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Well, pretty much every other opinionated, clueless dope has weighed in on the Casey Anthony verdict; so here’s one more clueless moron – me – adding to the pile.
It’s my opinion that the facts of the case make it clear, even to the cognitively-challenged, that regardless of whether “the system worked” in freeing a baby-killer (which is a wholly separate argument that I’ll perhaps address in a separate, equally tedious bloviating episode) the system did indeed free a baby-killer.
This being media-obsessed, pseudo-“celebrity” absorbed America, said baby-killer will of course now be richly rewarded for killing her daughter and then gaming the system; news sources report that she already has feelers out for an Agent and a PR Firm to secure what will certainly be extremely lucrative (in the millions!) book and movie deals, as well as “exclusive” TV interviews with the usual lineup of amoral, bottom-feeding predators like Oprah and Baba Wah-Wah. Hell, she’s even been offered a role in a porn film already – which at least seems appropriate.
(somewhat off-topic: One of the leading tweets in the ‘irony’ category of the zillions expressing their online outrage and disgust after the verdict was announced, was an outraged Kardashian sister – I don’t know which one, they’re interchangeable idiots anyway – who vented “WHAT!!!!???!!!! CASEY ANTHONY FOUND NOT GUILTY!!!! I am speechless!!!” . . . apparently herself seeing no irony in that, despite her father Robert Kardashian, an OJ Simpson butt-boy, and who can forget that Pepe LePew streaked hairdo he rocked back then, having been a key architect in the system “working” to set another vicious killer free, to the extent where many believe to this day that Robert lied to vouchsafe OJ alibis and helped in the disposal of the murder weapon and other evidence ).
As to the facts in the Casey Anthony case, here’s a quick run-through (devotees of the case may already be familiar with all of this):
June 16, 2008: Casey Anthony leaves her parents house, with her daughter Caylee in tow. She lived in their house with her daughter, and did not have a job – she told her parents that she DID have a job, as some kind of event planner at a local amusement park, but that “job” proved to be just one of the dozens of lies (per day) that she told. I think that if I had a daughter living at home and claiming falsely to be employed, it wouldn’t take me long to figure that out, but the Anthony’s, I suspect, were so numb and beaten down from what we now know was decades of pathological lying and stealing by their batsh*t-crazy daughter that they were already just broken and defeated by her constant and relentless insanity and her evil.
No one ever saw Caylee alive again. That is a very compelling piece of circumstantial evidence right out of the gate.
June 18, 2008: Casey Anthony borrows a shovel from her neighbor, Brian Burner. It’s more than safe to say that Casey had no interest in either gardening or any form of manual labor. Her parents were avid gardeners and had plenty of shovels. But Casey needed a shovel, and although she regularly stole items out of her parents garage, as was detailed during the trial, she went next door for a shovel. Mr. Burner says that she returned the shovel later that same day.
Gee, I wonder why Casey suddenly needed a shovel, and specifically needed a shovel that didn’t immediately trace back to the house she lived in?
June 20, 2008 — Casey Anthony is captured in various photos partying at a local nightclub and participating in a “hard body contest.” She has still not returned to her parents home, where she lived, there is no sign of her 3-year old daughter, and no evidence of a babysitter or anyone else that the child has been left in the care of. Gee, it’s almost as if little Caylee doesn’t even exist anymore, but it’s all good as far as Casey is concerned. It’s party time!
June 21, 2008: Casey Anthony makes the following entry in her diary: “I have no regrets, just a bit worried. I just want for everything to work out OK. I completely trust my own judgment and know that I made the right decision. I just hope that the end justifies the means. I just want to know what the future will hold for me. I guess I will soon see – This is the happiest that I have been in a very long time. I hope that my happiness will continue to grow– I’ve made new friends that I really like. I’ve surrounded myself with good people – I am finally happy. Let’s just hope that it doesn’t change.”
What’s particularly striking about that macabre and self-centered diary entry is that EVEN IF you have the IQ of a f*cking fence-post, and thus somehow believe her story about Caylee having “accidentally drowned in the pool” a day or two before this entry, does it not seem a bit ODD to you that within a day of her only daughter’s DEATH she is writing “this is the happiest that I have been in a very long time!” and “I am finally happy!”Does this, when contrasted with her defense team’s “story” of what “really” happened not essentially invalidate that story as a REASONABLE doubt? No? So you’re saying, then, that you find it “reasonable” that an innocent, loving mother would pick up a diary the day after she dumped her accidentally drowned daughter’s body in a f*cking SWAMP to be picked apart by bugs and animals, and write about it being the happiest time of her life? That meets your personal standard of “reasonable”? Alrighty then, here’s your sign. You know, the sign made famous by the comedians of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour – the sign that all truly stupid people should be made to wear . . . the sign that says, simply, “I’m stupid”.
