If you haven't noticed in my previous posts, I write about things that interest myself and things I think others should be made aware of. For the past 4 and a half months I have been following a story that I believe many Americans have not paid very much attention to. That story being the one of the missing 3 year old little girl, Caylee Anthony. Caylee had supposedly gone missing in the middle of June, when her grandmother, Cindy Anthony, had reported her missing. Cindy Anthony had not seen little Caylee for days and became alarmed when she smelled the odor of a "dead body" in the trunk of Casey Anthony's car. Cindy Anthony later revised her statement saying the stench was from old pizza.

When police questioned Casey Anthony on the whereabouts of her daughter, she stated that Caylee was with a babysitter. The so-called babysitter, Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, had been said to have been caring for the child for over two years. When police located a local woman named Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, the woman denied every having contact with the Anthony's. Caylee's grandmother, Cindy, said she had no reason to doubt the account of the babysitter. However, over the three year's that Caylee was alive and living at Cindy Anthony's house, Cindy had never met the alleged babysitter.

Casey Anthony

Right from the beginning of this case authorities were having problems separating fact from fiction. Especially when Caylee's grandparents, Cindy and George Anthony, told police that the last time they saw their granddaughter was on June 8, 2008, but there was evidence to the contrary. Police found a video tape, recorded on June 15th, 2008, that shows Caylee reading a book. When the Anthony's were questioned about the time discrepancy, Cindy Anthony said that she had been confused about the dates. She then remembered taking Caylee to see Caylee's great-grandfather on Father's Day. When authorities began to question Casey Anthony, they immediately found discrepancies in what she had told law enforcement in her signed statement.Much of the information Casey gave, starting with the babysitter account, turned out to be a lie. Casey also claimed she had been investigating Caylee's disappearance on her own. Therefore is why she did not contact police earlier. However, friends and family denied being asked by Casey about Caylee. Photos of Casey partying while Caylee was missing were then
published by various broadcasting stations.

During the investigation, police discovered hair samples and a stain in the trunk of Casey Anthony's car. Though there were claims that the stain was Caylee's blood, this fact has not been publicly confirmed. Instead, a lead investigator on the case said the hair was the major deciding factor leading authorities to believe that Caylee had indeed been in the trunk of Casey Anthony's car. Together with these findings, authorities "air tested" the area of the car trunk to determine if a decomposing body had been stored there. The results of the air test were sent to a "body farm" at the University of Tennesee. These results confirmed that a body had been in the trunk.

Since Caylee's disappearance, Casey Anthony has been arrested 4 times.

  • August 21, 2008: Casey Anthony was released after one month incarceration. She walked out of the Orange County Jail after her $500,200 bond was posted by California Bounty Hunter Leonard Padilla and his nephew, Tony Padilla, a bail bondsman.
  • August 29, 2008: Casey Anthony was arrested again at her house for charges of forgery, fraudulent use of personal information, and petty theft for forging $700 worth of checks and using her friend's credit card's without permission. Leonard Padilla subsequently rescinded the $500,200 in bail due to a lack of cooperation from Casey Anthony.
  • September 5, 2008: Casey Anthony was released again on bail after being fitted with an ankle bracelet. Her $500,000 bond was posted anonymously. It was later discovered that Casey Anthony's parents, Cindy Anthony and George Anthony, signed a promissory note for the bond.The bond was posted by two separate bond offices for $250,000 each.
  • September 15, 2008: Casey Anthony was arrested a third time on charges of theft.
  • October 14, 2008: Casey Anthony is indicted by a grand jury to face possible murder charges and arrested for the fourth time.

This whole case is asinine! I don't know where to start. First let's address the awareness, or lack there of, on this case. I've brought Caylee's case up in conversation plenty of times, and it seems as though most of the reactions I receive sound like the following.

"So what do you think of the Caylee Anthony case?"

"The whoey, whatty case?"

"You know the case about the little girl who went missing in Florida?"

"Didn't realize there was one."

Stuff like that bothers me, I remember years ago when Elizabeth Smart went missing and the whole country was in an uproar. Now a days I can't even carry on a conversation about it. I don't see what the difference is. Maybe it's because our country has grown used to the idea that children go missing everyday. So basically it just seems like our country has adapted a "What else is new" attitude on these sorts of things. It's a shame how I watch the news every morning, and on the day that Casey Anthony was indicted I heard nothing on the news. Instead I watched Kathy Lee Gifford's dog run on a treadmill. Seriously, who gives a f*ck.

Now back to the actual case. If you ask me, Casey Anthony undoubtedly guilty. She did, she murdered her little girl. But, I do think that there is a good chance that she may walk. From what authorities have made public, there isn't any hardcore evidence. No body, no blood, and no murder weapon. What the authorities have going for them is the samples of hair, a stain in the trunk, and it has been confirmed that there was a corpse in Casey Anthony's trunk. It's going to be a challenge to convict her unless they find the body, which sadly, will not happen. The confirmation of a body in Casey's car could potentially put her behind bars. But I don't think it's enough. I hope to god that the authorities have more evidence that they haven't made public. Even though she may walk on a murder charge, she still has charges of fraud, theft, and child neglect. So either way, Casey Anthony will be doing some prison time.

Now that you've heard my opinion on the case, allow me to hear yours. Do you think Casey Anthony murdered her own daughter? Do you think that Caylee is even dead? Should the grandparents be indicted on aiding and abetting or obstruction of justice charges?

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Speaking Only In Vowels,
Matthew K. Snyder