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Diane Fanning interview with 48 hours writer, Barry Leibowitz, offers some interesting observations

November 9, 2009

Barry Leibowitz, Senior Writer at 48 Hours Mystery recently did a very interesting an informative interview with Diane Fanning, author of “Mommy’s Little Girl: Casey Anthony and her Daughter Caylee’s Tragic Fate”. Ms. Fanning provided some very interesting and insightful observations about Caylee’s case.  I’ve excerpted just a few teasers from her answers below.  It’s a pretty long interview, but well worth the read.

You can find the interview at this link: crimesider LINK

When asked what issue she thought was most decisive in this case, Fanning answered:

…..Premeditation. The prosecution needs to overcome the accident theory….

…..But with many indicators that Casey reacted when she did because of an argument with her mother, the state will need to show that although the actual timing, the day that it happened, might have been an impulsive act prompted by events, it was still backed by months of dogged research and deep contemplation.

What did she think about the relationship between Casey Cindy and George and does it matter? Fanning said:

…… Casey honed her skills in manipulation and deception by practicing on Cindy. It was difficult for Cindy, as it is for any mother, to distinguish between the normal adolescent breaking-away in search of independence and less socially acceptable behavior.

When the latter became obvious, Cindy refused to see it. ……

…………….Cindy’s willingness to do anything to protect her daughter, including the withholding of important evidence, has destroyed her credibility and made even a mother’s plea for mercy in the penalty phase at trial, if it comes to that, meaningless and unmoving.

When asked if there was an element of this case she thought remained to be unraveled, Fanning said:

Yes — Who is Caylee’s father?
…………….Will someone step forward before the trial? Will some young man quietly submit to DNA testing and when paternity is confirmed, reveal himself as a champion for justice for the daughter he never knew? ………….

What was the one question she felt she should have been asked but hasn’t and what is the answer?  Fanning replied:

Why does this story matter? First and foremost, it matters because Caylee Marie Anthony matters. Because this little girl deserved to experience life from its beginning until its natural end. Because her life was stolen from her,……………………

Many ask “What makes Caylee more important than the other toddlers who lose their lives to homicide, unnoticed and uncelebrated in the media?” The answer is simple.Caylee is more than one little girl—Caylee is the face and the voice for all young innocent children cut down by the cruelty, narcissism and depravity of others…….

…….A generic story about hundreds of murdered children may shock us but it doesn’t have the emotional impact of directly looking into the eyes of one victimized child. ……….

…………Caylee is just one little girl who deserved to live but when I look at her, I see so much more. I see legions of nameless children who suffered similar fates, lining up behind her demanding justice, pleading for change, begging for protection. And our little Caylee is standing vigil for them all.

You can read the full interview below:

If you haven’t read Diane’s book yet, I would recommend that you do.  It is an easy read, and though it only adds a few tidbits of knowledge that those following this case may not have already known, it does provide an excellent timeline of events.  Seeing the story that has been unfolding over the last year as one body of information makes  it even more shockingly clear that there is only one obvious murderer of Caylee….and that is her mother, Casey.

59 Comments leave one →
  1. Boston permalink
    November 9, 2009 3:15 pm

    Mystery-I read the book and it is odd that her intense feelings for Caylee were not evident to me. I don’t think it’s important for the author to “incinuate” herself but to tell a compelling story. She brought us up to date in book and shared a couple of interesting revelations. All in all though I enjoyed the book and thank her for her efforts to put it all in chronological order.

    There were things that I did not remember as well as things that were actually new to me. Throughout the initial days of the investigation and as it moved into pretrial I was so surprised not to hear anything from either Mr and Mrs Anthony’s extended families. Where were her aunts and uncles? Where are her grandparents? To read the emails from her brothers was startling because they showed that they had no relationship with Casey. It was agonizing to read of their love for her and the hopelessness and concern they had for both George and Cindy relative to any impending charges that might be coming their way.

    I never knew that Lee called Melanie and said, “We know that CAsey has done bad things…” Very contradictiory when you considered his disregard for the truth while being deposed by Morgan and Milnick. Very shabby behavior-you would never have suspected that he was the uncle of an innocent, precious child who was murdered and thrown in a swamp. He needs to sit up straight and think straight even if it hurts.

