Rest in Peace

On Tuesday of this week, the Casey Anthony first degree murder trial started.  Casey Anthony is charged with first degree murder in the death of her two year old daughter, Caylee Marie Anthony, almost exactly three years ago, in June of 2008.  The media coverage went wild after this young mother, 22 at the time, was found to be continuing on with her partying lifestyle for the entire month that her toddler was discovered to have been missing.  Not a word was uttered to friends or family as to the baby’s whereabouts during that time.

Casey and Caylee lived with Casey’s parents at the time but Casey would often spend nights away from home with boyfriends with the baby so it took her parents some time to realize that the baby was missing.  And when confronted, Casey put them off with the explanation that the child’s “nanny” was keeping the child.  Casey had never identified the father to her parents and then later told them the man had been killed in an automobile accident.

When the grandparents were finally told by Casey that the “nanny” had taken Caylee and she didn’t know where she was, Casey’s mother called the authorities and reported the child missing.  It had been thirty one days since any one had seen Caylee.

This story was on our local news for months and months while volunteers tirelessly searched for this baby.  The media was also camped out in front of the Anthony home for several months watching their every move and adding more stress to the grieving grandparents who not only had a daughter in jail but their grand baby was missing.

Caylee’s body was discovered sometime in December of 2008 by a meter reader, blocks from the Anthony’s home.  Her body was found in a wooded area, badly decomposed, in a plastic bag. Duct tape had been covering her mouth and nose.  Her mother had already been arrested and charged with her murder months prior to her body being found.  Dr. Jan Garavaglia, our Chief Orange County medical examiner  who is also the lead of the television series, “Dr. G: Medical Examiner”, conducted an autopsy and found that the child had died of homicide although she was unable to pinpoint the cause of death.

Now the jury is sequestered here in Orlando for the trial which is estimated to last six to eight weeks.  It took about a week and a half for the jury selection which had to be conducted in Pinellas County, Clearwater, Florida because just about everyone here in Orange County had heard of the case with all of the media attention.  It would have been nearly impossible to find an impartial jury here.

I have been watching the trial a while each day–live coverage.  TruTV covers it from 9AM to 3PM and one of our local television stations carries it live from about 9AM until around 5PM when they recess until the following morning.

I’m captivated by the entire process.  There have already been dramas and twists and turns beginning with the jury selection when a woman spectator yelled out in the courtroom “She killed somebody anyway!” and had to be escorted out of the courtroom by deputy sheriffs.  She ended up tainting two of the potential jurors who had to be excused and was sentenced to two days in the Pinellas County jail for contempt of court.  Judge Belvin Perry, a Chief Judge of Orange County, Florida is presiding over the trial.

My thoughts are with the beautiful child who lost her life.  May justice prevail.

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  1. I just don’t know what it would take to harm a child, any child, never mind one who is dependant on you for everything in life. How sad.


  2. Duct tape and all.


  3. May justice prevail.

    This is such a tragedy for that entire family. That poor child! The heart weaps endlessly. The parents/grandparents – I can’t even begin to imagine their pain. And the girl: what was going on with her? Who knows … Whether or not she’s guilty – for the jury to decide – she appears to be a deeply troubled young woman. So many lives ruined. We can only pray.

    You all living so close can’t get out from under this. Such a pall.


    • I wonder if we will ever find out what truly happened. It appears Casey is deeply troubled–how to explain her behavior? The defense has their explanation–I’m not sure I’m buying it!

      The Anthony’s literally live just a few short miles from me. Those grandparents have gone through hell. Their baby was so very precious.

      It’s left to the jury to decide her fate. I wish them strength and clarity of mind.


      • It doesn’t look like anyone buys her defense. May have been shortsited on the part of the attorney’s, don’t you think? It’s all so odd and so very, very sad.


      • After the state’s questioning of Casey’s mother today–I don’t see how any one could believe the defenses story.

        Today was a half-day in court. Cindy Anthony (Casey’s mother) was on the stand all morning until 1PM. The state prosecutors questioned her. They took her day by day from a few days before Caylee went missing (June 16, 2008) and her daughter told her lie after lie as to where she and Caylee were during that time. Multiple friends of Casey’s, who had previously testified, said that she had been with them–without Caylee–going to parties, socializing, etc. She also lied to her mother about working at Universal Studios–she was no longer employed there during that time but led her mother to believe that she was.

        I really don’t think we’ll ever know the truth of what happened to Caylee–I think her mother knows but she (seemingly) doesn’t know how to tell the truth.


  4. jgavinallan

     /  May 27, 2011


    I need time for this one. I will e mail you.

    love and kindness to you a wonderful friend


  5. I have been watching this one, Gayle. I was fascinated from the beginning when she was telling all her tales before she was arrested. She seems extremely twisted in her thinking and behavior. Nancy Grace was the one who got me addicted to the story. When she cries and mentions her twins you can feel for the child through her.
    I don’t like where the attorney’s are going with her defense ( father molesting her – UGH ) I guess someone has to defene her but how do they sleep at night?

    I hope there is justice for this little girl She deserves it. She didn’t ask for anything except to be loved. God Bless …..!!!!

    Namaste, Izzy


    • I agree, to have seen Casey lying over and over again to her family and the authorities just had my mouth hanging wide open. I can’t explain it–I can’t wrap my brain around it. Now, equally shocking is the defenses explanation of her behavior! Whew! I do often wonder the same thing–do her attorney’s really think she has told them the truth? How do you know when a chronic liar tells you the truth?

      Nancy Grace gets very emotional over all cases that involve children. Who can blame her? As a mother myself, I can’t imagine…

      I pray that there is justice for Caylee too.

      Namaste, Gayle xoxo


  6. This story is and has been covered here as well. It’s a tragedy on so many levels. I can see how it would be compelling to watch daily coverage if available in your area. I have to confess, I feel such rage when helpless children (and animals or the elderly) are victims. May justice be done and I guess I would pray that this woman could somehow come to terms with her actions wherever her guilt lies. I feel confused about the grandparents role in the whole sordid mess, too. It’s hard sometimes to withhold judgment.


    • The first day of the trial, all our local channels preempted their programming to cover it. It’s hard for me to pull myself away from the TV some days.

      Because of this being a child death case–many people’s emotions are running very high. Mine included. It’s very difficult not to feel great anger at the senselessness of the whole thing and not to place judgment on her–but I do.

      I’m not sure that Casey is capable of looking at the truth. She has been found to have lied repeatedly to law enforcement, friends and family. I think she believes her own lies.


  7. More than likely she meets the definition of a sociopath or borderline personality diagnosis. Just so sad.


  8. Some people are not ready to have children, she is one such case.
    Justice must prevail regardless of the circumstances


  9. It’s ironic sometimes that those who want to have children, who you know would make wonderful parents, can’t have children, and those that don’t necessarily want them but have them anyway, continue to have. Nope, not advocating abortion.


  10. its terrible. she might have left the child with her parents if she was obstructing her happiness.

    a young mother, single, can be really desperate. this has been proved again and again. still people conceive and bring forth these innocent lives to suffer.


    • I believe she was jealous of her mother’s love for the baby so didn’t want to give her to her parents. A horrible, tragic outcome to her selfishness.

      I’ve been watching the trial for the last 10 days or so–she has been found in lie after lie. I’m in awe at the detail in which she lied. I believe she started believing them herself after awhile.

      So many children are born to these immature people–some fare better than others.



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