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“Who’s Got the Props?”

The title of this post lists a few of the many props used to bolster Casey Anthony’s alleged guilt in the charges of murdering her 2 yr and 10 month old child, Caylee Anthony.

Without these “props”, I highly suspect the remains, found in the woods along Orlando Florida’s Suburban Drive, may have been deemed as just another kidnapping victim of sex-crime and murder.  Without the props, there would have been no “sure” way to connect this child’s death to her mother.  If Caylee’s backpack/diaper bag and “favorite” baby doll had not  been “found” in Casey’s car, there would be no proof that Caylee had ridden off with her mother, on June 16th 2008, never to be seen, by anyone else, ever again.  If those famous, charcoal- gray slacks had not been “found” in Casey’s car, there would be nothing to support George’s account of what Casey had been wearing on the day she allegedly offed her child.  Right?

“SHE Wears the Pants?”

Casey Anthony work pants

Slacks found in Casey Anthony’s car

We all know the cell phone pings show Casey to have been at or around her home, on June 16th, until shortly after 4pm.  Dad says she left with Caylee, all dressed for work, wearing pin-striped, charcoal-gray slacks, around 12:50-1pm, .  The assumption is that Casey, then, hung around the area, gabbing and texting away, until George left for work around 2-2:30pm.  Once the coast was clear, she allegedly goes back home to spend her day with Caylee and decided to murder her with chloroform and Henkel brand duct tape.  Well, I don’t know about you, but if I’m at home with my very active toddler, whom I plan to kill, at that, I would certainly change into something a little more comfortable!  After all, Casey would be doing some strenuous work, after the fact, and a dress shirt and slacks are not really the gear for such a job.

Can you imagine Casey, hanging out at home, tending to a toddler, murdering said toddler, bagging her 3 times over and digging a hole in the backyard, wearing stiff work clothes?  Can you see her hefting 30-some pounds of dead weight into her car trunk and then carrying that weight into the woods in such an outfit?

Sure, she may have been capable of completing these tasks in her charcoal slacks, but there’s a little problem.  Remember that Blockbuster surveillance video of Casey and Tony renting a couple of flicks later that same night?  If you’ll recall, Casey was dressed in shorts and an over-sized T-shirt over a bikini top.  Oops!!  Looks like she must have changed, after all!

Casey & Tony Lazzaro in Blockbuster Video store, June 16th 2008

I’m guessing Casey wasn’t about to go see her man in her dirty work clothes.  So, sometime after she and Caylee, allegedly, left the house (12:50-1pm), George leaves around 2, Casey takes Caylee back home, kills her, bags her, buries her or drops her off in the woods, goes back home, showers and gets dressed to meet Tony—- all by 4:14pm.  That’s about 2 hours,  more or less.  Possible?  Absolutely.  But what about those pants?  How did they get into the backseat of  her car if she’d changed, before leaving home, that afternoon?  She hadn’t planned on going home that night.  She told both, Cindy and George, that she and Caylee were going to stay at the nanny’s, due to a late night at work.  She wasn’t wearing those pants when she left the house, for the second time, that day.  I doubt she brought them with her.  There would have been no need to keep up the facade, since she would not be going back home, after “work”.   So, if Casey didn’t put those pants in the backseat of her car, WHO DID?

**  (If you take a closer look at the pants in the photo, you should notice that they are not charcoal-gray, but chocolate-brown with white/gray and tan pin-stripes.  Maybe George’s memory was off, but if Casey was, in fact, wearing charcoal-gray slacks that day, they were not the same pants they found in the car).

“Backpacks, Backpacks”

Enough about the dang pants, for now!  Let’s move on to what Caylee was purported to be wearing that day, when George last saw her.  She was dressed in a dark-pink top, blue-jean skirt or skort, white-rimmed shades, white sneakers and a white back pack with monkeys on it.

First of all,   I have searched high and low and have yet to find a backpack matching his description.

Here are some examples of monkey backpacks:

The first 2 backpacks have monkeys, but they are blue, not white.  The 3rd one is predominantly white, but only has one monkey.  Not quite the match I was hoping for.  I’d show you the real backpack, if I could but, unfortunately, it was never found.  What WAS found, though, was a “Dora the Explorer” backpack.  Even though it wasn’t THE backpack, it still seemed to stir up some concern.