  2. Ivy's Grama permalink
    November 9, 2009 3:44 pm

    I have been following this case since its inception. I felt so deeply about Caylee, I have a 3 yr. old grandaughter, and I was awash in shock and horror watching this thing develop. We are steadfast in protecting, preventing, watching and making sure our little Ivy is ok. She is never allowed out of our sight, I couldn’t sleep or eat if she were given over to someone we didn’t know. We are the persons that she can trust, we are the persons who will take care, her mother and I. As the Caylee story moved forward, all of those protections that come quite naturally by being aware of the world today, were shattered into dust. It was her very own mother!! There was no saving Caylee from her, she was doomed when Casey’s manipulations focused on revenge toward Caylee’s grandmother, I believe Cindy loved Caylee and Caylee loved Cindy. Its amazing when you see Cindy, now, as the ONLY person in Caseys corner, denying the action that was intended to hurt her above all others.
    I also feel like Diane does about Caylee’s father,it seems as if Casey had no boundaries when it came to having sex. And the majority of her partners, save Jesse Grund, weren’t prizes. So it would take a man, a real man to walk into this nightmare and admit he might be Caylee’s dad. What a wonderful tribute to Caylee, though, if her daddy would step up!! Just maybe, if Caylee were that important to her dad, Casey might be affected, something we really haven’t seen from Casey, other than the time that they found poor little Caylee’s body and she thought she was caught.
    The new discovery that was released said that they found a syringe in a bottle of gatorade, that had chloroform in it, all in the bag with Caylee. But as was suggested again, by Fanning, the prosecution has deliberately revealed their evidence slowly, maybe its only a matter of time that we find out that this syringe and bottle did have fingerprints on it, the hammer would then be down.
    Justice for Caylee.

  3. Boston permalink
    November 9, 2009 4:22 pm

    Dear Ivy’sGrama-You are so right on. They just discussed your comments relative to the fingerprints on Mike Galanos and all have agreed that the circumstantial case will be the closest it’s ever been to a slam dunk.

  4. Diana permalink
    November 9, 2009 6:06 pm

    Thanks for the link *Mystery.
    I wasn’t going to buy the book, but now I am.

  5. Hadley permalink
    November 9, 2009 6:25 pm

    Re: To Dianne Fanning’s statement about other abused/murdered children:
    “Our little Caylee is standing vigil for them all.” I BELIEVE this, and I know that somehow, someway that her murder is going to make a

    God Bless and protect each and every child in America, and keep them safe from harm. Amen

  6. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 9, 2009 6:59 pm

    Hi Boston, nice to see you!

    I agree that Diane kept the book rather “cut and dried”, but I think that was probably her intent. She wanted to present the facts of the case mixed with what the relatives and friends added to provide what she hoped would be a clear picture of Casey Anthony. I don’t presume to speak for her, but that’s what I thought made the book good. She wasn’t trying to sway an opinion, she let the facts speak for themselves, and clearly they do. I appreciate the work she put into it as well.

    I would really love to know that Cindy and George read it. When it’s laid out like that in black and white, there’s really not an argument to be made in Casey’s favor. If it is possible that they are still in denial, this book would surely snap them out of it. It’s just so obvious that no one but Casey did this.

    I didn’t know that Cindy was estranged from her mother and that after they found Caylee they made a truce and agreed not to speak about the case. That echos what Cindy said was the “rule of law” while Casey was under house arrest. It really boggled my mind that they didn’t grill Casey until they got the truth out of her. Obviously, that is a standard mode of operation with that family. They define dysfunctional.

  7. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 9, 2009 7:11 pm

    Ivy’s Grama–I feel exactly the same way you do. Our little 18 month old grandson is protected and loved and hasn’t a care in the world. He knows he is safe and loved in the arms of his mommy and daddy, and grandparents. Contrast that to Caylee who looked so worried and tired in her last photos. Those little shoulders were carrying a huge weight, and no doubt she was confused and afraid.

    Several of Casey’s friends said that Caylee was abnormally anxious and hysterical when Casey even left the room to go to the bathroom. Could that be because most of the times Casey left Caylee, she found herself drugged and alone in a strange place?


  8. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 9, 2009 7:12 pm

    You’re welcome, Diana.

