When justice is done for Caylee Anthony, will the Anthony family ever stand again?
The picture of a dysfunctional family depicted by the defense has or may come true - now that the murder trial has caused or rather brought to surface web of lies and vulnerabilities within the Anthony family. Casey' father George attempted suicide, her brother Lee had no idea Casey was pregnant till the child was born, and her mother Cindy admitted her searching chloroform on the web, trying to defend Casey at the cost of justice for Caylee.
The whole world has been watching to see whether Casey Anthony herself will take the testimony stand in clarifying the truth - the one and only real story long searched for in this trial. No matter how heart-breaking it may be, the jurors and family members hope to find the truth. But on Thursday, that hope may have become even farther away.
Caylee Anthony went missing in June, 2008 until her skeletal remains were found in a wooded area near the Anthony home in December 2008. The prosecution claimed Casey Anthony, a 25-year-old single mother, killed her 2-year-old daughter Caylee Anthony by suffocation and kept the dead body in the boot of her for several days. She then dumped the body in the woods near her parents' home.
After bringing nearly 50 people to the testimony stand, the most sensationalized crime drama of the last decade is nearing its closure. The defense rested on Thursday, following the announcement of Casey Anthony's denial to testify in her own defense.
Judge Belvin Perry asked her if it was her decision not to testify. She said it was and that she has had time to discuss the matter with her attorneys.
Casey Anthony seems to have wisely averted the risk of her own testimony.
The defense would be crazy to have her take the stand, said Orlando defense attorney Richard Hornsby, who is not associated with the Anthony case, reported the People. She would be torn apart during cross-examination.
The defense failed to prove their claims such as George Anthony's abuse against Casey and his disposal of Caylee's body after her accidental drowning, both of which George denied.
Casey Anthony, charged with murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, is a pathological liar, reinforced over the years by George Anthony. In 2008, Casey's former fiancé Jesse Grund told investigators that Casey was an effective and diabolical liar. In court, testimonies from Casey's friends also claimed that Casey herself claimed that I'm such a good liar when she was sleeping with two boyfriends in the days before her daughter disappeared. Casey allegedly failed to pay the IRS $68,520 in taxes in 2008 according to a tax lien filed against Anthony in Florida in May 2011, says a TMZ report.
Regarding the lies coming forth from Casey Anthony,
They were very explicit in their claims. They were X-rated. And Casey is the only one who can establish some of those claims, said John Morgan, a prominent Orlando attorney. She may be a convincing liar, but she is not credible.
Before the trial began, Casey had said a baby sitter kidnapped Caylee, who was missing for a month before the police were alerted by Casey's mother. According to the police, Casey said she dropped her daughter off with a baby sitter named Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez on June 9, and never saw both again.
On June 16, 2008, Casey told her mother that she had to go to a business conference in Tampa. Zanny the nanny was going along so her mother shouldn't worry. In addition, Casey's friend Juliette and her daughter Annabelle were going too, so the children could enjoy Busch Gardens during the workday, Cindy had reportedly said.
The reason Casey did not notify police was because she was scared and only investigated the disappearance on her own.
In the opening statement, defense claimed that Casey Anthony's parents killed their 2-year-old granddaughter and they tried to cover it up. Later, defense attorney Jose Baez corrected saying that Caylee accidentally drowned in the family pool, and that George Anthony tried to cover up the death.
Baez claimed that George, as he pulled Caylee from the pool, yelled at Casey Anthony, Look what you've done. Your mother will never forgive you. You'll go to jail for the rest of your life. The defense also claimed Casey was sexually abused by George in her childhood.
The testimonies surrounding Casey Anthony have painted a picture of a disturbed young single mother, who, literally lived two distinctly different lives. One persona was a highly sexualized party girl who was always smiling, happy, kind and friendly. The other includes all of above, plus a narcissistic pathological liar who easily wove fanciful, elaborate tales, said. Sometimes, it seemed clear, Casey Anthony lied for no reason at all, stated the Daily Beast.
Casey Anthony Trial: Day 32
The defense finished up their case earlier in the day with testimony from Casey's family and George Anthony's alleged mistress.
