Retired Assistant State Attorney Jeff Ashton, who famously prosecuted the Casey Anthony murder trial, has a book coming out on November 15, 2011.
Mr. Asthon’s book, Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony, promises to discuss never-revealed details about the case, including information related to the psychological examinations performed on then defendant Casey Anthony.
He will also be discussing the book on the Dr. Phil Show, Wednesday, November 16, 2001. No doubt the book will generate a lot of interest.
I’ve per-ordered a copy on my Nook.
If the Barnes & Noble Nook website is any indication, the book should do well. On the Barnes & Noble Nook page for the book, already nearly 60 “customer reviews” have been written! This is despite the fact it’s not even released yet! People are adding their thoughts about what they “think” the book will disclose…and of course they are arguing.
Cheney Mason reportedly is writing a book also. I have absolutely no interest in reading it because, frankly, I wouldn’t know what to believe. By the way, Mr. Mason is in a Daytona hospital after feeling ill during a conference in which he to speak. I certainly hope it’s not a serious issue keeping him in the hospital. I bet he’s cranky as hell in that hospital! I bet he’s shooting the bird at just about everyone, too! I hope so, that would mean he’s on the mend.
Anyway, back to Jeff Ashton’s book. I really am looking forward to reading some inside stories about the case and sure hope the book is long on character details! There were some colorful characters involved in the Anthony case, and it would be interesting to read about them.
Coincidentally, I was perusing Facebook this evening and stumbled upon “The Official Jeff Ashton Page.” Oh, it’s wonderful – lot’s of very nice photos, too!
Seeing some of the great photos of Mr. Ashton and his wife, Rita, his colleagues at the State Attorney’s Office, including Linda Drane-Burdick, and pictures of his Koi pond that he and his wife built – affirmed for me that he is not only a phenomenal attorney, he is also a down-to-earth, very nice guy. Someone you can’t help but like because he oozes charm.
There were many folks on the State side of the case who I really admired: ASA Linda Drane-Burdick, of course, was incredible. I admired the folks at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, too. Yuri Melich – loved him! Eric Edwards – loved him! John Allen – loved him! Who else? Just too many good people to name. Oh! I almost forgot ASA Frank George! Loved him!
Anyway, my Nook is ready for the Imperfect Justice download!
Thanks in advance, Jeff Ashton!
Dr. Neal Haskell likes bugs. Especially flies.
Like Dr. Arpad Vass, who is Dr. Haskell’s relied-upon colleague, is an expert married to his field. The science of Forensic Entomology is his passion.
He’s been a bug man for nearly five decades he said.
It was a big day for the Prosecution in the State v. Casey Anthony trial. There was important information about bugs, and a great deal of crime scene evidence introduced today. Most importantly, the prosecution appears to be leading up to the release of the heart sticker evidence.
The testimony of Dr. Haskell brought home the reality regarding the length of time Caylee spent in the car versus the woods.
According to Dr. Haskell and the kinds of bugs found at the grave site, the body of Caylee Marie could only have been in the trunk of the Pontiac Sunfire for a couple of days before it was removed (and placed in the woods off of Suburban Drive).
Casey Anthony kept a trash bag full of garbage in the trunk of her car – seemingly to cover up the smell from Caylee’s body decomposing. Paper towels, found in that trash bag, among the garbage, were full of the kinds of pupae, and larva found in the early stages of decomposition.
Therefore, says Dr. Haskell, this is indicative of “someone” using the paper towels to clean up the fluid that resulted from the early decomposition process.
It is incredibly difficult to imagine a mother cleaning up the fluidly result of her own daughter’s decomposition.
It is sickening.
I found a very interesting article about the work of Dr. Haskell in the NY Times, written by Elizabeth Svoboda. This article describes how a case was solved as a result of the findings of Dr. Haskell.
This May 11, 2009 New York Times article is about a daughter killing her mother (excerpt below), and is entitled The Truth, Revealed by Bugs: The Case of Brookey Lee West
Dr. Haskell determined that blow flies, insects that usually appear on corpses right after death, were nowhere to be seen on Ms. Smith’s body. Instead, most of the larvae Dr. Haskell found came from scuttle flies, or “coffin flies,” insects that cannibalize dead bodies after they have undergone initial decomposition. “We knew it was a long time since Mom had been seen, and I thought, ‘If we have the blow flies, we can tell what season she went missing,’ ” Dr. Haskell said. “When I got the insect specimens, I was really disappointed.”
