When I first saw the alleged Casey Anthony video diary that has surfaced online, I could not actually believe it was for real. After all, the woman in the video does not even mention the deceased daughter she was accused of killing as she jokes around about finally being able to “call something mine.” The video is in such extremely bad taste that it felt like it had to be a fake.
Sadly, it isn’t. In fact, NBC News has confirmed that the Casey Anthony video diary, recorded on October 13, is authentic. The 4 1/2 minute video, which was posted on CasyAnthonyIsInnocent.com and Youtube and aired Thursday on the Today show, is the real deal — which makes it all that more disturbing.
In some seriously weird news,Â a latex mask modelled after the face of acquitted murder suspect Casey Anthony has launched a $25,000 bidding war on eBay. The Casey Anthony mask is described as a prop sculpted for a parody video and there is only nine of them in existence.
The eBay description for the Casey Anthony latex mask, which features slightly bulging eyes and a pouty bottom lip, says it was created by “enigmatic pop artist/sculptor Torro.” Casey Anth0ny wasÂ found not guilty earlier thisÂ month onÂ charges she murdered her two-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony.
“Halloween is only a few months away,” the description reads. “Forget Freddy, Jason, Meyers, here’s your chance to scare the *#&% out of everyone and win every costume contest with this amazing Tot Mom latex rubber mask, possibly the most frightening mask on the planet. And I can almost guarantee it’s the ‘only’ Casey mask on the planet.”
The seller, who goes by the eBay ID prophunter and has a 100% positive feedback rating from over 350 users, says the mask is “in excellent condition and it is numbered 6 0f 9.” The description concludes: “I kept one for myself because I know these will be priceless. A significant piece of crime history. No matter what your opinion of the trial is, this is still one heck of a conversation piece. I bet Nancy Grace would love one of these. Fits most heads sizes comfortably. Let’s never forget poor Caylee.”
Bidding on the Casey Anthony mask has already reached $25,100 at the time of this post. However, such items as these in the past have been known to have had false bids put in to manipulate the price upwards. We’ll be interested to see if someone really is crass enough to pay over $25,000 for this creepy reminder of a terrible crime.
Casey Anthony may have been released from jail, but that doesn’t mean she has much in the way of freedom yet. Casey Anthony was acquitted of the murder of her two-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony, and was released from prison on Sunday. Because of the serious possibility she could be in danger, however, Anthony is almost still a virtual prisoner even now.
The current location of Casey Anthony in this, her first week out of jail, is a secret known to very few. Her lawyers say that heavy precautions have been taken to protect Anthony from those who might have a “lynch-mob mentality” against her.
“She’s gone, she’s safe and elaborate plans had to be made to keep the people away from her,” Anthony’s attorney, Cheney Mason, told NBC’s Today Show on Monday. “Her life is going to be very difficult for a very long time…”
Another of Anthony’s former attorneys, Terry Lenamon, sais he thinks it would be safest if Anthony goes “underground” and spends some time “to get her life back together.”
On Friday, Anthony’s legal defense team said they had received at least one death threat against her via e-mail. Threatening messages and comments have been posted against Anthony online all over since she was acquitted of Caylee’s murder.
Some jurors from the Casey Anthony trial are still distressed over the verdict they handed down on the case. Several have admitted they believe Anthony had some responsibility in Caylee Anthony’s death, but that prosecutors did not present enough evidence to prove anything.
Although Casey was acquitted of murder, she will still face a number of civilian lawsuits over the cost of the search for her daughter. Anthony was found guilty of lying to police about her daugther being abducted after she failed to report the toddler was missing for a month.
The Casey Anthony trial resumed proceedings on Monday after the case was abruptly suspended on Saturday for what Chief Judge Belvin Perry called a “legal matter”. Casey Anthony’s defense team reportedly filed a motion to determine whether she was competent to stand trial for the murder of her daughter, Caylee Anthony.
Over the weekend, Casey Anthony was reportedly examined by three court appointed psychologists, Dr. Daniel Tressler, Dr. Harry McLaren and Dr. Ryan Hall, to determine her competency. According to Judge Belvin Perry, all three psychologists found Anthony competent enough to continue the trial. “Based on the reports that the court has reviewed, the court will find that the defendant is competent to proceed,” Perry announced before the start of Monday’s testimony.
Today marks the 29th day of testimony in the Casey Anthony trial. She is accused of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony, in 2008. Prosecutors allege that Casey Anthony suffocated her daughter with duct tape around her mouth and nose.
