2011 is coming to an end. The year has flown by. Every year don’t we all say, “My, this year has really flown by?!” And the years do go by pretty quickly, especially as we age.
Time seemed to crawl when I was young. Was it like that for you, too?
This year flew, though it seemed to stand still, too, at times.
I wrote a blog post every single day in 2011. To date, I have 608 posts. This one will make 609.
I never thought I’d actually write something every day for an entire year, but I did. In fact, I wrote a post every day in December 2010 so this is month 13 of my Post-a-day challenge.
It was pretty easy, really. The Casey Anthony saga gave me so much material! There were the lawyers on the defense team – how bizarre they were. The defense attorney’s gave me a lot of colorful content. And, the Anthony family, Cindy and George and their antics, provided all kinds of fanciful copy as well.
I was very critical of the Anthony defense team, especially Jose Baez, because he deserved it. His courtroom antics were gross and demeaned the legal profession, at least in my opinion. However, as far as George and Cindy Anthony go – I was too hard on them, at times. Most bloggers were.
The mainstream media helped sensationalize the situation, as did the overflow of documentation made possible by Florida’s Sunshine law. Still, bloggers had a field day with the Anthony’s. I did too.
I am sorry I jumped on the bandwagon and made hay out of the George and Cindy stories – the discovery that was released in the case. I feel badly, looking back at the last three years of this case, that I judged and criticized them too often, as I know I did.
I think, in hindsight, that I forgot they were real people. They are hardly perfect and as capable of making stupid mistakes as I am. I think that comes from being human.
I have never lived under a microscope, I have never had a daughter or a granddaughter, I have never known anyone who either committed or was a victim of murder, not to mention a murder as heinous as Caylee’s was.
During the trial, I felt sorry for both Anthony’s. In hindsight I realize they only ever wanted to do the right thing for a daughter they doted on. As despicable as her acts were, the Anthony’s loved her. She is their daughter. She destroyed them and they allowed it to happen because they thought that was love. They thought they were loving and perfect parents. I think all parents believe they are.
I did some research and reading about how parents – whose children were murderers, behaved and learned that the Anthony’s were not so unusual after all.
Some parents will protect their children no matter what the cost. Even the most law-abiding people will convince themselves their son/daughter couldn’t possibly be guilty, despite solid evidence that says otherwise. Parents will usually ride a ship called denial across the Nile river for the rest of their lives, if that’s what it takes to maintain their sanity and their love for their child.
It’s easy to believe I’d be different from the Anthony’s, but until I’ve walked in their shoes, how can I know?
Having seen George brought to his knees by his own daughter during the trial makes me feel badly that I judged him. Watching Cindy Anthony literally crumble on the stand as she relived the pain of loosing both her daughter and Caylee, makes me feel very badly to have judged her at all.
Weren’t the Anthony’s just ordinary people who were thrown into an extraordinary Orlando firestorm? I think so.
All the crazy proselytizing Cindy did in the media to make Casey into a saint and a good mother helped to make the Anthony’s seem all the more dysfunctional. Little did they know they were inadvertently putting themselves in front of their own daughter’s version of a firing squad.
The video tapes we saw of the Anthony’s were of them at their most vulnerable. George and Cindy Anthony seemed to take a wrong turn and make the wrong decision constantly, and we saw it unfold, moment to moment.
I’d like to think I would have acted totally differently in every regard. But then again, I’ve never been in the lion’s den for three years, let alone three minutes.
The Anthony’s were living their lives as best they could.
I haven’t completely lost interest in the ongoing fallout from the Casey Anthony murder trial, which resulted in the surprising Not Guilty verdict earlier this year. Every now and then I get sucked back into the newsy-ness of the remaining civil lawsuits against Casey Anthony.
I’m particularly interested in the defamation lawsuit that Zenaida Gonzalez has brought against Casey via the prominent Orlando law firm, Morgan & Morgan. This lawsuit is becoming ugly as a result of Anthony defense attorney Charles Greene’s public statements that demean Zenaida Gonzalez quite badly.
Initially, Zenaida Gonzalez never signed up for being dragged into a national media maelstrom. It appears now she is enjoying the lime light.
For the first few days of the case, as the supposed nanny, she’d been under the microscope of the media as a potential suspect in the disappearance of Caylee. But, in no way was she a lasting suspect, nor was her involvement a theory in the case because the police were pretty secure about Casey’s involvement. After all, before you could say Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez, Casey was behind bars.
It all started in July 2008 when Casey Anthony blamed her “Nanny,” a Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez, as the one responsible for absconding with her daughter, the adorable Caylee Marie Anthony.
Caylee was about a month shy of her third birthday when her mother, Casey, went on the lam for 31 days without so much of a mention that anything untoward had happened to her daughter. When Casey needed a cover-story for Caylee’s whereabouts, she made up the Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez kidnapping story. We found out soon afterwards that story was a fantasy and Casey knew where her daughter was but refused to share any information.
As we know now, Caylee was already deceased while her mother partied, stole from friends she was living with, and basically thought she’d finally found “the Good Life” or, Bella Vita, as she had tattooed on her back.
When Casey told the police that her nanny, Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez, had taken Caylee 31 days ago, the Detective assigned to the case immediately followed up.
The Detective learned that a Zenaida Gonzalez had filled out a guest card at the Sawgrass Apartments where Casey claimed Zenaida lived and where shed’ dropped Caylee off into Zenaida’s care. The police interviewed the Zenaida who’d filled out that Sawgrass Apartments guest card. It was an odd coincidence that Zenaida had visited Sawgrass Apartments where Casey claimed she’d often left Caylee.
Zenaida denied knowing Casey. And, Casey, when shown a picture of this Zenaida Gonzalez, claimed she was not her nanny.
Sooooo, what’s the fuss, you might be thinking. Well, Zenaida was wrongly portrayed as a potential kidnapper and was in the glare of the media. And that, she claims, harmed her reputation and defamed her in the public.
The irony is she is now in the glare of the cameras constantly. Had she remained in the shadows, her name would have been forgotten within a week of when the police cleared her as a suspect – which they had done immediately, I might add.
But, we’re only human and Zenaida was looking at her chance appearance in the over-sensationalized Anthony case, as a cash cow.
