Oct. 19, 2001.
Investigators noted there was no suicide note and the only thing found next
to her body was a letter from then New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani inviting
her to an upcoming memorial service at Ground Zero to mourn 9/11 victims.
After the apparent suicide, several school friends and even family members
said Kalashasthi was, of course, devastated by her loss, being married for only
a short time, but was determined to move forward and complete her dental studies.
Further, friends pointed out she was devout Hindu who believed in reincarnation,
making suicide an even more unlikely choice since a return to earth is inevitable
according to Kalashasthi’s Hindu beliefs.
“I knew Vamsi, that’s what we called him at school in India, and
I was shocked when he died on 9/11,” said school friend Anupendra Sharma
in a telephone conversation this week from his home on the east coast. “What
was very strange, though, was his wife’s suicide. They were only married
for a year and she had recently just come to America to go to USC.
“Vamsi’s parents also are back in India and came to the Unites
States for the funerals. I know Vamsi’s wife was very upset and there
were some accounts of her suicide in the local papers.
“Also, I should say I wasn’t a personal friend of his but knew
of him at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in Pilani, India, where
we both went to school in 1992. They did tell me, though, that his loved ones
were notified that they found some of Vamsi’s remains in the wreckage,
but I am not sure of specifics.”
Although it’s unlikely to recover of any remains in a towering inferno
like the WTC, the Arctic Beacon has uncovered a strange trail of suspicious
evidence emanating from passengers at both the Pentagon and WTC, indicating
the FBI may have been busy planting phony evidence at all locations on 9/11.
For example, two California ID cards of Flight 77 passenger, Susanne Calley,
were miraculously uncovered in the Pentagon wreckage by a first responder, Capt.
Jim Ingledue of the Virginia Beach Fire Department two days after 9/11.
Although Capt. Ingledue believes the official account of 9/11, he admitted
it was “very strange and highly unusual” to find unblemished paper-thin
evidence in a meltdown like the Pentagon.
And even more miraculously than Calley’s ID’s a year after 9/11,
four unscathed credit cards were returned to the parents of Waleed Iskandar,
a suspicious Flight 11 passenger also not on the original passenger list but
included a year later on unofficial flight lists.
Strangely, in light of the miraculous discoveries, both Iskandar and Calley’s
loved one’s did not question the return or authenticity of the items returned,
adding they were in perfect agreement with the government’s official version
Although Vamsikrishna’s parents could not be reached in India to discuss
their son’s case, Sharma’s recollection of his friend isn’t
the only one commenting about the strange nature of Kalashasthi’s suicide.
Anuradha Gupta, another friend from India who attended the same technical school,
wrote a tribute shortly after the suicide, saying:
“On October 20th, a friend called me, overcome with emotion and told
me that Prasanna, studying to be a dental student had committed suicide the
previous day. When newspaper reports came in, we all were shocked and almost
“We told people that Hindus do not believe in suicide, that they believe
in reincarnation and that their journey towards learning and evolution does
not end with death…except that sometimes one can’t handle despair
beyond a point…
“We heard that Prasanna, a USC graduate student in the International
Student Program for Foreign-Trained Dentists since April 2001 had moved to US
only a year back, and was found in her Catalina Street apartment on Friday,
October 19th. She was 25 years old. Near her body, they found a letter from
New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani dated Oct. 12th inviting her to a memorial
service scheduled for Oct. 28th to mourn the death of her husband.
“And from her friends, I learnt that though she was devastated, she was
determined to move on and complete her dental course. However, a few questions
In the tribute, Gupta also commented that Kalashasthi refused counseling, all
of friends saying she was recovering “fine” from the tragedy.
“The University Director of Student Counseling Service, Bradford King
had referred her to Nadadur S. Kumar, associate director of the Office of International
Services,” wrote Gupta. “In their regular chats, Kumar reminded
Prasanna that counselors, even Indian ones were available to help her. Bradford
even offered to walk her across to the counseling center. But it was her choice
to not go in for professional counseling, not because of the stigma attached
but because she felt she was doing fine, as did everybody else.
“Prasanna did reassure her families that L.A. was her home and that she
would move on. Her brother was moving into the apartment she and her husband
had shared near the USC campus to be with her, and she also had a new, extended
family that included her friends, her classmates, and people at the University.”
The strange suicide and Vamsikrishna’s questionable passenger status
is just another example of the many oddities coming forward about the passengers
on board all four 9/11 flights.
In the past, the Arctic Beacon has found most of the families of the doomed
flights have remained silent or a few that have returned phone calls agree with
the official 9/11 story word for word.
This, however, is in stark contrast to the families of victims at Ground Zero
who readily come forward, many openly disagreeing vehemently with the official