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Caylee Anthony: One Writers Trip to Tuesday’s Memorial

February 9, 2009

Great post on Mom Logic this evening.

Writer Andrea Levin, who has been covering this case for as far back as I can remember,  discusses the lead up to her trip to Orlando for tomorrow’s memorial.

Best of luck tomorrow, Andrea. Please let us know how it goes, how respectful those in attendance were and your overall thoughts of the day.

From Mom Logic:

The day before I was due to fly from Los Angeles to Orlando to cover the Caylee Anthony memorial, my three-year-old daughter pointed at the cover of a People magazine on the couch. “That’s Caylee, Mommy.” It’s not surprising really. Caylee is spoken of often in our house — I’ve been covering the story for over half a year. Of course, my daughter knows none of the details — yet in some ways I feel like I know George and Cindy Anthony. But of course I don’t. Not really. Not at all. And yet there I was preparing to attend the memorial of their granddaughter.

As I packed, I tried to figure out what outfit would be appropriate for the services at First Baptist Church — a venue that holds over 5,000 people. Should I wear colors to celebrate  Caylee’s short life — the one I know only by video clips and pictures in the media? Or should I condemn the hideousness of her death and wear all black? I packed both.

Just then, my little girl asked my what I was doing. “I’m going on trip, honey,” I told her.
“Can I come?” she asked. That one was WAY too hard to explain. But in some ways I wish she could come with me, to remind me that life is not all tragedy.

Later that night, I called Dominic Casey, the private investigator hired by the Anthonys, to see if he would be at the services. “I’m in charge of security,” he told me. I had already read security was going to be tight, but Dominic said the church would almost be on lockdown. Particularly from the press. It sank in. That meant me. Suffice it to say I’ve never covered anything like this before. The crime beat is new to me. I’ve certainly never attended a funeral for a little girl whose mom can’t attend because she’s charged with the child’s murder. But I’m not alone when I say this story has had a huge effect on me.

When I touched down in Orlando, I read a report that said Casey, from jail, issued a statement though her lawyers that she disapproved of a public service for her daughter.

It’s understandable. I would be mad too if a bunch of strangers showed up at my daughter’s wake. That is, unless I was responsible for her death.

Do you think it’s appropriate for the public to attend Caylee’s memorial?


Casey Anthony May Be Allowed To Watch Daughters Funeral From Jail

January 6, 2009

Casey Anthony is not permitted to leave jail to attend the funeral of her daughter, Caylee, but it appears that she may be able watch it on television.

I’m not sure if I agree with this at all. Although she has not been convicted of the crime, there seems to be overwhelming evidence that she murdered her daughter. Unless she did not commit this crime, I believe that Caylee’s funeral is an event she should not be allowed to attend, or view on television.

It seems that nowadays, prisoners have too many luxuries: television, gyms, etc…What ever happened to serving hard time?

From Central Florida News:

The Orange County Corrections Department is expected to make the final determination if Casey Anthony could watch her daughter’s funeral if it is carried by local TV stations.

The Anthony family had previously announced they would hold public and private memorials for Caylee. Those dates have not been finalized.

Casey Anthony’s attorney is trying to build a case that his client did not kill her daughter, as the prosecution has charged.

From MomLogic:

If a local TV station carries Caylee Anthony’s memorial, Casey Anthony might be allowed to watch from jail, a corrections spokesman — who wished to remain anonymous — says.

However, the spokesman insisted the Corrections Department has not made a final decision on whether to allow Casey Anthony to watch the funeral or not. Earlier, jail officials said she would not be allowed to leave jail to attend a memorial or funeral for her daughter.

Casey Anthony is accused of first-degree murder in her daughter’s death. The memorial expected to be held later this month after the defense team completes its work on the toddler’s remains.

In related news, Jose Baez, Casey’s criminal attorney, has set up a new tipline: 407-442-2814.

“We are particularly interested in the area where the remains were found,” the recorded message says. “If your tip is deemed credible, you will be contacted immediately.”

The message (in both English and Spanish) says attorney Jose Baez and his defense also will accept documents and photos, which can be sent to the following e-mail address:

Casey Anthony’s Jailhouse Coded Messages?

January 5, 2009

MomLogic has a great posting today on Leonard Padilla and his attempts to remain in the spotlight of the Caylee Anthony tragedy.

Not sure exactly what to think about this one so I’d love to hear from everyone else on their thoughts.

Personally, I think some people have way too much time on their hands and are reading too deep into things like this.

But who knows, I could be wrong. I have been before and will be again 🙂

From the post:

Most people following the Casey Anthony case think bounty hunter Leonard Padilla is a fame seeker and a glory hound — and that’s putting it nicely. The controversial reality show “celebrity” has inserted himself into the case by posting Casey’s bail in August and has landed himself a regular gig on CNN’s “Nancy Grace” show. Grace and Padilla make very likely bedfellows, both enjoy spinning tales and analyzing minutiae in the Anthony saga.

