Caylee w/ Casey and playhouse in background

Caylee's play area, blue circle shows spot where dogs hit, Bottom right: Caylee with Mom, Casey Anthony

Yes, I’m going on another visit to the playhouse.

I’m sure they are not entirely unique, but I have my reasons.

Caylee’s playhouse, and the Anthony’s backyard, in general, continue to haunt my thoughts.

How did we get there in the first place?

It started with a report of Casey borrowing, neighbor, Brian Burner’s shovel.  At this point, I believe his report to be, generally, true, but I don’t think Casey ever used that shovel to do any digging in the dirt.

Digging in the dirt for an hour or so, in the Florida summer heat, would usually induce some heavy sweating.  Well, we know that Mr. Burner said Casey was wearing the same outfit when she borrowed the shovel as she was when it was returned.  This outfit basically consisted of a sports bra, jogging shorts, and probably a pair of sneakers*.  When she handed back the shovel, she appeared calm, clean, and cool.

**( This incident is supposed to have occurred between 1:30 and 2:30pm on Wednesday, June 18th.  George didn’t have to leave for work until 2:30pm.  So where was George?)

Many people still insist Casey used the shovel to bury her kid, after riding around with her decaying body in the trunk for 2 days.  Maybe.  But I think it was as simple as this:

Casey was, as usual, running low on gas.

“What does GAS have to do with a SHOVEL?”

Good question.

Think about it.  Casey goes to the house on the 18th of June and borrows her neighbor’s shovel “BECAUSE THE SHED WAS LOCKED”.

Casey runs out of gas on Friday, June 2oth, according to her text message to Amy Huizenga.  Just two days later.

On the 18th, Casey was running low on gas.

On the 18th Casey goes home to an empty house, heads to the shed to get Dad’s gas stash and finds the shed was LOCKED.

“What to do? What to do?” She wonders…  “Ha!  Find a way in.”

George Anthony's Gas Can

Here is one of the gas cans in question, all cleaned up with Henkel duct tape covering the vent

So, off Casey goes, into the house, searching high and low for the key.  To no avail.  She frets and stews and decides she’ll have to break in.  But how?  All the tools she could use were locked in the sheds.  She looks around some more for something that would suffice.  Nada.

Suddenly she remembers her neighbor had been outside doing yard work.  She comes up with a story about bamboo roots and heads over there for a shovel.  With this shovel she proceeds to try and bash the shed’s padlock openWho is she kidding?  She doesn’t have the strength or the know-how to bust open a padlock.  She gives up and returns the shovel.  2 days later, she does run out of gas and, this time, she enlists her boyfriend, Tony, to help her get those infamous gas cans and “fill’er’up”.  End of story…


Nope.  This shovel incident will follow Casey around for the rest of her days.  Losing your kid and borrowing a shovel in the same week, never looks good.  And Brian Burner did not forget it.  It is his coming forward that led LE to the Anthony’s backyard to begin their search.  Good thing he did, or we would have missed some very important clues. 

As LE surveys the yard with, ever-so-helpful-George pointing out a few suspicious spots, they decide they’d like to look in the sheds.  George informs them that he and Cindy had already looked through them, but they were free to have a second look.  He also let LE know that he had moved Caylee’s playhouse and “looked underneath the pavers for signs of foul play”…  WHAT?

Yes, that’s what he actually said to LE.  Now, if I were an investigator, that would have been a RED-FLAG alert, for sure.  That would be the first place I’d look.  But making that statement seemed to have yielded the very results that George was hoping for.

The officers looked under the mulch and the pavers that led to the sheds and to the gate.  They found a few hair-ties.  They found a layer of weed barrier, but the ground did not look disturbed beneath it.

**NOTE: Weed barrier usually comes in the form of a papery, black, mesh material….

Yup.  LE never bothered to lift those pavers on which the playhouse stood.  They took George’s word for it and, instead, brought on the cadaver dogs.  The dogs hit (inconsistently) in 3 spots:

They search & dig, but they never looked beneath the pavers...

1. In the corner behind above ground pool

2. In the sandbox.

3. In front of Caylee’s beloved playhouse.

The dogs’ alerts led to the digging and excavation all over the yard, they moved the playhouse to the side, but they never checked beneath it’s foundation of pavers.  I get the feeling that if they had troubled themselves to do so, they may have found the ground beneath it had been recently disturbed… 


Casey runs out of gas on June 20th.  Sometime between then and the 23rd,  Tony helps her break into the family’s shed and stood by while she poured the gas into her tank.

Tony smells nothing.

– Casey shows up at the house when George was home getting ready for his interview on the 24th of June.

