Casey Anthony: “Coffin Flies” and more…

Forensic Entomologist Neal Haskell plans to take the stand for the prosecution in Casey Anthony’s murder trial later this year where he will discuss how “coffin flies” were feeding on the decomposition fluids found in the trunk of Casey’s car as well as on paper towels that may have been used to clean the vehicle.

In his report filed last year, Haskell noted that a “strong decompositional odor was still present” in the trunk. More details can be found at the link below.

From WESH:

“They’re not there accidentally,” Haskell said during a recent visit from WESH 2’s Bob Kealing. “They’re coming there for that specific smell.”

According to Haskell, the tenacious insects have been known to burrow six feet into the ground or through cracks in concrete in search of one thing — the smell of a decomposing body.

“When they’re going through all these barriers, over and around and down, they’re being attracted to the smell of decomposition,” he said.

Orlando criminal defense attorney Richard Hornsby, who is not affiliated with the Anthony case, says the flies identified by Haskell provide a scientific basis for prosecutors to argue that Anthony was driving around with her daughter’s corpse in the car.

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13 Comments on “Casey Anthony: “Coffin Flies” and more…”

  1. Sherry Says:

    And the defense won’t be able to call this junk science!

  2. Elle Emm Says:

    It seems pretty clear this woman is a monster of unimaginable proportions. Hang her from the highest tree.

  3. OneOp Says:

    Geez, Thinkerbelle, did you have to put that link up? Of course I couldn’t resist reading it and wish I hadn’t. Yuk! lol 🙂

  4. Honeydog Says:

    Leonard Padilla brought up an interesting and believable point tonight having to do with Neal Haskell’s findings and the “Timeline” it is helping to confirm— When Casey stopped at Home to return George’s Gas Cans, wouldn’t let him near the Trunk, and quickly slammed it shut after removing them, Caylee was in the Trunk at that point, and that when Casey left she immediately went up the street and put Caylee in the Woods…. and, because there was no Body in the Trunk when the Car was retrieved from the Tow Yard just a few days later, this not only fits within the same time period the Medical Examiner concluded Caylee’s death occurred, but significantly lends to Neal Haskell’s analysis. Now that I think back, I believe Leonard is right. It makes perfect sense. They say Coffin Flies don’t lie…. Funny, the only statement Baez was reduced to making tonight was, “That’s why there’s a Trial”. Nothing more. If this isn’t a Dead End for The Defense, I don’t know what is.


  5. Yes, but, if I’m not mistaken, GA claimed he stated he needed some wedges he kept in her trunk as an excuse to go search her car for the gas cans. He got near, but never stated he smelled anything strange. No one in the apartment housing, or at any of the places she shopped at ever came forward claiming they recalled smelling something awful when near her car. Not even anyone that worked at the place it was pushed into and allowed to set 2-3 days prior to being towed.

  6. jon Says:

    I remember George telling the police that when he tried to go near the trunk, Casey yelled at him to “stay the f**k away from it” and also that he smelled human decomposition and that there was no mistaking it because there’s no smell like it in the world and once you’ve smelled it, you know what it is.

  7. Sherry Says:

    I’ve always believed that Caylee’s remains were in the trunk at the time George wanted the wedge. With Caylee’s remains in a sealed trash bag it would make sense that no one smelled anything, especially coupled with a closed trunk. It would be faint, at best. I believe the bag broke open when Casey went to toss it in the woods. And the coffin flies came for the spillage of decomp fluids.

  8. Honeydog Says:

    *Thinker*~ I can’t argue your first two sentences, as, true, George’s notice and mention of the Odor was not until he actually drove the Car home from the Tow Yard (that part for *Jon*), and I honestly don’t recall whether George said he got near, or how near, to the Trunk that day. But, as for the rest— Caylee’s Body would have already been out of the Trunk and in the Woods when Casey was at the Shopping Mall (the location of the infamous “Target Video”, and I think explaining her rather Manic shopping spree that day)… and, although I don’t know about the Apartment Complex, I do distinctly remember at least one of the Tow Yard Workers stating that he detected the Odor when the Car was there, and that he even brought it to the attention of a Co-Worker. This indeed is a crazy Case (for us anyway)… Sometimes it appears that everything is as clear as a Bell, and others we go back and forth and in and out and Speculate somemore. And *Sherry* makes yet another interesting thought…. and we all continue to continue….

  9. JON Says:

    Honey Dog I’m sure it’s as you said it was. There’s been so much bs and finger pointing flying around in this case that it’s difficult for me to keep it all straight. he said, she said, the nanny said, etc., etc. I still wish I could figure out why this has captured my imagination the way it has. I think I’ve spent so much time on it that i want to see it through to its conclusion (eg, Casey behind bars for the rest of her life and Cindy in the clink as well).

  10. Honeydog Says:

    I know what you mean *Jon*. The only other Case I’ve ever stuck so close to was Scott Peterson’s, but at least that one didn’t drag on and on and on and on like this… and yet, we still can’t turn away from it after all this time. It’s been a real Eye-Opening, Thought-provoking, Interesting and Frustrating experience in just about everything you can think of… but most of all, like you say, we want Justice for little Caylee, and are willing to hang in there and see it through.

  11. jon Says:

    Honey-Dog: I think another reason is that this entire family, with the possible except of schlubby Lee, is so unlikeable.

  12. Honeydog Says:

    OH yeah! Forgot THAT one! How true.


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