On July 15th 2008, Cindy is sent home early from work to deal with the situation of her missing daughter and granddaughter.  Once home, she proceeds to go searching through Casey’s car, which had been retrieved from the “Johnson’s” tow lot a few hours earlier.  In the car she found the pants we just finished going over, and one of Caylee’s backpacks, among other things.  She takes the backpack in the house and goes through it, finding:

“Dora backpack: Investigators collected a sealed box containing the backpack to process it for latent fingerprints. Inside the front pocket of the backpack, they found a violet light-colored comb, Spider-Man toothpaste and Reach toothbrush. Inside the backpack itself, two pull-up diapers were found and one pack of Nice’n Toddler wipes….”

To be exact.


Contents of Caylee’s backpack

Cindy expressed concern over the lack of clothes, books and snacks in the bag.   I would think she should feel a little relief, since the lack thereof, might have implied that these things had been consumed and utilized.  And why would Casey be packing a comb, toothpaste and toothbrush, for a child she intended to kill?
Notice that we only get to see the INSIDE of the bag.  There is not one photo of the bag, itself.  The reason being, that this “Dora” backpack, pictured to your right, does not, at all, resemble the description George Anthony gave of the backpack Caylee was wearing that last day.  They seemed to hope no one would catch on to that little discrepancy.
So where, oh, where is that white monkey backpack?

“Out of sight, out of mind”…

Except they forgot something when they took that photo…  If you look at the contents, closely,  you will see that, in between the two pull-up pants, is what looks to be a folded, rolled up baby blanket.  This could be mistaken for another pull-up, at first glance, but recall, in the above excerpt, that there were only TWO pull-ups listed.  There was no blanket on that list, Cindy never mentioned there being a blanket in this backpack, yet, there it is.

From what I can tell, there is a very faint print on the blanket.   Humor me.  Take a good look, and tell me what you see.  I can’t quite make out what it is  but, for some odd reason, they did not want to mention that blanket.

“Speaking of Blankets…”

Whatever happened to the baby blanket,  Amscot manager,  Catherine Sanchez, said she saw in the backseat of Casey’s car?  It, too, seems to have vanished into thin air.  Somewhere between the Amscot lot, the tow yard and Cindy’s inspection of the car, once it was safely in the Anthony’s garage, another blanket was lost.  How is this possible?  How did Cindy miss this when, it seems, nothing went unnoticed by her?  Could this missing blanket, from the car, be the same one we see in that bag?  I’d say, maybe, and it was simply overlooked or forgotten, deemed to be too unimportant to mention.  That idea doesn’t quite add up, though, when considering the fact, that when Cindy found Casey’s work pants, in the backseat, she claimed they had taken on the smell of the car.  Ms. Sanchez said she had seen the baby blanket in the backseat, as well, so one would assume the blanket probably smelled as bad as the pants.  Cindy washed said pants.  Did she wash that baby blanket, along with them, fold it up and put it inside the “Dora” backpack?  Possibly, but it still doesn’t explain why we never heard about it.

We heard about pants, dolls, shamrock lanyards, shoes, boots, dryer sheets, papers, purses, CD cases, belts, book-bags, blue crates, car-seats, dolls, 2 pull-up diapers, tooth paste, tooth-brush, combs, and wipes, but after the car left the Amscot lot, there was never any reference made to this blanket.  Gotta wonder why.

“Pooh Corner”

Baby Caylee with “Pooh” blanket, closely matching that found at scene

The day after the remains were discovered in the woods, the police presented the Anthonys with another search warrant to look for items in the house that may be related to the crime scene.  When Cindy read this warrant and saw they’d be looking for “Winnie the Pooh” bedding, she blurted out that she had discovered a “Winnie the Pooh” blanket was missing, and that she had noticed it gone, sometime in May.  So, why did Cindy choose that particular moment to inform them of this missing “Pooh” blanket?  Why did she wait until the body had been found?  It is possible that she knew or had suspected that the missing Pooh blanket had something to do with her granddaughter’s disappearance.  Now that the body had been discovered with a “Pooh” blanket nearby, was she covering her own butt by claiming it, too, had gone missing, months ago?

