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Is Leonard Padilla exploiting Caylee Anthony?

November 13, 2008

According to the website The Daily BS, Sean Krause lays out a pretty good argument for Leonard Padilla being all about the money and fame.  A lot of people think Sean is full of–well–bs, but I think he’s a sincere guy researching and writing about things he cares about.  (I would like to note that Sean has exchanged emails with Cindy Anthony in the past on another subject. Here’s a link to an email he wrote to her and her response if you are interested:

You can read Sean Krause’ report on Leonard Padilla here:

You can read Rob Dick’s (Leonard’s partner) rebuttal on their own website forum below:

The Official Leonard Padilla and Rob Dick Investigation Forum

Does this surprise anyone? Who ever said that Leonard Padilla wasn’t a news whore??? All you have to do is look at Leonard to see that he’s all about the publicity! His attire, his demeanor, his bravado–all point to his conscious effort to draw attention to himself and his business. Anyone with half a brain knows Leonard Padilla would not be the type of guy to let an opportunity slip through his fingers.  BUT whatever his motives–fame—fortune–revenge against Casey, anger at Cindy, more opportunities to be on Nancy Grace, or perhaps even a real desire to find this little girl, the fact is he’s the only one out there actively looking for Caylee’s body at this point. No matter what you might think of him, he’s keeping the search for Caylee alive.

LP has publicly been a strong supporter of TES, and I thought he was careful to make certain everyone knew that the search last weekend was Tim Millers’–not his.  LP stated he was there just as a volunteer. He only mounted a search of his own (and supposedly with his own money) AFTER Tim made it clear they were leaving.

What would compel Leonard to look in an area that Tim Miller is sure he already thoroughly searched with side scan sonar?  Just for attention?–Or does he have a real conviction that something might still be found to prove Caylee was there? Leonard seems to feel that cross and the fact the Casey said Caylee loved that place means something. I know that he angered Tim. I can understand that, but what does it hurt to look again? Is side scan sonar infallible?

I found the following information on the Underwater Archaeological website rather interesting. It says there must be a calm sea and straight course for a legible result. Didn’t they say the bottom of that river was very murky? Wonder what the currents were like?  There are supposed to be lots of alligators–would that affect the calmness of the water or just the murkiness?

definition of side scan sonar

This is a sonar that can look sideways. This can be compared with a radar, but uses simple sound echoes. The beeps are sent from and received to a fish that is pulled after the search ship. The signals are sent in a wide angular pattern down to the bottom. Thus each pulse lets us “see” a narrow strip below and to the sides. As the fish advances, an image is displayed on a monitor or a paper plotter.



More information about side scan sonars can be found at the following link:


14 Comments leave one →
  1. niecey456 permalink
    November 13, 2008 2:19 pm

    Good Post! I don’t care what Leonard P.’s motives are either, at least, as you say he is looking and maybe he’ll find her. He seems pretty determined and one thing I seem to sense about Ole Leornard, he’s a stubborn man. When he sets his mind to doing something, he’s gonna do it, whether anyone else likes it or not.

  2. maria permalink
    November 13, 2008 3:05 pm

    no he is not exploiting caylee,he is like the most of us,just want to find her and bring her home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  3. truth4caylee permalink
    November 13, 2008 4:14 pm

    I’m not a shrink but L.P is definitely a manly man & those types like to be the hero. I don’t see it as a problem? but other males want to pee on his territory, like kidfinders and well… Cindy is not a man but she clearly isn’t very lady like either.

    Sharon Rocha ( Laci Peterson’s momma ) needs to teach Cindy about not trying to do L.E’s job or the Divers job. Also Cindy needs to stfu! with the Caylee sightings. The b*tch does nothing but obstruct Justice&theTruth4Caylee.

    Game over! everyone knows Caylee is deceased,so stop trying to cash in & look for her remains!

  4. Stephanie permalink
    November 13, 2008 5:48 pm

    I had read the article on LP before your posting. I like Leonard I believe he really wants to find Caylee and that is what it is all about. I don’t know if you have seen this but you can go to youtube and listen to LP on a different subject(Sacramento’s Homeless Leonard Padilla). He is a good guy and people may not like what he says or his behavior but he is who he is. YOU GO LP.

  5. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 13, 2008 6:28 pm

    Thanks for telling us about the UTube video. I had read several other places that Leonard Padilla was a good guy. He’s very colorful and he’s out for publicity as I said before, but who cares? And why all the hoopla now?

    truth4caylee-I had to laugh out loud over the “manly man” thing!

    Niecey- I just really hope you’re right and he won’t stop looking. I wonder though. Sounds like LE doesn’t like what he’s doing.

    And Maria I think you are right as well. He wants her found just like us– except he has the means and is able to actually do something about finding her.

