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The Casey Anthony Trial- My Two Cents

Updated on October 1, 2012

I remember three years ago when all of this first started and it was all over the news. WHERE IS CAYLEE?? The little girl that was missing and the frantic grandparents, the confusion and the arrogance of Casey Anthony as she sat behind bars and spoke on the phone to her parents and talked to them like they were dogs. The only ones in the world that were by her side. How she had lied to everyone and swore that a nanny called "Zanny" was the one who she had last left her little girl with before she had gone missing. Casey Anthony lied time after time.. but never once told the truth about what happened to little Caylee. After weaving this huge web of lies, it finally came out there was no Zanny, and then Casey's car turned up smelling like a dead body had been in the trunk along with stains. Eventually the baby turned up right down the street from the Anthony home, in a trash bag, decomposing with duct tape wrapped around her skull- proving her mouth had been taped shut and of course Casey was arrested and has been in jail awaiting trial. All this happened three years ago and I hardly heard anything else until here recently. The trial has now begun in Orlando which is in Orange County Florida. The past few days I've tuned in and am APPALLED to hear what the defense alleged in their opening statement.

Casey Anthony is NOW claiming that Caylee Anthony drowned in the pool in her parents back yard and that her dad, George Anthony not only knew about his granddaughter's death but covered up the accident. Not only that but she is alleging that the reason she is such a liar and told all of the lies about the whereabouts of Caylee when she came up missing is because her dad George Anthony molested her when younger and not only her dad molested her but also is alleging her older brother Lee Anthony attempted molestation as well.

The only thing that is going through my mind right now is the utter PAIN and AGONY George and Cindy Anthony must be going through and have continually gone through over the past three years. Not only did they lose their precious grand daughter without any explanation of what happened to her, George is now being accused of molesting his daughter and having a hand in the death of Caylee, his precious granddaughter. I feel deep sadness and grief for George and Cindy Anthony and for the brother Lee as well.

But despite everything that has happened, the parents reportedly do not wish for Casey to receive the death penalty which as of now she is still eligible. Which I do understand. I mean, no matter how we see Casey, she is still their daughter and that is a very strong bond that can't be ignored. Having my own children, I certainly understand why they would not want to see her die by lethal injection. It is another reason why I feel so much grief for George and Cindy. The position that they are in right now, I would not wish on my worst enemy ever. What a living nightmare!

Further complicating the case is this Chrystal Holloway AKA River Cruiz, one of the volunteers that helped at the Anthony's with the search for their missing granddaughter, is alleging that she had a three month affair with George Anthony back in September 2008 a few months after Caylee was reported missing which he completely denies. Of course, the defense is trying to use this to their advantage.

There are really tons more details regarding all this but I would like to just share what I think from what I've learned about this story so far.

1. Casey Anthony was the last one seen with her daughter.

2. Casey Anthony is a liar and it's been proven over and over- Lied to law enforcement as they were trying to determine what happened to Caylee..Lied about working at Universal Studios, Lied about taking the baby toZenaida Gonzalezaka Zanny who she claimed took Caylee..It was later determined Casey did not know a Zenaida Gonzalez. There was a Zanaida Gonzalez in Orlando who was questioned but this woman did not know of Casey Anthony. She had never met her. Unfortunately, because of these allegations by Casey Anthony, Ms. Gonzalez was put thru the ringer and her life was greatly affected by being associated with Casey Anthony and this crime. In fact, she filed suit against Casey Anthony.

3. Casey Anthony's car was found at a Amco parking lot, then towed to a garage which was picked up by her father George Anthony. George Anthony being a 10 year veteren police investigator smelled the pungent odor of death coming from the trunk of the car yet when the trunk was opened it was empty except for a bag of trash which now three years later in court the defense is arguing it was the trash that caused the odor. Mr. Anthony to this day says it was the smell of "death" and his experience as an investigator on the police force those ten years tells me he knows what he is talking about.

