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A theory about why Casey Anthony abandoned her reeking car

November 22, 2008

I have to agree with Cindy on one point: Why would Casey leave a reeking car parked in plain sight to be discovered?  Common sense really does say she wouldn’t.

The tow yard guy said the car smelled when they picked it up, and the smell had continued to get caseys-car-2progressively worse over the two weeks it had been in their yard. That tells us that it probably didn’t smell that bad when Casey left it there.

Here’s where I’m going with this.  What if Casey decided she had to move Caylee’s body from wherever she originally put it (maybe her parents yard-I don’t know).  She put her in some kind of bag, placed her in the trunk of the car and THEN spent several days figuring out where she was going to take her. The car started to smell a little, but because Caylee was in a container, it didn’t smell horribly–she could still drive around and the stench wasn’t unbearable and didn’t linger on her clothes. She made up the squirrel excuse in case someone else noticed there was slight odor to buy some time.   She got rid of the body (the squirrels), the bag tore as she was moving it and leaked onto her clothes. (LP’s theory) What she wasn’t aware of was that the bag had already torn and leaked onto the rug of her car. (maybe it was at night, so she didn’t see the stain,  and she didn’t go back into the trunk before abandoning it.)  She immediately parked it at Amscott by the trash bin to cover any lingering odor. (remember, the smell wasn’t that bad at this point)  She left her purse and driver’s license–maybe she was going to say someone stole her car, its contents-including her baby?) Later, she goes by and sees the car is gone.  It worked, someone stole it! -she didn’t know it was towed,  and figured she had gotten away with it. Because she lives in the moment, she just goes on with her life. Meanwhile, it WAS towed, not stolen, and the smell from the fluids in the car got worse and worse…..

The kidnapping and stealing of the car portion of this theory doesn’t really work because she was picked up at Amscott by Tony.   He knows she left the car in the parking lot and that it wasn’t stolen.  Which still leaves the question of why, then, did she leave her purse with her driver’s license in it in the car?  She must have had a reason to do that?

Oh well, just a theory, although I do think the car must not have smelled to the extent it did when George and Cindy picked it up, since the tow yard guy said the odor was there, but not that bad when it was towed.  There must have been almost no odor when she abandoned it.

Any thoughts?

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  1. November 22, 2008 11:34 am

    I think you are right on but the purse also mystifies me as to why she would leave it. I think the car smelled pretty bad as she complained about it to Amy in her txt messages. The chemicals causing the smell only got worse in the hot Florida June weather. The temps in the trunk could reach over 140 degrees easy.

    Is it possible that she left the car because it was near out of gas? She did txt amy and go with her to buy new gas cans only to find the car gone. Possibly confused as to what she could do to cover up the death, she just left the car with her personal stuff inside as bait for someone to steel the car. Having seen the car was still there then thought, “not working” go to plan “B” what ever that would turn into, (The Nanny did it) after she got caught by her mom and of corse then knew the car was towed.

    I don’t think this was well thought out and if you try an place your mind in her position (Very hard to do) you can see some panic in places. Although seemly very calm on the outside, I think there was panic on the inside. I feel I can hear it in certain words while she talks to the LE guys. We may never know.


  2. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 22, 2008 11:43 am

    I think you’re right about the gas cans. I think the car smelled, but not bad enough to raise a major alarm yet–it could be covered by saying it was dead squirrel and wasn’t yet strong enough to linger on her clothes. I’m thinking that because the guy at the tow yard said it stunk but not THAT bad until later–It just got progressively worse. It sat i the parking for several days before he picked it up–makes me think the smell began to develop while it was sitting there and ripened over the next several weeks in the heat? If she left it shortly after she dumped the body, that could be possible?

    If it had really reeked the way they said it did, there’s just no way people didn’t notice, if not the smell coming from the car, the smell that would have had to be on her clothes?

  3. wesley permalink
    November 22, 2008 1:41 pm

    I thought the two yard guy said he had a cold and didnt smell anything when he picked up the car at amscott? There is something with amy sending a change of address card to the Anthnoys home only to say she was moving in with Casey.That dosent set well. Could it be when she went to PR she was having drugs shipped or something from there. It didnt set well when Zanny was at Ricardos house either and Amy was living there. If She Was homeless how come she had money in the bank a new car and could afford to go to PR? something isnt right with this Amy. Did they ever check the Tampa hospital with Amys name over the accident on I 4 near Tampa. Something is not right with this Amy and Ricordo. I think some kind of drug activity was going on and Casey burned them.

