Casey Anthony: Is An Addiction to This Case Unhealthy?

I read this post on MomLogic a few days ago and have been thinking about it ever since. I’ll post of bit of the text for you all to read then my thoughts can be found immediately following.

From the post:

It happened with the O.J. Simpson trial back in 1995. To some extent it’s happening again with Casey Anthony, the mother accused of murdering her own child.  People are fixated on getting all the latest information on the case. The black glove has become the pizza.  And for anyone so inclined, there’s plenty of information to be had.  CNN’s Nancy Grace talks about it in excruciating detail every night, there are virtually millions of articles on the topic available on the web and various message boards where you can share your theories with others 24/7. Yes the sad story of the fate of little Caylee has the public firmly in its grasp.

“There are people out there who are literally addicted to Caylee,” says William Murtaugh, a man who uses an old TV news truck to feed breaking Casey Anthony news to his website. “The commercial media cannot provide everything we want. We want more. We’re addicted to it,” Murtaugh said.

For women particularly, especially those with children, the story has a particular draw. “Any time there’s ever a case where a mother has done something to her child, there is going to be interest for women,” says momlogic’s licensed marriage and family therapist Shannon Fox. “It’s seems impossible for most mothers to compute, it goes against every maternal instinct we have to protect our children.”

The ease of getting information on the case is another factor that feeds the obsession. Florida’s public record policy makes every document, video, text message, even Casey’s prison dinner menus available to the masses.

“What people fail to realize,” says Fox, “is that Casey Anthony is not an episode of ‘C.S.I.’ It’s real. All the exposure to information makes people numb to a heinous crime.”

But the public’s interest in the tragic story might transcend the typical true crime enthusiast. “The need to know about the case also might be linked to the recession,” remarks Fox. “A lot of times, when the economy is bad, people turn to these kind of stories to give them a distraction.”

However, there are some red flags that immersing yourself in the case might not be good for your mental health, warns Fox. “Any time an obsession takes you away from living your own life — for example, you can’t stop thinking about it, you talk to you friends about it — it might be something worth examining,” she says.

One poster on a Casey Anthony message board could be interpreted as a cry for help:

“I’m going to LIVE blog Nancy Grace tonight since I’ve been forced by my obsession to waste this hour every night.”

Another indicator it might be time to lay off the Casey coverage, says Fox, is if any time you justify your bad actions by saying to yourself,  “Well, at least I’m not as bad as Casey Anthony.”

I started this blog back in August as a place where I could bring stories that I find of interest, to others. At the time, I only wanted to talk about sports, politics and music…three of the great loves of my life. But I soon found that there was so much more to write about on a daily basis. I don’t just write about the Caylee/Casey Anthony trial (although my posts on this seem to garner the most hits by my readers). If one was to look through all of my posts, you’ll see that I cover a variety of topics and issues that are going on around the world today, and they are stories that I felt important enough to post.

I will say though that I have been following this story from the onset. I’ll admit that I do check  up on happenings because I think that this is a story that has captivated many people all across the country. I’ll also say that I’m not addicted to the story as others may be. I have yet to meet anyone through my posts that I would consider to be an addict but there are many people who, like myself, feel a strong tie to this story. I don’t follow the story to feed any addiction, I follow the story for one main reason:


My family. My 3 year old daughter was born exactly 5 days after Caylee Anthony. My son, 18 months later. I consider myself to be a pretty good dad  (but could always be better, couldn’t we all) and I believe that I’m raising them well. Yes, like all kids, sometimes they’ll get on my nerves, but I love them more than anything in the world. Having a daughter the same age as Caylee would be brings the reality of this story home. I know that this is not a television program, there are real people involved.

Saying all that, and being a father of two great kids, I cannot see how anyone could ever harm a child, much less their own. This is why I have been drawn to this story and have been sharing the news that I have read to you, my readers. When I do hear updates on this story, I will pass them along as I always have. I know that most people who stop by here are looking for the latest updates and I hope that I can provide them to you when I can.

I’m not a professional news reporter. I’m not a journalist on scene covering this story everyday. I don’t sit at my computer or watching the news 24/7 waiting for the next breaking update. It’s funny. I’m just a 30 year old “kid” but I get emails all the time from people who say they’re my fans. (and others who I communicate with quite often via email…you know who you guys are) 🙂 I always get a smile when people say they’re my fans. In reality, I’m just a normal guy, just like everyone who reads the blog. I’m not a guy with a big ego who thinks I’m better than anyone else. That’s just not the case. If you do stop by to read, please feel free to leave comments on any post. I love going through the discussions and seeing what people have to say. But please, be respectful. That’s all that I ask.

