Posted tagged ‘Mommy’s Little Girl’

Casey Anthony: Everyone’s Looking to Cash In

December 8, 2009

We know that there are a lot of people looking to make a buck off this terrible tragedy. Today, the Orlando Sentinel takes a look at authors and publishers who are cashing in on the murder of Caylee Anthony.

Haven’t bought a book, won’t be buying a book. If anyone else reads them, please feel free to share your thoughts!

From the Orlando Sentinel:

On the glossy cover of the book Sun Struck, Casey Anthony’s mug shot is sandwiched between convicted child killers John Couey and Joseph Smith.

In The Murder Business, a detective-turned-television consultant writes about the “truth,” and states Anthony killed her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in their family’s home.

As Anthony sits in the Orange County Jail awaiting trial, several authors have seized the opportunity to write about Central Florida’s infamous mother and daughter.

One author, Diane Fanning, devoted an entire book to the case: Mommy’s Little Girl.

All three books were released last month — at least half a year before Anthony is expected to face a jury on a first-degree murder charge. Anthony’s trial is expected to begin next summer.

The timing doesn’t surprise those in and tied to the publishing industry.

“It really depends in part on how much material is available before a trial,” said Jim Milliot, senior editor at Publishers Weekly.

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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?

Casey Anthony: Mommy’s Little Girl Hits Shelves November 3

October 6, 2009

Author Diane Fanning’s book, entitled Mommy’s Little Girl, will be coming to bookstores November 3. This is the first book which has been written about the Casey Anthony case and will look at how events unfolded after the disappearance of her daughter, Caylee.

Personally, I’ve heard about this book for quite some time, but I don’t plan on purchasing it. Will any of you? What are your thoughts on this book?

From the Orlando Sentinel:

The book, from St. Martin’s Press True Crime Library, may be premature in a case that hasn’t gone to trial. Yet Anthony’s history of deceit is astonishing, and Fanning briskly pulls together the litany of lies in readable form. Fanning means business, avoids levity and saves her insights for the afterword.

Fanning is exhaustive over 339 pages, and the results can be exhausting. The author can’t help it if Casey Anthony emerges as something of a bore, a bad seed who’s simply pathetic. She is a vapid young woman who would mislead family and friends, swing from one boyfriend to the next and steal repeatedly.

Fanning divides the book in parts — The Disclosure, The Past, The Crime and The Discovery — that are made up of short chapters. The Past notes that Cindy Anthony was nicknamed “The Princess” in her family. The book touches on the Anthony family’s money problems, George’s gambling and Cindy’s realization she couldn’t afford a divorce.

Casey Anthony: Diane Fanning Defends “Mommy’s Little Girl”

June 26, 2009

Author Diane Fanning is defending the writing of her book about the Caylee Anthony case, due to hit bookstores in November.

From the Orlando Sentinel:

Among the most-frequent complaints:

A book is premature before Casey Anthony‘s murder trial.

“Maybe we shouldn’t have any news stories, either,” Fanning said today from her home in Texas. “If it’s wrong to do this, then it’s wrong to have newspaper stories, magazine stories and TV reports. You can’t wait on the vagaries of the justice system.”

The title is disrespectful to Caylee.

“Some people are upset by the title,” Fanning said. “I didn’t pick the title, but I thought it was a good title. No matter how horrendous a mother might be, that child is always mommy’s little girl. Children love without any limitation.”

The subtitle is “Casey Anthony and Her Daughter Caylee’s Tragic Fate.”

“She didn’t have a long life,” Fanning said of the toddler. “I couldn’t fill the whole book with Caylee.”

She is profiting off the tragedy.

“I’m making my living,” Fanning said. “That’s it. This is what I do to get my paycheck. I write books.”

The Anthony saga is her 10th true-crime book, and St. Martin’s Press is one of the most respected publishers in that field.