When Caylee initially disappeared, Casey Anthony claimed a non-existent nanny had abducted the child. Now Caylee Anthony’s defense team alleges the toddler accidentally drowned in the family pool and that Casey Anthony covered up the death because of emotional trauma she suffered due to abuse by her father and brother. Both men have denied ever abusing Casey Anthony.
Casey Anthony faces the death penalty if she is convicted of killing her daughter.
Discovery Channel reality show star Dr. Jan Garavaglia testified at the Casey Anthony trial on Friday about Caylee Anthony‘s remains. Garavaglia, who stars in the Discovery show Dr. G: Medical Examiner, took the stand to detail how the bones found near Casey Anthony’s home were identified as Caylee Anthony’s remains and discuss the possible manner of her death.
“The cause of death was homicide of undetermined means, I believe we can reliably say it’s a homicide, but I don’t know the means for which that homicide occurred,” Garavaglia said.
Dr. Jan Garavaglia is the authority responsible for determining the cause of death in questionable cases in central Florida, including the city of Orlando. Garavaglia will return to the stand this afternoon toÂ further discussÂ her conclusions about Caylee Anthony’s remains.
Casey Anthony began crying and shaking as anthropology professor John J. Schultz testified about the bones later identified as belonging to her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony. Schultz said the bones had been chewed on by animals. He said Caylee’s vertebrae were all found together, which he believes indicates the body was intact when it was placed in the woods near the Anthony’s home.
“We collected all but one tooth. We have most of the spine, many of the ribs, all of the long bones, the tiny bones, hand, feet, left foot and we did recover one bone of the right foot. The only reason we have one bone of the right foot is because we had carnivore activity on that part of the skeleton,” Schultz said.
Casey AnthonyÂ wept during the testimony with her attorney’s arm around her shoulders. Anthony turned away as photos were shown to the jury of the torn and dirty clothing Caylee Anthony was wearing when she died. Shultz estimated the body had been in the woods for as long as six months.
Duct tape covered the mouth of Caylee Anthony’s skull, Shultz testified, but he could not be sure it also covered her nose. Shultz said there was no evidence of trauma to the bones. Prosecutors have accused Casey Anthony of first-degree murder and argue that she used duct tape to suffocate her daughter so she could be “free” of responsibility for the child.
Outside the courthouse, one woman was taken away by ambulance after she was knocked to the ground by a crowd of people pushing to be one of the 50 spectators allowed to watch the Casey Anthony trial from inside the courtroom.
Graphic photos of Caylee Anthony‘s remains were shown Thursday morning at Casey Anthony‘s trial for the murder of her 2-year-old daughter. Casey Anthony appeared to cry as photos of Caylee Anthony’s skull were displayed in the courtroom.
Judge Belvin Perry warned those at the trial about the graphic images of Caylee Anthony’s remains and urged anyone who might feel sick to leave the courtroom. Casey Anthony’s parents, George and Cindy, left before the photos were put up for display.
Orange County Sheriff’s crime scene investigator Jennifer Welch took the witness stand to testify about being called to the location where Caylee Anthony’s remains were found and detailed how she photographed the crime scene. Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Edward Turso testified about meeting with meter reader Roy Kronk, who originally reported finding Caylee’s remains, and taking his statement.
Defense attorney Jose Baez accused Roy Kronk in his opening statement of placing Caylee’s remains where they were found months before calling authorities to claim reward money. Kronk reportedly called the police to report finding a skull in the area several times in August, 2008 but nothing was found there at the time.
Orange County medical examiner Dr. Jan Garavaglia said Caylee’s remains did not give any evidence on how the little girl died, only that they did not suffer any trauma.
Casey Anthony has pleaded not guilty to murdering Caylee Anthony. Although she originally claimed Caylee had gone missing after being left with a nanny, Anthony now claims Caylee drowned by accident in the family’s swimming pool.
Amanda Brumfield, estranged daughter of actor Billy Bob Thornton, has been found guilty of aggravated manslaughter of a 1-year-old baby girl in Florida. Brumfield, 32, is expected to be sentenced next month.
Billy Bob Thornton’s daughter was accussed of killing her best friend’s daughter while babysitting the child in October, 2008. Amanda Brumfield claims the child, 1-year-old Olivia Madison Garcia, suffered a head injury while trying to climb out of a playpen.
Prosecuters, however, argued that a fall from such a low height could not have caused a three and a half inch fracture in the toddler’s skull or the massive swelling in her brain. They also questioned why Brumfield waited two hours to call for help. She claimed the baby seemed fine at first after the fall.
Brumfield was found not guilty of first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse.
The verdict against Brumfield came down in the same courthouse where Casey Anthony is currently on trial for the murder of her two-year-old daughter Caylee Anthony.