**What bothers me about this recollection is that George said his schedule had been 3pm – 11pm back on June 16th, when Caylee supposedly was last seen.  His resume for the new job, shows it was filled out on June 17th.  Here he is, on the 24th, getting ready for a new job interview, right around the time he’d be heading into work at his current job.  Did he take off work that day?  And, if Casey was so worried about not running into her parents while she was “on the lam”, why would she go home at a time that George would, likely, still be there?

Okay, so Casey is home and she and George have their little exchange about work and about the stolen gas cans.  If George was so suspicious, why didn’t he just go out and check her trunk on the sly?  Instead, he gave her a heads-up and she, allegedly, rushes out there to beat him to the trunk.  Guess George’s detective skills were a tad rusty, huh?

Casey opens her trunk, knowing Papa Jojo was right behind her,  “shoves” his “effing” gas cans at him and peels out.  Really?  Why not just get into the car and roll out, to avoid having to open the trunk in the first place?  This would seem the smart thing to do, you know, since there’s a dead body in there & all….  Or was there?

George claims to have been at the tail light and saw “clothes in there” and the “blue crate”.

But did he smell anything?  No, he did NOT.

– Casey borrowed mom’s car after the above “gas-can incident”, George recalls.  So let’s just assume this happened on the 26th of June.  She borrowed mom’s car for the day and left her car at home.  Why would she take that chance if Caylee was laying inside the trunk, decomposing?  Surely by the 20th, 4 days after her death, there would have been a horrendous odor.  So on the 26th, we’re talking about 10 days after death, the car would have been reeking.

No mention of that being the case then, by George or Cindy.

Casey borrows Mom’s SUV that day, leaving her own car at home.  This means the Anthony’s had plenty of time to access Casey’s car, doesn’t it? Casey said the car wasn’t “running right” but, I say, it was more like, low on gas again.  Which would explain why she ran out of gas the very next morning.

I don’t know what happened while the car was out of Casey’s possession that day, but, at some point, George sees Casey in Cindy’s car and chases her down.  He says he jumped into his car and followed her.  Why did he lie?  He slipped up on that one didn’t he?  I think it’s pretty clear it was Casey’s car he jumped into.  Why?  Well it was sitting there on the driveway and George’s car was probably parked in the garage.  Makes sense to ME.

George used Casey’s car to follow her down “The 408”.  Cindy had not wanted him to go and they had a little disagreement as he ran and jumped into her car.  Could that explain why Cindy called Casey at 11:36am .  Was Cindy alerting Casey that her dad was on her tail?  Soon after this call, still on the phone with Mom, Casey gets off 408 at the Conway toll, where George lost her.  Helps explain why the e-pass records show only Cindy’s car going through on this date,  since Casey’s car didn’t have an e-pass…


E-pass record (click for full size)

Sometime later that day (June 26th), Casey brings Mom’s car home and picks up her Sunfire.  Soon after, she’s on the phone with Amy, telling her how “it smells like something died” in her car…  (Was that a family saying, or what?)

The point I’m finally getting to, is that the car didn’t seem to have any odor, until the 26th.  The very same day she left her Pontiac at the house…  But why?  What happened with the car while Casey was away?

Bear with me, now.  I am going somewhere with this… 🙂

How did that odor get in the car?  Was it the trash Casey had forgotten to take to the dump?  Remember there was a pizza box in that trash?  Casey had called Broadway Pizza back on June 19th.  Could the trash have been that old?  Was it roadkill, as she told Amy or did “2 dead squirrels crawl up under the engine and die”?  Maybe it was a combo of the two.  Or did someone put Caylee in the car that day while Casey roamed about in Cindy’s SUV?  If so, where had she been all that time?

Could she have been underneath the playhouse, maybe?

If she was, and if Casey had anything to do with it, I highly doubt she was able to accomplish the task alone.  She would have to move the playhouse, lift up the layer of pavers upon which the playhouse sat, and then she’d have to dig a hole deep enough and wide enough to fit the body inside.  After doing all that, she has to bury the body, pat the dirt down to level the ground for laying the pavers back down, just so.  And finally, the playhouse must be moved back into position.  Can you picture how  much time and effort it would take someone of her size to mange all of that, by herself?

If George left for work between 2 and 2:30 on June 16th, and Casey was headed out of the neighborhood toward Tony’s by 4:15pm or so, did she really have enough time to kill Caylee, do all of the above, get showered, dressed and out of the house in an hour and 15 minutes?  That must have been some soft dirt, huh?

