Category: Casey Anthony

The West Memphis Three and Casey Anthony


The West Memphis Three and Casey Anthony

I have always enjoyed the true crime genre in movies and books. Truman Capote’s, In Cold Blood is still one of my favorites on both video and in books. Robert Blake was spectacular in his portrayal of Perry Smith in the film version.
I have recently been reading the novel, The Devil’s Knot by Mara Leveritt. After reading the book I couldn’t help thinking about the Casey Anthony case. There are several similarities and differences in the two cases. Both were considered to be extraordinary cases for their times. In both crimes the victims were children who appear to have been murdered under loathsome circumstances. The accused suspects were both considered to be unlikeable characters.
Casey was a key suspect due to her unusual behavior during the thirty days that her daughter was reported missing. Damien Echols of the West Memphis Three was known to have studied both about the occult and the wicca religion. Damien was thought of as an unusual, troubled teenager who had an interest in Anton LaVey and Alistair Crowley. These attributes and circumstances did not endear either Casey or Damien to the general public or to the jurors.
Both crime scenes were in wooded areas.
Law enforcement personnel had circumstantial evidence in both cases but their physical evidence pointing to the suspects difficult to prove.
The West Memphis Three and Casey Anthony

I have always enjoyed the true crime genre in movies and books. Truman Capote’s, In Cold Blood is still one of my favorites on both video and in books. Robert Blake was spectacular in his portrayal of Perry Smith in the film version.
I have recently been reading the novel, The Devil’s Knot by Mara Leveritt. After reading the book I couldn’t help thinking about the Casey Anthony case. There are several similarities and differences in the two cases. Both were considered to be extraordinary cases for their times. In both crimes the victims were children who appear to have been murdered under loathsome circumstances. The accused suspects were both considered to be unlikeable characters.
Casey was a key suspect due to her unusual behavior during the thirty days that her daughter was reported missing. Damien Echols of the West Memphis Three was known to have studied both about the occult and the wicca religion. Damien was thought of as an unusual, troubled teenager who had an interest in Anton LaVey and Alistair Crowley. These attributes and circumstances did not endear either Casey or Damien to the general public or to the jurors.
Both crime scenes were in wooded areas.
Law enforcement personnel had circumstantial evidence in both cases but their physical evidence pointing to the suspects difficult to prove.

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The West Memphis Three and Casey Anthony

 

 

I have always enjoyed the true crime genre in movies and books. Truman Capote’s, In Cold Blood is still one of my favorites on both video and in books. Robert Blake was spectacular in his portrayal of Perry Smith in the film version.

I have recently been reading the novel, The Devil’s Knot by Mara Leveritt. After reading the book I couldn’t help thinking about the Casey Anthony case. There are several similarities and differences in the two cases. Both were considered to be extraordinary cases for their times. In both crimes the victims were children who appear to have been murdered under loathsome circumstances. The accused suspects were both considered to be unlikeable characters.

Casey was a key suspect due to her unusual behavior during the thirty days that her daughter was reported missing. Damien Echols of the West Memphis Three was known to have studied both about the occult and the wicca religion. Damien was thought of as an unusual, troubled teenager who had an interest in Anton LaVey and Alistair Crowley. These attributes and circumstances did not endear either Casey or Damien to the general public or to the jurors.

Both crime scenes were in wooded areas.

Law enforcement personnel had circumstantial evidence in both cases but their physical evidence pointing to the suspects difficult to prove.

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Presumed Guilty by Jose Baez


Presumed Guilty
During the last two days I have been reading Presumed Guilty by Jose Baez. This book is indeed a fascinating read. I find it much more interesting than Jeff Ashton’s book Imperfect Justice. First of all, Casey Anthony has to be very grateful that she had the defense team that Jose Baez put together. I know that the jury in the Casey Anthony Trial took a lot of flack for providing not guilty verdicts on most of the charges against Casey Anthony.
I am one of those that thinks that the jury made the only decision they could under the circumstances. It wasn’t the prosecution’s fault. They did the best they could with what they had. The problem was that they didn’t have much if any real physical evidence to convict Casey of murder. The only thing the prosecution had was apparently strong circumstantial evidence and a theory. The problem was that their theory had holes in it also. I still find it hard to believe how a mother who appeared to love her daughter, and without any evidence of previous abuse, could murder her daughter just because she wanted to party.