Casey Anthony, who was the suspect in a case that captivated an entire nation 11 years ago, is set to give her first televised interview since she was accused and then acquitted of murdering her two-year-old daughter, Caylee.
The three-part documentary, titled “Casey Anthony: Where The Truth Lies,” will air November 29 on the streaming network Peacock, the Daily Mail reported.
Anthony will seek to make her side of the story heard, now more than a decade after the disappearance of her daughter in 2008. The remains of the child were found in a garbage bag a half mile from their Orlando home six months after she was first reported missing. A six-week trial ensued in 2011 after Anthony was formally charged on multiple counts including first-degree murder.
Anthony has spoken to the press only once since her acquittal. During a non-televised interview with the Associated Press in 2017, she acknowledged her tarnished reputation flippantly.
“I don’t give a s**t about what anyone thinks about me,” she told the outlet. “I never will. Based off what was in the media, I understand the reasons people feel about me. I understand why people have the opinions that they do.”
“I didn’t do what I was accused of, but I fought for three years. Not just for me, but for my daughter.”
In a teaser for the docuseries, Anthony appears anxious to tell her side of the story.
(Video: Daily Mail)
But her side of the story is exactly what was so problematic from the beginning.
Caylee Anthony was last seen alive on June 16, 2008. Casey’s mother, Cindy Anthony, reported her concern to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, but a month had already passed when she did.
During the 911 call, she told dispatchers she had not seen her granddaughter in 31 days and that she had smelled a foul odor coming from her daughter’s vehicle, like that of a decomposing body. She told authorities that her daughter had given her misleading and confusing information when she asked about Caylee’s well-being. Some time later, Casey unbelievably told her mother that she hadn’t seen her toddler for weeks.
Anthony became a prime suspect and was arrested on July 16, 2008. During questioning, she fabricated a menagerie of untruths.
She told detectives that Caylee had been kidnapped by a nanny on June 9 and that she had been trying frantically to find her but was too discombobulated to call the police for help. She added that the nanny’s name was Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, although it was determined that Caylee had no nanny. Moreover, the woman – merely an acquaintance of Casey’s – had never met or even seen the child nor anyone in the Anthony family outside of Casey.
The entire matter continued to get even more curious.
Anthony was quickly charged with giving false statements to law enforcement, child neglect, and obstruction of a criminal investigation. After an initial denial of bail, she was granted release after a bond of $500,000 was paid by the nephew of a California bail bondsman and bounty hunter, both of whom flew to Orlando to put up the money with no condition for collateral.
Some months later, Anthony was indicted by a grand jury on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter of a child, and four counts of providing false information to police.
Meanwhile, thousands of volunteers and law enforcement combed the greater Orlando area and Orange Co. in particular, searching for Caylee Anthony. Her body was found in the woods near Anthony’s home on December 11, 2008.
After the six-week trial, during which the jury was sequestered given the sensationalism and influence the media apply to such cases, Anthony was acquitted of all of the charges except for providing false information to police. She was given a four-year sentence for that charge, but the sentence was suspended and credited as time served since her initial arrest.
The nation was largely aghast at her acquittal of the aforementioned charges of murder, child abuse and manslaughter, and that extended to the jurors who acquitted her as well.
A month after the trial’s conclusion, one juror spoke with People magazine and revealed that none of the jurors “liked Casey Anthony at all.”
“She seems like a horrible person,” the juror said. “But the prosecutors did not give us enough evidence to convict.”
He continued, “My decision haunts me to this day. I think now if I were to do it over again, I’d push harder to convict her of one of the lesser charges like aggravated manslaughter. At least that. Or child abuse.”
“I didn’t know what the hell I was doing, and I didn’t stand up for what I believed in at the time,” the unnamed juror recalled.
“They gave us a lot of stuff that makes us think that she probably did something wrong, but not beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Many of the jurors have moved away from their prior locales after they were publicly named.
Last year, Anthony remerged in the news when a woman poured a drink on her at O’Shea’s Irish Pub in West Palm Beach, Florida. The incident was evidently the result of a dispute over a man the two women had once dated.
When police arrived and questioned Anthony, she told them, “We dated the same person for a couple of years, Malcolm Allison…who is one of your sergeants.”
“Whether they’re together or not together, she got upset that he had texted me. I let her know that he had. And she came inside and threw a drink at me.”
(Video: Daily Mail)
Anthony did not press charges against the other jilted lover.
Currently, Anthony lives in the South Florida home of Patrick McKenna, a 71-year-old private detective who happens to have been the lead investigator on her defense team.
If that name sounds familiar, it’s because McKenna was also the lead investigator for the defense team in the O.J. Simpson trial, another notorious murder acquittal.
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