  9. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 9, 2009 7:15 pm


    Yes, I believe it to. I believe Caylee will not have died for nothing, and hopefully her story will bring more awareness, stricter laws, and greater support for all those children that have no voice and no advocate.

  10. BEES KNEES permalink
    November 9, 2009 9:37 pm

    Hadley & Mystery,

    I do believe that Caylee’s murder WILL bring more “awareness, stricter laws, and greater support for all those children that have no voice and no advocate.” At the very least, you said it! Caylee’s touched an awful lot of loving hearts who will make sure her short life had meaning.

  11. niecey456 permalink
    November 9, 2009 9:42 pm

    Mystery, Excellent Post! Very interesting. I am reading the book now, but haven’t finished it yet. I think from what I’ve read Diane did a wonderful job. I also agree with what she said about Caylee. Caylee made many of us wake up and realize that this kind of thing was happening, and on a greater scale than we could have imagined. Because of Caylee I am much more aware. I pray for a whole lot more children, than ever before.

  12. BEES KNEES permalink
    November 9, 2009 9:48 pm

    Ivy’s Grama, I loved your comment! Very well said, all of it. Thanks. I have two little granddaughters and am with you every word of the way!

  13. BEES KNEES permalink
    November 9, 2009 10:03 pm

    I finished Mommy’s Little Girl in just two sittings. It was a fast and easy read as you say. And yes it’s nice to have the tidied up line of events all in just one body of work, as opposed to a dozen different websites and a few tv stations and newspapers. It reminded me of a couple things I’d forgotten and I thought Fanning did a good job in creating order from an overwhelming case!

  14. Sophie permalink
    November 9, 2009 11:44 pm

    George and Cindy didn’t grill Casey for the truth because they didn’t WANT the truth. They can’t handle the truth. If there was videotape of Casey committing this act, they’d say it was fake. If God himself came down to inform them that Casey did it, they’d call Him a liar.

    If Casey ADMITTED it, they’d say she was co-erced, or better yet, telling a mistruth or half-truth. If Caylee appeared to them and told them her mother did it, they’d call Caylee a liar.

  15. Jill from Western Australia permalink
    November 10, 2009 12:08 am

    Hiya my l♥velies…I have been notified that my book is winging its way to me as we speak…looking forward to reading it.

    Do I think Cindy will have read the book?


    Will she ever admit to this?


    Hugs ♥♥♥

  16. Jill from Western Australia permalink
    November 10, 2009 12:52 am


    WordPress doesn’t seem to like me anymore since I cleaned my “cookies”

    Lets see if this posts

    Hugs ♥♥♥

  17. maxineme permalink
    November 10, 2009 6:37 am

    This is a very interesting interview, thanks mysterytome.. and I love all the comments too.I can only add a big ditto to everyones opinion.

  18. November 10, 2009 9:01 am

    OK, I still have NOT bought the book, don’t think I will as it is premature to write a book about this at this point. Fanning, no matter what she says, is about making money. She picked the money making name as there are many cases she could write about. jmo

  19. mikka permalink
    November 10, 2009 9:51 am

    bill schaeffer have his own blog

  20. Ideas permalink
    November 10, 2009 10:02 am


    “George and Cindy didn’t grill Casey for the truth because they didn’t WANT the truth. They can’t handle the truth.”

    I think George tried to grill, but was hindered. However, I too was disappointed by lack of grilling. I’m assuming when you mention “truth” here you are referring to exactly what Casey did to Caylee.

    Because I think the other truth…that Casey killed Caylee…was accepted by the 3 Anthonys, and that is why they went into preservation-mode for Casey by lying, stretching, averting, or whatever else.

    They can handle the truth and have proved it in their deception.

    If Casey told her family the truth, I believe they would take it and then tell her to keep it quiet, that she would die in Florida courts, and so must do anything but be truthful and let the courts tangle with it all.

    Cindy knew that Casey would be convicted because of hers and George’s testimonies. She didn’t want that responsibility to the truth. She and George have muddled around so that the onus of conviction will lie within the courts not on them.

  21. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 10, 2009 10:18 am

    Bees Knees–
    I sure hope so. It certainly has for me and I think for a lot of people that have never paid close attention to a case like this before.