But then Dr. Haskell realized the significance of the blow flies’ absence: Ms. Smith had to have been put into the garbage can either directly after she died or while she was still alive, barring the blow flies’ access to the corpse. (Coffin flies, on the other hand, could have gotten to the body because they often tunnel through tiny nooks and crannies.) “That showed me that West had to have lied about what she did with her mother,” Dr. Haskell said. After only two hours of deliberation, a jury pronounced Ms. West guilty of her mother’s murder. Ms. West is serving a life sentence at a prison in southern Nevada.
Henkel Duct Tape
There was discussion of the Henkel Duct tape today. The Anthony home was searched on December 11, 2008, the same day Caylee Anthony’s remains were discovered by Roy Kronk, the Meter Reader.
Ronald Murdock, a forensic supervisor with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, was on the stand today. Mr. Murdock collected the gas can, and photographed a sheet of heart stickers, similar to the heart-shaped sticker that was found near Caylee’s remains.
Also today, Jose Baez mentioned “pavers” during one of his cross examinations. This got me thinking about the defense theory, and an a-ha moment (about the defense plan) came to me, which I will discuss in a moment.
Testimony from Robert Murdock also told us that the roll of unique Henkel duct tape was not discovered during that December 11th search of the Anthony home. The only remnant of duct tape found in the home was on the old red gas can found in one of the Anthony’s sheds.
The Defense, of course, would like us to believe that Casey Anthony did not have access to that tape. Baez did not say it, but he will say George had possession of the duct tape, therefore he placed the duct tape on Caylee.
It is clear the defense is going to put the tape in George Anthony’s hands. In fact, there are photos of the tape used at the Caylee search command center.
Poor George Anthony, little did he know that the tape he used to put up signs at the Caylee search command center, would become the tape that the defense would like to use against him.
Remember when Baez said in his (bizarre) opening statement, “Follow the duct tape”?
There is every reason to believe this is what Baez means – Follow the duct tape because it will land in the hands of George Anthony.
The Cement Pavers
Jose Baez mentioned the word “pavers” today when questioning a witness about a close-up picture at the site where the remains were found. Why? Is he dropping hints now?
I think so.
I am speculating, but I predict that another theory of the defense is going to revolve around the cement pavers found on Suburban Drive, around the vicinity of the remains.
Remember when, before the remains were found, Dominic Casey, on two separate occasions, went peeking around those woods for something? Jim Hoover, Private Investigator, was there also, video taping Dominic Casey.
Hoover testified that Dominic was looking for tell-tale “pavers,” indicating that he thought the body of Caylee Marie Anthony was in the vicinity of these pavers.
The fact that Hoover and Dominic Casey were so close to where the body was ultimately found, raised a great deal of suspicion in this case. Anger, too.
When John Allen and Yuri Melich found out Dominic Casey was searching this area, they were disturbed that law enforcement was not called.
The speculation at the time? That one of the Anthony’s was at the other end of the line speaking to Dominic, describing to him where to look for the pavers, hence the body.
Many of us following the case speculated that it may have been Lee on the other end of the phone directing Dominic Casey’s movements, though we don’t know for sure.
Will evidence prove that it was George Anthony providing direction to Dominic Casey???
If, in fact, that is true, it fits very nicely into the defense’s theory that George Anthony was the one who placed the body of his beloved Granddaughter into those woods.
In fact on December 11th, or 12th, when Caylee’s body was found, Yuri Melich and John Allen told the Anthony’s where Caylee was discovered. And in an excited utterance, Cindy told the two detectives that it can’t be Caylee because they, the Anthony’s, “had someone search that area already.”
This is total speculation, but what if Dominic Casey says he was not speaking to a Psychic, but was speaking to George Anthony that day?
Could that serve as reasonable doubt, if true?
The 3-D Version of Suburban Drive
The final witness today was a videographer hired by the State to reproduce a 3-D representation of the grave site on Suburban Drive.
