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Casey Anthony: CBS News Interview With Mommy’s Little Girl Author

November 9, 2009

Good synopsis of the new book “Mommy’s Little Girl” on the CBS News Web site today.

The article includes details about the book and a transcript of an interview conducted by Barry Leibowitz of 48 Hours Mystery interview with author Diane Fanning. Lots of good questions and some insight into the authors thought process.

Has anyone had the opportunity to read the book? I’ve thought about whether or not I want to but haven’t actually gone out and made the purchase. Any thoughts?

From the article:

What’s the most fascinating forensic aspect of the case that needs answers?

Fanning: What has fascinated me the most is the odor analysis in the back of the car that indicated little Caylee’s body was stashed for some time in the trunk. There is a lot of skepticism about the strength of the science behind this forensic technique. On the one hand, you have highly regarded scientists examining this evidence and presenting it as fact. On the other, the cynics peer at it suspiciously suspecting junk science where data is twisted to prove a point rather than leading to a conclusion through scientific method. If the science behind it could be demonstrated to be sound through its presentation in this trial, it could have huge implications for future courtroom confrontations.

I, personally, maintain a querulous pose on the issue but, also find it, in my mind, to be irrelevant. I was far more moved by the anecdotal evidence. Not only did trained dogs hit on the trunk, but experienced investigators and other observers recognized the smell of decomposing human flesh. They all assure us that it is an odor never forgotten and never mistaken. To me, that is compelling evidence.

Did you uncover anything that may prove more important than most people realize?

Fanning: The exquisite ease of making chloroform at home, to my thinking, is a critical part of this story. Not only is it easier than I would have believed possible but, apparently, in some circles, it is the preferred method employed by some date rapists.

The state knows that Casey Anthony researched this subject. If the prosecutors believe she employed it to eliminate her child, a courtroom presentation of this process could prove to be the most dramatic moment in the trial.

Is there an element of the case you think is still to be unraveled?

Fanning: Yes — Who is Caylee’s father?

It is not clear that even Casey Anthony knows the real answer to that question. She’s admitted to at least one sexual encounter with a man whose last name she never knew—there could be many more.

Will someone step forward before the trial? Will some young man quietly submit to DNA testing and when paternity is confirmed, reveal himself as a champion for justice for the daughter he never knew?

It sounds too melodramatic to happen. But all along, this story has been filled with those unexpected, jaw-dropping, head-scratching moments that no one saw coming. Could the appearance of Caylee’s biological father be another one of them?


Custody of Michael Jackson’s Kids Goes to Katherine Jackson

July 30, 2009

Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, will get custody of his three children after reaching a agreement with her son’s ex-wife Debbie Rowe.

From CNN:

Michael Jackson’s ex-wife and the mother of his two eldest children, Debbie Rowe, has agreed not to challenge the singer’s mother for custody of the children, a Jackson family lawyer said in a CBS News interview.

Londell McMillan, who represents Katherine Jackson, said a tentative agreement was reached “for the best interests of the children.”

“This is not a money deal,” McMillan said. “This is not about money.”

Debbie Rowe never publicly said if she would fight Jackson’s 79-year-old mother for custody of her son and daughter — ages 11 and 12 — and a court hearing concerning custody was delayed several times this month while lawyers for each side talked. The youngest child, 7, was carried by a surrogate mother, whose name has never been released.

From Reuters:

Michael Jackson’s mother will get custody of the late pop star’s three children after reaching a agreement with her son’s ex-wife Debbie Rowe, a lawyer for Katherine Jackson told CBS News on Thursday.

Rowe will have “meaningful visitation rights” with her two biological children with Jackson — Prince Michael, 12, and Paris, 11 — U.S. television networks CBS, ABC and NBC reported.

The biological mother of Jackson’s third child, Prince Michael II, 7, also known as Blanket, has never been revealed.

Jackson’s mother, Katherine, 79, was granted temporary custody of the children after his death on June 25.

“It’s an agreement, an agreement for the best interests of the children. This is not a money deal. This is not about money,” Londell McMillan, Katherine Jackson’s attorney, said in a an interview on CBS News’ “The Early Show.”

Legendary News Anchor Walter Cronkite Dies

July 17, 2009

Very sad day today as legendary news broadcaster Walter Cronkite has died at the age of 92.

In all that he did, he truly lived up to the title of”the most trusted man in America”.

I am too young to remember the great moments in history that he covered, but I have seen the video and can only imagine what it was like to hear him live. There may never be another like him.

If you have any memories of Walter Cronkite, please feel free to share.

RIP Walter Cronkite.

From the New York Times:

Walter Cronkite, an iconic CBS News journalist who defined the role of anchorman for a generation of television viewers, died Friday at the age of 92, his family said.

Mr. Cronkite anchored the “CBS Evening News” from 1962 to 1981, at a time when television became the dominant medium of the United States. He figuratively held the hand of the American public during the civil rights movement, the space race, the Vietnam war, and the impeachment of Richard Nixon. During his tenure, network newscasts were expanded to 30 minutes from 15.

In a review of Mr. Cronkite’s autobiography in 1997, the former New York Times columnist Tom Wicker wrote:

When John F. Kennedy was murdered in Dallas in 1963, Walter Cronkite stayed on the air for the Columbia Broadcasting System for countless hours. His performance that weekend helped pull together a nation stricken with grief and was a signal event in television’s evolution into the national nervous system.

When Mr. Cronkite came back from Vietnam after the Tet offensive of 1968, he concluded on national television that the war had become no better than a stalemate. Hearing that, President Lyndon Johnson told associates, ”If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost Middle America.” And he had. When Mr. Cronkite asked Robert Kennedy, then a senator from New York, whether he would run for President in 1968, Kennedy turned the tables: he proposed that Mr. Cronkite should run for the Senate. Mr. Cronkite refused, but the idea reflected polls showing that a journalist — a television journalist at that — had become the most trusted man in America.