Dec 12, 2008 Cindy says blanket was missing

Prior to discovering the blanket in the book-bag, there, I had always wondered if the blanket, that went missing from the car, had, somehow, ended up with Caylee’s remains, after the car was brought home from the tow lot.

*  Below are 4 photos of the Winnie the Pooh blanket found at the crime scene.

1. Shows blanket, under layer of leaf-fall, next to pink evidence flag

2. Shows blanket after it was removed from the scene

3. Shows close-up of  “Pooh” print on blanket

4. Shows a blanket of Caylee’s with a similar print to the “Pooh” blanket found at the remains site

(click each photo to enlarge)

Pooh Blanket on Suburban driveClose up of Pooh blanket from remains sceneCaylee Pooh blanket compared to crime scene

**( Please note the good condition of the “Pooh” blanket, after 6 months in the woods).

“Hugs for WHO?”

Keith Williams

On August 18th, 2008, Keith Williams, a former, long-time neighbor of the Anthony family, took it upon himself to search the wooded area on Suburban Drive.   He had gotten a psychic tip, from the mother of his girlfriend, on where he would find specific items, related to the disappearance of little Caylee.  The items included a bag full of stuffed animals, little girls’ clothing and one sandal.  Keith took these items, personally, to the Anthony home for Cindy to look through.  She sifted through and told him they were not Caylee’s and that they believed she was still alive.  Next thing you know, she has her investigators out there doing a search of their own.  Interesting, isn’t it?  But, of course, it’s probably just another, of MANY, coincidences.  Sure it is!

Winnie the Pooh Balloon Pictured at the Remains site

That garbage bag full of, perfectly, good stuffed animals and clothes was not the only thing Keith Williams found that day.  This next item (pictured to the right) is of much more interest to me, considering it continues along with the “Winnie the Pooh” theme we have going.  As you have probably heard, many times over, Cindy Anthony was a great fan of “Winnie the Pooh”, and had decorated both, Casey’s childhood room and Caylee’s room with “Pooh” stuff.  She had multiple bedding sets, blanket and toys for Caylee, to match this theme.

It has been speculated that this “Hugs For You”, helium, “Pooh” balloon, found by Keith and a few others who searched the Suburban Drive woods, was a “Father’s Day” balloon,  but “Hugs For You” could apply to many other occasions, as well.  Such as, condolence for someone who has been injured, sick, sad, or grieving a loss.  It could work for a celebratory situation, as in a birthday, graduation, Mother and Father’s day, etc.  So which is it?  Where does it fit best?   Who, out of the Anthony clan would most likely pick a “Winnie the Pooh” balloon for any of the occasions I’ve listed?  Maybe this balloon was a gift to Caylee, a keepsake from a past birthday?  If that were the case, we have to ponder why it ended up in the woods along with the remains.

Here are a few possibilities:

A.  The old balloon was used to smother Caylee to death, by wrapping it around her face.

B. The balloon was found to be ripped and deflated, which could imply that it had been placed over her head for the same purpose mentioned, above…  Possibly even sealed with duct-tape, although no duct-tape was found on or near the balloon. (There is a long piece of unidentified cloth shown in the above picture, though, that sort of resembles a very deteriorated strip of duct tape).

In these two scenarios, the balloon would have become the “murder weapon”/evidence and would need to be disposed of.  In the latter, it would have already been over Caylee’s head and may have remained there, as she was bagged.

We have to think of where this old balloon would have resided prior to being used in the, above, manner.  I would assume that, if kept from a past celebration, it would have likely been hanging on the wall of Caylee’s room.  This might indicate that Caylee was killed in her room, by whomever, possibly explaining the “Winnie the Pooh” blanket being used to wrap her body.  From what has been relayed to us, by Cindy, Caylee hardly ever slept in her own room and it served as more of a playroom or “dressing room”.  If we go with this line of thought, it might be safe to assume that Caylee was killed during a play session in her room.  Another thought is that she was taken into her room to be dressed, as in, after a bath or swimming, or getting her PJ’s on for bed.  Maybe she’d had a bathroom accident (she was mostly potty-trained and wearing panties at this point), or had gotten her clothes messy during mealtime.  Anyone in the family could fit into this theory.  Yes?

