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Casey Anthony–sociopath?

September 15, 2008

I’m ashamed to admit that one of the main reasons I’m so interested in the Caylee Anthony case is Casey Anthony. What caused this train wreck of a woman?  Is she a sociopath? None of us have children like her.  Actually, I suspect more do than would care to admit, and that may be part of the fascination. I’m not saying our daughters–or sons–would go over the edge the way she has, but I am saying that a lot of us dealing with self-serving, ungrateful kids are thinking, “There but for the grace of God goes me…” (There’s more than one kind of sociopath and only a few of them are killers.)

Of course I care about what happened to Caylee.  We can all identify with this beautiful little child.  She’s everyone’s little girl. We can’t imagine what has happened to Caylee happening to any of our own babies. Because we relate to her is such a personal way, our helplessness has brought out the worst in some of us. (all the anger and craziness from the protesters and posters) But, it has brought out the best in most of us.  People from all over the country have volunteered their time to look for Caylee and their money to help in the search.  If there is power in prayer, those lifted up for this little girl must be creating a deafening roar in heaven.

I care very much about Caylee, but I can’t stop thinking about Casey.  Her deviant behavior brought this crime to the national forefront, and bringing it to our attention may be the only favor she ever did for her daughter. I, too, read the transcripts of her police interview and knew what she said didn’t ring true.  After hearing the audio, I was really struck by the lack of emotion in her voice.  It was like every now and then she remembered she was supposed to be upset and would then throw in how “absolutely” petrified she was.  NOT petrified for her daughter. No. Petrified that her mother, Cindy,  wouldn’t forgive her, and petrified that SHE wouldn’t see Caylee again.  Nothing about how scared her little girl must be, or how terrified she was that something bad had happened to her.  Like everyone else, I tried to imagine what I would do in her situation, but it’s a complete mystery to me how she could sound so normal and calm.  I would have been inconsolable and out of my head with worry-even if I were guilty! I wouldn’t have been capable of leading the police on a wild goose chase, let alone have the wherewithal to weave such an elaborate lie.  She didn’t miss a beat! As they methodically exposed her lies, she would quickly concoct another one.  And I’m sorry, but there is just no plausable explanation for not immediately calling 911 when she realized her baby was gone. Not calling until her mother found out a month later boggles the mind.

A while back I read, “The Sociopath Next Door”, by Martha Stout. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Sociopath+Next+Door&x=23&y=23 It was chilling.  I re-read parts of it when I started following this story.  Ms. Stout says that as much as 4% of the population are sociopaths.  That’s 1 in 25 people! This means there’s a good chance we’ve all crossed paths with at least one sociopath.  Sociopaths have no conscience-literally. They are social predators, completely self-serving, and are incapable of feeling empathy or love.  They act on impulse, and show no remorse for their actions.  They can’t.  They aren’t wired that way.  They learn young to mimic emotions, and consequently they are usually very charming.  In “Without Conscience: The Disturbing World Of The Psychopath” http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Without+Conscience&x=9&y=21 Robert Hare, PhD, includes a checklist for identifying this type of person.  Check it out.  Casey Anthony meets almost every criteria. If a sociopath is what Casey Anthony is, then the chances of her ever telling what really happened to her daughter are pretty close to zero. She just won’t be capable of telling the truth.  Let’s just pray that the police are right, and that sooner or later the truth will reveal itself with or without her help. I think that’s probably the only way we will ever know what happened to little Caylee.

Checklist for Identifying a Psychopath: 1. Glibness/superficial charm.  2. Grandiose sense of self-worth.  3. Pathological liar.  4. Cunning/Manipulative.  5. Lack of remorse or guilt.  6. Shallow.  7.  Callous/lack of empathy.  8. Failure to accept responsibility for own actions.  9. Promiscuous sexual behavior.  10. Need for stimulation/prone to boredom.  11. Parasitic lifestyle.  12. Poor behavioral control.  13. Lack of realistic, long-term goals.  14. Impulsive.  15. Irresponsible.  16. Juvenile delinquency.  17. Early behavior problems.  18. Many short-term relationships. 19. Revocation of conditional release. 20. Criminal Versatility.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. sally permalink
    September 15, 2008 12:01 pm

    I agree she is. Why does no one suggest that she just plain sold her? If money was an issue could she not have and she is in another country by now?