The video also included how the bones were distributed in the area, which gave a good representation of how the bones were scattered.
The video was not in the least bit graphic – it was a digitally enhanced computer animation of the area, but Casey Anthony could not look at it.
I wonder why?
The admissibility of the Universal Studios interview between the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Detectives, Yuri Melich, John Allen, Appie Wells and Casey Anthony, will be argued during a March 2, 2011 hearing.
Defense counsel, Mr. Cheney Mason, filed a motion to suppress Casey Anthony’s statements. He asserts that Casey Anthony was effectively in the custody of the police during the time she gave the statements, was not read her Miranda rights, and therefore her constitutional rights were violated. Mr. Mason believes that all statements to the police should be stricken from the trial.
This Defense motion to suppress has been irking me ever since the day it was filed. Although intellectually I know that the Universal Studio interview and the statement taken by Yuri Melich in the early morning on the 16th, are coming in, it’s never a sure bet until the arguments are heard and the Judge decides. (I would think that the recording of Casey Anthony at the Police station on the day of her indictment will be kept out of the trial.)
Yesterday, I took the time to listen, for the umpteenth time, to the interview at Universal Studios. There is no doubt Casey Anthony was speaking willingly and was not coerced. There is no suggestion that Casey was uncomfortable, or there unwillingly. On the contrary, Casey Anthony agreed she was there willingly to “help” find Caylee:
John Allen: You’re here willingly, right?
Casey Anthony: Uh-huh. (Affirmative)
JA: You’re here ’cause you want, you’re here to try to help, right?
CA: Oh absolutely.
JA: You’re whole reason for talking to us is, is to try to help, right?
CA: Uh-huh. (Affirmative)
JA: Nobody’s forced you to talk to us, right?
JA: You, you want us, you want us to…. you’re here because you called, you want us to help find your daughter, right?
CA: Uh-huh. (Affirmative)
JA: Now let me, let me ask you something. I want you to put yourself in, put yourself in some….put yourself in my shoes for a minute okay. Since you’ve talked to him (meaning Yuri) this morning. In an attempt to try and help find your daughter, you’ve given him bad addresses okay.
CA: Uh-huh. (Affirmative)
JA: You drove me all the way out here. We walked from the gate back here all the way to your office, right?
CA: Uh-huh. (Affirmative)
JA: Okay. The the, to an office that you don’t have. We got all the way to the building into the hallway out here before you finally says, well I really don’t have an office here. But… we were walking to your office, right?
CA: Uh-huh. (Affirmative)
JA: Okay so does any of this make sense to you?
Does this sound like someone being held against their will? Is it the Detectives’ fault that Casey Anthony made it worse for herself with everything she said?
At age 22, Casey Anthony was considered an adult. If she were a juvenile, then Cheney Mason might have a reason to file his motion. What Cheney Mason seems to be forgetting is that on that first day of Police intervention, July 16th, there were no discussions about murder, it was all about finding a missing child. (Although after having reviewed everything the Detectives must have suspected Caylee was deceased.)
The Detectives were focused on finding Caylee, and Casey Anthony pretended she wanted to find Caylee, too. In fact, Yuri Melich started the interview off by saying:
YM: Um, the date right now is July 16th, 2008, it’s about 1320 hours. We’re at Universal Studios I’m here with Sergeant Allen, um, I’m here with Detective Appie wells, um, also here with Casey Anthony.
YM: And Casey, we talked earlier this morning and we’re working a case looking for your daughter Caylee, is that correct?
YM: Okay. We came to Universal Studios, we’re sitting in a little conference room. Obviously the door’s unlocked. We just closed it so we could have a little privacy and talk to you.
CA: Uh-huh. (Affirmative)
At about page 19 of the 67 page transcript of this interview, John Allen again verifies that Casey Anthony is there willingly. Casey has just finished telling the Detectives that she knows it’s “backwards” how she’s gone about finding Caylee, and admits they are at Universal because she was “reaching”:
JA: Why do you think it’s backwards? It’s backwards because you haven’t been truthful with us okay
CA: ‘Cause I’ve been reaching.
JA: You’ve been reaching, huh?