It is already assumed, by the masses, that Casey is the only one who could have committed such acts, so, I am going to focus on how others could fit into this picture:

George Anthony

–  George often did the morning routine with Caylee, while Casey slept in.  This routine included breakfast, play and TV time, morning bath and, possibly,  “Jo Jo, swim”  time.  The last two activities, would require Caylee to be undressed and re-dressed, by George.   If she was routinely changed from her PJ’s, upon waking, this would, also, require her to be undressed by “Papa Jo Jo”.  But, as we have seen, in many of the home videos, Caylee appeared to remain in her PJ’s, at least some of the time.

Here are some home video examples:

(please read the author’s notes in the comments below the 1st video)

Caylee Anthony, Strange Breakfast

Caylee Anthony Coloring in PJ’s

Angry Cindy Anthony

– Cindy also spent quite a bit of time with Caylee.  Everyday, after work, if Caylee was home, on the weekends and while she was on vacation time, she made it a point to spend that time with her.  From every photo and video we’ve seen, Cindy appears to be a very loving grandmother, which she may, very well, have been.  So much so, that it was almost as if Caylee were her own child.  

With the amount of time that Cindy had full access to her grandchild, she, too could fit into this balloon-smothering theory.  Why would she commit such an act?  Well, why would ANYONE?  A motive is needed, here, and I  may be able to supply you with one.

Picture the night of June 15th 2008.  Cindy is home with Caylee when Casey comes home, around 7:30pm.  Cindy confronts Casey with the pictures of her at the “Anything But Clothes” party, when she had claimed to be at work.  Cindy is pissed and the argument becomes violent, to the point that she attempts to strangle her own flesh and blood.  The argument is out of control and, apparently, so is Cindy.

I don’t think strangling another person, out of anger, is something that comes naturally to most normal people.  Wouldn’t you agree?  The fact that this happened, at all, raises major red-flags as to what Cindy may be capable of.  Is a woman, who resorts to such violent methods with her own daughter, also capable of  harming her grandchild?  I’d say, “yes”.

strangling (n.)

1. The act of suffocating (someone) by constricting the windpipe, “no evidence that the choking was done by the accused”

“The act itself is a glaring symbol of an abuser’s control over the victim. Through
the act of strangulation, the victim is completely overwhelmed,
struggling for air, and is at the mercy of the abuser. It ends a
conversation. It gets the offender what he or she wants – power and
control. A single traumatic experience of strangulation or the threat of
it may instill so much fear that the victim can get trapped in a pattern
of control by the abuser and made vulnerable to further abuse.”…

After reading that little tid-bit on the psychology behind the act of strangulation, Cindy is looking a little more sinister, isn’t she?

With that in mind, picture this fight between mother and daughter again.   Who knows what set her off, but a person who uses strangulation as a means for control over their “opponent”, usually doesn’t require a legitimate reason to fly into a rage.  Maybe Cindy told Casey she was a horrible whore of a mother and Casey told her not to worry, because she was taking Caylee and never coming back.  I gather Cindy wouldn’t take lightly to those types of “threats”.  Is it possible that Cindy was so enraged and desperate to maintain her control that she would snuff out her precious grand-baby’s life?

Both, George and Cindy are known to have strangled Casey, at least, once.  Why should we assume they’d draw the line at Caylee?

The same theory has been applied to Casey, that she smothered, strangled, or drugged her baby to death.  The difference is that Casey was not known to have violent tendencies, whereas, both of her parents did.  So, if Casey is to be considered capable of such an act, George and Cindy should be considered just as capable, if not, more…

C. The “Winnie the Pooh” balloon was used to lure Caylee into the trap of a bona fide kidnapper/ killer, known or unknown, and the balloon was tossed out with his/her victim’s little body.

D.  Caylee’s killer (accidental or intentional) or someone who knew of her death and location of her body, visited the scene to “pay their respects”.  The balloon may have been brought along as a “gift” for the dead child and/or used to mark her “grave”.

E.  Caylee’s killer (accidental or intentional) or someone who knew of her death and location of her remains, visited the site, around Caylee’s 3rd birthday, and the balloon was brought as a “birthday gift”.