4. Casey Anthony is out partying and even gets a tattoo during the time her daughter was supposedly missing. This is before the grandparents even knew about Caylee missing. In fact, Cindy, Casey's mother, finally had to go to Casey's friends house and confront Casey about the whereabouts of Caylee and only THEN did Casey tell her that she had been missing for the past 31 days. So instead of going to her parents and telling them the DAY Caylee went missing or going to the police, Casey kept partying and acting like nothing was wrong... in fact, when asked where Caylee was she would give all different excuses to different people. Oh, she's at the beach or she's with so and so. NEVER did she say her daughter was missing. 31 days later, Caylee's grandmother Cindy had to DRAG it out of Casey and even then Casey lies... trying to say the Nanny named Zanny took her.

5. On top of all of this, Roy Kronk, a meter reader ran across what he thought to be a skull and called the police for three days in a row but law enforcement failed to investigate properly and then again the same meter reader goes into the woods which was previously under water in many places and actually runs onto the skull. This time law enforcement came and Caylee was discovered. It does seem odd about Roy Kronk and that he kept calling and no one would listen and then again months later he reports it again but I think something inside the man just kept telling him that there was something in those woods and he couldn't blow it off... some people say he wanted reward money and maybe that was it... maybe he KNEW because of what he saw but noone would believe him... They wouldn't listen to him the first time so what was he to do?? Maybe the only thing he could do was go back when he could actually get into the woods.. maybe no one wanted to mess with it because the woods were so dense and underwater but he knew what he saw and he was going to make it known to law enforcement one way or the other.. whether it had to do with money or it didn't. I think the man had nothing to do with Caylee's death or any cover up and I feel he's really been thrown under the bus as defense is trying to make it seem as though he had something to do with hiding Caylee's remains. I mean, seriously?

This story is complicated and those of you who have been following it understand.. It's just so sad and such a tragedy. I can't get it out of my head that Casey admitted to drugging Caylee while she went out to party with her friends. Where did she leave Caylee as she was passed out? In the trunk of her car? Then there is the sickening thought of Casey driving around with her little girl dead in the trunk of her car. I guess we will never know what happened to that baby.

As I end this hub on July 4th 2011, the jury is deliberating and will sometime in the near future decide what will happen to Casey Anthony. I can't help but feel goosebumps that this incredible decision started on this day- Independence Day. The day we celebrate freedom.. and poor little Caylee whose life was ripped away from her and will never again celebrate Independence Day. I can't tell you how sad I feel for George, Cindy and Lee Anthony who have not only lost precious Caylee but also the horrible lies and allegations made by Casey Anthony towards her own family. Aside from all of that they are now at a time where they fear losing their own daughter who could be put to death. WHAT a nightmare! When this trial is finished and as days pass I hope and pray the Anthony's can move on as best as they can and finally have some much deserved peace.

UPDATE: Casey Anthony found NOT guilty

Can this really be? Did I really just hear what I thought I did? Casey Anthony was found NOT guilty. Is this a nightmare? IS my mind playing tricks on me.. maybe I really am asleep and I'll wake up later and think whew. ..Well, unfortunately, my mind was not playing tricks on me and I did in fact, hear correctly. Casey Anthony is found NOT GUILTY on all counts except for lying to law enforcement. I am absolutely ENRAGED that this woman has NOT been held accountable for (in the least) NOT reporting her daughter missing for 31 days. Is THAT NOT child abuse in itself? I'm emotional right now so bear with me. ... I've let this get to me far too much I guess and I'm physically sick about it. It's just that I have a little boy who is 3 years old that I love and could never comprehend doing to him what it has been PROVEN this woman had done to her child. It is an injustice she has been found not guilty but it is truly disgusting that she was not even held accountable for the aggravated child abuse charge. Absolutely DISGUSTING.

So this is how it is in this country.. This is what it has come to? A woman can go out and party, getting tatoos and whatever else she did KNOWING her child is dead or in the very least MISSING and NOT be held accountable for waiting 31 days to even report the child missing? It was 31 days ONLY because the child's grandmother demanded to know where the child was only THEN did Casey Anthony say the child had been missing for 31 days... otherwise it would have been even LONGER than 31 days. THIS is OUTRAGEOUS!

The only thing I have left to say is God bless Caylee Anthony and may this little girl rest in peace. Casey Anthony may YOU reap what you have sown. You are certainly the LAST person I would ever want to be right now. You would have been more protected behind bars as I'm pretty sure you are the most hated woman in the the WORLD right now. You want the facts. THOSE are some facts for you, Casey. Good luck.