CA: I’ve been reaching to try to figure out a place where she actually is.
JA: So, once again okay ’cause you never did answer my question. Your reaching and helping find her by bringing us here to this office that you don’t have. It’s helping us how?
JA: Because what you’re doing right now, is you’re doing everything you can to find your daughter. You have three experienced detectives right now, whose sole focus is here to help you find your daughter okay. And we’re here ’cause you brought us here, correct?
JA: You directed us here because we’re going to your office to find evidence.
JA: That will help us find her okay. Now that we’re here I want you to tell me how that’s helping. What is it we’re doing here, what’s helping us right now okay.
CA: (No verbal response)
JA: Well coming to an office doesn’t exist.
CA: It’s not helping.
Casey Anthony even admits she was lying to the Detectives all along, even though she knew her lying was making it impossible to find Caylee. However, if Casey Anthony had refused to talk to the detectives, she knew it would have made things even worse for her, so what’s a few lies? She knew she had to act like she cared about Caylee’s whereabouts, otherwise there would be reason for immediate suspicion of her. The fact that she dug her self into such a big hole by talking to the Detectives is no one’s fault, certainly not the fault of the Detectives who only wanted to find Caylee. It’s clear that Casey Anthony, at this point, knows she’s caught, and she’s trying to be as calm as possible to not throw anyone off.
Casey Anthony, however, does not have it in her to show real concern for her daughter. She doesn’t begin to know how to “act” like a mother who cares, though she is trying, she fails miserably and comes off as being just as Yuri Melich says, “a cold callous person who just doesn’t care.”
This interview is extremely damaging to Casey’s defense.
Is there any wonder the Defense needs to throw this motion as a Hail Mary pass and hope for a miracle?
An ocean of motions (six in all), by the defense team in the case against Casey Anthony, were recently entered into public record and will be heard in Judge Belvin Perry’s Orlando courtroom, on January 3, 2011.
The six motions detailed by the defense are an attempt to block the direct tackle the defense will take should the testimony surrounding these motions be heard by a jury. One cannot blame the defense for wanting to block these items as they are highly damaging to their case.
The six motions are itemized below and include a link to a copy of the motion:
Motion 1: This motion requests that any details regarding Casey Anthony’s sexual encounters with Tony Lazzaro be stricken.
Motion 2: This motion asks to exclude Casey Anthony’s sexual encounters with Anthony Rosciano, claiming they are prejudicial and should be stricken. This motion also claims that Yuri Mellich improperly questioned this witness.
Motion 3: The table knife found in the car Casey Anthony was driving, the defense claims, would be prejudicial if brought into evidence since it has no bearing on the charges in this case – was not a murder weapon, so to speak.
Motion 4: Lying or Stealing. The defense names George Anthony and other extended family members and requests that any mention of lying or stealing be stricken.
Motion 5: The defense wants all mention of the map that Casey was about to point to (at the request of her father) be stricken due to relevance.
Motion 6: The testimony of Brian Burner and any discussion of the shovel that Casey borrowed, the defense wants stricken.
Granted, it is a hefty task to go through and read all these motions. So I’ll save you the trouble and attempt to break them all down for you. Plus, I will provide my own lay-person opinion on why I believe most of these motions by the defense will be denied.
In this motion, the defense attacks Corporal Eric Edward’s questioning of Anthony (Tony) Lazzaro’s sexual encounters with Casey Anthony. The defense calls the line of questioning by Edwards: “scandalous and incompetent” and wants it stricken. The motion states that the sexual relationship between Casey Anthony and Tony Lazzarro is “utterly irrelevant to the case at hand.” Secondly, the defense argues that “any probative value is substantially outweighed by its potential prejudicial effect on the jury.”
Translation: This testimony, says the defense, does little to prove Casey Anthony killed her daughter, and such testimony could be a character assassination of Casey Anthony.
That is the defense’s argument. However, the relationship with Tony Lazzaro, sexual or otherwise, is relevant to the case as far as what Casey Anthony was doing during the 31 days her daughter was “missing.”
Like motion one, this motion seeks to exclude any information of a sexual nature of Anthony Rosciano’s relationship with Casey Anthony. The defense calls the questioning of the witness, Anthony Rosciano, by Detective Yuri Mellich and Sargent John Allen, “scandalous and incompetent and should not be allowed in any aspect of this case.”