    I suppose we should actually thank the Anthonys and Casey’s attorneys for bringing their outrageousness to go along with Casey’s stunning lies in all of this. If it weren’t for their moronic behavior, I don’t think this case would have gotten near the publicity it has.

    Sadly, it’s just not enough that a precious baby has been murdered. The death has to be accompanied by extreme sensationalism to spark an interest for people in the de-sensitized world we live in now.

  22. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 10, 2009 10:21 am


    Me too. My daughter in law who teaches kindergarten in our little town says the child abuse and neglect just in her classroom gets worse every year. This is a sleepy little community of 8000 outside a town of about 35,000. If it’s rampant here, it’s rampant everywhere.

  23. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 10, 2009 10:40 am


    Yes, I would recommend it just for the time line to use as a reference to help me know what dates to go back and look at docs with.

  24. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 10, 2009 10:58 am


    That reminded me of something I wrote in the margin on one of the pages of Fanning’s book. It really is a stunning example of how Cindy compartmentalizes things and avoids the truth. When George brought the stinking car home, Cindy wouldn’t let him call the police. She said she was going to give Casey the benefit of the doubt til she could talk to her. (mind you, this is after Casey has been gone with Caylee for a month making up all those stupid excuses and Cindy growing more and more concerned. You could even say she was becoming fearful, asking if she was ever going to see Caylee again.) So, now the car comes home smelling like there’s a dead body in it, and what does Cindy do? She doesn’t call police, she doesn’t try to track down Casey, she just goes to work! She goes to work and talks it to death with her co-workers, who all are alarmed enough to tell her she needs to call the authorities. Still, it takes a district supervisor to force her to go home and deal with what to her co-workers was CLEARLY an emergency situation. I think she would have stayed til the place closed that night if they hadn’t made her leave.

    She did the same thing pretending Casey wasn’t pregnant. Casey was bursting at the seams and Cindy refused to believe she was pregnant until Casey actually voiced the words–shortly before giving birth. As tiny as Casey is, she had to have looked like a beached whale at that point, but Cindy calmly called it a tumor on an ovary???

    It really gave me an insight into how Cindy is able to block all the evidence against Casey now–and could even convince herself that Caylee might still be alive. Casey hasn’t said Caylee is dead or that she did it, so it isn’t so. I’ve never seen anyone put such blind trust in another person.

  25. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 10, 2009 11:01 am


    I think she will read it, too.

  26. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 10, 2009 11:05 am

    Hi maxineme!

  27. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 10, 2009 11:31 am

    Hey humble–

    I don’t think diane fanning has ever said she wasn’t making money on this case. She has said plainly that she’s a professional true crime writer and that’s how she makes her living. In one of the interviews she did before the book came out, she said her publisher approaches her with the subjects they want her to write about and she can accept or decline. I think I read that the publisher also titles the book.

    I agree that it’s awful to think about anyone making money off Caylee’s death, but, and this is JMO, I would rather see a professional writer that didn’t know Caylee write the book than a ghost writer for a member of the family or defense team. To me, that is the blood money. Diane is just doing her job and I really think she has done it in a responsible and professional way. She certainly put the research time in those mountains of documents and she talked to a lot of people. I read that she tried to get interviews with the Anthonys but they all refused.

  28. Spacely permalink
    November 10, 2009 11:32 am

    George never tried to get to the bottom of any of this. He talks a good game, but all that verbal diarrhea blaming Cindy for his inactions are the excuses of a weak man trying to validate his subservience to his domineering wife.

    Cindy is not able to live in reality, only in the world of her making in her own mind. If you go back and watch the police interviews she finally gives in early August 2008, there is a point where she hints that she knows who is to blame, who is Zanny. Yuri literally has to drag the information out of her, at which point she states the culprit to be Jesse. Now, by this point, the police have already cleared Jesse as he was a prime suspect and they are aware that Cindy is spreading this rumor. Cindy and George also refused to speak with the Orange County police for about 10-15 days before this – which means that they stopped cooperating with investigators like 4 or 5 days after the case broke.

    So, when she finally states it is Jesse, she believes that because she has forced Yuri to coax this revelation out of her that he will instantly believe it and tell her KC is innocent of all charges. Instead, he tells her it cannot be Jesse. So, she falls back on a tried and true Anthony strategy – she insists it must be Jesse. And she keeps insisting. And he keeps saying no way. So then she says it is Amy.