  4. wesley permalink
    November 22, 2008 1:50 pm

    Could it be the Anthnoys were next to come up missing when Amy was going to move in with Casey? I think Amy sould be checked out big time with Ricordo> Todays young are not right and you never know. There could have been a big plot going on when found out alot changed and they turned on Casey and took Caylee.

  5. ilmcvm permalink
    November 22, 2008 2:39 pm

    Maybe she figured that if the car would of been stolen, then it would be a mystery where everyone thought who ever did this has Casey an Caylee. Because IT casey had made plans to travel out of florida. She din’t tell alot of people about this but the hawkins guy (I think thats who she told she was going to be visiting and had something to tell him.
    IMO Caylee was gone, no one knew that yet and IT Casey was going to dissapear also.
    But she never made it.
    But as for the wllet etc. I think that was doneso people would think she was kidnapped also. Just athought.

  6. Kari permalink
    November 22, 2008 3:47 pm

    Hi, Mystery and posters! We’re right back to where we were a week or two ago, aren’t we? Yes, I agree that although Casey was aware of an odor, it could not have been so overpowering as it was when they picked up the car. Caylee must have been in a container of some sort, and when she removed it from the trunk, somehow it leaked… (ghastly thought!)

    Now, in this interview it is said that the purse left in the car was her main purse, and did contain her id and driver’s license. Yet, she continued to drive Tony’s and Amy’s cars for the next two weeks, and to use Amy’s checks, which most places ask for id, specially the bank!!! Now, how did she cash a check at the bank with no id???

    She must have had a secondary id. In which case, maybe the one left in the car was the disposable one, like, last year’s or something?
    You would certainly think that leaving id in the car could only, only mean that she meant for people to find it and believe she was kidnapped, or dead? Otherwise, if her id was in the car, you’d think she would have managed to get back over there the very next day, or later that night, or something to get her id back, if not get the whole evidence-containing car back.

    It would make a great ending to the story if she had planned to go somewhere overseas and start a new life with a new id. But that’s just fiction, the reality looks like she didn’t plan anything.

    I understand that Tony, and Amy, would have known the truth, but I’m not sure that would have bothered her. She was in the habit of feeding different stories to different people.

    The bit that gets me is that she left the gore-govered plastic bag in the trunk. But you must have it right, Mystery, it must have been dark and she just didn’t see the leakage on the bag, and running down to stain the trunk.

  7. November 22, 2008 3:50 pm

    Casey was lying to Amy all along. Amy’s uncle I think it was bought her that car used. Casey was going to go to JAX with Amy to pick up the car then fed her the story of George having a stroke and stayed home. Casey also told Amy that Gorge and Cindy were giving her the house and Casey and Amy could live there. Never one word of truth, never not even to her best friends. It was the Nanny that had the accident in Tampa, yeah right. The cops checked that out and it never happened.

    It is as if Casey does not exist as not one word she has said in this whole thing is true, it’s all made up, 24/7.


  8. wesley permalink
    November 22, 2008 5:14 pm

    In cindys interview she believes that nanny was Amy and had a picture of the apartment where Casey said to her that was the photo taken at the Nannys apt. That is why they need to check the accident out to see if the Nanny was Amy and she was taken to the hospital. Casey also told Cindy that the Nannys dad bought her a new car. The photo was taken at the Nannys but really Ricardos apt.

  9. wesley permalink
    November 22, 2008 5:16 pm

    This Nanny thing is making me think that it was Amy also.

  10. territ permalink
    November 22, 2008 5:41 pm


    Casey “lied” about the Tampa car accident. No records found at Tampa General of any Zenaida Gonzalez as a patient. Also, Caseys’ dad saw her riding around Orlando when she was supposed to be out of town.

    Also, Amy comes from a very wealthy family in Florida. Her father purchased her car for her, and paid for her trip to Puerto Rico.
    There was NO Zenaida that stayed at Ricardo’s house.

    If you listen to one of Cindy’s FBI interviews, (1st or 2nd), she was caught lying. First she said a picture of Caylee was taken at Zenaida’s apartment, then a couple minutes later, she says it’s Ricardo’s apartment. The FBI detective caught that lie, and had Cindy repeat her statement that the picture was taken at Ricardo’s, and not Zenaida’s.

