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May 23, 2011


a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing

by Andrea O'Connell

Though tomorrow is not where the journey begins – it began on June 16, 2008, the day Caylee died – it feels like it’s going to be a new journey, doesn’t it?

Here we are, on the eve of the first day of the Casey Anthony trial, and the Defense team is readying their ammo, polishing their guns in hopes their big moment on the stage is not “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” (Shakespeare, Macbeth)

These words are uttered by the character Macbeth after hearing of his wife’s death.  He is in despair and speaks as if life means nothing – it is a petty show with bad actors, he says.

Macbeth goes on to say how easily life can be snuffed out, like a candle, leaving not even a shadow behind.

Macbeth’s monologue came to me this evening as I was thinking of what the defense team could possibly come up with in their opening statement.  They are going to have to fill the courtroom with a sound and a fury that signifies SOMETHING.

What will they pretend happened to Caylee?

Jose Baez is so sure we’ll be shocked when we hear the reasoning behind what happened. Everything will be understood then, he told us. The mystery will be solved.

BUT… there’s a small problem… Casey will have to testify!

Casey cannot testify.  It would be suicide.  Her performance will be the tale told by an idiot because the State would rip her apart so easily, it would be child’s play.

Some legal pundits say Casey will take the stand;  it’s her only hope, they say.  I say, no way, unless the case is going so badly for the defense that is the final Hail-Mary.

We will know soon enough what tale they will tell….

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Doesn’t Shakespeare seem to be talking about the bombast of the Defense in this case?

The quote is meant to portray what happens in a badly staged play with melodramatic, bombastic actors who are so bad they beg to be forgotten.

If some events in life are like a bad play, so too is a liar in a court of law.

So many of us have been glued to the events in this case.  We are desperate for the truth to be known, desperate that a child’s death is avenged, desperate to know if the defense has any legitimacy in what they will say happened to Caylee.

Though the defense will tell us there was no homicide, hence no murder, the very fact that a child was placed in trash bags; double-bagged, duct-taped, and thrown in the woods to rot, has to be seen as murder by the jury.  We heard these jurors – none of them are stupid!

There are millions of words in our collective lexicon.  What words could the defense put together to explain what happened in this case? What possible story-book theory could they possibly write?

Defense Theory One

Will they say it was an accident “that spun out of control” just as George Anthony told River Cruz?   If so, the Defense could suggest:

  • Casey and Caylee were in the pool when Casey becomes distracted by a phone call.  Caylee drowned, Casey panicked.
  • Efforts to revive Caylee are unsuccessful; Casey was too in shock to call 911.
  • Furthermore, Casey is afraid to tell her parents what happened – especially her father who has abused her and has beat her silly.
  • Likewise, Casey is afraid of her mother who tried to choke her the night before the accident happened.
  • Casey used kidnapping as an excuse – she saw on TV how to stage a kidnapping, using duct-tape.
  • She threw Caylee near the road on Suburban believing that she would eventually be found and kidnapping would be the motive.
  • Casey knows how to disassociate trauma and put it aside, not to be thought of again.  She disassociated during the 31 days.
  • As far as the chloroform?  Casey saw the graphic that Ricardo put on his webpage (which suggest a man can get a woman to succumb using chloroform).  Casey didn’t know what it meant and Googled what it meant.
  • The searches for neck-breaking?  Casey suffered a very sore neck and thought a bone in her neck may have been broken.

The Reality?

Casey cared nothing for Caylee; Casey killed Caylee to torture her mother.

To get this accident theory before the jury, Casey would have to testify.

Defense Theory Two

Casey has multiple personalities that have gone undiagnosed all her life.  It was not “Casey” who committed the crime, it was another personality.

Within Casey there is a personality who steals, parties, and is a very bad girl.

Oh yes, one personality is a party girl, and there is another one who is a good little girl – obedient and sweet.

Of course, the only way evidence of multiple personalities could be used?  A psychologist would have to have diagnosed her as having this condition.  However, this information would be discoverable.  If the State was not made aware of this, the Defense will not be allowed to use it.

The Reality?

Casey cared nothing for Caylee; Casey killed Caylee to torture her mother.

Defense Theory Three

  • There was terrible argument between Casey and Cindy the night before Caylee’s death – Cindy came close to murdering Casey.
  • Casey left the home that evening, but returned early, in time to leave “for work.”
  • She went to “work” (She lied about “work” because she lost her job and was afraid to tell her abusive parents.)
  • Casey left Caylee with George.
  • George and Caylee went swimming – (back to the drowning accident scenario in theory number one).
  • George tries to revive Caylee, is unsuccessful.
  • Casey returns to house, having forgotten something, and sees the scene.
  • George threatens to kill or maim or abuse Casey if she reveals what happened to Caylee.
  • Casey sacrifices her life for her father.  She is so afraid of her murderous father, she would rather do jail time than tell anyone what her dad did to her daughter.

The Reality?

Casey cared nothing for Caylee; Casey killed Caylee to torture her mother.

What ever the story, the tale they tell will be told by an idiot and it will signify nothing.