Meter Reader, Roy Marvin Kronk

Roy Kronk, who, purportedly, found Caylee’s remains, did not mention seeing anything resembling this particular balloon in his August 11th, 12th and 13th 911 calls.  Keith Williams discovered this balloon on August 18th.  Caylee’s birthday fell on August 9th.  Casey was arrested, for the first time, on July 16th and remained in jail, until she was bonded out, on August 20th, 2008.  Through winds, rains, heat and high-water, this balloon remained at the crime scene until after Roy Kronk stumbled upon a child’s skull for the final time.  This event took place on December 11th, 2008.  The police and CSI made their way out there this time and, while processing the scene, this “Winnie the Pooh, Hugs For You” balloon was rediscovered.

First of all, if this “Pooh” balloon had anything to do with the remains, I am of the opinion, that it was placed there, by someone who knew that Caylee loved “Winnie the Pooh”.  This could include anyone from the Anthony family, as well as close family friends or friends, babysitters and boyfriends of Casey’s.

If the balloon was brought to Caylee’s “grave” as a sentimental act, it could have been any one of the above.  If it was taken to the deceased child as a “birthday gift”, it could have been any one of the above, EXCEPT Casey.  This would mean that someone, OTHER than Casey, knew where Caylee had been dumped, which also means someone, other than Casey, knew the child had died.  Which means they may have had something to do with her death, whether accidental or on purpose, and/or took part in the disposal of the body…

F. The balloon was a Fathers’ Day gift, most likely, for George or Cindy’s father.  Whatever happened to Caylee, happened on or very close to Fathers’ Day and the balloon was tossed, along with Caylee, either due to its involvement in her death, or because it was a reminder of what happened that day.  Could be that the string was used?  Just a thought.

In this last scenario, we have to figure out who the giver of the Fathers’ Day balloon was.  We know it was “Winnie the Pooh”, so who, out of the group, would be inclined to select this character?  I’d go with Cindy, Caylee, or even Casey.  Possibly, Cindy or Casey chose the “Pooh” balloon for Caylee to give to Grandpa George or Great Grandpa Al.  If it had been intended for Cindy’s father, it should have been left at the nursing home, unless it had been forgotten in the car.  If the balloon was purchased by Cindy, intended for George, we can assume that it probably made it inside the Anthony home.  If the balloon was for Fathers’ Day, it would have been fully inflated at this time, hovering somewhere in the house, anticipating George’s arrival home from work, after 11pm.   So, how do we tie this balloon, for this occasion, into the death and dumping of Caylee?  Why would the Fathers’ Day balloon end up at the scene, if it didn’t have anything to do with what happened to her?  This is where I get stuck on this one.

If the “Pooh” balloon had been left in Cindy’s car, I can see something happening where the body was transported, using her car, and the balloon going out with it.  It could have floated out on its own and ended up caught between some branches, or it was purposely placed in those woods near the remains, maybe as a “grave marker”, of sorts.  If this vague scenario has any truth to it, I would lean towards the balloon being used as a grave marker.

Take a look, below at the crime scene grid map to see where this balloon was found in relation to skull and bags, among other things:

And here goes my last theory on the “Winnie the Pooh, Hugs For You” balloon.

G. The balloon had absolutely nothing to do with the remains or the Anthony family.  The fact that it just happened to be a “Pooh” balloon, like the “Pooh” blanket Caylee was supposed to have been wrapped in, was pure coincidence.

Well, folks, it looks like I have given you more than enough to think about, for the time being, but I am not done yet.

To be continued….



“Everyone lies”…

How true is that?  Everyone tells or has told lies at some point in their lives.  Anyone who claims otherwise— is lying.