Here I believe the defense may have a valid claim as the sexual relationship between Casey Anthony and Rosciano does not necessarily have any probative value as to the main charges. However, there are text messages between Rosciano and Casey that may have relevance. The text messages or emails may show how Casey Anthony handled Caylee’s care while she was dating. I seem to recall that the discussion with Rosciano as to what Casey would do with Caylee (while she is with Rosciano), could be indicative of a mother who had no regard of the welfare of her child.
I find it very interesting that the defense should ask to have the table knife found in Casey Anthony’s car excluded. Is there more evidence than we know about this knife? The defense notes in the motion that forensic testing found no link between the duct tape and the knife, and no DNA found on the knife. Apparently the State has not found a connection between the knife and the duct tape. The State released photos of the table knife and duct tape. See photos of knife / tape. Could the State still be testing this item?
To be honest, the request to exclude this item from the evidence in the case has me baffled. I would not be surprised if the State agrees and leaves the table knife out of evidence.
In this motion, the defense specifically names George Anthony and requests that any mention of lying or stealing be stricken. However, there are too many instances of lying and stealing during the 31 days that Caylee was “missing” and the defense is only asking that George Anthony and “other family members” discussions of lying and stealing be stricken.
This is a very vague motion that lacks specifics. There are an ocean of lies told by Casey Anthony, and revealed by her friends, family, and acquaintances. This motion, to be relevant, would need to be more specific, in my humble opinion. Therefore, the motion itself is a non-motion.
This motion is asking that any references to Casey Anthony nearly pointing on a map to indicate where she dumped Caylee, be stricken. You may recall that Texas EquuSearch president and founder, Tim Miller, was present when George Anthony nearly got Casey to indicate on a map where the body could be found but Cindy Anthony forcibly intervened and stopped the discussion. How the defense is characterizing this incident boils down to the following statement in the defense motion:
Based on Discovery Materials provided by the State, it is alleged that the Defendant was being questioned at home about Caylee and presented with a map. She was asked to mark where body would be found. She did not respond.
I tend to think that the State will have to have a good reason for bringing this testimony in. It could be unnecessarily prejudicial since there is no indication that Casey would have pointed to the area where Caylee was ultimately found. Granted, it is supposed that she would have pointed to the area had she not been prevented from doing so by Cindy Anthony. As such, I believe this scenario could be kept out of the trial, though the state likely has grounds to keep the testimony in.
This motion concerns the testimony of Brian Burner, the neighbor on Hope Spring Drive that Casey borrowed a shovel from. Like the other motions, the defense is arguing that this testimony has no bearing on the manner of the crime in this case and is therefore not relevant.
The defense puts its best foot forward in writing this motion and cites quite a bit of case law to support its argument.
The defense contends that there is no evidence linking the shovel to the crime and any connection made by the State to this effect would be prejudicial. In short, the motion boils down to this claim in the motion:
Similarly, whether or not Ms. Anthony borrowed a shovel from Mr. Burner does not in any way make the charged offenses more or less probable. There is no evidence that Ms. Anthony used or intended to use the borrowed shovel to facilitate the commission of the charged crimes, nor is there any assertion of such.
I tend to think the shovel will come in. The State will merely have to prove the fact that Casey Anthony was not living in the home at the time, and her excuse of “digging up a root” was merely a story to cover up the fact that she intended to bury Caylee’s body in the back yard. This testimony will hinge on whether the cadaver dogs will be used to show that a body was placed in the backyard of the Anthony home.
In truth, as I am writing this, I can see that the defense is simply doing their job and testing the admissibility of some of the most damaging evidence and testimony against Casey Anthony. The fact is, should the defense prevail with these motions, it will not matter to the case in chief. There is a great deal more evidence against Casey Anthony than is written in these six motions.
The State has a virtual plethora of circumstantial evidence which, taken in whole, is more than damning.
- No motion can disprove the fact that Caylee Anthony’s own mother never reported her missing. It was Casey Anthony’s mother, after 31 days, who reported the child missing.
