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Impossible to escape judgement for Anthony

VIRGINIA CALCAGNI — Special to Southern News

If you do a search on Google of the “most hated person in America,” you will get a bunch of links to articles on Casey Anthony. Anthony, the woman whose not guilty verdict in the trial of the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, sent most of America into outrage. 

A little background on the crime: Caylee was found dead on December 2008 in the woods near Anthony’s home.  Caylee had been missing for six months.  The worst thing about this is that Anthony seemed like she did not care where her daughter was.  If I didn’t know where my 2-year-old daughter was, I would freak out and call the police after 10 minutes. Not Casey Anthony. Anthony’s mother ended up putting in the missing child report after Anthony had finally admitted to not seeing her daughter for over a week. And then all the “fun” started.  

Anthony lied to the police many times about having a job, having a nanny, and numerous other things. And how about the fact that her car smelled like a decaying body.  Once the police found out she had lied in October 2008, she was arrested for first degree murder, and Caylee’s body was found that winter.

Once the trial started, Anthony’s defense to her charges was that she had an awful upbringing, claiming sexual abuse, among other things.  She told her lawyer, Jose Baez, that Caylee had drowned in her family swimming pool on June 16, 2008, and Anthony lied about everything because of the upbringing she had.  

On July 5, 2011, Casey Anthony was acquitted of the charges of murder, mainly because of the “lack of (forensic) evidence” against her.  That is when the world went into an uproar. You couldn’t go on Facebook without constant status updates about how a jury could find her innocent. Groups began to light candles and put porch lights on for Caylee. Every news station had countless stories about the verdict that made pretty much all of America want to throw their television sets out the window.

What is even more disgusting to me about this whole situation is how popular she is. You are probably thinking, “No, she isn’t popular, she is the most hated person in America.” This might be the case, but she is still getting countless hours of air time. People can’t stop talking about her and where she might be, now that she got out of jail for being a “good inmate” because she had already served the time for the crimes she was convicted of (lying to the police.)

When Anthony was in prison, she had people who were writing her letters and sending her money (which was rumored to be used for her hiding).

The biggest shock to me, however, is that there is a Casey Anthony mask out there. Yes folks, just like the Michael Jackson, Donald Trump or Obama masks.  The bigger shock was how much one man paid for it.  The first mask was put up on eBay and sold for almost $1 million, according to a CNN article:

“That first mask garnered a winning bid of $999,900 Wednesday. It beat out 104 other bids that started at $25 on Monday.  In the description field for the item, the seller billed it as “’possibly the most frightening mask on the planet.’”

The mask really isn’t the most frightening part; it is the fact that someone would pay that much for a person that might have killed their child. Most of America condemns her, so what is the fascination with this woman? And what more is to come from her?  There was a rumor she would write a book about relationships, partying and drinking, (like she did when her 2-year-old was missing).  Hopefully, this rumor is false and will never happen. 

The bigger issue to me, however, is why someone would pay that much money to have a mask of a woman who is hated by masses and supposedly killed her daughter. What is the prize? I doubt this is the last we will hear about Casey Anthony. We will just have to wait and see how this one unravels.

1 Comment

  1. Casey Anthony was proven in court to be a great mom, and hopefully she starts popping out some more little-Caylees soon as I have seen some posters express.

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