Like I’ve said before, my goal in writing this blog is that I can keep people informed, no matter what the topic may be. Knowledge is power and if you’re reading this now, thank you for the opportunity to pass my knowledge on to you. 🙂 My email is always open so feel free to write me anytime!

Thanks for listening and reading. It means a lot!

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12 Comments on “Casey Anthony: Is An Addiction to This Case Unhealthy?”

  1. norma Says:

    You have a good point that some people are mentally enthralled in this case. Others are just dumbfounded that this stuff still goes on. I am a medical person. I always remind people that what ever you think death looks like on TV or in the movies, it is not that simple. Yes these show can desensitize people to reality but I think it crosses all lines. I think you will find that as a whole kids, from over exposure to violence, are desensitized to what they see. I promise that even a seasoned veteran of the police or fire or emt departments still get nauseous with alot of what they see.
    Personally I am amazed at how many people think that George and Cindy have no culpability in how Casey turned out. I am not a parent. I do however believe that parents instill the basics into their children from the get go. This goes for whining, lying, cheating, manners, please, thank you, thanks for letting me cross the street, ect. George and Cindy did not listen to this girl from the beginning of her pregnancy. She tired to hide it until she could not hide any longer. She DID NOT WANT CAYLEE.
    Cindy forced her to have her and keep her. Casey had already spoken with some people about giving her away. She did not want here parents to raise Caylee and said so. This will come out in great detail if the Grunds are called to testify against Casey.
    My feeling is children are treasures. They are not a “right”, they are a privilege. Caylee was abused by Casey and a pawn in the game between the grandparents and her. In the end I think some of us are so blown away by the existence of child killers. I still think that Caylee was going to off her parents and Caylee. That I cannot fathom.
    You are a lucky man and obviously greatfull for your family. We, family oriented people, may be addicted to this case but I think overall it is for the right reasons. We want this girl to go away for a crime that gets more bizarre everyday. A crime that does not come as a total surprise to the extended family. Neither would the death of George and Cindy be a surprise to the family. Again, some of us are just amazed that people like Casey and her family thought nothing of breeding irresponsibly.
    Thanks for your blog. You do a great job at keeping the thoughts going.

  2. vidkid Says:

    I think that people just want to make sure that this devilish slut gets convicted of this terrible crime that she, in my opinion, committed. That’s why we all keep watching to get the latest info on the evidence that is associated with this case and to make sure her lies, combined with her devil-fence, doesn’t get her off.

  3. pak31 Says:

    I admit that I get hooked on certain cases and I follow them but not to the point that it keeps me from living my life. I think it’s the access to the internet and shows like NG who keep the info coming at you. I am always interested in all types of criminal cases, I don’t know why, it’s just something that interests me. I do admit though that I did take time to read some of the pdf documents for this case and watched the G and C interviews. That took up some time. Time that I SHOULD have been cleaning my house. Oops. But it wasn’t like I lost weeks of my time. I also like to comment in the blogs and that can be time consuming too but I just take a little time here and there to skim over the comments and react.
    To Norma, you are exactly correct in your comments. As a parent of an 11 and 7 year old I will agree that my influence on them, and my husband’s, has had a big effect on how they have turned out so far. THey do start to change once they go to school because they start to become affected by other kids, some not so great. But that main right and wrong, manners, etc. that comes from the parents. I also believe though, that each child is born with a certain personality as well. You raise 2 the exact same and they can be very different from each other. You are dead right, Casey never wanted Caylee, she was forced into the situation and has resented her mom ever since. It’s still hard to fathom how, even if you don’t want the child, how you can’t help but fall in love with him or her.

  4. pak31 Says:

    p.s. LOVE coming to Kreuzer’s Korner!! It’s nice to know you are a normal person leading a good life etc. I sort of could tell that by your blog anyway. It does make it tougher to read a case like this when you actually have a daughter that age. How any parent could harm their child is beyond me.

  5. norma Says:

    Thanks, I watched the repeat of dateline and Jesse grund contradicted himself in saying that asey was happy about being pregnant. According to I think it was Amy, that said she did not want to be pregnant. Casey had tolled the Grunds that her mom made her keep Caylee. Jesse might have been a little biased. He said in an earlier interview that Casey would morph herself into what kind of person the current boyfriend wanted. With Jesse she wanted Jessee to be the dad so she was willing to marry him. Jesse had said in an interview that they broke up because Casey was wanting to party.
    I like watching and being the third set of ears. sound like we all do. It helps to talk about this and not let the media tell us what we think. Casey was a great actress. It sounds like the morphed into a caring mom when needed.I too love criminal cases that are “out there” and are a look into society.
    Nice website.

