Casey Anthony says she's finally ready to start dating again, six years after being acquitted of murder
Her acquittal of murder and manslaughter charges was met with protests due to the nature of these charges. She was charged with murder and manslaughter and was thrown in jail for the death of her two-year-old daughter, Caylee.
Casey Anthony became a free woman in 2011, but everyone described her as the "most hated woman in America".
Her acquittal of murder and manslaughter charges was met with protests due to the nature of these charges. She was charged with murder and manslaughter and was thrown in jail for the death of her two-year-old daughter, Caylee. There were more than 1,000 pissed off protestors outside the courthouse in Orlando, Florida.
Caylee Marie Anthony lived with her mother, Casey, and her maternal grandparents, George and Cindy Anthony. On July 15, 2008, she was reported missing in a 9-1-1 call made by Cindy, who said she had not seen Caylee for 31 days and that Casey's car smelled like a dead body had been inside it.
Cindy said Casey had given varied explanations as to Caylee's whereabouts before finally telling her that she had not seen Caylee for weeks. Casey lied to detectives, telling them Caylee had been kidnapped by a nanny on June 9, and that she had been trying to find her, too frightened to alert the authorities. She was charged with first-degree murder in October 2008 and pleaded not guilty.
On December 11, 2008, Caylee's skeletal remains were found with a blanket inside a trash bag in a wooded area near the family home. Investigative reports and trial testimony alternated between duct tape being found near the front of the skull and on the mouth of the skull.
The medical examiner mentioned duct tape as one reason she ruled the death a homicide, but officially listed it as "death by undetermined means".
On July 5, 2011, the jury found Casey not guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, and aggravated manslaughter of a child, but guilty of four misdemeanor counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer. With credit for time served, she was released on July 17, 2011. A Florida appeals court overturned two of the misdemeanor convictions on January 25, 2013.
At the time, Cheney Mason, Anthony's attorney, said that his client was fearful for her life and she thought that the public was a threat to her safety.
Things are different now. The 31-year-old Anthony lives with Pat McKenna, the private investigator who worked on her case, in South Florida. She's doing legal investigation work with him and no one really knows what the relationship between the two of them is.
Two sources close to Anthony told People magazine that she's been meeting new people and is encountering less hostility than before.
One source, who has known Anthony since the trial, said, "People pretty much leave her alone. She can go out and no one really bothers her."
Abother source seconds that and says, "Enough time has passed that she’s not as toxic as she used to be. She’s going out now and then. She’s got a circle of friends, and guys are paying attention to her again. Guys are even asking her out now.”
Anthony's team tried and failed many times to cash in on the notorious trial. Interviews and photos, which were being sold by her team, were all refused.
The Associated Press managed to get her to do an interview for free at the beginning of 2017. She told them that she wasn't sure if she was "dumb enough" to have another child after what happened with Caylee.
Anthony's mother Cindy and her brother Lee speak to her ocassionally, but she has barely been in contact with her father George. The defense team at the trial kept accusing George of molesting Casey when she was a child, a charge he has always denied.
Crime Watch Daily did an interview with Cindy and George in October 2017 and the parents spoke honestly about their daughter, Casey.
Cindy says Casey is mentally ill and George says he still sees little Caylee around the house. Both of them agree that they will sue their daughter if she participates in a reality show.
Cindy said in the interview, "Casey, be true to yourself, start being honest with yourself and own everything. Quit putting blame on everybody else."
An insider told People that Casey will not be talking about book deals or interviews anytime soon. She does not want to speak about her life for now.
“She likes being more anonymous now,” the source told People. “People don’t recognize her. Guys just see her as a pretty girl. She’s not ‘Casey Anthony, murder defendant.’ She’s just an average Florida girl who is living her life.”
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