  6. monica111466 permalink
    November 13, 2008 8:46 pm

    “Come on Tim, get your divers…Just imagine it…all the camera’s and ‘Tom Miller’ holding Caylee’s skull”

    THAT is why Leonard needs to jump back on his horse and get back to California.

    Did you see the Alligators? in that lake?…if she was thrown in there she was eaten long ago.

    Stephanie…tell me honestly…how do you know Leonard Padilla is a “good guy”? Do you know him?

  7. Stephanie permalink
    November 14, 2008 5:54 am

    Monica I know LP is still out there looking. I know nobody else is looking for Caylee. I know she needs to be brought home for a proper burial and not thrown away like trash. I know it sickens me that strangers from all over have looked for this child more then her own family. I know LP is out there even if people think he is a fool. I know he didn’t pull out because of that. I know as truth4caylee said LP is a manly man. I know Tim was putting his own spin on it (Tim knows the media was there all day and so on). I know as much as Tim has done for Caylee and other families, he has been completely wish washy on this case (I am going to search, I am not ,I am, I am not).

    Mystrey I always do enjoy reading your site.

  8. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 14, 2008 8:03 pm

    Thanks Stephanie.

    I’m a little confused by Tim Miller as well. He contradicts himself on NG quite often.

  9. November 15, 2008 2:11 pm

    I said it before,but I think it is worth repeating, KC is a small person and to get a body in that body of water she would have to go to the very edge and try and toss the bag,all the time watching for gators,DO YOU THINK SHE IS THAT BRAVE???
    LP himself said he won’t go with-in 25ft. of the edge of the water.

  10. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 16, 2008 7:24 am

    Mand–I think that too, Mand. But, who? Does LE maybe have this under wraps for the trial? Because, if I had been an accomplice, I would have tried to make a deal.

  11. eddie permalink
    November 16, 2008 1:06 pm

    Why has nobody brought up the fact that the gators would have taken care of the remains long ago — what were the divers searching for?

    Gators can digest just about anything – bones and hair is no problem for them.

    Yes, I think the monster disposed of the little girls remains in a place infested with gators.
    But not in a public park – she is not dumb.
    Anyone walking by or riding a bike – whatever – could have seen her.

    She needed a swampy place with a lagoon that was more isolated.
    It seems the area around the airport would have been the logical spot.
    And given the fact that after a silence of several hours she picked up the phone again and told a friend that she “got rid of the stink, she scraped off the squirrels”, that scenario makes a lot more sense.

    I also think she must have had help.

    Dead weight or 30 pounds of decomposing flesh is not easy to move for a slmall woman.

    The Anthony family is refusing a polygraph test.
    They have guilty knowledge.

    Padillo is smart to take the test, it will clear him, and it will cause more questions about the Anthony’s refusal to take the test.

  12. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 16, 2008 7:32 pm

    Good points eddie-but didn’t I hear one of the divers say that they don’t have to worry about the alligators attacking them while they are in the water? Something to do with the fact that if they open their mouths under water they risk drowning. The diver said they come up and nudge them but don’t attack. Why would Caylee’s body be any different?

  13. eddie permalink
    November 17, 2008 7:34 am

    hi “itsamysterytome”

    Don’t have a problem with the divers safety.

    Have a problem with the length of time that has passed before anybody decided to go into the water to look for anything remaining .
    And don’t think there are any physical remains of the body – am thinking in terms of scraps of clothing or a piece of the bag — whatever.

    I am also confused why the little doll was found on the backseat of the car, understand that the little girl wouldn’t go anywhere without that doll.
    Does that mean she was already dead when she was stuffed into the trunk by the Monster?
    Or did the Monster deny her even that small comfort before killing her one way or another.

    One final observation:
    On the tapes of Caylee reading her book, she has bald spots on both sides of her hair.
    No, it isn’t from pulling the ponytail too tight.
    It looks like she might be a chronic “hairpuller” or that somebody has pulled her hair out.
    She is shown wearing a hair covered in most photos.

    Minor issue, but I am wondering about it just the same.

  14. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 17, 2008 9:34 am

    I know I heard one of the divers say they are safe in the water because the gators won’t open their mouths-they might drown. That leads me to think they eat outside the water? I’m going to research that.

    The little doll has really weighed on my heart. No matter what happened to that little girl or what you might believe happened to her, why wasn’t her ‘mama’ doll kept with her?

    I went back and looked at the tape of her at the nursing home reading and it did look lighter on either side of her bangs, but I couldn’t tell for sure if it was just the way her hairline was or if it were the light reflecting off her hair or what. My son used to twist his hair in the front on one side while he slept and it would break off and be very visable–of course he was a boy so had short hair.

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