When she hires the law firm Morgan and Morgan (who have a big reputation and bigger voices), they dove into the story and fast.
Morgan and Morgan had a grand time inserting themselves into the media driven soap-opera that had become a circus of many characters and clowns.
It never seemed to be about justice for Zenaida Gonalez. (But, it was a good bit of media attention for her and her lawyers.)
When they (Morgan and Morgan), video-taped George, Cindy and Lee Anthony’s depositions and released them to the media, it was a gold mine for them – the videos made the national news, and so did Morgan. The Anthony family was not at all liked by the populace and they were recalcitrant and harsh in the video depositions which made Morgan and Morgan smell like a garden of roses.
Fast forward to 2011 and the same Zenaida Gonzalez lawsuit is full steam ahead, but seemingly getting derailed by their own hubris.
Now we find out that this Zenaida Gonzalez does not have “Fernandez” in her name. Well, her lawyers used Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez in the civil lawsuit against Casey Anthony…. and no one corrected the media that she was not Fernandez-Gonzalez either. Everyone was led to believe that her full name was Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez.
Is that deceitful? If not, it is curious.
Zenaida Gonzalez now says she doesn’t know why her lawyers put that name on the lawsuit. Could it be they thought their suit might get more attention if the names matched?
Zenaida claims she got unwanted attention as a result of being interviewed by the authorities in connection with this case, though she was never charged with anything. And now she is saying she wants an apology from Anthony. And now she claims that she wasn’t fired from her job – she quit her job.
The Casey Anthony case has always been about band-wagons – jumping on the band-wagon for the attention, payout, notoriety and national media attention.
Back in September, 2008, Zenaida filed her law-suit and shortly after appeared on Good Morning America (GMA), to announce it to the nation.
Her lawyer, John Morgan, was on the GMA show as well. Neither blinked when they referred to Zenaida using the middle name “Fernandez” as you can see in this ABC news story:
Though Fernandez-Gonzalez was cleared by police, she said she lost her job, cannot find an apartment and received threats from Anthony supporters. She filed a defamation lawsuit Thursday against Anthony.
Fernandez-Gonzalez, a 37-year-old mother of six, said today on “Good Morning America” that she looked at an apartment and filled out a form at the complex where Anthony said she dropped off Caylee before she disappeared.
“I just went to look at an apartment and filled out an information card,” Fernandez-Gonzalez said in an exclusive interview today with “GMA.” “My suspicion is they probably gave her [Anthony] the information from the card.” The card included the names of two of her daughters and the make and color of her car, which is the same information that Anthony gave the police, said Fernandez-Gonzalez and her attorney John Morgan. Link to GMA Story: click here.
In every story and every appearance I have seen in relation to the civil law suit, the name Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez, is referred to.
The Anthony’s knew this and they tried to point it out during their humiliating video-deposition in the civil lawsuit. No one really listened at the time.
I wonder if anyone is listening to the latest bits of intrigue?
Take a peek at these stories:
Here’s another Creative Whack from Roger von Oech, creator of the Creative Whack Pack – a deck of 64 amazing cards to “whack” us out of old and habitual ways of thinking, allowing us to see with fresh eyes and an open mind.
I like the message of this card in particular. I don’t know about you, but I get into ruts from time to time. I am in a pesky rut these past couple of weeks as a result of allowing negative people in the workplace get to me. People who are so old-fashioned and stiff, I feel like I have to salute them.
Needless to say, my workplace operates with a very old-fashioned mindset. The work I am doing now is the same kind of work people were doing in the early 1980’s. Not only are the tools I have to work with antiquated, so is the vision of some people in my workplace. That’s what happens, I guess, when the leaders in an organization stay in positions for years and years. It’s always good when outside perspectives are allowed in. Allowed is the operative word, however. Therein lies the rub.
It’s like how Jeff Ashton describes the personalities of Cindy and Casey Anthony in his new book, Imperfect Justice. (Which I am really enjoying but only half way through.) When you refuse to accept new ideas; if you refuse to see the reality of your current state of affairs, any new idea or new vision is exorcised in favor of the habitual comfort of old ways of thinking. Cindy Anthony grew so used to Casey’s lies, she began to accept them as reality so as not to shake the boat.
Jeff Ashton writes:
From all that we’d seen of their interactions and heard from those around Cindy, it was unlikely that she would ever admit the unvarnished truth about Casey. It was a lethally toxic co-dependent relationship. One person was skilled at lying to others, while the other was skilled at lying to herself.
Cindy Anthony would not allow herself to see the truth about Casey: “Cindy was in denial about her daughter on a colossal scale,” wrote Jeff Ashton.
That is why this message is so important. We have to look beyond what we know and discover new ways of seeing. If we continue to do the things that are comfortable, we grow complacent, dull, and miss the really important stuff, like pretending the smell of human decomposition is really pizza.
George and Cindy Anthony are no longer of one mind. What the Dr. Phil interview of the Anthony’s has proved is, the jig is up. George is no longer singing in Cindy’s choir. He knows Casey was responsible, and he cannot fathom how he could have raised a monster capable of killing another human being.
Cindy and George Anthony have totally divergent beliefs with regards to what happened to Caylee. Of significance is the fact that George Anthony is now telling more of the truth. Perhaps the suffering he went though (the blame of abuse of Casey, and being complicit in the “accident”), has caused him to face the truth and now say publicly, “Yes, Casey did this.”
How George and Cindy manage to stay together is anyone’s guess. I sense real trouble between them.
The camera repeatedly caught George glaring at Cindy with a clear look of contempt during both interviews. He seemed to snarl at her. The friction between them was quite clear.
George spoke about Casey’s culpability (he is no longer pretending to agree with Cindy); it was clear Cindy did not like what George was saying.
Cindy lives in an alternate reality. In one of her most absurd statements she said, if Casey was found not guilty, it was a sign from God that Caylee died accidentally. Caylee would never want Casey to suffer or take the blame for something she didn’t do, Cindy said.
George, however, said if it had been an accident, why use duct tape, garbage bags, and a swamp as a grave? George also said he thought Casey may have drugged Caylee in the past when she wanted to go out on the town.