  6. There is no evidense released yet that even suggests that Casey may have done harm to Caylee.

  7. Kari Says:

    Thanks to John Kreuzer for a sane and sensible blog!
    A lot of us are very interested, and I’m sure there are some who are really addicted. But probably a small percentage. For myself, like Pak31, I am interested in mystery stories, mostly fictional. With fiction, you are guaranteed to find out all in the end. But some true crime cases are very compelling, as this one is. I am still waiting to hear, as Paul Harvey used to say, the Rest of the Story.

    Pak31, your comments on nature vs. nurture are my point of view exactly. Sure, we do have a big influence on our children, but they are also born with a lot of personality. Just like puppies and kittens… You can make a dog mean by beating him, but some of them are just born mean. (or more often become mean with maturity and hormones, but that is a whole other conversation)

    The Kreuzers are very lucky to be a happy, healthy family and blessed to know how lucky they are.

    Chris, I consistently plea with people to have sympathy for the Anthonys in their time of trouble, and yes, even to pity Casey, may God have mercy on her. But even I have to agree that most of the evidence released is pretty suggestive, and what it suggests is Casey’s involvement. I’m still hoping against hope that it will be shown to have been an accidental death, but the duct tape around the skull makes that pretty unlikely, doesn’t it?

    If it was not her own hand that killed her child, who, then, is she protecting?
    You believe in Zenaida Gonzales? Even Cindy has said she thought that was a ‘code name’ for whoever was watching Caylee at the moment… I’m willing to entertain the possibility that it could have been drug pushers, or someone collecting payment on (George’s?) bad gambling debts. But neither theory explains Casey’s behavior in the 30 days after Caylee was missing; life as usual, drinking, dancing, sleeping with men, stealing from friends…

    If you have a viable theory, please share it! Or are you from ‘Nancy Grace Must Die’?

  8. Renee Says:

    I am following this case very closely bc I want the killer to be punished to the full extend of the law. The sorrow I feel for Caylee to have been dumped close to the home is horrible. This morning I even researched what is being done to prisoners in the psychiatric ward (psych. evaluation). Some inmates are checked every 15 minutes in their cells, and IT DOES come close to the procedures of a suicide watch. I hope she goes crazy before the trial. That would be the beginning of her punishment.

  9. CJ Says:

    Although not addicted to this story, it is however, the one I follow the most. Like so many I have my own issues and live my life accordingly; NO I’m not as bad as Casey Anthony but that doesn’t mean that I’m enjoying this story as something that makes me say “I can’t believe is really happening!” My fascination to this story is not in any way for the sake of entertainment. Like many on this blog, I too believe in her guilt and can’t get pass the fact that her family is still making excuses for her diabolical behavior. I watch everyday in hopes that this little girl is found (alive) and she can finally rest. I’m sad to hear that a body has been found, regardless on who’s body it turns out to be, I’m sad that a child died so horribly. I understand that a lot of people are loosing sight of what this case is really all about which is a little girl is missing. But all we want is for the only person responsible for her care to be punish to the full extent of the law, no special treatment, just punishment. I’m tired of her lies, I’m tired of her family thinking that for some reason she’s actually protecting them by lying. This is not a movie and its clear that Casey new what she was doing and using her knowledge of CSI crime shows to keep her mouth shut. This person is a narcissist and needs to be handled in a way only a psychopath will understand; that is by losing the support of everyone. No extra money for socks, bras, candy or books. Maybe then she’ll finally admit some wrong doing, in the end if this child turns out to be Caylee she will face the death penalty because of the brutality of her crime. Now Zany the nanny, there are no records of her existence! How can the parents support that?! The child never even uttered the name Zanny, so how can they believe any of Casey’s lies. In order for the rest of the world to stop sensationalizing this story we first need for the parents to be a little more realistic and finally understand the only person capable of this horrific crime is their daughter based on her behavior in the month Calyee went missing. Then we can all rest easy knowing that Casey is rotting in prison and the main focus is Caylee and her safe return home or at least her return home.

  10. CJ Says:

    p.s. I found a few typos so i’m sorry to the readers for that.

  11. Unknown. Says:

    Now that the remains of the bones found near the Anthony home are to be of Caylee Anthony I wonder what will be next in terms of charging Casey.

    One thing I am sure of, her parents should be charged with obstruction of justice; I believe they had something to do with covering up for their daughter in terms of not providing police with information they new they had.

    They’ve been leading helpers through a wild goose chaise with sightings knowing their daughter was our parting the entire month their grand daughter was dead. So i guess I am addicted to this story. I want justice for this little girl who’s the only innocent one in this family. They should put the death penalty back on the table for Casey Anthony!!!!

  12. Shae Says:

    I think everyone DOES realize that this is a real case and not a CSI episode. Why would FOX say that people fail to recognize that it is real. That is a really stupid comment. I for one am a bit surprised that anyone thinks that way.

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