    The Cindy/KC confrontational pattern is to state a falsehood that seems as if it could be true and demand acceptance. As long as there is no opposition, they continue to state the same falsehood (i.e., Sawgrass, Sawgrass, Sawgrass, Sawgrass). Upon confrontation, they move to step 2 – truth through volume – they scream the same falsehood in an attempt to drown out all nay-sayers (i.e., SAWGRASS!!!, SAWGRASS!!!, SAWGRASS!!!). When there is no doubt the falsehood is no longer being accepted by anyone, they move to step 3 – twisted falsehood – they change the original story slightly (i.e., SAWGRASS!!, umm.. Blanchard, Blanchard, BLANCHARD!!!). Then, just like the directions on a shampoo bottle, they REPEAT the entire ordeal ad nauseum.

  29. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 10, 2009 11:34 am

    Thanks mikka! I’m excited to read Bill Sheaffer’s blog and I’ve already linked to it under Blogs About Casey Anthony on the right side of this page.

  30. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 10, 2009 11:38 am

    Ideas–I think you are exactly right–The Anthonys do not want to be the ones to convict Casey and that’s why they have done what they’ve done–of course to taint the jury pool, but mainlyto destroy the credibility of their testimony. Unfortunately, they failed to take into account that they may end up behind bars themselves for what they have and are doing.

  31. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 10, 2009 11:46 am


    Excellent!!! I absolutely agree with everything you just said–about George and about Casey and Cindy’s MO. Psychiatrists would have a field day with this family in group therapy. So, who came first, the chicken or the egg? Was Cindy the teacher–or was she, perhaps the student?

  32. mikka permalink
    November 10, 2009 12:27 pm


  33. Spacely permalink
    November 10, 2009 1:49 pm

    It would be my opinion that Cindy is the teacher, but the interesting thing is not that she taught KC how to lie and dodge responsibility, it’s that she has somehow attracted so many of the same type to her.

    George is exactly the same as those two, but on a more socially acceptable level so that when he speaks, people start babbling about how heartfelt he is and how he must be speaking the truth and how he is such a victim in this case. The truth is he lies just as much and just as badly as the others, but somehow adds that “honest” touch. Interesting that he hooked up Cindy.

    Jose and his crew, the Milsteads, Bart, and even Leonard Padilla are all this same type of personality – other people don’t really matter as long as you get what you want by any means possible. If that means capitalizing on the death of a small child, so be it. In most of these kind of cases, they would have been fly-by-nighters, in the case for a moment, then on to the next victim. But somehow, they all hooked in with Cindy or KC and have hung onto this case they whole way through. Except maybe Padilla, but he keeps trying to get back in with a wild comment here or there.

    Kind of throws a kink in the whole “opposites attract” theory…

  34. niecey456 permalink
    November 10, 2009 2:41 pm

    Spacely, Are you in the psychiatric field??? You just nailed these people down to a T! 😆 If you are not, you missed your calling my friend!

  35. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 10, 2009 3:26 pm

    mikka- thanks for the link. Did we expect anything less???? I–don’t—think—-so!

  36. Spacely permalink
    November 10, 2009 3:31 pm

    Another notable and interesting aspect of the personal relationships between this large, dysfunctional group of people and especially among the Ants themselves is their sheer delight in displaying their own “smarts” by dishing out dirt on the very person they are trying to protect.

    After a very few days into the case, Cindy and George stop cooperating with police. Lee stops sending the police leads and information he discovers during his personal investigation. It seems clear to me that at this point, C,G,&L have determined that KC is facing extremely serious charges and law enforcement is zeroing in on her as the prime suspect in a murder. They move into a protect KC formation and Cindy starts shooting her mouth off at every TV camera that the police are shafting her and KC.

    This is obvious when she, George, and Lee give recorded police interviews. They start out extremely defensive and watching every word they say and play a lot of word games with the detectives. But when they are questioned about certain events, their glee at relating their ability to out-smart KC blows away any attempt at protecting her.

    Cindy can’t wait to get into the details of how she used Amy to find KC and all the clever things she said to pull info out of KC and how she tried to manipulate her by using the threat of the police.

    George is almost jumping up and down to tell his story about tricking KC into opening the trunk and finding the gas cans, apparently unaware of how guilty that makes KC look.