I continue to believe that Cindy Anthony is in a very deep denial. She cannot bring herself to accept that Casey had anything to do with the crime.
It’s possible the next thing we learn with regards to this family is to hear that Cindy and George are going their separate ways.
I don’t see how they will be able go on now that George is no longer drinking Cindy’s Koolaid.
I recorded the Dr. Phil interview with the Anthony’s today. Anxious to see it, I sat on the couch to watch it and…. fell asleep about ten minutes into the show.
From what I saw, Cindy Anthony is still paddling down da’ Nile river.
Like her daughter insisted on the Nanny story with clenched jaw determination; Cindy has a strangle-hold on denial.
I heard more excuses than ever. I truly believe that Cindy cannot live with the idea that her daughter is capable of murder. Maybe she accepts the truth privately? Otherwise how can she and George stay together given the fact they are on totally different wave lengths on this issue. You would think there is incredible tension between the two. That’s why I wonder if, privately Cindy knows what’s true, but publicly, she must deny it to save face.
Cindy blamed seizures, postpartum schizophrenia, and a possible a brain tumor as excuses for Casey’s behavior. I kid you not. She said brain tumor.
Of course, with all the excuses, she is also telling us that she knows Casey is responsible. If she believed Casey had no part in Caylee’s murder, there would be no need for excuses, right?
I wonder if it was Cindy who came up with the idea, when Casey was pregnant, that the bulge in Casey’s tummy was a tumor, not a pregnancy? When Casey was appearing pregnant, her brother Rick said that Cindy said to him, and I paraphrase, “Casey is not pregnant. She’d have to have sex to be pregnant.”
In the ten minutes of the interview that I was able to see, it seemed to me that George was more forthcoming with the truth- though he did side-step – he attempted to lay it out there.
George was also quite rigid, I thought. Almost cold.
Cindy was pleasant, her blue eyes are lovely, but that constant deception that comes out when Cindy speaks, even though she repeats phrases like: “To be honest,” or “honestly” or “truthfully,” she is not being honest. She is saying what she wants to believe, nothing beyond her fairy tale idea of what occurred.
Maybe she needs da’ Nile river to maintain her sanity?
The second installation of the show is tomorrow. I’ll try to watch both, but can’t promise I won’t fall asleep!
There have been a few purposeful “leaks” about George and Cindy Anthony’s appearance on an upcoming Dr. Phil Show. By the way, the air date of the show has been moved from Monday, Sept. 12th to Tuesday, September 13. And, there are two segments – Tuesday & Wednesday of next week.
The leaks reported by TMZ have Cindy Anthony telling Dr. Phil that Caylee “drowned” because Casey was having a seizure while Caylee climbed into the pool. Okay!
Granted, I don’t find this plausible. But, then again, it doesn’t matter what I believe – if it makes Cindy feel better by believing this, so be it. If believing this helps Cindy put one foot in front of the other and get through the day, so be it. The story is just too out there and simply lacks that ringing sound of truth.
The real problem with this new story? How is a person able to wrap a baby in duct tape and triple bag her while having, or recovering from, a seizure??? Or, am I missing something?
To tell you the truth, I always wondered about the seizure that Jesse Grund, Casey’s former fiancee, described to the Detectives on the case. Could this be what made Casey change so drastically, as so many of her friends described? (I don’t really think so, but I thought I’d mention it!)
Jesse described to Detective Yuri Mellich, that he saw Casey Anthony having what he called a Grand Mal Seizure. According to Jesse, Casey was in bad shape, foaming at the mouth, unresponsive to any stimuli.
When the incident happened, Jesse immediately called 911. Casey admitted into the hospital for testing, but tests were all negative. There were no indications from the doctor that she’d be in danger of having more seizures.
George and Cindy never made too much about the seizure incident with Jesse, and they never discussed then what they now say were a few seizures. Therefore, it’s odd this is brought to light now. Perhaps Cindy is trying to soften Casey’s image? Maybe. I think this excuse as a protective mechanism for Cindy – to maintain her sanity and avoid the devastating truth.
It could be that Cindy needs to place blame on something other than her daughter, and the seizure story fits that bill (for her). I hope Dr. Phil reminds her that this does not comport with Caylee being thrown away like garbage, in a swamp. I hope he challenges her about that.
It doesn’t make sense that a person could have a seizure, come out of it, and then do something horrible to their own child. I know people will blame “sleep-walking” for criminal behavior. It’s been a defense in a couple of murder cases, but a seizure excuse? Why wouldn’t Jose Baez grabbed this theory if there was any truth to it?
Cindy Anthony has experienced a hell that none of us can imagine or understand, and so I can almost forgive her for wanting to believe anything but the truth…….
If it brings Cindy a sense of peace to believe this, so be it.
Cindy and George Anthony have been through a hell on earth that not one of us could possibly comprehend. They lived it. God help them.
The Washington Post is reporting that Jeff Ashton is in the process of writing a book about the Casey Anthony case. According to the Post, the book, aptly titled “Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony,” is due out in November.
This is one book I will read.
I’ve included the Washington Post Story at the bottom of the page.
The Dr. Phil show is already marketing its interview with the Anthony’s. The show is billed like its got something salacious to say: Casey Anthony’s Parents Spill Death Secret on My Show!” Can we believe Dr. Phil will get the Anthony’s to say what they did not say in court? Anyone’s guess. I don’t guess there will be much truth told.
The Dr. Phil video promo wants to persuade viewers that the Anthony’s are going to spill some major beans about who they believe killed Caylee.
Dr. Phil obviously thinks people are going to buy into this silly promotional nonsense. It’s annoying. When shows or networks try to hype something this way, I think it’s because the show will have little substance at all.
Other innuendos on the video promo have Dr. Phil advising Cindy Anthony that the country “…wants to shake you awake.” Dr. Phil also says, “You know the truth, don’t you?”
With regards to the drowning story, Dr. Phil asks, “Do you buy it was an accidental drowning?”
The Anthony’s don’t talk in the promo piece. Heck, they wouldn’t want to give anything away! Franky, I sincerely doubt there will be very much truth told, nor anything shocking, but I will record the show. So, if you don’t want to watch it, no worries, I’ll tell you everything! I have included a link to the story with a video, but not the video itself, at the bottom of this page.