Okay, so whatever the case was, I do feel that Caylee’s body had been laid in the sandbox, with it’s cover concealing her, while all of this lifting and digging was being done, hence the cadaver dog hitting there.  And, obviously, she was placed on the ground in front of the playhouse,  maybe after she was dug back up, and before she was wrapped for transport…

Maybe George (or Cindy) used Casey’s car that day to move Caylee’s body to her second resting spot…


JUNE 26th, 2008:

– George and Cindy were both home at some point on this day.

– Casey goes home and gets permission from Cindy to borrow her car.

– Casey leaves her Sunfire at the home and drives off in Cindy’s SUV.

– Cindy and George have a dispute about whether George should follow Casey (Cindy did not want him to).

– George gets into Casey’s car and follows her.

– Cindy Calls Casey for a 9 min conversation at 11:36am.

– Cindy’s green 4-runner goes through the Conway toll booth at 11:45am

– George drives Casey’s white Pontiac Sunfire through the booth but, without the e-pass he has to stop and pay.  He loses Casey in the process.  George now has possession of Casey’s car for a minimum of two hours, until she comes back to retrieve it at an unknown time.

– Casey continues to be out and about with Cindy’s car for another 2 hours, as it shows the 4-runner going through the Semoran toll at 1:45pm.

– Casey takes Cindy’s car home sometime later that day.

– Casey tries calling Amy for the first time that day at 7:27 and 7:30PM.  No answer.

– Amy called Casey back for a 19min conversation at 9:35pm.  I think this is when the first mention of the smell in the car was made by Casey.

** On this day there were very minimal phone calls/or text activity on Casey’s cell phone.



  1. HollysGmom says:

    Excellent analysis CatOutLoud! I have many of the same suspicions. What is interesting is very early into the case about 1/2 of the forums were following these same leads and speculating that Caylee’s remains were exactly wher you feel they may have been. Many also were of the belief that Caylee had accidentally drowned and a cover-up ensued. Once the protesting was in full swing at Hopespring all h#ll seemed ot break loose and everyone jumped on the “Guilty of murder” bandwagon.

    It would be interesting to review those early threads for missed information or leads.

    • CatOutLoud® says:

      Hi, HollysGmom. Thanks for coming through! 😀

      I do know that a lot of what I’ve posted is not new, by any means. My intention is not to be repetitive, but to take another look at the details, and any details that I feel were overlooked or not delved into, deeply. I plan to bring some of that back in part 2 of this post. I did come later in the game and have not read every single blog piece out there, but, the majority of what I read, was all about how Casey was guilty, “she’s a killer/sociopath”, blah blah, blah, and I wanted to add to the library of blogs/posts/articles explaining why she might NOT be guilty. Some of the reasons the haters see guilt, I feel might, actually help show NON-guilt, or LESS guilt. I hope I am able to help that along, successfully :).

      Your contribution is appreciated. Please keep it up!

  2. sonja says:

    Yep and like you pointed out earlier, they didn’t focus on the people in the house who also made very shady statements. GA was a master of deflection. He would take the focus of what was really going on and place it elsewhere like he did with the gas cans. He tried SO HARD to ensure LE focused on her. But then that begs this question: why would he do this if it meant that it would come out that he had sexually abused her? Not that he did for sure but just saying! You would think his motive would be to help her while being very supportive of her. Yet he did have more than one agenda going on.
    Does that good ole boy system in LE run SO THICK that they would take the word of a man who worked over ten years earlier in OH at that?

    • catoutloud says:

      I think George thought he had Casey in the bag. And it is very disturbing to think that George having been an Ohio LE, 26 years prior, would still include him the “code”. Cindy did make a statement in an interview where she reminded LE that George had been a cop “and all of his friends are cops”… Hint hint. It was framed as a simple exchange of info, but I always wondered if she was simply reminding LE there, that they had “connections” and were still in good w/other LE. In other words…

      “Master of deflection” is a very good way to describe George. But his mastery is disguised by his lack of proper grammar, use of words, and appearing to be under Cindy’s control. They are smart and dumb at the same time! LOL! That is how they pull it all off.

      And it seems George was SOMEWHAT in support of Casey— until he caught wind that incest allegations were going around. He had to cover his own ass from day one, in case the truth did come out. Which it did. Then he went hard against her. Before that, he was covertly going to LE w/bits and pieces of BS, and then he’d go visit Casey and write her letters as if all was good. He’d go on TV and defend her, then off to the police station to throw her under the bus again. Odd, isn’t it? Was he SCARED of Casey? Hey, anything is possible, but I highly doubt it. Not physically, at least.. I absolutely agree that Casey learned all of her bad behaviors from mom and dad. For all we know, she and George were partners of some sort.