    Lee talks at length about his investigation and all the lies KC has told that he has discovered.

    And they go on to repeat these performances, almost word for word and with the same exuberant displays of self-aggrandizement, in the Morgan Depos and in the court depos.

    Jose does the same thing by often twisting his press time to celebrate his own Jose-ness, the difference being that since he wasn’t around that first day or for the month of mess that preceded it, he has no “I tricked KC” story, so he falls back on his own self-perceived greatness.

    The interesting thing about all this is the size of the egos that are involved. You have a close-knit group of three family members that cannot pass up a chance for individual self-praise even at the expense of their group goal and the life of another family member. How much is a pat on the back worth?!? Especially if the pat is from yourself?!?

  37. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 10, 2009 3:36 pm

    Spacely, I agree that opposites attract–under normal circumstances.
    Opposites attract unless they are “Gypsys! Tramps! and Thieves!” (couldn’t resist–for some reason Cher’s song is playing in my head right now) What I mean is, it would be hard to hang with the preacher if you were gonna rob his collection plate UNLESS the preacher was already skimming the change off the top. Then he might be open to the heist if you offered him half. In other words, if you’re a liar and a schemer, you will seek out others that have the same tendencies. There was a reason the Milsteads, and others like them sought out the Anthonys. They smelled their own.

  38. niecey456 permalink
    November 10, 2009 3:42 pm

    But Alas……………..Jose made that famous press conference after Jesse Grund pleaded for Casey to tell the truth, telling her it was no longer about Casey but about Caylee. Jose said: “It would not be in my clients best interests for her to lay all her cards on the table and tell the prosecution what she knows, as it would only serve to put her in jail for the rest of her life.” This was long before Caylee’s remains were ever found. Did he say: “Hey, My client is guilty as sin”, or what? I think they all need professional help.

  39. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 10, 2009 3:47 pm


    Yes, the Anthonys’ inability to see that the things they are saying are not helping but hurting Casey, is stunning. Their self-absorbtion is stunning as well. They don’t appear to see the contradictions in their statements, and they apparently can’t remember from one moment to the next what they said previously.

    Jose Baez is an opportunist plain and simple. He’s gambling on creating a reputation and a career out of all this, and he’s going to lose the bet. He should have worked some kind of deal for Casey when he had the opportunity. He might as well be her executioner.

  40. niecey456 permalink
    November 10, 2009 3:48 pm

    I agree Mystery. Misery loves company! They are thicker than thieves. All in it together.

  41. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 10, 2009 3:49 pm


    I had forgotten that statement by Jose. That was the day Casey should have fired him and gotten herself a real attorney. Luckily, she didn’t, and thanks to him, it’s all but certain she will pay for her crime.

  42. niecey456 permalink
    November 10, 2009 4:07 pm

    I agree, she got the attorney of her dreams………….from a jailhouse buddy, and he threw her under the bus! Again, and again………Couldn’t have happened to a better gal!

  43. Spacely permalink
    November 10, 2009 4:30 pm

    Here is a Jose quote in the same vein:

    “We have a defense in which we believe Casey Anthony is innocent and we will show that at the trial,” Baez said. “As much as we want to go out there and scream it from the top of the mountains, we don’t feel that’s in her best interests. It’s her against the world right now. Quite frankly, it doesn’t do any defense attorney any advantage by disclosing what their defense is before the trial.”

    I do notice that he clearly stated not telling the truth is in HIS best interests, not necessarily KC’s.

    Here is the link to the original article:

  44. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 10, 2009 4:40 pm

    Well, there ya go. lol. He’s his own worst enemy as well as Casey’s.

  45. niecey456 permalink
    November 10, 2009 5:52 pm

    LOL!!! 😆 I just read that whole article, and I can’t believe that LKB told them that her team of investigators were going back to the crime scene, going in at night to find evidence. Why would you search at night? On a wooded lot??? 😆

  46. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 10, 2009 6:35 pm

    This defense team has about as much credibility as the family.

  47. Jill from Western Australia permalink
    November 11, 2009 3:07 am

    Hiya my l♥velies…nice to see so many of you on Bill’s new blog. Sadly Bozo will try to capitalize on this for his COV.