It’s really only about money now. Maybe it always was.
One last bit of news…. The next hurricane will be named “Jose.”
That’s all we need!
The Washington Post article about the upcoming Jeff Ashton book, Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony, is here
The story about the Dr. Phil Show is located here, on TMZ.
Tonight I need to scream! Plug up your ears – here goes! Yeeeeeeeeeooooowgrrrrrrrhmph!
I feel better now.
My life seems out of control these last couple of weeks – well, not really, but that’s the feeling I have. I’m so busy at work and it’s getting to me. I really really really really want to QUIT! But, I can’t. I won’t.
I can’t because that would be incredibly stupid and I’d regret it…. I know I’d really miss it, too. My issue is, I’m stretched too thin. I told my boss that if I ever tell her again that I feel like quitting, I’d stop what I’m doing and say the Serenity Prayer. And, then things might be better and then maybe I could chill and not want to quit.
But, I can’t even remember the darn prayer!
“Give me the serenity to (something) the things I cannot change and (something) when I know the difference?” But, that’s not it, it sounds wrong. I can’t think of how it goes, and I couldn’t remember it today either.
Here it is…. the part I need my lips to remember.
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
And it’s Thursday night and I completely forgot my favorite of all time TV show was on! Project Runway – I only missed the first ten or so minutes. I saw Oliver fall and the running track. And, I saw enough of Bert, too. I am beginning to hope he’s booted off soon. He’s such a mean fart! So, he’s got talent – you have to be a nice person, too! Talent alone doesn’t do it!
And so, I had to watch Project Runway, which is why I am all over the place writing tonight – no coherent plan. Just stream of consciousness writing tonight – I’m about to run out of time, too, because if I don’t go to sleep by 11:00 tonight, I will regret it. Last night I was up until two! Dumb! That’s probably why I wanted to quit my job, come to think of it.
And, I read a little bit here and there about the probation issue today, and it infuriated me! It was a really big deal, we learned today, that Casey Anthony has already checked in to her Probation Officer. BOMBSHELL! Casey checked in! Stop the presses! Woo! That was really news worthy.
And tonight I read that one of the local Orlando stations, Tony Pipitone of WKMG, is asking, “Why is Casey Anthony getting special treatment?” That’s a brilliant question, isn’t it?
Tony, she is NOT getting special treatment! She is being protected from the people who want to murder her! A better question is, why are you giving her special treatment? Could it be because your station wants to sell advertising?
WKMG reporter, Tony Pipitone (who always seemed to be a fairly sane reporter), has gone off the deep end. He wants the Court to 1) reveal who Casey’s Probation Officer is, 2) release the documents related to probation, 3) provide where she’s reporting for probation, and 4) what classes she’s taking. (She’s taking online courses.)
First of all, if she’s enrolled in a college or university, information about her course work is off limits, protected by FERPA.
The Family Rights and Privacy Act – FERPA. This law protects the information of any student taking college or university classes. Look up FERPA, Tony.
Enough is enough. It’s over, she’s Not Guilty, said the jury. Respect it and think about why YOU are treating Casey Anthony any differently?
When the media plays these sensational games, it’s no longer journalism (if it ever was journalism in the first place), it’s hype, pure hype that could literally endanger a life!
I don’t understand this continuing madness over anything “Casey Anthony!”
It’s time to move on. It’s time to wish her well and let her go on her merry way.
I hope she is able to put the shattered pieces that are left of her life, back together and do something for herself. Enjoy her family – move away, live life, enjoy her parents.
Life is too short to not be happy.
To Tony, and all the other drooling reporters, repeat after me:
“Have a good life, Casey! Bye, bye.”
OMG – It’s 11:30! Good night!
(Sorry for any typos, grammar fopaux’s, etc.)
They’re missing, murdered, abducted and sold. Children all over the planet are victimized day in and day out. Few victims are recovered alive, and that’s what is so desperately upsetting, unbearable for the families, and loved ones waiting and hoping for what must seem like forever.
Often it is forever.
Caylee Anthony was also a victim, but of murder.
Recently, Drew Kesse, father of the beautiful Jennifer Kesse, missing from Orlando Florida since January 24, 2006, lambasted George and Cindy Anthony in the press for their actions.
Kesse, responding to Hal Boedeker’s Orlando Sentinel Blog regarding the Anthony’s upcoming appearance on the Dr. Phil show, calling Dr. Phil “a pimp for this garbage,” referring to the Anthony’s.
Kesse was uber critical, writing that Caylee was never a missing child, she was a murdered child. The Anthony’s, he said, should “Go away, go far away, please.” He also wrote:
Let’s get one thing straight right now, Dr. Phil, you are a pimp for this garbage. The Anthonys and this new foundation are the biggest insults to every missing person in America today. Dr. Phil, after the show airs and you make a donation to their new scam, have on real families of the missing.
Of course, it’s true that Caylee was never missing, and the Anthony’s are not, and have never been the picture of propriety or trust. However, I don’t think it was necessary for Drew Kesse to so publicly beat on the Anthony’s. The fact is, the Anthony’s lost the love of their life – Caylee was probably the only joy in their life.
And so, I think it is cruel to knock the Anthony’s down further than they already are. What’s the point? Who are the Anthony’s hurting? Will our sympathy be less for missing children if George and Cindy bring attention to their plight?
It’s as if people think missing children will be thought of with some kind of disregard if the Anthony’s are involved in helping this cause. How does that make sense? What ever happened to the sentiment of “live and let live?” What about “turn the other cheek?” Or, do we only respect the sentiment of “an eye for an eye?” God help us if we do.
It is never good, in my humble opinion, to attack another person, especially to make them suffer! Why extend cruelty? It’s one thing to criticize, quite another thing to attack and hate. The Anthony’s were always their own worst enemies, why make it worse? They’ve done a pretty good job screwing up their own lives and don’t need our help.
The Anthony’s want to work for the cause of missing children. And that is because, they wanted to believe Caylee was missing, they did not want to face the truth, even though I am certain they always knew the truth, of course they didn’t want to face it.
People do funny things when overtaken by the kind of grief they were faced with. How would you react if your granddaughter was murdered by your only daughter? Granted, most of us are law-abiding and trusting that law enforcement will act with good faith, but the Anthony’s never trusted – they seemed to think they were above the law, which was tragic for them, in the end.