Yes, it is a fact that everyone lies to some degree or another, for some reason or another.  The reasons behind them are as varied as the species on this planet!  To each his own…

There are too many types of lies to list.   Here are just a few:

  • WHITE LIES-  Unimportant lies, or lies told to be tactful or polite.  These lies are rarely ever told with malicious intent, but out of consideration for another person’s feelings.  White lies are minor lies which could be considered harmless, or even beneficial, in the long run. White lies are also considered to be used for greater good. A common version of a white lie is to tell only part of the truth, therefore not be suspected of lying, yet also conceal something else, in order to avoid awkward situations.
  • MALICIOUS LIES-  Lies that are told with design to harm someone or defame them.
  • EMERGENCY LIES- An emergency lie is a strategic lie told when the truth may not be told because, for example, harm to a third party would result.  Alternatively, an emergency lie could denote a (temporary) lie told to a second person because of the presence of a third.
  • PATHOLOGICAL LIES- (habitual, compulsive, chronic)  Lies told out of habit or compulsion for no apparent reason.
  • DENIAL- (also called abnegation) is a defense mechanism , in which a person is faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept and rejects it instead, insisting that it is not true despite what may be overwhelming evidence.
“Everyone lies. . .”

We know the phrase well by now.  It is one of the most scrutinized phrases from the infamous, Cindy Anthony created, Casey Anthony pasted, “Diary of Days”.

The majority THINK they already know, but really, why did Casey lie?

Why did she lie about her job status?

Why did she lie about the nanny?

Why did she lie about where Caylee was those 31 days?

Why, why, why?

What in the world was going on her mind?  What was it that motivated the telling of these tales?

Many claim that these lies stemmed from the self-serving needs of a cold-blooded sociopath.

Read up on the definition & traits of a sociopath here:


Let’s begin with the secrecy surrounding the pregnancy.  We have a 19 year old, unmarried, regular kind of girl, who turns up pregnant.  One would expect her not to run up a mountain and shout the news to the world.  Unmarried teen pregnancy is still a taboo, even as rampant as it is these days.  So, for her to have kept that from her family for a while, is not unusual.  I’m also willing to bet Casey didn’t even know she was pregnant until after the 1st trimester was up.  We know she told a friend, in her 5th month, that she had just found out, and I’m guessing that was probably not far from the truth.  Cindy found out about the pregnancy around that same time, but denied it, until the 7th month, when she and George claim they were first told by Casey.

I know most seem to find fault with the cover-up of Casey’s pregnancy.  They think it shows she didn’t want the baby and use that argument to support the murder allegations.  I beg to differ.  Most teen pregnancies are not planned, are unwanted, but they accept and get used to the idea, have the babies, fall in love with them and go on to be the best parents they can be.  Casey was 19, she could have had an abortion and no one ever had to know about it.  The fact that she chose to carry her baby to term, whether it was to give her up for adoption, or keep the child, shows that she had respect for that new life forming in her womb.  It is America, 2005, she had a choice, and her choice was to keep that baby and, ultimately, to be a mother.


Yes, that non-job that Casey claimed to have been working for 2 years beyond the date of termination…   Why would she make that up?  Hmm, let’s start with mom.  Mom wanted her daughter to work.  Makes sense.  Casey seemed to have no problem with working and continued to do so even throughout her pregnancy.  That doesn’t sound lazy to me.  So, what happened after Caylee was born?  Well, for one, she had a baby, and this baby was her pride and joy.  No new mother looks forward to going back to work and leaving her precious child in the hands of someone else.  Once her maternity leave was up, Casey was not, yet, ready to go back to work, but Mom and Dad were getting on her case.  So she sets off one day, and pretends to go to work.   Maybe she went out and picked up some applications, figuring she’d get a job soon enough.  If you’ll recall, George saw a job application that Casey had filled out, and in the job history section she had listed “nanny”.  George questioned her as to why she had put that down when she’d never worked as a nanny, and she said “Well, dad, that’s just something I’ve been thinking about doing”.  Casey may not have had a job yet, but it does seem she was working towards finding one.

But there’s a problem, if Casey is “going to work”, who is watching the child?   Soon Casey figures out that she has to have someone watching the baby in order support her lie about the job she has yet to find.   Or had she found or been “assigned” a job,  just not one she wanted anyone to know about.  Stripping, drug dealing, web-cam girl, escorting, porn?    One lie turns into two.  Casey needs a babysitter…


Casey had a variety of friends  who watched Caylee, either long-term or short-term, including Lauren Gibbs, who watched Caylee primarily until she was about 7 months old , Christina Chester and Holly Gagne who, periodically, watched Caylee, and Adam Lynch, a guy Casey dated, watched Caylee for a few days in the summer of 2006.  Jesse and his father, Richard Grund, also cared for the girl, quite frequently, after Lauren Gibbs quit.  Eventually, this arrangement was no longer working out for a variety of reasons.  Casey was SOL.  Mr. Grund wants to know if Casey has found someone to take over, and along comes Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez AKA “Zanny the Nanny”.   Originally, it seems that Zanny was created for the benefit of Richard Grund.  Casey did not want to burden him with the fact that she did not have anyone else to take care of Caylee, after all.  It didn’t much matter to Casey, since she had Caylee with her the majority of the time, anyway.