- No motion can disprove the fact that Casey Anthony showed no alarm or concern about her missing child when she met with Law Enforcement, instead she lied about virtually everything having to do with the child’s whereabouts.
- No motion can disprove the pictures of Casey Anthony dancing and partying at Fusion while her child is missing.
- No motion can disprove that Casey Anthony got tattoo-ed with “the good life” blazoned on her back while her child is missing.
- No motion can disprove that the smell of decomposition was found in Casey Anthony’s car.
Finally, no motion can disprove the fact that Casey Anthony is ultimately the perpetrator of the murder of her own child.
First, I wanted to share with you a very telling segment from the Orlando Sheriff’s Office’s interview with River Cruz. (Video segment below.)
In this segment, River discusses the dynamics of Cindy and George’s relationship. She also discusses an argument about the $20,000 payment from Good Morning America that Cindy Anthony was supposed to get in advance of appearing on the show.
There is a very difficult and touching moment in this clip where River nearly breaks down and struggles to tell Detective Eric Edwards, and John Allen how George Anthony, crying, tells her that Caylee’s death was “an accident that snow-balled out of control.”
On other clips, River mentions that the Anthony’s never spoke about the case, or the search for Caylee in their home as they felt that Law Enforcement had their home bugged – wired for sound. As such, River and George never talked at the Anthony home.
It seems that George used River’s home as a refuge away from Cindy, who, according to River, often appeared sedated.
Regardless, I find that the Anthony’s were worried about LE “Bugs” completely shocking! Personally, I never wanted to believe that George or Cindy were really that ruthless or cunning or despicable.
If my niece were missing and if we were lucky enough to have the FBI helping our family to find the person culpable, God forbid, I can’t imagine being afraid of law enforcement during such a time! They would be allies and friends and we would look to them with reverence for caring about our child. I mean, that’s how anyone in this position would feel. Right?
But, not the Anthony’s. No, not the Anthony’s. From the time they realized they’d lost Caylee and they put the reality together in their broken minds that Casey was the one responsible, their actions became: Protect Casey. And then, the more the Anthony’s began to dissemble, it became: Protect us (Cindy and George) from culpability.
And George and Cindy, instead of going into seclusion to grieve, what do they do? They begin to blame LE for not working hard enough to find Caylee, who they know is deceased! They send the FBI and LE all over the country looking for Caylee when they knew she was gone. If that is not heartless, I do not know what is.
I have to tell you, I think the men and women in the Orlando Sheriff’s Office are incredible people. They are dedicated, passionate professionals who never, to this day, have lost sight of what is really important here: Justice for Caylee. I have listened to Eric Edwards, Yuri Mellich, John Allen, Appie Wells, and other fine investigators whose names I cannot recall, and I feel as if I know them. I think they are all wonderful men and women and I look forward to the day when justice is served and these fine people can go on to work on other missing children cases. God knows there are enough of these terrible cases out there.
On a separate note, there was an article in today’s Orlando Sentinel about the Orlando Public Defender’s Office’s clothing drive to assist indigent defendants. It appears that not only does Orlando have a fantastic State Attorney’s Office, but they have great people at their Public Defender’s Office, too.
It is a shame that Casey did not get a public defender to try her case. I know from personal experience that most public defenders are excellent attorney’s and they are guided and trained by dedicated attorneys in the Public Defender’s Office ranks. I know this because my brother was a public defender for a few years before he started his own criminal practice. Casey Anthony would not be in the mess she’s in now had a public defender been issued this case. Casey Anthony would not be staring at the death penalty through the barrel of a gun as she is now.
Every person, regardless of who they are – white, black; Hindu, Baptist, rich or poor – deserve to be innocent until proven guilty. So does Casey Anthony. Unfortunately, thanks to her hapless attorney who fans the flames of the Angel-Casey as if he were on a mountaintop blowing smoke signals that spell I-N-N-O-C-E-N-T, when we all know otherwise, is truly troubling. Attorney Baez, like the Anthony’s, needs to stop talking. He is making it worse for his client. His client is looking down the barrel of a gun that god forbid, is fired due to his ineptitude.
God help Casey Anthony and God Bless the fine women and men in public service in Orlando.
WARNING River uses harsh language when quoting George Anthony.