If I were in their shoes, I would surely be out of my mind with grief and would probably make many mistakes, too. Many would. Especially in the glare of the camera.
Isn’t it time to leave this family alone? Sure, they are not honest; sure they lied on the witness stand; sure, they tampered with evidence, and yes, they did so many things that were on the verge of scandalous. You know what their real crime is, in my opinion? They are only human.
I have been terribly critical of the Anthony’s leading up to the trial of their daughter, Casey Anthony. It is time to forgive and forget – time for me, anyway.
The Anthony’s undoing resulted because they put the spot light on themselves, and we saw an intense dysfunction that we couldn’t turn away from. Seeing the Anthony’s mistakes and misdeeds reminded many of us that our lives were pretty sane in comparison.
That makes me think, there but for the grace of God go I.
My vet called this evening to tell me Beau’s blood test results are perfectly normal! I am soooo relieved! And, Beau is much happier now that he’s getting twice the amount of food he’d been getting!
That’s the good news!
The not so good news? My computer just died. It’s dead as dead can be. It was very sudden – no warning at all. I turned it on earlier this evening, and nothing.
I guess the good news is I have to get a new computer!
The bad news? I have to get a new computer.
I have a laptop to use for the time being…. thankfully!
I’m not sure what brand of computer I’ll get…. I’ve had Dell’s for the past few years. Before that, I had Sony – which I liked very much. Dell is okay, but I don’t think I’d go with another one – I haven’t had very good luck with them.
As for my desktop, well, for the last month it has been plagued with the Blue Screen of Death until, finally tonight, it went to sleep!
It would be more interesting if the stupid thing died slowly so I could try to save it – try to resuscitate it. It just went to sleep and that was the end of it.
I love computers. But,
darn it! Damn it! I wish I were smarter than they are!
I began a new new-hire class today. I have six new employees in my class – nice group, too. I’ll be training them all this week until Wednesday of next week. I have them 7 hours a day… it makes for an exhausting day.
Every now and then, during the day, I get so tired. I have to be “on stage” all day – running the show.
It’s usually after lunch when the mind-farts begin. That’s when simple words evade me. Sometimes, the mind-farts are loonnnng and I tell my students that I’d momentarily gone to the Bahamas.
It’s rough. My mind goes to the Bahamas but my body is in Hot Freakin-Flash Hell!
Oh, it’s bad. Hot flashes and chills from a cold room. I’d like to rip my clothes off and dunk my head in the sink, or the toilet, if there was no sink.
The perspiration rolls down the side of my face. It’s worse when it rolls down the center of my back.
Clothes are soaking wet. Face soaking wet. Mind in the Bahamas.
That’s what it feels like to be 50.
OH MY GOD! The hot flashes are HELL!
Sometimes I am sure that if I could ring out my clothes, I’d have enough water to also quench my thirst. Eeeewwwww!
Tomorrow would have been Caylee Marie Anthony’s sixth birthday. She’d be entering the first grade. She’d be over the moon with excitement, like my niece, Elizabeth is.
We’ll all be thinking of Caylee tomorrow.
I’m saying a prayer for the Anthony’s, too.
I hadn’t planned on writing about the Casey Anthony saga, but I do want to discuss a couple of interesting tidbits that have occurred of late.
The Orlando County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) has announced the amount of the bill it intends to slap like Henkel duct tape on Casey Anthony.
The OSCO is seeking reimbursement of $293,123.77 for its investigation of Caylee Anthony’s disappearance. The cost is calculated from the day Cindy Anthony reported Caylee missing: July 15, 2008, until December 11, 2008, when the location of Caylee’s remains were located.
The State Attorney’s Office has filed a bill with a price tag of more than $141,000. The amount of the costs that can be levied against Casey Anthony will be determined in court, on August 25th. By that time, the final costs could reach in excess of $500,000.
And that’s only the beginning! There are other lawsuits waiting in the wings, which is why Casey Anthony will have to do the hustle sooner or later.
The defense may well argue that it is unconstitutional to hold their client responsible for costs since Casey Anthony was found not guilty. Not so in this case. What Casey Anthony did was a fraud deliberately perpetrated by the dishonest mother of a supposedly missing daughter. The fact that it was a fraud has been conceded by Jose Baez in open court.
The People of the State of Florida should not have to bear the burden of the costs of the investigation, period. End of story.
No matter. Casey Anthony could make $500,000 from Larry Flynt’s Hustler Magazine if she chooses to bare it all in his centerfold.
Larry Flynt told Nancy Grace that should Casey Anthony do the hustle for the Hustler, she’d earn $500,000. How perfect! That would just cover the bill from Florida!
It’s anyone’s guess if this Hustler offer is being considered. (It’s a disturbing visual.)
Are the network wars for “the” interview going by the wayside? It’s anyone’s guess. The networks are falling over themselves to say they will NOT pay for interviews. The have integrity, they yell from the rafters. They have standards! They are about real journalism, you know! Uh, right.
You know what would bust the network’s hustle for a Casey Anthony interview? The answer: The Zenaida Gonsalez civil law suit.
If the law firm Morgan & Morgan has their way and can move forward on a videotaped deposition of Caseey BEFORE a network interview it would remove or lower an audience’s interest in seeing a network interview with Casey Anthony.
Wouldn’t that be just perfect?!
C’mon Morgan and Morgan, do the hustle!
There’s wild news, even wilder allegations about the amount of money to be made off of the Casey Anthony trial and verdict.
This evening I watched the Nancy Grace show (without the hothead herself – which is why I watched it), and the discussion about profiting and money was interesting, but not surprising, unfortunately.
The gist of the show this evening had to do with marketing Casey. Making money and more money, and more and more money – we’re talking lots of money from Casey’s story.
There is an incessant beat, beat, beat of the drum, drum, drum as the major networks march (as fast as they can) to be the leader of the band and score the interview. A band of goofballs.
The Nancy Grace show quests discussed the terribly irony that with the acquittal, this story is no longer about a murdered two year old. It’s a story about Casey.
