Why is the nation captivated by the Casey Anthony trial? It is on every news outlet, Twitter, Facebook and online. Is it because it is of the alleged 2008 murder of a mother killing her two year old beautiful little girl or is it because of the wild tales this now 25 year old young mother told during her 31 days of freedom and the partying and care-free life she held.
Casey Anthony originally told law enforcement, her parents and the world that her daughter was kidnapped by the nanny – named Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez. She gave very precise detail about “the nanny”, including her family, her appearance, the car she drove, what the inside of her apartment looked like and so much more. She took law enforcement to “the apartment”, also took them to her own place of employment at Universal Studios, that well, wasn’t…she did not work there. They had search teams out searching for the nanny all over the world. She maintained this story for 3 years. Her mother, Caylee’s grandmother, testified that she had been looking for this nanny up until 6 WEEKS ago, that is until the defense came to the family and told them the defense strategy was that they would claim Caylee’s death was an accidental drowning. They left out what else they would be claiming.
As a mother of three, I cannot imagine ever, EVER not reporting my child missing. If my toddler son is out of my view for a second, all these horrible things run through my head and I want to call in the armed forces to come help me find him.
This brings up another point – would you testify against your child or would you lie on the stand in order to protect them? That is a tough one. That is what Cindy Anthony was faced with recently. There has been alot of speculation in the media and on Twitter/Facebook that she lied on the stand. One of the key pieces of evidence in the prosecutions case was the search history on the family’s computer. The state’s theory is that Casey subdued her daughter with chloroform then put duct tape over her mouth and nose. Chloroform was found in the trunk of Casey Anthony’s car and the Google searches for chloroform found on the family computer seemed to be key in the case against Casey. Then, in a jaw-dropping moment, Cindy Anthony, mom of Casey testified under oath, that it was she, not her daughter that did those searches. She said she was actually looking up chlorophyll in bamboo, to see if it was harmful to her dogs. Here is the kicker, her work records show she was in fact at work that day. She however, stated those work records were wrong and she was the one that made those searches. Here is the deal: if they can prove the chloroform searches were Casey Anthony then that shows premeditation, which will qualify for death penalty. Some speculation indicates, that is why Cindy testified she was the one that made those searches, because they have been very outspoken that they do not want their daughter to receive the ultimate fate – the death penalty.
Now, fast forward a few days to the prosecutions rebuttal case. The prosecution team did some more research and have apparently discovered that Cindy Anthony was indeed at work that day and could not have made the searches and was in fact lying on the stand. I hesitate to speculate, so we can only wait and see.
This is a gut-wrenching emotional case and I feel deeply for the family of little Caylee Marie Anthony. She was a beautiful little girl and it kills me to even try and imagine what she went through at the hands of her mother, allegedly of course. I have my opinions and thoughts. Are you following the case? What do you think the verdict will be and should Casey Anthony receive the death penalty if convicted?
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