Today’s document release in the case against Casey Anthony included more video and audio than documents.
There were quite a number of new details regarding what River Cruz had to share with regards to George Anthony.
To say that today’s release of information was rather dramatic, is putting it mildly. A great deal of damning information was revealed. So much so that George Anthony’s attorney released the following statement with regards to the allegations of his affair with River Cruz:
1. At no time did George Anthony request $20,000 from Holloway/Cruz.
2. At no time did George Anthony become “more than friends” with Holloway/Cruz.
3. At no time did George Anthony attack his daughter during the time that she was released from jail on bond.
4. At no time did George Anthony grab Casey Anthony around the neck or throw her against a wall.
5. At no time did George Anthony confide any of his opinions or thoughts to Holloway/Cruz regarding this case.
Given what River had to say about the dynamics within the Anthony clan, it is fairly safe to assume that Law Enforcement (LE) may be focusing on George Anthony’s actions in this case.
Of course I have no way of knowing this, but one could safely glean from the tenor of the LE interviews, there is clear interest in what George Anthony said and did in the early days of the case. For instance, in the early days of the case, George was quite cooperative with LE. Then, after the bond hearing, he began to seriously dissemble and reneged on everything he’d claimed in the early days. You may recall that in his early discussions with LE and the FBI, he discussed the smell of decomposition in the Pontiac Sunfire driven by Casey, as well as his doubt that Casey was being truthful, and his initial skepticism about the existence of Zanny the Nanny, and more.
Now, of course, George is riding a horse of a different color and, is playing two sides against the middle. George was publicly supporting his daughter, but according to River he was also hiding a great deal about what he thought or knew about what happened to Caylee.
First of all, George’s motivations for covering for Casey boils down to her statement to LE: “He’s lost one girl (Caylee), and he doesn’t want to loose another (Casey). Is this his motivation to do or say what ever it takes to protect Casey?
River stated that George clearly believed that whatever happened to Caylee was an accident. According to River, he (George) said the baby’s death was an accident that spun out of control – that snowballed out of control.
George Anthony inferred to River that the death was an accident that Casey tried to cover it up until it got too big.
In the two River Cruz interviews with John Allen, Eric Edwards, and Yuri Mellich, the detectives are intent on finding out how George knew it was an “accident” and at one point River says she thought that maybe Casey confessed to George about “the accident”, but she’s clearly not sure.
Some of the topics that River discussed, and that I found particularly interesting, are:
- River began slowly to see that the Anthony’s were using people and that their search for Caylee was never in earnest.
- George never searched, the times he claimed he was searching or looking for work, he spent with River.
- George Anthony was a media hound. River describes having some of the local news reporters on his speed dial and would constantly call the media.
- The Anthony’s were motivated by money. During a Good Morning America interview in which they were going to earn $20,000, George allegedly called Cindy, furiously yelling at her for not getting the money upfront for the appearance on Good Morning America. “I told you to get the F*cking money first, ” River said she heard George exclaim over the phone.
- George led River to believe that he was destitute for money and needed help putting food on the table.
- George Anthony grabbed Casey around the neck, shook her, threw her against the wall. Cindy had to intervene and get George off of Casey.
- George once told River the home was paid off, but later claimed he was loosing his home and asked for $20,000 from River.
- Cindy was sedated a lot, and was not doing well. River would bring her flowers constantly.
- River gave George, in total, about $4,000, she says.
- During the search for Caylee, River would, on a daily basis, put $20 into the donation canister to help support the search for Caylee until she realized it was going to Kid Finders. After hearing this, she began to give the money directly to George.
- George told River that Casey made up Juliette Lewis.
- George told River he loved her. Text messages stated he needed her in his life.
- River believes that both Cindy and George used, in their depositions in the civil case, a description of River to describe Zanny the Nanny. (Curly hair that is straightened, perfect teeth, a tattoo down her arm, good build, a perfect 10, matches River.)
Needless to say, River Cruz’s remarks to LE paint a very sordid picture of George Anthony. It paints him, frankly, as lacking scruples, as desperate, and willing to say or do anything to deceive and save Casey.
Oh George! No wonder you’ve been hiding lately.