      So who is the greatest of the evils?

  3. sonja says:

    WOW! I thought the same thing! I thought she may have used that darn shovel to get to those gas cans as well! I would have never said it though because I guess I don’t trust my own analysis yet. The idea that she killed her daughter and wanted to bury her in the backyard seemed dumb even KC. We have to admit that if we buy the prosecutions theory, then we conclude she thought things through really well and clearly she didn’t. Even leading them on the wildgoose chase at her work didn’t convince me of much more than that she was stalling them for some reason. I never thought by reading her statement that she enjoyed toting them around on a ridiculous excursion but i digress…

    Wasn’t she driving a jeep during this time as well? Also, my thoughts about her backing the car into the garage twice: Brian Burner testified he had never seen her do this before. Being a truck-driver means he could have been gone for long amounts of time. This would indicate that he wouldn’t know her car parking habits. On cross Jose clarified that Mr. Burner didn’t know for sure how she always parked the car.

    So we could conclude she may have backed the car into the garage many times before he saw her these two times. Moreover, it really isn’t all that weird is it? Let’s think about why we back into garages. Yes, we could have stuff to unload out of the trunk but we may also back in because we don’t want to have to deal with navigating the car while backing out into a residential street. I know i prefer the latter. In addition, I would back into my parents garage because if i backed out, my dad was always in the yard watching to see if i backed into the ditch or anything else:) So maybe she backed in to avoid the hypervigiliant George and his eyes. People can have more than one reason for doing something.

    Can’t wait for the comments and part two.

    • catoutloud says:

      Exactly! :D. The way people manage to twist the most mundane things. Sometimes it’s necessary, but in this case, why would she need to back in so many times? How long does it take to load one little body in the car if that’s what she was doing? I think once LE got a hold of the shovel statement, they tried to “help” Mr. Burner’s “memory” along, if you know what I mean?

      • HollysGmom says:

        Agreed! I don’t think BB remembered anything specific or if he did it was triggered by something GA or CA said to him to help him “remember”. Mostly i suspect GA.

        • CatOutLoud® says:

          I did agree that it was odd that George went over to BB’s house under the guise of “handing out vigil fliers”, and questioned BB about the shovel. I get it too, but like BB said, George already knew that BB had been the one to turn in the info on the shovel. I do have wonder what else was said during that convo.

        • Indygal says:

          I also thought KC borrowed the shovel to break in the shed to get the gas cans until TL admitted he broke in with his crowbar (however like COL says KC maybe tried prior and gave up)
          So then after GAs obvious attempts of framing KC became clear, I have a very clear picture of GA telling KC to go borrow a shovel from the neighbor KC not giving a second thought of “don’t you have your own shovels dad?” happily trots on over to BB and retrieves the shovel for her hard at work dad.
          Then goes back to doing what she was doing until she’s about to leave and GA asks her to take the shovel back before she leaves.
          Casey returns the shovel, not sweaty or dirty because she never used the shovel and the shovel per BB looked as tho it had not been used because GA really didnt need it, he only needed a witness that would testify that KC borrowed a shovel.

          What makes me sooo sick is hearing GA say to Jose at trial, “I won’t let you take my happiness”
          Or something like that, he said your trying and and I won’t let you, and something about his joy or whatever it was, GA was admitting he is One Happy Man!!!
          At the moment his daughter is on trial for murdering his grand daughter and this man he accuses of trying to steal his happiness is only trying to save his daughters life!!
          GA had a motive to kill his grandbaby to have his daughter locked away for life!
          They were a burden to him and he wanted them both gone!
          It’s soooo easy for KC haters to think Caylee was a burden to KCs lifestyle and certain KC killed her…… What about GA and his lifestyle? I am sure the new addition to the family took away from his sex life, I’m sure when CA wasn’t at work her attention was focused on Caylee 70% of the time and the other 30% was stressing over KC and finances, and there was no time for GA.
          We didn’t see Casey throwing the blame on “real” people did we?
          Yet just as you described so perfectly GA was painting a horrid picture of KC to LE, goes infront of a grand jury and has his daughter indicted for murder all the while singing Casey is innocent to the media….. Playing another victim of monstrous baby killing Casey Anthony!!
          Poor poor George…..
          He’s happy now tho, the only thing that would have the guy happier, is if KC got the death penalty, his reaction when the verdict was read says it all.

          As always IMO

        • CatOutLoud® says:

          I agree w/your depiction of the shovel, except BB said Casey told him her shed was locked and couldn’t find the key. BUT George could have told her he couldn’t find the key and go ask BB to borrow. Not a bad theory at ALL, Indy! Hmmmm.

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