Furthermore, the story is “sexy” because Casey, before she was arrested, was a pretty girl with a great deal of sex appeal, said the panelists on the show. The reality we’re dealing with is that Sex Sells.
That’s the reality of marketing today – edgy, slick and sexy is what sells. And if the context of the story is salacious, it’s even better.
The panelists on the show made no bones about it, Casey Anthony stands to make money, and lots of it.
After her interview deal, she’ll have a book deal, and there will be more and more deal making until the story fades eventually.
This is the abhorrent reality of the marketing game. And, the networks will gauge the public interest to be sure they hit the market when it’s hot and take full advantage of a promising and lucrative “deal.”
Deal or no deal, as I’ve said before, Casey Anthony, at the end of the day, has to live with herself.
The fact is, Casey has every right to profit as a result of being found not guilty. No one likes it, but “it is what it is” or “what will be will be” or add your own cliche – it’s gonna happen, the pundits seem to be saying. They will milk this story for all it’s worth.
I’m not really convinced. It’s difficult to fathom how the networks will be able to get away with it, given the groundswell of disgust that rises across the country when talk of Anthony profiteering comes up.
It will be interesting how it plays out. One thing is certain, there will be many boycotts of any network or show that airs a Casey Anthony interview.
The question is, do the networks or the individual shows even care about the backlash? Is the population of people who want to hear from Casey Anthony bigger than the population who will boycott? I don’t have that answer, of course.
I hate to say it, but I think those of us who boycott will be a drop in the bucket compared to an audience interested in seeing Casey Anthony – in her own words.
According to TMZ, NBC is likely leading the band of miscreant networks:
Sources tell TMZ … NBC, ABC and CBS are all competing for the first interview. Sources connected with the negotiations tell TMZ there is a “big price tag” for the interview. We’re told the networks — which say they don’t pay for interviews — are offering to license photos and other material and pay big bucks … that’s S.O.P. in the network game. (Note from Andrea: SOP = Standard Operating Procedure)
We’re told NBC looks like the frontrunner so far, but ABC is in the game. We’re told CBS “is a distant third.” We’re told NBC is paying for Baez’ hotel room.
Baez spent part of the night Thursday in the Mandarin Oriental bar with famed lawyer Mark Geragos — who knows a thing or two about high-profile cases. We’re told Geragos gave Baez pointers on negotiating the deal.
Sources also say that Jose Baez in is acting as an agent to seal the deal for Casey, and himself. The scuttlebutt is that Baez is being mentored by Mark Geragos, in the pursuit of cashing in on “Casey” and her infamous notoriety.
Cindy and George Anthony allegedly turned down $250,000 for an interview – it wasn’t quite the amount of money they were looking for, thank you very much.
We may have to grit our collective teeth when it happens. If the pundits are correct, we’re going to be bombarded with Casey Anthony, in the flesh.
I really don’t want to believe it. I don’t think this is a done-deal yet…..
I almost didn’t make it to my computer tonight! Came home from work and proceeded to fall asleep on the couch until 9:00 tonight!
I don’t have too much to discuss, since the night is nearly over!
Also, I’m a bit down tonight, too. I applied to be a Big Sister in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization in my area. But learned today that they have more Big Sisters than they have kids. I was really, really looking forward to it.
After the Casey Anthony verdict, I resolved to get involved in the community and give back to kids in need.
I’m so disappointed. There will come a time when they need Big Sisters again. In the meantime, they need volunteers in other areas, so I’ll do that until there are more kids in the program.
I read an article today about Leiby Kletzky, a little 8 year old in Brooklyn New York, who was taken off the street, murdered and dismembered by a sick monster who pretended he was helping the young boy, who’d lost his way, to turn in the direction of his home.
It is incredibly sad. Little Leiby Kletzky, had convinced his parents that he was big enough to walk home from day camp by himself. He desperately wanted his independence. He finally convinced his parents to allow it. They held dry runs, to make sure young Leiby could find his way home those seven blocks.
The big day came, and the loving mother waited patiently and waited and waited and waited for Leiby. He never made it home. Even after all the rehearsals, little Leiby Kletzy got confused and was lost. And then, he happened upon a 35 year old, Levi Aron who appeared to be so helpful.
I am going to pass over the details, but I will tell you that Levi Aron suffocated the boy, dismembered him and placed him in his refrigerator.
This is the part that confuses me: This despicable monster is charged with 2nd degree murder. SECOND degree?! I don’t understand how Casey Anthony could be charged with 1st Degree Murder, but this crime is 2nd degree?
Is this fair?
I must be missing something.
In her article, “Mourning a Loss, Blaming the Bereaved” author Susan Doherty writes:
…comments on a New York Times article about the tragedy threatened to devolve into blamefest. What were the parents thinking to let such a small child out alone on the city streets? On the other hand, parents who hover over their children in a vain attempt to protect them from any possible danger are crippling them for life. And so on.
In addition to hoping the bereaved parents don’t read this nonsense (or hear the same sentiments from “concerned” friends and neighbors), I have been thinking about why we feel compelled to do this to each other–to kick our fellow parents when they are most vulnerable; to assume — and announce — that the way we would (or believe we would) respond to a challenge is the only legitimate way, and those who behave differently need to be sorted out.
For one thing, there is what psychologists call the “belief in a just world.” We look for reasons, however irrelevant, why unfortunate people deserve their misfortune, and why we would never be caught in the same predicament. This helps us feel safer in unpredictable and frightening situations, such as parenthood.
The “belief in a just world,” I think, is a syndrome that is very relevant and prevalent in so many tragic situations. In the Casey Anthony case, we all held opinions and never hesitated to prognosticate about Cindy and George Anthony and how they should have behaved, or reacted these last few years.
I know it’s not fair to judge someones shoes unless I’ve walked in them… It’s really unfair for so many reasons.
There by the grace of God go I.
Casey Anthony will be a free woman in a few hours, in less than a day.
After being reviled, attacked, practically ripped apart physically while out on bond; having spent over three years in confinement – solitary confinement, she has survived.
I would go so far as to say, she has to be a pretty strong individual to have withstood all of what she’s gone through.
I don’t know if I could have stayed as resolute as Casey has in the face of such public scrutiny. She has not moved from the one big lie about what happened to Caylee. She denied, denied and denied it all until Jose Baez told us that Caylee’s death was a drowning accident, the result of which snowballed out of control.
