Tag: 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.

/* Style Definitions */
table.MsoNormalTable
{mso-style-name:”Table Normal”;
mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;
mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;
mso-style-noshow:yes;
mso-style-priority:99;
mso-style-parent:””;
mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt;
mso-para-margin-top:0cm;
mso-para-margin-right:0cm;
mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt;
mso-para-margin-left:0cm;
mso-pagination:widow-orphan;
font-size:11.0pt;
mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt;
font-family:”Calibri”,”sans-serif”;
mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;
mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;
mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;
mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}

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.

Image

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.

The Casey Anthony Video


The Casey Anthony Video Blog

I recently watched the Casey Anthony video blog. I found this video to be very interesting. One of the things that surprised me about this blog was that Casey did not come right out and state that she did not kill her daughter. If she had done so this video blog would’ve made more sense to me. The message I got from this blog was that Casey was reaching out for acceptance. Casey has likely not been accepted all of her life but why would she think she would be accepted now unless she totally denied the murder of Caylee. It appears that Casey is trying to sound like a normal person who wants the world to know that she now has a computer and a dog. It is almost like the death of her daughter is old news was and that the world should have moved on by now. Of course, nothing about Casey should surprise us anymore. I have recently been listening to the audio book Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony by Keith Ablow.. In his book Dr. Ablow attempts to make sense of how Casey Anthony came to be the way she is now. It is a fascinating read.

Dr. Phil Interviews George and Cindy (part one)


Dr. Phil Interviews the Anthonys (part one)

After watching part one of Dr. Phil’s interview with George and Cindy Anthony there was only one great revelation that was not heard at the trial. This was Cindy’s theory that her daughter Casey suffers from some kind of organic brain disease. During the interview Cindy talked about post partum schizophrenia, a brain tumor and grand mal seizures. Cindy shared that Casey did have medical follow-up after her grand mal seizures and that the doctors did not find any reason for these occurrences. It appears that Cindy is trying to take some kind of comfort in thinking that all or part of her daughter’s behavior was not under Casey’s control. Cindy and George also mentioned that they noted a drastic change for the worse in Casey shortly after Caylee was born.
This was the first time that I was aware that George and Cindy were separated around the time of Casey’s pregnancy. It was also disclosed that George had a serious issue with gambling and was not truthful with Cindy about it. It appears that a lot of Casey’s lying may have been learned from her father. So what is one to make out of today’s disclosures? It raises more questions than answers. What was the truth about Casey’s seizures and did they play any roll in what happened in the tragic death of Caylee? Is George Anthony still holding back some of the truth? How soon was it that George was convinced that Caylee was indeed dead? Did he know for sure at this time? And one of the major questions was still not answered. Why did it take thirty-one days for George and Cindy to contact the police? Hopefully, there will be some more answers in tomorrow’s episode.

Judge Perry Has Made His Decision


Casey Back in Florida?

Judge Perry has ordered that Casey Anthony is to return to Florida and serve her probation. He was in a tough position on this one. The easiest decision would be to not have Casey serve her probation. I am sure that bringing Casey back to Orlando Florida will place her in danger. It will also further disrupt the city of Orlando. However, Judge Perry did not want to give the impression that Casey was getting a free pass. Too many people already believe that Casey got away with murder. He was probably trying to protect the integrity of the judicial system.
The other decision the Judge Perry will have to make is whether or not to release the names of the jurors in the Casey Anthony trial. This could turn out to be an even more critical decision. Some jurors have already reported being threatened. Is it really fair to subject these jurors to possible harm? I think not. Who is going to want to serve on a jury like this again? The sad truth is that this jury may have the rest of their lives affected negatively. All this was because they wanted to do their civic duty.
It was reported today that one of the jurors in the Casey Anthony trial has now reconsidered his decision. He feels that the jury should have come up with a verdict of manslaughter. This juror also reported that the jury did not like Casey Anthony but they thought they had to follow the law as they perceived it. One has to remember that the jury did not have all the information available to them that the general public had. The jury was sequestered for the duration of the trial. My opinion is that Judge Perry should not reveal the identities of the individual jurors in this case.