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.