    Sawgrass Apartment connection-

    Casey has a friend that lived in Sawgrass apartments for 3 years. His apartment number was “214”, which is only 4 doors away from “210”. This friend of Casey’s, for unknown reasons, packed up and moved out of Sawgrass toward the end of June.

    Casey’s Sawgrass Apartment connection is also friends with a guy named
    “Brandon” that operates an independent porn/adult film company, and he would use Sawgrass Apt# 214 when he would come into town and do some of his filming.
    Casey’s Sawgrass Apartment friend is a bouncer/security guard for a
    “gentlemens” strip club in Orlando called “Dancers Royale”. When all of this came out with Casey, “Dancers Royale” shut down their website. The reason for shutting down their website- Casey was on their home page dressed like a stripper. This ties into those “compromising” pictures,
    Casey’s father found on their home computer.

    The trial will be good, I’m sure all this information will come up.

  11. wesley permalink
    November 22, 2008 6:08 pm

    wow! There could be so many possibilites of what could have really happened! This sounds almost like Trenton the Duckett Case. Did casey have a big fight at one of the parties she was at with this Brandon? I remember something about a big argument with someone she knew and left the party?

  12. territ permalink
    November 22, 2008 6:19 pm


    Yes, Casey did have a run-in with the same Brandon I’m referring to. She claimed she had a miscarriage from him, which I don’t believe.
    My guess, he has the “goodies” on her secret life. I’m certain this will all play out in court.

  13. wesley permalink
    November 22, 2008 6:34 pm

    Well if that is the case sounds like the FBI should be looking into many possibilites not just Casey murdered her daughter. This could mean that the child really was taken or she really left her with a sitter or she has her in hiding to protect her from this guy and this nasty pron. Just maybe he threatened her big with Caylee and her family and Casey burned him in some way. Maybe she threatened to blow him in to the police over the porn and drugs. Casey sounds like she got into something over her head. maybe he already used Caylee for his personal use and Casey wasnt having it.

  14. wesley permalink
    November 22, 2008 6:42 pm

    Where is this brandon? If he is missing maybe he was in the trunk. if not he should be.

  15. territ permalink
    November 22, 2008 6:46 pm

    I think Casey overdosed Caylee with chloroform, and locked her in the trunk of her car so she could spend the night with Tony. When Casey called Tony Lazzaro on the 16th of June, he told Casey NOT to bring Caylee. Casey could’nt reach her mother to ask her to babysit, and decided to “knock out” Caylee, and leave her in the trunk.

    I don’t think Casey’s adult entertainment connection has anything to do with Caylee’s death. Casey is young, wanted to party, and didn’t want to be a responsible mother.

    In my opinion she’s guilty of being a bad mother, which led to the demise of her innocent daughter.

  16. territ permalink
    November 22, 2008 6:52 pm

    I meant to mention that Casey’s friend that lived in Sawgrass Apts. lived there with his girlfriend; his girlfriend worked at a Vets office, and did have access to “chloroform”. Word is she will be testifying for the prosecution, and will provide this information.

    Casey and her friends, would use the chloroform to come down from their highs, if they did too many stimulants.

  17. territ permalink
    November 22, 2008 7:03 pm

    The girlfriend of the Sawgrass connection is also set to testify that Casey was known to give Caylee Xanax so she could knock her out, party, and do other “extra- curricular” activities.

  18. territ permalink
    November 22, 2008 7:08 pm

    Law enforcement suspects the Xanax Casey was giving Caylee was Casey’s “nanny”. The street name for Xanax is “Xanni or Zanni”.
    They believe that’s why Casey would refer to the babysitter as “Zanni the Nanny”.

    Casey’s use of Xanax will also come out in court.

  19. Kari permalink
    November 22, 2008 7:15 pm

    Okay, Territ, I’ll bite, how is it you are privy to these future testimonies? And the porn company patronized by Casey–or maybe employing Casey??

    One little point I’d like to contest: When I listened to the interview tape, Cindy did not ‘lie’ about the picture taken in Ricardo’s apartment. She felt that since Casey said it was Zenaida’s apartment, and it is, in fact, Ricardo’s that maybe Ricardo or Amy was the ‘real’ Zenaida.