Most of Padilla’s theories have been misguided at best. When he claimed he had located the remains of Caylee back in November — and in reality had only brought up pebbles and an old toy — you’d think he would have slunk off, tail between his legs.

But not Padilla.

He’s still supplying endless sound bytes for the case and his latest theory almost seems almost plausible. Padilla believes Casey’s brother Lee Anthony knew where Caylee’s remains were and perhaps, gathering the information from Caylee in secret messages during their jailhouse visits, fed the tips to Roy Kronk, the utility worker who visited the area three times in August and finally discovered the remains on December 11th.

“[Lee’s] situation is there’s a daisy chain that extends from Casey all the way to the meter reader Kronk. They’re trying to fill in the spaces as to who carried the message where the body was so that the meter reader could find it after the fourth try,” says Padilla.

The remains were eventually found in December in a childhood hangout of Casey’s that was known to the entire Anthony family.

In a visit with his sister in July, Lee Anthony asks where to search for Caylee. Casey responds, “Check places locally Lee, in all honesty, places that are familiar to us, to our family.”

See for yourself by following this link. The question is this: in the video at the bottom of the page, are Casey and her brother speaking in “code” or is Mr. Padilla doing anything to keep himself in the spotlight? Thoughts?

Could “Hot Body” Contest Get Casey Anthony Convicted?

December 23, 2008

I’ve heard a lot about this contest, and the text messages which Casey sent to her friends, but have never really looked into it.

I know that Casey was out partying while she should have been looking for her missing daughter. I can say this, no matter what evidence is shown that could cause a jury to have any reasonable doubt, a jury will definitely not look at this as anything but negative for Casey.

Thoughts? How will the jury react to testimony discussing Casey’s partying while Caylee was missing?

From Associated Content:

Casey Anthony entered a “hot body contest” at an Orlando bar while the police searched for missing Caylee Anthony. Entering a hot body contest is not against the law, nor is it a sin. But what makes entering a hot body contest so reprehensible in the Caylee Anthony case is that it shows a narcissistic lack of regard for the missing daughter and everyone that was diligently searching for the little girl at the time. It is one of the odd behaviors Casey Anthony has exhibited since her daughter’s disappearance.

It may be the one thing that pushes a jury to finding her guilty of first-degree murder and sentencing her to prison for life.

As time goes by, the convoluted tale of the last days of Caylee Anthony’s life becomes filled with more and more details. Whether those details will be helpful or not to either side in the case remains to be seen. But given the details of the case that have been revealed to the public, there was definitely something amiss with Casey Anthony just before her 2-year-old disappeared.

But that does not mean she murdered the child.

Entering a hot body contest (having a 4th of July party, stealing a friend’s checkbook, etc.) indicates that Casey Anthony shows a lack of concern for others, particularly the fate of her missing daughter. It also shows a disconnect with social propriety. It is just the kind of insensitive and self-centered behavior that can lead to prosecutors rethinking their case and pushing for a death sentence.

Here’s some more information from a MomLogic story in September:

Now that they’ve been released, more and more of Casey Anthony’s texts are being scrutinized. What she texted her friends in the time before her daughter was reported missing really turns our stomachs.

June 25, 10:33 a.m.
You and the girls should try to come out to Fusion this week. There’s a hot body contest. First prize: $50 and a bottle. It’s the all-white party. Give me a shout!

June 22, 8:05 a.m.
Hey, we should get together. Come out to Fusion. Ladies night ’til midnight. Give me a call.

This text was sent AFTER Caylee went missing.

In mid-July, Casey’s brother says she told him: “Maybe it’s because I’m a spiteful bitch that I won’t produce Caylee.”

Caylee Anthony: Remains Discovered in August?

December 19, 2008

UPDATE: The remains have been confirmed to be Caylee Anthony at the news conference today.

A very strange twist in the Caylee Anthony case today. Authorities have revealed that the utility worker who reported the find of a child’s remains a week ago had also been on the scene before and had called authorities to the same area back in August.

There seems to be a lot of interesting stuff going on right now. Could this poke a hole in the prosecutions case? I don’t know if I would go that far yet but things like this need to be thoroughly investigated.

I’ve said before that I keep this site as neutral as possible and let the discussions speak for themselves. I admit that I have always felt that Casey was most likely guilty but will wait for the trial to play out because I want to hear ALL the evidence presented before a court of law.

But I can honestly say right now that I don’t know what to think about this twist.

Any thoughts from anyone?