    IMO it would be a good idea for each poster to show their location eg Orlando, Miami, Portugal etc. If this were done the prosecution could use it to prove {as I am sure it will} that the majority of interest is not just from Florida.

    Spacely…excellent observations…thankyou for all your gr8 research. Watching Cindy from day one as we all have, I can’t help feeling that her actions have been self-serving…protecting her own good standing rather than her belief that KC is innocent.

    I seem to remember that Ms Tennis had other commitments, perhaps this is why Dom Casey’s depo has been postponed till Dec.

    Hugs ♥♥♥

  48. Jill from Western Australia permalink
    November 11, 2009 3:08 am

    😳 meant to say that the majority of interest is not just from Orlando not Florida.

  49. mikka permalink
    November 11, 2009 8:36 am

    more B.S

  50. mikka permalink
    November 11, 2009 8:44 am

    look this from a weshbloggers,thats a bombshell!

    Too bad the chemist was not asked about the insecticide based poison found in the Crystal Light bottle that was in her trunk. That is not something anyone in the media has reported on; yet, it is in latest discovery release. Evidence item 241 page 11481 and it’s ingredients are listed on page 11553. I’d say that it is a “smoking gun” a sinister one.

  51. mikka permalink
    November 11, 2009 9:49 am

    andrea lyon

  52. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 11, 2009 12:46 pm

    Thanks mikka for the links!

  53. Jill from Western Australia permalink
    November 12, 2009 4:59 am

    Hey Mikka…that video of Andrea Lyon was very interesting…thanks 😆

    Hugs ♥♥♥

  54. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 13, 2009 9:21 pm

    Diane Fanning’s “Mommy’s Little Girl” is one of two of her books that have been nominated for this year’s Best Fact Crime award from the Mystery Writers of America, the most important award in the true crime genre.

  55. Hadley permalink
    November 15, 2009 1:06 am

    Humble: I read the book today, and don’t think that I have ever read a more boring book. Nothing was really “personalized” and everything was just a repeat of everything most of us know. Worse than boring. I will happily give u my copy…just tell me where to send it.

  56. Hadley permalink
    November 15, 2009 1:18 am

    Hi Mystery,
    I did not give my critique of Fanning’s book to be unkind. I have read several of her other books, and enoyed them. Reading is something that I do alot of, and I can only repeat that this is truly one of the most boring, awful books that I have ever read. I can’t imagine that anyone that keeps us with this case would enjoy it. It’s horrible. I’ll probably throw it in the garbage….it was that bad.

  57. November 15, 2009 3:30 am

    Who is the real father of this child. Why is that also a mystery? Everything seems to be a mystery except that the Mom killed her daughter??? What is up with thst????? Too much, just to much, but she will be convicted!!!!!!!!!!

  58. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 15, 2009 11:05 am

    I agree with you that the book is very cut and dried with no meat to it. Diane laid out the facts (and the personalities involved) in a very matter-of-fact way. I knew most of it already. What I liked about the book was that it gave a good timeline of what happened when. It also reminded me of some things I had forgotten. I would never recommend it as a page-turner and a great read. It doesn’t pull you in that way, I agree. It is interesting (or it was to me) however in that it leaves absolutely no real doubt as to who killed Caylee, and what her family has done. (as George himself said, “I would sell my soul to the devil to get Casey out of jail.”)

  59. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 15, 2009 11:13 am


    I think it is relevant in helping to give a picture as to who Casey is. It’s not, of course, important who the father is (or it isn’t to me) It is important how she told so many lies about who he was. Everyone seemed to get a different story. The most likely being that it was a random one-night stand. It tells us that she was a party girl and a liar before Caylee was even born.

    She was also a schemer–knowing that Jesse was not the father, and trying to “will” him to be the father. Denying she was pregnant until the 7th month—she could compartmentalize her life–continuing to party and carry on like there was no baby until she was completely cornered and there was no other way out but to tell the truth, or at least some part of the truth–and even then she never told the real truth, who the daddy was. She appears to have compartmentalized Casey’s death in the same way she compartmentalized her birth–lying, denying, and continuing to live “bella vita” until she was caught. She’s still lying and denying.

    That seems to be Casey’s MO. Lie, Deny, Lie some more til it’s impossible to keep lying, and then and only then, admit only what you have to admit to get by.

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