Prosecutor Jeff Ashton showed the jury pages of George Anthony's suicide note addressed to Cindy Anthony, his wife, expressing his grief over Caylee's death and his anguish over unanswered questions in his granddaughter's tragic death.
The suicide note reads:
I cannot keep going because it should be me that is gone from this earth, not her. I have lived many years, I am satisfied with my decision because I have never been the man you, Lee, Casey & especially Caylee Marie deserved.
Caylee Marie, I miss her. I miss her. I want my family back. I sit here, falling apart, because I should have done more. She was so close to home, why was she there? Who placed here there? Why is she gone? Why? For months, you & I, especially you always questioned, why? I want this to go away for Casey. What happened? Why could she not come to us?
Who is involved with this stuff Caylee?
I cannot function knowing our granddaughter is gone. Caylee Marie never had a chance to grow. I wanted to walk her to school (the 1st day). I wanted to help her in so many ways....I could go on & on. I sit here empty inside for her.
The note stated that George bought a gun to get answers from Casey's friends about what happened to Caylee, after which he planned to commit suicide. George Anthony broke into tears on Wednesday as he told jurors about his suicide attempt. I needed at that time to go and be with Caylee, he said in tears. Asked by Ashton whether he expressed that in his suicide note, he broke down again saying, Yes, I did. Because I believe that I had failed her. In his suicide attempt on January 22, 2009, George tried to overdose on prescription medication after driving to Daytona Beach.
Ashton argued that the statements were valid for the jury to hear because they rebutted the drowning theory and implied that George Anthony was unsure about what really happened to Caylee. Ashton also said the suicide note did not refer to George Anthony molesting Casey Anthony in her childhood, as defense attorney Jose Baez claimed in his opening statement. Judge Perry agreed the jury could hear about the gun purchase and the suicide note. It looks to me like someone opened the door and someone is trying to walk through it, said Judge Perry.
Earlier in the day, the defense called Krystal Holloway, who testified that she an intimate relationship with Casey's father, George, who, allegedly, told Holloway that Caylee's death was an accident.
After Casey's denial to testify, the day 32 of the trial was then followed by attorneys for both sides arguing about issues related to the prosecution's rebuttal case.
After the jury was released for the day, a 28-year-old Orlando man who had been caught giving Jeff Ashton the middle finger during court earlier in the afternoon was brought before the judge. Matthew Bartlett, a waiter at a T.G.I.Friday's, apologized repeatedly for what he did and admitted it was stupid, reported CNN. Perry found Bartlett guilty of criminal contempt of court and sentenced him to six days in jail and a $400 fine.
The drama seems to be never ending, and ever so sensational in Casey Anthony's family. It has also involved more people (and more drama) outside the family.
After Caylee's death, her real father may be finally revealed. A 47-year-old woman from Rutland, Massachusetts claimed that she is the grandmother of Caylee Anthony, with 100 percent certainty.
Donna MacLean gave a series of interviews, saying her son Michael Patrick Duggan told her on phone that he fathered a little girl and he had named the Anthony parents before he died in a car accident on October 27, 2007.
According to MacLean, it was during a conversation on phone with her son Duggan in late summer of 2007 when the issue was first raised. We were talking about the upcoming birth of my other son's baby boy, said MacLean. I said I had really hoped for a baby girl grandchild, and that's when Michael told me that he already had one. At that time, Caylee would have been close to 2 years old.
I asked him about the circumstances... who is the family? He said the parents were George and Cindy Anthony. I asked who she was and he said her name is Casey, said Maclean.
When Casey Anthony trial became hot, MacLean recollected the previous conversation with her son about her granddaughter. After MacLean saw Caylee's photographs, she said She looked so much like my family, like I did when I was little. The big eyes ... I just kept staring into those big brown eyes. MacLean also has brown eyes like her son Mike.
According to Daily Beast, Duggan also have complicated family background - his parents are divorced and his father even had undergone a sex-change operation. His father is now in jail in Florida for serious DUI violations. Duggan died in a car accidents in 2007 at the age of 24.
The prosecution's rebuttal case is expected to take about a day. On Saturday, closing arguments are expected to be given with the jurors, and deliberations will begin.