     Two years after Casey started the lying about the Job status and “Zanny the Nanny”, Cindy pulls her card.  It is now June 15th 2008.  At around    7:30pm, Casey comes home after spending most of her day with her boyfriend, Anthony (Tony) Lazzaro.  Cindy has been home with Caylee for a few hours now, after taking her on a day trip to see Cindy’s parents, and has a bone to pick with her daughter.  At some point in the night, Mom lays out the photos of Casey at an “Anything But Clothes” party, when she was supposed to have been at work.  A fight ensues, Cindy’s hands end up around her daughter’s throat, strangling her.  Lee, allegedly, witnessed this fight and had to pull Cindy off of Casey at least two times.


What happened after that?  Only Casey, Lee, Cindy and George know.  But, what we DO know, is that this was the last day Caylee was documented to have been alive and well.

June 15th to July 16th equals 31 days.

Something happened after that fight.  Something unthinkable.  Caylee Marie Anthony mysteriously ceased existence…  Not a single one of us truly know what caused this little girls’ death, but the most popular belief is that Casey was mad at Mommy and was going to “teach her a lesson”.  Oh yeah, she was going to show her.  How?  By extinguishing the one person she cherished the most.  By going into her secret laboratory, and mixing up a batch of home-made CHLOROFORM and using it to put her baby girl to sleep, forever.  Oh, and let us not forget how she “wrapped” Caylee’s head with 3 layers of duct tape to be sure the job was done.  But wait!!  She almost forgot to add that magical, disappearing heart sticker for the finishing touch.

Sounding a little ridiculous?  That’s because it probably IS.

No.  Something really bad happened.

Something we can only begin or pretend to imagine.

Something so unspeakable, that Casey went about convincing herself that all was “normal” for 31 days.

Casey’s strange behavior, after Caylee “vanished”, was actually very typical, considering how she had learned to deal with repeated trauma from a very young age.  Casey learned to lie to protect herself from the harsh realities of what her brother and father had been doing to her.  Lying became her method of survival.  She became quite good at it, and, by the time she reached adulthood, lying was second nature.

Casey lied to avoid facing reality.

She did not like her reality.

She was lying to herself.


Now imagine you’re a 22 year old woman who’s been sexually molested by both your brother and father for years.   The emotional trauma becomes so unbearable that you learn to deny and “forget” it’s happening.

Now imagine you’re this same young mother whose child suddenly ceases to exist?  This is one of THE most PAINFUL things a mother could ever go through!  For Casey, it was so severe that she may have shut down and gone into auto-pilot.  There is actually a name for this type of defense mechanism.


“Situation-specific amnesia occurs as a result of a severely stressful event, as in post-traumatic stress disorder, child sex abuse, military combat or witnessing a family member’s murder or suicide, and is somewhat common in cases of severe and/or repeated trauma.

Some characteristics that define psychogenic amnesia is the loss of personal identity, semantic knowledge, and procedural abilities at least in the early phase of amnesia.

Traumatic amnesia involves the loss of remembering traumatic experiences. The younger the subject and the longer the traumatic event is, the greater the chance of significant amnesia.  Not being able to integrate traumatic memories seems to be the main element which leads to PTSD.

Risk factors

Patients exposed to physically or emotionally traumatic events are at a higher risk for developing psychogenic amnesia because they seem to have damaged the neurons in the brain. Examples of individuals at greater risk of psychogenic amnesia due to traumatic events include soldiers who have experienced combat, individuals sexually and physically abused during childhood and individuals who have experienced domestic violence, natural disasters, or terrorist acts; essentially any sufficiently severe psychological stress, internal conflict, or intolerable life situation.  Child abuse, especially chronic child abuse starting at an early age has been related to the development of high levels of dissociative symptoms, including amnesia for abuse memories. The study strongly suggested that “independent corroboration of recovered memories of abuse is often present” and that the recovery of the abuse memories generally is not associated with psychotherapy.