From CNN:

The meter reader who led authorities last week to remains believed to be those of Caylee Anthony called police four months ago, directing them three times to same site, authorities said Thursday.

At a news conference, Capt. Angelo Nieves, an Orange County Sheriff’s Department commander, said investigators are looking into whether the tips, called in August 11, 12 and 13, were properly followed up.

In one of those phone calls, the meter reader reported seeing a gray bag on the side of the road, Nieves said. On August 13, a deputy responded to the site and did a “cursory search” but found nothing, Nieves said.

Casey Anthony, 22, faces charges including first-degree murder in the June disappearance of her daughter, Caylee, who was 2 at the time. Remains described as being those of a small child were found last week a half-mile from Casey Anthony’s parents’ home, in the area where the meter reader first directed police.

Nieves said police were getting more information from the tipster and the deputy who responded to the tips. He said the department was investigating the “thoroughness” of the deputy’s response but would not identify the deputy.

The meter reader “is not a suspect,” Nieves said. “He is a credible witness.”

Nieves’ latest announcement is raising questions about whether police missed several chances to find remains believed to be Caylee’s.

The meter reader is not the only one, or the first, to have pointed police toward the site containing the remains.

KioMarie Cruz, Casey Anthony’s childhood friend, also told police to investigate the same wooded area near Hidden Oaks Elementary School a month before the meter reader, according to CNN affiliate WFTV.

In an interview with detectives, according to WFTV, Cruz said that she and Anthony “pretty much used to hang out there most of our time,” would “snack on food for hours” and went there to “get away from our parents.”

The sheriff’s office followed up on that tip, but the wooded area was covered in floodwaters, preventing a search. Nieves said the water may have been present at the time of the meter reader’s tips as well.

Nieves also said Thursday that searchers combing the site after the skull’s discovery had found “significant skeletal remains” consistent with those of a small child on the outer perimeter of the search area.

The area will be enlarged, and processing and searching of the site will continue, probably into the weekend, he said.

From Fox News:

This admission came during a briefing given by Capt. Angelo Nieves of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to reporters at the scene late Thursday.

According to Nieves, a deputy did respond to the location on Aug. 13, but Nieves said that they weren’t aware of what his response was when the deputy arrived on scene. He added that they are currently investigating what exactly happened.

Originally the utility worker said he had gone into the woods to relieve himself.

Nieves also said the bones appeared to be those of a small child. The remains have not been identified — the skull and earlier finds have been undergoing DNA and other testing.

From The Criminal Report Daily:

During the press conference, a sheriff’s office spokesperson said that the utility worker who discovered child skeletal remains last week had also contacted authorities on Aug. 11, 12 and 13, to provide tips in the case. An Orange County Sheriff’s deputy followed up on the Aug. 13 tip and responded to the scene – the scene where the remains were found last Thursday – however, it remains unclear what if anything he did there.

“There was a window of opportunity possibly. We had a deputy respond to this area on August 13,” the spokesperson said. “We are currently trying to determine the situation of that response to determine what the deputy did on scene at that time with the tipster that he received the information from and we continue to be as thorough as possible to determine the circumstances of that on that afternoon.

“The tip that was received on August 13 was the same individual that reported the findings on December 11. It was the same individual that called into the communications center and called us this past Thursday that made the discovery.

“We have three tips from that individual. We are trying to determine the circumstances and the thoroughness of the deputy that responded that day and will continue to do so in the coming days.”

The utility worker initially told authorities that he discovered the remains when he stepped into the weeds to relieve himself by Chickasaw Trail and Suburban Drive in Orlando; however now authorities believe that he had returned to the scene out of curiosity.

Investigators are currently conducting an interview with the officer who responded to the scene on Aug. 13 and another follow-up interview with the utility worker who found the remains. The sheriff’s office spokesperson said that the utility worker is being cooperative and is not considered a suspect.

From MomLogic:

In a bizarre twist in the ongoing saga of Casey Anthony, the man who initially discovered the remains of a small child on December 11th had also called in tips to the Orange County Sheriff’s department a total of three times in August. The remains are presumed to be those of missing toddler Caylee Anthony.

Although it was initially reported that the utilities worker had accidentally stumbled upon the skull while he went to the woods to relieve himself, Capt. Angelo Nieves of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office now says that the utilities worker called in tips on Aug. 11, 12, 13 and Dec. 11 regarding the area where the remains were found last week.

“We are currently following up on information regarding this particular location which we received three tips back in August,” Nieves said. “We are attempting to be as thorough, as clear and as concise as possible with the information that we received.”

Capt. Nieves says that in one of the calls to the Orange County Crimeline tip line, the meter reader reported that a gray bag was on the “right side of the road” near the Anthony’s home.