  20. territ permalink
    November 22, 2008 7:18 pm

    It was reported a few months ago that the inside trunk hood has tiny claw marks/ scratches. This tells me Caylee woke up in the trunk, and tried to claw her way out. This ties in with one of the forsenic tests which confirms there was a lack of oxygen in the decomposition. Basically this poor child was drugged and suffocated in the trunk.

    I really hope Casey is found GUILTY of first degree murder.

  21. territ permalink
    November 22, 2008 7:20 pm


    I know a person that’s friends with one of the lead investigators on this case.

  22. wesley permalink
    November 22, 2008 7:34 pm

    I still say check to see if Amy was the one who had the accident on I 4 near Tampa. check the records for Amy H at Tampa General. It sounds like Amy was the nanny according to the FBI tapes with Cindy? Something isnt right with this.

  23. trensota permalink
    November 22, 2008 7:53 pm

    Territ, everything else you’ve said sounds good to me, and if you’re a friend of a friend then I guess you hear things the rest of us don’t.

    But. Tiny claw marks? That would be horrifying, and probably would cinch her conviction on murder 1. But it sure sounds like an urban myth to me…

    I think I’ll just wait and see.

    Hey, is Leonard Padilla your friend? He does tend to talk big…

  24. wesley permalink
    November 22, 2008 8:01 pm

    I live in Florida and i can insure you the month of June was terribly hot anyone with common sense would know if you put someone in the trunk you would not have to chloroform them because you would die in a short period of time from the heat even at nite time. chloroform would not be needed nor would zannax to knock her out. So that tells me that if she is dead as everyone claims she had to die somewhere other than her car. i can insure you the heat no doubt was in the 90s in june add a closed trunk and temp could reach 120 in a short time that would kill quick.

  25. wesley permalink
    November 22, 2008 8:19 pm

    If she died in the trunk it most definentaly would be premeditated murder and done on purpose. no chloroform or zannax needed just a hot trunk. if she drove around with a dead body for 10 days as people think Casey herself would have pucked at the smell. Her father said on the 24th that when he went to the back of the trunk there was no mention of a odor on the 24 so. the 24th through the 27th when she dumped the car at amscott and the tow guy said he had a cold and did not smell anything. so the smell appeared from the 30th through the 15th of july. something happened on the 24th through 27 but not in the trunk somewhere else.

  26. truth4caylee permalink
    November 22, 2008 8:22 pm

    Wow Trensota!

    I’m trying to figure out whose side you are on? At least L.P is doing something besides thinking of ways to help Casey.

    I do not understand why you are attacking territ? hmmmmm….

    btw! once the trial gets going,there will be plenty of horrifying stories. The Bail bond hearing will look like a getting to know you party.

  27. Kari permalink
    November 22, 2008 10:12 pm

    Sorry, Truth, if I seem to be ‘attacking’. I have not encountered Territ anywhere else and have not read his info anywhere else, so I am, ah, just curious as to its provenance. Always happy to entertain new opinions and theories—unless they come masquerading as facts. We are all keenly interested in new facts, once established as such.

    And I like Leonard Padilla, but he does talk big, and ‘tiny claw marks’ kind of sounds like his style…

    I agree with Wesley; if Territ’s info is for real, then the FBI should be doing some high-powered investigating into the local syndicate, or something.
    ‘Whose side am I on?’ What are my choices? I’d like to be on the side of truth, so I guess I’m on your side!

    Ooops, I didn’t log in. I am Trensota when I log in, since ‘Kari’ was taken.

  28. wesley permalink
    November 23, 2008 10:27 am

    Im waiting for the best ending yet! The babysitter goes to the police station to have Casey arrested for not paying her babysitting bill and picking her child up>

  29. txnancy permalink
    November 23, 2008 7:06 pm

    I never heard that Amy was homeless/unemployed or anything of that nature. I thought Amy was doing fine on her own with perhaps the help of her dad.
    Zenida is the one who is now unemployed(thanks to Casey’s lies) and could be at this time homeless.
    I thought Casey left the car at Amscot because she once again ran out of gas??? As far as her leaving the keys in the car and her purse I think she did it because she wanted the car to be stolen. Only it probably backfired on it when ppl came up to the car and smelled the stench.
    I also thought the tow guy stated that he too smelled the car and it smelled like a dead body because he towed a car abt a month b4 where the guy killed himself in the car?????
    I still would like to know where Lee is and why he keeps disappearing.
    I would also like to know why Casey thinks the LE should have found Caylee’s clothes. Why would the clothes be seperated from Cayleee???
    Why do the ANTS keep promising a news confernece only to cancel?????
    Why do they keep covering up her lies/????