By the way, I say ‘her defense team’s story’ because Casey herself chose not to testify, because, you know OF COURSE an innocent woman wrongly convicted of callously and cruelly murdering her own 3-year old would NOT fight tooth and claw to get on the stand in order to indignantly proclaim her innocence to the world. That part of this story is “reasonable” too – right? I mean, I’m sure that there must be a Galaxy somewhere in the infinite universe where that statement might be true. Come on, WORK with the defense here, ladies and gentlemen of the jury – this is how our system of justice is supposed to “work”. Got it? Good.
Apparently, it is also now “reasonable’ to react to finding your daughter drowning in a swimming pool by NOT immediately calling 911 in the desperate hope that she can be revived, but to instead react by wrapping your daughter’s body in duct tape and garbage bags and dumping her into a godd@mn SWAMP. If you find that this accounting introduces a “reasonable” doubt to this crime, I can only hope that you never have children and that, moreover, you die a horrible death in a f*cking fire at the nearest convenient opportunity. Mm-kay?
June 23, 2008: — Casey Anthony and one of her several interchangeable “boyfriends”, Lazzaro, break into a locked shed at the Anthony family home to “borrow” her father’s gas cans full of gas, to fill her car, which had run empty.
June 24, 2008: — Casey Anthony gets into a fight with George Anthony about the stolen gas cans and gas, and she storms out of the home. As she stalks off, her father asks where Caylee – who at this point hasn’t been seen by ANYONE in over a week – is. She says “with the babysitter, Zanny”.
It comes out in the trial that she ultimately had to admit, under subsequent questioning from the police that there was no “babysitter Zanny” – just another lie. Police did find a woman who went by the nickname of Zanny – but she a) was not a babysitter, b) testified to not knowing or ever having seen Casey or Caylee, and c) had rock-solid alibis from friends and business associates. So there no “babysitter Zanny” because there was no Caylee. By “we” I of course refer to anyone who has any grasp of simple principles of logic and who lives on the planet Earth.
July 13, 2008: George Anthony receives a certified mail delivery at his house stating that Casey’s car is sitting in a tow yard, and had been sitting there for more than 2 weeks. This comes as a surprise to the parents, since their daughter has been phoning them that her and Caylee are “vacationing” somewhere (cell tower records later prove that those calls were made in the neighborhood of the Anthony house, not the made-up vacation locale) and that all is well. Casey then came up with yet another new story and claimed that she had been having car trouble, which she had somehow forgot to mention.
We later learn, via court testimony, that in fact the car had been towed to the lot after first sitting abandoned in the parking lot of a check-cashing store for four days, June 27 – June 30. It’s since been sitting in the tow lot for 2 weeks. All this time, not a peep out of Casey about the whereabouts of her car.
George Burch, the manager of the towing yard, testified that he smelled an odor coming from her car consistent with decomposing bodies he’d smelled in the past (with 30 years in the towing business and 2 years in waste management, he had encountered decomposing bodies on 8 occasions. It isn’t a smell that can be confused with other smells, like rotting trash or garbage.
George Anthony said that within three feet of the car, he smelled a very strong odor that “concerned” him. He said he had smelled a similar odor previously and it was very distinct — the smell of a human corpse. He said that because he had not seen Casey Anthony or his granddaughter, Caylee Anthony, for a long time; he did worry it could be one of them. “Please don’t let this be Casey or Caylee,” George Anthony said he said to himself when he opened the trunk of the car.
George drove the car home, where his wife Cindy also encountered the dread odor, and at this time received a phone call from her daughter Casey.
AT THIS POINT – 27 days after her daughter – by her own stated timeline, died, Casey Anthony FINALLY mentions to her mother that Caylee has been missing all this time, and makes up an “abduction” story, and while she’s at it names the wholly fictitious “baby sitter” as the abductor.
Cindy immediately calls 911 and tells the dispatcher that “I found out my granddaughter has been taken, she has been missing. My daughter finally admitted that she’s been missing. … My daughter finally admitted that the babysitter stole her. I need to find her. 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.”
In court, it is later testified that cadaver dogs registered the presence of a dead body smell in the car, and that strands of hair the same length and color as Caylee’s were found in the trunk. Those strands of hair showed ‘banding’ that only happens in the process of decomposition after death.
July 15, still: The police arrive and Casey Anthony takes police to the last place she says she saw Caylee, a place that she claims is the baby-sitter’s apartment where she took her daughter. It turns out to be a vacant apartment, and had been vacant for more than 140 days.
She next takes the police to Universal Studios where she claims she was working at her “job” that day. She leads them through a bunch of corridors, then suddenly halts when she is almost at the door of what she claimed was her office. The police testified that she then suddenly stopped and admitted that she really did not work there. In fact, her former supervisors told the police that she hadn’t worked there in more than two years, because she had been fired.