Update 10/2012- It's been a a while since this all happened but I still feel the same as I did when I wrote this. I don't want to update anything new that might be happening with the monster who most likely committed this crime and who is still walking free.


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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Thank you jill...I SO agree!

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      jill 4 years ago

      I have followed the case and you did a wonderful job summing it up and I agree she should be in jail how can somebody kill their daughter

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      HannahRiley 6 years ago from Texas

      No problem Jamie :) I loved reading your hub. You actually made me more at ease with the result of this big mess of a trial. Just knowing that there are so many normal, people out there who agree with me. You mean I'm not crazy?!? YAH :)

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      @Hannah- You are so right...She may think she really got away with it but unfortunately the world she has to live in knows better. She would have been safer behind bars for the rest of her life. Now she has to spend the rest of her days in fear knowing we all know she is guilty.

      I too feel sad for all the people she affected and who her attorney Jose Baez affected by lying in court with his opening statements. It is still shocking to me that it's okay for an attorney to spout out so many lies and not even PROVE them in a court of LAW. Baez is a slime ball-and that jury...ABSOLUTELY REDICULOUS!

      You have probably already heard that Casey is appealing her 4 counts of lying convictions...that is just pouring gasoline on an already raging fire! I really do hope that George and Cindy and everyone else who were victims in this can move on and finally be at peace. And for the main victim, little Caylee.. we will not forget.

      Thanks again Hannah for reading and commenting!

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      HannahRiley 6 years ago from Texas

      You did great summing up this is nuts how she was found not guilty. I was on my lunch break at work & heard them read their decision & I was appalled. I still don't understand how they found her not guilty. Honestly, either way, Casey's life is ruined. It's just sad that she took so many other people's lives down with her own.

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      around 6 years ago

      i never would have thought there are so many nasty people in the usa!yeah you would like to see here suffer for the rest of her life,you have no idea of what really happened to that little gril

      that's why everyone wants peopel who went to college for 6 or 8 years to pay crazy taxes,and the other 50 persent not have to pay a dime

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      @danfresnourban: Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I really do appreciate it. I hope that this new Caylee's law will be passed.. at least that would be one thing good that could come from this. God bless and take care.

      @Rennerj: Thank you for reading..I'll tell you, I have had to pray to God to remove this from my thoughts because I couldn't let it go. I have thought about it day in and day out.. in fact, lost sleep the first two nights having nightmares about it. I just do not understand how this woman is going to walk free without any accountability for what happened to this child. It just infuriates me! Thanks again for reading and commenting :)

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      Rennerj 6 years ago

      Very well written. My thoughts often go to that poor child and what she must have suffered at the hands of the one person she should trust above all others. As a mother myself, I am sickened at all of her lies to cover up for what she did. That poor child is now in the hands of God and her mother will run free.

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      danfresnourban 6 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Great coverage of that tragic case. There were definitely no winners, as there seldom is in these cases. I can tell you that I have won homicide trials and it feels great knowing what you have done for your client, but it never feels good to see the mother of a dead man react when she learns nobody will be punished for her son's death. (In the cases that I am talking about, they were instances of self-defense)

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      Sunshine625- Oh my goodness, I can't wait to go and read your hubs! Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts. I think you are SO RIGHT.. she will pay one way or another for what she has done. Now.. off to read your hubs!

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Great hub Jamie. I feel your pain and frustration. I also followed Caylee's story for three years and when that verdict was read I was shocked....sucker punched right in the gut. So many people are touched by Caylee and are feeling our pain also. We'll never know the truth but what I do know is that Casey will pay for what she did in one way or another. I wrote seven hubs throughout the trials with A Letter To Casey being my final one. I think you would enjoy reading them. I add wit and sarcasm to my hubs for a extra kick. Your hub was outstanding!!!! Thank you for sharing your points of view. Justice will be served we just have to be patient, sit back and smile...just like we did with OJ. Nobody gets away with murder. Voted UP/Awesome!