Elliot’s study of a randomized nationwide sample (n=505) found that situation-specific psychogenic amnesia was somewhat common in the general population. 72% of subjects reported a profoundly distressing emotional trauma; 32% of these reported amnesia about part or all of the trauma, followed by “delayed recall” of the event. Traumatic events most commonly associated with psychogenic amnesia were witnessing a suicide or murder, and being sexually abused. Elliott also found that psychogenic amnesia was most strongly associated with severe and/or repeated traumas, and with traumas during childhood.”


The above excerpts, should help us to further understand some of why she told the next big lie.


31 long days have passed and Cindy Anthony is on a mission to find her daughter.  Casey has been “gone” too long and she “doesn’t know” what is going on.  As the story goes, Cindy and George finally “noticed” the notice on their front door and a couple of days later they are at the Johnson’s Wrecking Service lot, pissed off with a wad of cash to hand over in order to retrieve their daughters car that had run out of gas 19 days earlier.

**(This is the car that Casey, allegedly, drove around “for days”, with her murdered child’s body decomposing in the trunk.  This is the same car that they found no blood in, no DNA, no fingerprints, no human decomposition fluid, and only a 60% chemical match to the odor of human decomposition.)

After taking the car back to the house, Cindy and George, both, go back to work.  Later, Cindy arrives back home and starts looking through the car where she finds Casey’s friend, Amy Huizenga’s phone number.  She calls Amy and asks her to help her figure out where her daughter is.   Amy decides to ride with her to Tony Lazzaro’s house, where Casey had been staying for the two weeks after her car ran out of gas.  They arrive at Tony’s and a heated argument takes place between Casey and Cindy outside of the apartment.  Casey reluctantly agrees to leave with Amy and her mother, but tells Tony she is coming back.

Only Cindy and Casey will ever truly know what was said in the car, after Amy had been dropped off, but soon 911 is called to report a stolen car.  They get to the house, where Casey’s brother, Lee, has been waiting and the second 911 call was made, to report stolen credit cards… “Oh, and a possible missing child”.

Lee goes into Casey’s room where she sits on the bed, crying.  A little while later, the “Zanny the Nanny Kidnapping” story is born.  The third and final 911 call is made by Cindy to report this new information.  George arrives sometime during the course of that last call.  Hours later, police officers show up and take the family’s statements.  There was plenty of time for the Anthonys to concoct a good story, wouldn’t you say?

Maybe Casey had created this kidnapping nanny story all on her own.  Maybe it’s because she’s a cold-blooded sociopath who needed her daughter out of her life so she could “live the Bella Vita”.  But have you ever considered the alternatives?  Did she know something had happened to Caylee at the hands of someone so dangerous that she could not risk her own life to tell a soul?  Or could it be that Casey was doing anything and everything she could to protect her own psyche from facing the traumatic and so deeply, darkly, permanent reality that her precious, baby girl would never grace her senses, ever again?  This life-long defense mechanism had, after all, been frequently utilized by Casey since childhood and was the only way she knew how to cope.

‘Lie to yourself ‘…

“Oh Caylee’s having fun.  She with the nanny”.

Saying this allows Casey to believe Caylee is OK, that everything is “normal” and she’ll see her soon.

‘Deny, and it won’t be true’…

“My Caylee has been kidnapped”.

In Casey’s mind, this means that Caylee is not dead, just gone for a while.   This “lie”gives her hope for a happy ending and that she will see her little girl again.

Whether or not Casey actually knows where Caylee was, or witnessed what happened to her, she cannot allow the unspeakable, unthinkable realities, whatever they may be, to enter into her consciousness.  It’s harshness would cause her to become unglued.  The brutality of the pain and mental anguish would surely be Casey’s final death…

‘Suppress, and I will not feel the pain’…




*** Note:  The ideas presented, in this post, are my own opinions based on the facts derived from case documents and supporting research.