The meter reader is not a suspect, according to Nieves. There is no indication that he has any ties to Casey Anthony — at this point, he’s “only a “concerned citizen.” But many are now speculating that the utilities worker perhaps was frustrated with the police response (or non-response) to his tips so he went to follow up on his own.

Are Casey Anthony’s Parents Hiding Something?

December 17, 2008

This has been a topic of great discussion on this site for quite some time now and I’ve heard arguments on both sides of the issue.

Now, MomLogic has posted an article on this very topic which brings up some very interesting points.

Based on the information that we know now, what do you think? Do you believe George and Cindy Anthony could be indicted for obstruction of justice when all is said and done? Do you think they know more than they have led on? Has Casey told them what happened, other than what we have heard on the jailhouse conversations? Do they truly believe that their daughter is innocent?

The comment section is open for debate. But please be tactful and tasteful 🙂

From the article:

If you knew your child was a murderer, would you do anything in your power to save them from life in prison or possibly the death penalty? OK — what if it meant misleading the media or tampering with evidence? What to most people is just a hypothetical question of morals is very real for Cindy and George Anthony, parents of Casey Anthony, the mom from Central Florida accused of killing her daughter Caylee.

Should they be charged with obstruction of justice?

From the onset of the investigation into the disappearance of their granddaughter, the Anthonys have changed their story, morphing them from angry parents who hinted at their daughter’s guilt into a loving mother and father who desperately defended her. Questions of their involvement in the disappearance came into question when their house was searched — and investigators hauled off massive amounts of evidence — after the remains of what’s thought to be Caylee were found less than a quarter mile from their home.

To date, the Anthonys are not suspects in the case. Cindy, George and Casey’s brother Lee have all been fingerprinted to rule out their involvement. The Anthonys’ attorney Brad Conway stressed his clients are not being investigated but added, “If they do get charged, we will be prepared to aggressively defend them.”

Although Judge Jeanine Pirro doesn’t believe that at this time there is enough evidence to indict the couple on obstruction of justice charges, she does believe the Anthonys have known that Caylee has been dead for some time and are now attempting to protect Casey. “I don’t think that there is any question that George and Cindy Anthony are circling the wagons around their daughter Casey,” she says.

Charging someone with obstruction of justice rather than an attempt to mislead can be extremely difficult, explains Pirro,. “You must prove they [George and Cindy] knew something beforehand,” she says. “For now, no one can be sure how much of the truth they know because the entire Anthony family has — up to this point — declined to take lie detector tests.”

Below is a sample of inconsistencies in the Anthonys’ comments and behavior:

The Hairbrush
In July, emails obtained by WFTV-Channel 9 suggest Cindy Anthony could have knowingly given the incorrect hairbrush to investigators who wanted a strand of Caylee’s hair for DNA testing. In the email written to Larry Garrison, her spokesman at the time, Cindy says, “I never lied, I just never went to the bathroom to get the hairbrush I used for Caylee.”

The Pants
Allegedly, Cindy Anthony washed a pair of Casey’s pants that were left in the car after the Anthonys picked up the car from the tow yard.

On the topic of the pants, Cindy’s brother Rick Plesea berates his sister in an email written in late August: “You have to be a moron to destroy evidence with washing pants that smell like a dead body.”

The Smell in Casey’s Car
From the moment Casey’s car was picked up from the tow yard, it apparently emitted a very strong smell. Investigators concluded that it was consistent with the smell of a decomposing body.

Cindy alluded to it in her second 911 call July 15:

There’s something wrong. I found my daughter’s car today, and it smells like there’s been a dead body in the damn car.

Then while speaking to Eyewitness News in August, she changed her story:

There was a bag of pizza for like 12 days in the trunk of the car full of maggots. It stunk so bad … you know how hot it’s been.

George Anthony seemed convinced the smell in the car was a decomposing body when he spoke with investigators in July:

I’ve been around that stuff, I mean the law enforcement stuff. We caught people out in the woods, out in a house in a car. So I know what it smells like. It’s a smell that you never … get rid of.

Then on “Larry King Live” on December 10, he had a different explanation for the smell:

My professional opinion is I never really realized how long it would take garbage to smell for 19 days or 18 days inside of a car in Florida.

The Pictures of Casey Partying
The images of Casey partying at Club Fusion showed the young mother drinking and dancing allegedly during the same time frame that Casey told investigators she was searching for her daughter.

During Cindy’s appearance on the “Today” show in October, she said the pictures were not relevant to the case:

Most of the pictures happened before June 16th.

On “Larry King Live” in December, Cindy told Larry King the pictures were used for promotion for Club Fusion:

Those are photos that they used to entice other people to come into that club. She would have gotten paid for that photo. So, in fact, she was working.

Casey Anthony: Is An Addiction to This Case Unhealthy?

December 13, 2008

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!