Of course no one believes that – correction, the jury believed it. But, that’s another story for another day.
I could not possibly know what it must feel like to be in Casey Anthony’s shoes. To have been in jail….. Then again, I have never killed another human being.
Are we all capable of killing? Many people say, yes, we could. Given the right circumstance, anyone could kill. I don’t agree. I don’t think we all are built or capable to kill. Most of us could not and would not.
Perhaps if you grew up with violence in the home, or if you grew up with guns, or if you were trained as a soldier, you could. But, most people are not built to kill, thankfully.
Personally I am a rag doll when faced with danger – I freeze. And the knowledge that I become crippled in the face of danger, scares me. I have no defense. I can’t run either because my knees won’t let me.
Once, quite a number of years ago, when confronted by a peeping tom who was just ten feet away, on my patio, I tried to scream but noting came out of my mouth!
I moved my mouth and tried to yell to get my mom’s attention, but couldn’t. Then, moments later, my mom saw me. She took one look at me and saw my terror. Her head shot in the direction I was looking. She immediately flew, as fast as a bird, to the sliding glass door and yelled: ‘GET OUT OF HERE!” in a voice so frantic and loud that the guy ran like the devil!
By the time the police arrived, not five minutes later, my mom’s voice was already gone. She’d hurt her vocal chords so badly from that “GET OUT HERE!” that it took a couple of days to regain her voice.
If he hadn’t been behind that glass door, she would have attacked him. My mom is five feet tall, less than 100 pounds, but she would have killed him to protect me.
I don’t know what it feels like to kill someone, especially someone I love. I can’t go there in my mind – it’s a place that I can’t bear to contemplate for even a second. My mind just will not go there. It must be sanity that keeps my mind from being able to go there, even for a second.
People who kill must be able to go to a place in their mind where they know they could kill. Do you think that maybe people who kill are born knowing they can kill?
We don’t want killers in society. We don’t want them walking free among us. As people of America, we have a system of laws that keep the good people free; the bad people locked away.
That’s what the law says should happen. The good are free, the bad guys are locked away, right?
No, it’s not so black and white.
There are innocent people in jail right now as I write this, and there are guilty people who are free and committing other crimes as I write this, too.
What can we do about it? Well we can guard against the bad guys and the killers in our society. We can take precautions to keep them away from us – lock our car doors, stay in “safe” sections of our communities, put alarms in our homes, carry guns, knives or mace, put bars on our homes.
We do any number of things to keep evil out. But when the evil is within the home, that’s a whole new conundrum that begs for a solution where there often is none.
I know someone, in her 50’s now, who was terrorized from the time she was a young child until the time she got away from her family, at the age of 19. The terrorist was her own brother.
This family, the mother and father, and her, were terrorized by her own brother. And not a single thing was done to stop it.
He would rage in the home, throw the mother against a wall when the father was gone, kick and throw things at her. He’d terrorize the young girl, pick her up and shake her, scream at her until she’d wet their pants, bang on bedroom doors in the middle of the night, screaming like a maniac at the family. He held a butcher’s knife on every one of them at one time or another and not a single thing was done to stop it.
It was the 1960’s in a backwards community in rural Tennessee. You see, “Good” people kept their dirty laundry inside the home then. “Good” people were just that, “good,” and they wanted to keep their reputations “good,” too.
This family would never disturb the facade of “goodness” they enjoyed in their neighborhood. Calling the authorities on their own son was unheard of. In the 1960’s this did not happen, they thought. They only knew that families protected their own and kept up appearances.
The son could have killed them all, they knew it, but they did nothing until they just couldn’t stand it anymore and threw him out. They heard later that he joined the marines. Yes, this maniac was “good” material for the war in Vietnam.
He survived the Marines and Vietnam, but came home even more violent.
In the 1970’s things were different, especially after Vietnam. He never returned home but to visit. He was a drug addict. But the family had changed the locks and he eventually stopped bothering his family.
He eventually became such a bad drug addict that he killed himself in a drug overdose.
Even with all the turmoil he’d put the family through, when his mother learned of his death, she mourned deeply. The son who had tried to kill her so many times, was deeply mourned in death.
Our mothers will love us no matter what. Too many mothers, though, have rose colored glasses on when it comes to their own children.
A mother will forgive her children whatever they’ve done, generally speaking.
But, honest and emotionally intelligent mothers will love but never condone the evil that the son or daughter has done.
I think this is why we had issues with Cindy Anthony. And it’s also why Cindy Anthony was in such a precarious position: She loved her granddaughter more than anything, but not more than she loved her own daughter.
I think I can forgive Cindy Anthony for that. And I can’t help but forgive her because I have not walked in her shoes. I can’t begin to know what it’s like to live with what she’s living through.
I sympathize with the Anthony’s. I feel for George Anthony – for what he’s gone through.
Cheney Mason, the annoying defense attorney with the nimble middle finger, said recently that Casey Anthony will have nothing to do with her mother and father, but may see her brother, Lee, some day.
The Anthony’s, like my friend’s 1960’s family, never got help for Casey Anthony.
Casey was a deviant. She stole thousands of dollars from her mother and family. The Anthony’s nearly lost their home as a result. The Anthony’s knew Casey didn’t work, but like “good” families, they wouldn’t allow themselves to believe this – they were a family that wanted to keep up appearances. They were a “good” family and would never admit to themselves they had a deviant daughter.
This perfect daughter wrote this, while in jail, about her loving parents (this is taken verbatim from one of the jail letters to prisoner Robyn Adam):
Saturday, hints why Baez still couldn‘t get a hold of her. Turns out, she meets with Meredith Veiera, formerly of the view, now associated with the media, the Today Show, I believe, or Good Morning America. She‘s not well enough to take advantage of seeing me in person on Friday, but can shmooze with the dirtbags the next day?! Seriously?! But wait, there‘s more! (I‘m sweating while writing this. My emotions are obviously getting a workout.) Come to find out that she put a Trademark on Caylee‘s name months back, never told me, and even talked about doing the same with mine. This is the same time she publicly states that she plans on writing a book about this!