She had previously told the cops, when pressed as to why, for weeks on end, she hadn’t bothered to mention to anyone, let alone police, that her daughter had been abducted, she told them that she had told 2 of her “colleagues” at Universal Studios, Jeff Hopkins and Juliet Lewis. Both of them testified that this was yet another lie, and that they had not in fact had any contact with Casey since her firing two years ago.
July 16: Casey is arrested, and charged with child neglect. You could call that an understatement, I guess.
July 22: After another week of constantly changing stories and easily disproven lies from Casey, the police call her a “person of interest” in the disappearance of Caylee and state that they are now investigating “a possible homicide”.
August 17, 2008: a publicity-seeking “bounty hunter” named Leonard Padilla, hoping to get a Reality TV deal, posts Casey’s bond, and she is released from prison on August 21.
August 30, 2008: Casey is again arrested, this time on charges of stealing $7,000 in checks from her “friends” and cashing them at the check-cashing place where her car was abandoned before eventually being towed to the tow lot.
In her 2 weeks of freedom, Casey participates in NONE of the frantic search efforts to find her child; instead she is again seen partying with the other drunks and sluts in her “circle” and showing off her tattoo which spells out, in large letters, “Bella Vita” – which is Italian for “Beautiful Life”.
The tattoo artist later testifies that she got the tattoo on July 2 – which we now know is a little more than 2 weeks after the date on which, according to Casey Caylee died in an “accident”.
But what she tells the tattoo artist that day is that “Caylee is with the babysitter.” The artist testifies that she seemed “very upbeat and happy”.
October 14, 2008: — Casey Anthony is indicted on charges of first-degree murder, along with aggravated manslaughter, aggravated child abuse and four counts of providing false information to law enforcement.
December 11, 2008: — The skeletal remains of Caylee Anthony are discovered in a wooded area not far from the Anthony family home, wrapped in garbage bags, with pieces of duct tape adhered to the skull.
Every single action, every single lie, every single fact presented above, goes straight to guilt and/or consciousness of guilt. Nothing about her multiple lying versions of events, including the one that she and her lawyers eventually settled on, the “accidental drowning in the pool” story, makes any sense in this world or meets any minimal standard of “reasonable.” While the lying killer sat mute in court, her defense team presented her as a loving mother who tragically discovered her baby girl drowned in the family swimming pool. At no other time in the history of the human species has a loving mother reacted to finding her daughter still and lifeless in the pool and not immediately and frantically summoned help. But in this ONE instance – ever! – we are asked to believe that this scenario meets the standard of “reasonable doubt”.
And on July 5, 2011, just in time for their summer vacations, the dumbest jury since the OJ trial takes a mere several hours to review mountains of complex evidence and decide that there is reasonable doubt that Casey Anthony did what everyone with 2 functioning brain cells to rub together knows – BEYOND a doubt – what she did.
So we got to watch Casey Anthony, this revolting, repugnant personification of true evil, smile for the first time, and got to watch her defense team jumping up and down with glee, high-fiving each other right there in the courthouse, because their lucrative careers are now ‘made’ – if you can demonstrate that you can get an obviously guilty murderer set free, you’ve written your ticket to fame and wealth. They’ll probably even get a cut of the movie, book, and TV interview loot. Oh happy, happy day! Still, it would have been nice if they could have somehow summoned a fragment of class, decency, or even mere humanity, and paused to remember that this was about the savage and cruel killing of a baby, not about how cool they think they are, and how rich they’re going to be. But . . . no such luck.
Meanwhile, an innocent and loving 3-year old girl, killed in an unimaginably cruel way by her mother, who decided that she would rather continue to drink and screw her way across the Orlando nightlife landscape (to this day, no one even knows which of her countless and brainless meat puppets fathered the child) than love her own flesh and blood, is gone forever. “Bella Vita” indeed.
“The system worked”, hey? If you say so. If that statement is true, than my next question is “How can we fix the system then?” Because if this is an example of a system working, than that system needs some major, major upgrades. Perhaps starting with a logical presentation, for the first time ever, some actual specific real-world guidelines as to what the ‘reasonable doubt’ standard is actually supposed to mean in practice.
GREAT ARTICLE…………probably the best I’ve read on here. This mimicks the Dateline episode I saw tonight. It is amazing that one person can actually claim that our system works after this travesty of justice………WHAT A JOKE! Where’s the scott Peterson jury? They know how to connect dots. I will be in Orlando in a few months and would make roadkill out of Casey if I ever saw her in public. Not to worry though……… I’ll tell the rental car agency that I must have run over a dead alligator (hence the smell of decomp). If anyone claims that I first blogged about doing so, my mom will claim she did the blog OR I will claim my 5 yr. old is very smart and did the blog (hey, it’s a family computer)………..you get the idea………. Sounds like NOT GUILTY to me!
Law states the prosecuting attorney/state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she was guilty of 1st degree murder and clearly they failed to do that.
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