Casey Anthony was set free just a few minutes after midnight Sunday morning, marking the beginning of what is sure to be a difficult life after the public trial of the death of her daughter.
Though accused of killing 2-year-old daughter Caylee Anthony, Casey was found not guilty of murder, but rather, lying to authorities. The lesser sentence paved the way for her release this morning.
But despite the verdict, the visibility of the case, egged on by outraged commentary during the trial, has made Casey vilified by most of society.
Her release was planned with the same precision that marked her high-profile murder trial followed by audiences around the world.
Media representatives and jail authorities negotiated a plan that allowed embedded pool reporters and photographers to document the departure.
All reporting was to be delayed until the jail gave the green light, relinquishing the jail's responsibility for her safety.
Indeed, the gruesome details of Caylee's death and the disposal of the toddlers body in the swamps --while Casey apparently partied and shopped -- has enraged some members of the public to a point of sending death threats.
Orange County (Orlando) Sheriff Jerry Demings said in a news conference last week that his intelligence officers were evaluating threats as they became known.
But the danger is clear.
Sammay Blackwell, an Oklahoma woman who was violently attacked for bearing a resemblance to Caylee Anthony's mother.
Moreover, Charles Greene, Anthony's defense lawyer in a related civil defamation lawsuit, told a judge on Friday that he had received seven threats against Casey that day.
Her immediate future will likely consist of a couple days in a safe house, security experts told the Associated Press. After that, though, the government doesn't plan to provide her an extended period of special protection.
Anthony could possibly face big civil lawsuits from Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez (who Anthony falsely accused of kidnapping her daughter) and Texas EquuSearch (a non-profit organization who said it spent $100,000 searching for Caylee Anthony because Casey Anthony falsely claimed she was missing and possibly alive).
Casey Anthony isn't rich. Moreover, IRS may knock on her door for $68,520 in unpaid taxes, according to TMZ. So how will she pay for her civil legal expenses?
Even legal fees aside, some have speculated that Anthony may cash in on her infamy. ABC News already paid her family $200,000 for rights to broadcast family photos and videos. That amount, however, may prove to be chump change compared to the interviews, book deals, movie rights, and even porn gigs that Anthony could score.
However, because Anthony is arguably one of the most hated women in America, anyone that signs a deal with her may face too much backlash.
For example, Hollywood talent agency Paradigm signed on Anthony's lawyer Jose Baez as a client only to reverse its decision on the same day. Although Paradigm never said why it dropped Baez, outrage and backlash may have played a role.
What about Anthony's personal life?
If she doesn't change her looks and remains recognizable, she'll likely be shunned, threatened, harassment, and even assaulted; a Casey Anthony look-alike in Oklahoma has already being violently attacked by a woman who thought she was Casey Anthony.
Anthony may also go back to her partying ways. TV psychologist Dr. Keith Ablow, who is currently writing a book on Anthony, told Fox News that she'll drink alcohol and have sex.
Ms. Anthony has a history of using sex as an anesthetic, distancing herself from traumatic memories, emotional suffering and a range of other feelings-including guilt. Upon her release, she may well put romance at the top of her list, said Ablow.
Finally, Casey Anthony may have more children.
I had a dream not too long ago that I was pregnant. It was like having Cays all over again. I've thought about adopting, which even sounds weird to me saying it, but there are so many children that deserve to be loved, wrote Anthony to fellow inmate Robyn Adams between 2008 and 2009, reported ABC.
Let's make a deal ? let's get pregnant together ? if it's really possible to plan it, she wrote in another letter.