B-E-T-R-A-Y-A-L!!! I‘m so sick to stomach even thinking about this. I‘m the only person who has tried to protect Caylee throughout all of this, and it kills me! All my Mom talks about now is doing a public service for herself, because she needs to. I can‘t believe my own mother is capitalizing, or trying to, off of everything that has happened. I had written her expressing my disgust, grief, and hurt, after what happened on Friday, this is before finding out all of this. And what happens when she meets up with Baez yesterday to read my letter? She laughs at the idea of getting caught with her lunch on Saturday. Laughs!
I can‘t take it Robyn. I can‘t I‘ve done everything possible to hold my family together and I continue to get stomped on, thrown under the bus, and it doesn‘t surprise me anymore when it happens. I have too many other things to worry about and now all of this! I‘ve officially lost my entire blood-related family in the blink of an eye, in the midst of mourning my daughter‘s death, trying to exonerate myself, and figure out what steps to take in achieving these things, and I get Fucked over by my entire family. I talked to Chaplain Gonzalez about it briefly, Cliff Notes version, and she wanted to cry. She told me my feelings are completely valid, and that I have to start looking out for myself. Not that I have a choice in the matter. They chose for me.
Casey was perfect. She was pretty. Popular. The Antony’s have known all along about Casey but did nothing to help her because they could not or would not see it.
The Anthony’s knew she never graduated high school, but pretended she had. They knew she was pregnant, but wouldn’t believe “good” Casey would have sex, so therefore she couldn’t be pregnant.
I’m not sure if it was George or Cindy who said, “She’s not pregnant, she’d have to have sex to be pregnant.” (I believe it was Rick, Cindy’s brother, who revealed this conversation he’d had with Cindy when he was talking with Yuri Melich.)
So, is the Anthony saga coming to an end now with her freedom? Probably not. But, the Anthony’s will one day become a faded memory to us, believe it or not.
Oh, this case will be remembered, but the feelings of hate that many have for Casey Anthony will fade because time heals everything.
Time heals even the memories of so called, “Trials of the Century.” A century is a long time. This is the year 2011 and no doubt there will be many more “Trials of the Century” before this century is over – in the year 2100.
We have 89 more years to go before this century is over and I guarantee this trial will be forgotten in the year 2100. Oh, maybe it will be “Googled” in future law school classes, but then again, maybe not. Who knows!
All I know is Casey Anthony has a lot of years of living to do before her times ends. I hope she fills, what is left of her life, with grace. That’s the poet and the dreamer in me talking, though.
In reality, I know Casey Anthony will not have a good life and will probably end up living her life out in some prison in America.
So be it. Live and let live.
It was another interesting day in Orlando as the Law Enforcement and Judicial community resolve to accept the Not Guilty decision in the State V. Casey Anthony trial.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), today held their first and only press conference to discuss the work they did over the three years the case progressed. (The men and women of the OCSO are the best of the best – literally.)
The well-spoken Sheriff Jerry Demings attended and discussed the devotion and the hard work the men and women of the OCSO put into this case. He also mentioned that the Caylee Anthony case, as a father and grandfather himself, personally affected him.
At the press conference it was confirmed that George Anthony was never a suspect in the disappearance of Caylee Anthony. There is an open investigation into witness tampering with regards to Laura Buchanan and it is on going. Detective Eric Edwards is leading that effort.
You may remember that it was Laura Buchanan who the defense team wanted to use to prove that Caylee’s remains could only have been placed at her final destination only AFTER Casey went to jail. The problem, as it turned out, Laura Buchanan (or some one else), attempted to fabricate a Texas EquuSearch document so it appeared that she had searched in the area where Caylee was found, when in fact she had not been in that area.
The defense wanted Joe Jordan to provide a similar story, but as we heard in the trial, Jordan was mistaken about where he searched and admitted he had not been in the area where Caylee was found.
This mystery will continue to unfold. The question on the table is whether Laura Buchanan created the paperwork herself, or if the document, and the story, was manufactured by someone from Jose Baez’s office. The OCSO is not talking about it at this point since it is an open case.
There was a very large picture of Caylee on display at the press conference. When asked about the picture, the replies given were heart-felt. “It was always only about Caylee,” was the unanimous response.
The Honorable Judge Stan Strickland
Reporter Bob Kealing of WESH, did an excellent interview Judge Stan Strickland, who was the original Judge assigned to the case prior to Judge Belvin Perry.
Those of us who were following the case closely during the early days were thrown for a loop when Judge Strickland recused himself. Like Judge Perry, Judge Strickland proved to be an extremely fair and balanced jurist – thoughtful and kind, but no-nonsense. It was a great loss, we all felt.
Judge Strickland’s style was somewhat more restrained than Judge Perry’s.
I especially liked him because he is not one to sentence death, unless the law demands it. In fact, he told Bob Kealing that the thought of Casey Anthony facing the death penalty kept him up a few nights. In contrast, Judge Perry, as a former prosecutor, did have a history of leaning toward Capital Punishment.
It was the defense’s doing to get Judge Strickland recused from the case – and the reason for it was nonsensical – so it was ironic for the defense when they were handed Judge Perry who is pro-death penalty. Judge Strickland, in his recusal from the case, wrote with regards to media attention, “The irony is rich indeed.”
Linda Drane-Burdick used the line, “The irony is rich indeed,” in her closing argument, too. I’m certain she was expressing a respectful homage to a very fine Judge.
Here is the full interview with Judge Strickland. It’s excellent! Click here to watch on WESH.
In other news
Cindy Anthony will not face perjury charges; and Tim Miller of Texas EquuSearch, filed a lawsuit asking for $112,000 in damages against Casey Anthony. There is a bill pending from the State of Florida, too, which will recover costs from Casey Anthony for the investigation into Caylee’s disappearance.
That’s about all the news I have for you tonight! In the meantime, I will leave you with this thought, from Dr. Martin Luther King:
The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.
Even though a final decision was made by unsuspecting men and women regarding the guilt in the death of Caylee Anthony, we have to accept it. This is our system – and, here on earth, there is none better.
But, there is a balance in the universe; and I believe that someday Casey will be forced to see her crime and she will be punished according to the laws of Karma, and the Universe.
That’s what I believe, anyway!