15 Comments Post a comment
  1. May 23 2011

    The jury will NEVER buy their lies, and the jury will watch Casey react during the trial to opening, closing statements and testimony and she will be on her way to Life in Prison with Big Bertha waiting her arrival!

  2. May 23 2011

    Boy, the moonies at JB’s Mission are going to be outraged and claim Perry has been bought! Its a Conspiracy! Its a Conspriracy! get a grip, just watch this woman and her facial expressions and body language…there has never been a guiltier soul less female, and its on tape. I can see her being silenced in court, as well as her parents being removed by Perry at some point.

    • May 23 2011

      Hi Eastwood34! I swear I think that blog belongs to the defense team or the Anthony’s. Sure everyone has a right to their own opinion, but to disregard the obvious?! I wonder if it’s plain ignorance, or just willful stupidity?

  3. Lona1
    May 23 2011

    I decided to give that certain blog a new name to balance my frustration over such nuttiness (word?). I call it BS Mission.
    Oh! Wow! Casey to testify? De doesn’t have the guts! I think she would refuse Baez if he suggested that move. She couldn’t stomach Mr. Ashton and Ms. Burdick. But, I have the suspicious feeling that she will kick Cindy in the a@@ with some accusation that will involve her in the actions that she (Casey) took.
    Andrea, have a great day tomorrow!

  4. Linda
    May 23 2011

    Hi Andrea, Nancy Grace said tonight that the defense is going with an accident.. HUH? that she feared her parents, HUH? You were spot on theory # 2 they will have an answer for everything, but will the jury believe it? The day Cindy found the pool latter near the pool was June 27. Thats when she told her co-worker. so I don’t think that will work, and the neighbors will say that no way was Casey afraid of Cindy. Not to mention all the money she stole from them……

    And when did the defense team find out it was an accident? After they spent thousands on investigating TES people, or when they tore apart Roy Cronk on tv? I will put my faith in the prosecution that they will spell it out for the jury, and show Casey for what she truely is……..

  5. mystymiss
    May 23 2011

    Hey eastwood I got kicked off that site. That site was ehat I called the land of make believe

  6. May 23 2011

    Me too. they couldn’t deal with an opinion other than theirs.

  7. mystymiss
    May 23 2011

    Iguess the dufense is going to say that Caylee got duck tapetangled around her face and head accidently!!!! Then when Caylee tried to get it off she fell into the the laundry & plactic bages then hopped in the trunck of Caseys car to catch a ride to the site where she was found.

  8. May 23 2011

    Ah. Let them go with the accident theory. It will shorten the trial and lengthen Casey’s sentence to LWOP. Besides, I really, really do want to see Casey on the stand!

    I’m looking forward to the State’s opening statement and can’t wait to hear what line of B.S. Baez will spew.

    See ya on the ‘morrow!~ :mrgreen:

    • May 23 2011

      ~forgot to say~
      CptKD, I hope you will feel well enough to post comments tomorrow! I hope you are healing up quite nicely, too. TTYL!

  9. May 24 2011

    My theory. Casey will play this out for as long and she can to see how the state is doing with the questioning of others. Then at the witching hour she’s scream I am guilty, give me Life and not death! Just saying. The girl doesn’t know when she has lost big time.

    I love the “she’s close to home” “my gut feeling tells me she’s still alive” “Lee look into places that are familiar to us.” This girl sunk her own ship. Has anyone ever heard of anyone selling photos of their “MISSING” child?


  10. Weezie
    May 24 2011

    Andrea; You have given us a very insightful post. We know one thing. The followers of this case will be watching and waiting for the big bomb, which won’t be much. The waste of money on this one case could have been used for something a lot more productive and Casey has managed to pull the strings of justice making a lot of people rich, angry, frustrated and fixated on a horrifying tragedy. Yes it is a Sharespearean TRAGEDY that will come to a conclusion. Unfortunately. we will have to watch it unfold, just as Casey would want it to, so everone can yet again pay attention to this selfish, very sick younjg woman who took the life from her own offshpring, to avenge her own Mother, yes that is definately something Shakespear would have thought about whilst writing one of his depressing plays. I am going to predict that someone in the jury is going to come up with another sub plot, so we don’t fall asleep at the wheel. This is going to be a long drawn out affair taking up precious time that could be used for something more important. Having said that, guess I better make a big pot of coffee, as the show is just about to begin. Thanks Andrea for giving us a very good view of the Defence and their options.

    • May 24 2011

      Hello dear weezie…. many thanks for your feedback. 🙂
      Yes, this case, and now the trial, is Shakespearean in its plot – especially the twist we saw today…. The fact is, the defense is going to make the Anthony’s into sympathetic patsies – exactly what he doesn’t want to do! What a liar Baez is; what a scoundrel Casey is; she is dirty and rotten as they come….

      • Weezie
        May 24 2011

        iT’S SO SHOCKING that Casey would take her lies this far. I think Lee will put to rest the abuse charges along with all her friends who never heard of such drivel. She is a real live Psychopath, and about as evil as one could get. I just hope George doesn’t try to commit suicide again, because she surely weill be set free.

  11. May 24 2011

    Well, if you listened to Baez’ opening statement, you will realize that you titled this post perfectly.


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