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      Tara- I completely agree with you.. How could the jury have not paid attention to the duct tape and I'm still angry about the defense opening statements about George Anthony and Roy Kronk. In a way I understand why Cindy lied but it will make me sick if George and Cindy allow her to come back into that home after what she has put everybody through- not only them but people she didn't even know.

      I am also irritated about this I keep hearing about the judge wanting to make the members of the jury anonymous if they choose. I feel like people have the right to question the decision that was made by that jury. What makes me REALLY sick is the fact that Casey Anthony is probably going to try and cash in and make money off of the horrible thing she did to that baby!!

      Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts and comments. I completely agree with everything you wrote. How could the jury NOT have seen it.. it's just plain ridiculous.

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      Tara_in_NE 6 years ago

      I agree. How low of an I.Q. can the jury have to NOT connect the dots here?? WHAT kind of mother fails to report her child missing for a MONTH??? Of course the mother Cindy lied to cover for Casey. That's obvious. Childhood abuse committed by the FATHER?? Hmmmm. And the claim that chloroform is found in ALL decomposing bodies??? My ARSE. Levels THAT high do NOT come from normal human decomposition, sorry. I'm a biochemist - I KNOW. And the DUCT TAPE???? Come on, what the hell was the jury thinking when confronted about THAT "small" detail????

      Seven MORE DAYS. That's all. SEVEN MORE DAYS until July 14, her first full day of release. For the death of her two year old. All because the jury couldn't see the obvious. The doubt became UNREASONABLE. A disgrace.

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      jim10, EXACTLY! How could she have not been charged with child abuse at least? It makes no sense! I hear now that some members of the jury are getting threats. The only thing I can say is she is probably better off in jail because so many people hate her. I was watching the sentencing this morning when the judge said her release date would July 13th (next WEDNESDAY)and she actually looked like she was mad about it. WHAT NERVE!

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      jim10 6 years ago from ma

      I'm a father and can't comprehend how she could possibly not be charged with child abuse at the very least. It just doesn't make any sense. I agree if there isn't enough evidence then someone should not be convicted. But, come on. You don't lie unless you did something wrong and are trying to cover it up.

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      Kashmir56, I agree with you. It's very sad and a true shame to me that justice has not been served for the sake of the death of this little girl. Thank you for reading and for leaving this nice comment. God Bless.

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Jamie great overview of the case, it's a shame that this innocent little girl's life had to come to a end so early in her life and for reasons unknown .

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      marellen, I am sad and sick over this not guilty verdict.. I truly am in shock.. How can they NOT have held her responsible in SOME way for the death of her daughter? Not even for child abuse? I'm ashamed of the justice system in this country. Truly, truly ashamed! I do not know how these people can sleep at night. I won't forget this day as long as I live. Absolutely Disgusting!

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      marellen 6 years ago

      Jamie.....I'm also stunned....I still think someone knows something. I guess people can now murder their children and get away with it. I wonder if her defense lawyers can sleep at night.

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      KoffeeKlatch, Alladream and Marallen... thanks to you all for commenting and I agree with all of your comments and I sit here sad and stunned as they have delivered a verdict of NOT GUILTY to ALL COUNTS except the three counts of lying to law enforcement!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This woman has gotten away with murder and I'm APPALLED!!!!! HOW could they have not even found her guilty of child abuse????? She didn't even report her daughter missing for 31 days and it was only then because Caylee's grandmother confronted her and demanded to know where Caylee was! I'm in shock.. I have a sickness in my stomach and do not know what this country is coming to.

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      marellen 6 years ago

      I haven't been follow this case but I think she killed her daughter and I think the grandparents knew what kind of mother she was and did nothing. There could of been so many different outcomes; why not give Caylee to her mom or put her up for adoption? I don't think we will ever know the truth and how can someone defend this piece of trash....If she receives the death penalty, will she just sit in prison for years before she is put to death?

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      Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

      I just feel so sorry for the little girl. it is such a disturbing case.

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      Susan Hazelton 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      You have done a marvelous job at summing up the case. I will never understand a mother who can party while her child is missing and you have no idea how she is. This and all of the lying makes me think she's guilty. I understand you're innocent until proven guilty but there seems to be so much evidence of guilt. And to try to blame your father is deplorable.


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