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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….