  30. tui permalink
    November 23, 2008 8:37 pm

    Casey planned to leave the car there with key;s in the ignition and her purse in plain view because she wanted someone to steal it, then she can blame that poor sucker for Caylee’s disappearance.

    Unfortunatley for Ms. Casey, God was watching her every move. Her plan A didn;t pan out hence the unfortunate crossing paths somehow with Zenaida F Gonzales??And the first chapter was written{Zenaida the babysitter, etc… }…..when all those lies came full circle and she was caught at every turn contradicting herself, the web of lies grew to monumental porportion and the rest is history as they say…

  31. tui permalink
    November 23, 2008 8:42 pm

    That girl Amy has nothing to do with Caylee’s disappearance. None of those people had anything to do with it, I don’t agree with some people’s notion that anyone other than Caylee’s own mother is responsible for this nightmare.

  32. Kari permalink
    November 24, 2008 3:40 pm

    Perfect ending, Wesley!! Thanks for a giggle!

  33. hd1 permalink
    December 11, 2008 4:00 pm

    Interesting concepts here….to read today…I did not know Casey was stating that investigators should have found her clothes….especially since today the body was found with no clothes on.

    I think the babysitter was Cindy…I think Casey left Caylee with Cindy..>I think Cindy killed it, and is letting Casey take the wrap..don’t get me wrong…I think Casey is as thick in this as Cindy…but I think they both are guilty.

    The Dancers Royale…Brandon…and a guy by the name Dante Salati…are all involved…

  34. itsamysterytome permalink*
    December 11, 2008 4:33 pm

    Now that’s an interestng theory hd1!

  35. December 15, 2008 11:30 am

    First off, I thought Cindy stated that her daughter had been missing for a month and she just found her on the July 15, 2008 calls. some of these comments suggest that Casey saw her dad, or he saw the car on June 24. He says he last saw Caylee on June 16, 2008, but when did he last see Casey? According to cell phone pings, what was Casey doing on June 17 near Blanchard Park? Records indicate she was at home on June 17 around 2:30 pm then at the park at 5:20 pm after that 3 hours of cell phone silence, no text, no outgoing, no incoming calls. Then on June 18 she was again at home around 2:30-3:30 pm, this is the day she borrowed the shovel and back into the garage. Again she leaves home and goes north near the Blanchard Park area on the Econ Trail – then 28 minutes of silence. What is up in that area? Is this where she originally buried Caylee and then decided to move her. I wonder if Caylee was in the trunk of the car the entire time in was in the tow yard. Who picked up the car. Did Casey get it first, then in a rush, took the body and dumped it in the woods near her home, then went home? What do you think?

  36. itsamysterytome permalink*
    December 15, 2008 10:25 pm

    Interesting denise–

    Cindy, according to her and George, stayed in almost daily contact with Casey by phone and email. George saw her when she came home at some point after Caylee disappeared. That’s when he went out to get the gas cans from her trunk and she wouldn’t let him. George and Cindy picked up the car. I don’t know what she was doing in the Blanchard Park area. Maybe it was as you said, where she buried the body first.

  37. American Beauty permalink
    July 7, 2011 3:25 am

    Im really sad about this whole thing, i believe she is guilty.. you dont just go around and say you went through other resources during the 31 days your child is missing… I have 2 beautiful children, and if they are gone more than an hour or something like that, i worry, big time…its so sad, justice for casey but no justice for caylee 😦 it brought me to tears, They are letting her walk away with murder..A FREE WOMAN… so sad,,, i just cant believe how the system works…there was more than enough evidence. if i was in the jury.. i would of sad she is guilty after everything i have watched since day 1… maybe the whole family is in on it…they all tell lies anyways

  38. Eljay permalink
    July 26, 2013 7:40 pm

    I believe she’s innocent. Why on earth would she leave the car there if it smelled like death? The theory that the stain that she missed started to smell worse over time, sounds extremely far-fetched. It sounds like a desperate attempt that Casey MUST be the murderer so let’s grab on to the least possible explanation. For me the fact that she left the car there and the fact that the smell was getting worse during the two weeks, shows that it must have been the garbage. The smell of a stain would have probably just faded. Sorry that I don’t agree with the lynch mob.

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