  2. SSChapman permalink
    September 15, 2008 12:06 pm

    WOW! The checklist of a physcpath that you provided is eerie when you think about it. When you consider just what the public knows about her since Caylee was reported missing, it just seems right on, but I guess all of us have some of those traits, but to have ALL of them is another thing. Makes you wonder what Casey was like as a child.

  3. September 15, 2008 3:32 pm

    I totally agree! I believe she is Zanny the Nanny and she is the girl she told, that they can’t prove existed. It is such a shame that that beautiful child had to suffer, and while you are right it has brought out the worst in some of us, it has brought out the best in the rest of us. We keep this going in hopes it will keep the story alive, that it will encourage someone to uncover or confess the truth. I for one am still praying.

  4. Scott permalink
    September 16, 2008 11:57 am

    In my opinion, Caylee died from heat when Casey left her in a car. She is a sociopath, in fact a text book example of one. She is just an empty shell, and needs to be put away before she destroys more lives. She has already taken 3 (Caylee, and her mother and father (Cindy&George). If she is let out of jail again she may get pregnant again, maybe her lawyer will be the father this time. Casey is evil, everyone she comes in contact with is damaged.

  5. pamela permalink
    September 17, 2008 5:39 pm

    I am still at a complete loss as to why some folks seem to think that Caylee is alive…….she is in a much better place now……but she has absolutely not been sold, or kidnapped, or taken by nanny……with all of the information that is out about this case, with out a doubt, Casey Anthony either accidentally or intentionally killed her daughter and for those of us that are not sociopaths it may be hard to believe that a mother could do such………but Casey Anthony is completely empty inside. She is a shell — she is so fake……..everything she says is such a lie……the people that know her can tell you first hand that she is not ever to be trusted with anything……a pathological liar, self absorbed in only herself………right now complete strangers are more concerned about bringing the body of this little angel home so that she can have a proper burial than any PERSON IN THE ANTHONY FAMILY………………they all have blood on their hands. Casey killed Caylee and Cindy, George, and brother Lee have allowed her little body to lay out somewhere and rot with eventually nothing being left……….and how dare George to scream at protesters and media that they should be out there looking for Caylee……how dare he accuse others of not looking for Caylee……..is he out looking for her???????? How dare this family not do what is right for Caylee??????? If I had one question to ask the Anthony’s it would be why are you three so scared of Casey????? Cindy, since reporting this initially has done nothing, absolutely nothing for her granddaughter………George, whispered and told the detectives the first night that he did not think Caylee was telling everything…………..that she was holding back……..how can they stand to go to bed everynight when they know their little granddaughters body is rotting in the trash somewhere……..???? How Dare they accuse others of not looking for Caylee!!!!!!!!! CASEY IS EXACTLY AS THE DETECTIVE GAVE AN EXAMPLE OF: EVIL, MONSTER……….and she will never tell what she did to/with Caylee ever…………but I do believe justice will prevail and Casey Anthony will be found out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. rita permalink
    September 25, 2008 3:41 pm

    YES, SOCIOPATH ARE COLD EMOTIONLESS CREATURE.

    http://cid-9fbcbf1035523d02.home.services.spaces.live.com/default.aspx

  7. lee permalink
    November 24, 2008 10:54 pm

    Im counting the days that this is over! the thought of Casey sitting behind a small little cell without the famous cocky smile you see picture after picture, with a beer hmmm. pretty soon it will be plan old applejuice, milk, ect, ect nothing more than plain old juice……. Her day will come her party is over, hope her life is nothing like the one that she was use to. Her mother is pathetic! but we all know that, and dad will hopefully grow some balls!!! we know that he knows much more, however Cindy seems to run the show. I wonder how they manage to pay for all the attorney fees. I bet you, Cindy and George split up after this freaking disaster has come to an end.

  8. Xenu permalink
    June 2, 2011 11:04 pm

    Yes, Casey Anthony is a textbook sociopath.

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