Apparently, Casey Anthony is sill the “world’s most hated mom,” even more than five years after being acquitted of murder in the tragic death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony. Casey Anthony rose to international infamy after news of her daughter’s disappearance broke in July, 2008. On July 15, 2008, Casey Anthony’s mother, Cindy, reported to Florida authorities that her granddaughter was missing and had been for a month, and that Casey Anthony had just broken the news that day.
The next day, inconsistencies in Casey Anthony’s story led to her being arrested for child neglect in connection with her daughter’s disappearance. Law enforcement continued to investigate the case of the missing 2-year-old for months, even uncovering the presence of human remains in the trunk of Casey Anthony’s car, via cadaver dogs. Still, Caylee’s little body remained missing and Casey Anthony continued to change her story over and over. On October 14, 2008, Casey Anthony was indicted for her daughter’s murder, even though Caylee’s body hadn’t been found. She pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors continued to build their case against Casey Anthony, but the entire story changed on December 11, 2008. On that day, CNN reported that the remains of a toddler were found not far from Casey Anthony’s parents house. Those remains were determined to belong to Caylee. By this time, Casey Anthony was already considered the “world’s most hated mom,” and her legal drama continued to play out on CourtTV, 24-hour news networks, and in the tabloids.
The public largely believed Casey Anthony to be guilty in the murder of her daughter, and on May 11, 2011, the trial against Anthony began in a Florida court. Unfortunately for the prosecution, their case against Anthony was largely circumstantial. Due to the skeletal state of Caylee’s remains, a cause of death could not be determined. Casey’s defense claimed that the little girl had accidentally drowned in the family pool, and in a panic her mother had tried to cover it up. This despite the prosecution’s allegations that Casey Anthony had searched for “fool-proof suffocation” on the family computer on the last day Caylee Anthony was seen alive.
On July 11, 2011, Casey Anthony was found not guilty of the murder of her daughter Caylee. She was convicted of four counts of lying to the police, but after being given credit for time served, Casey Anthony soon found herself a free woman.
Much to the shock and outrage of local Florida residents and people the world over who had spent years following the case of little Caylee, Casey was free. Because of her famous face and notoriety, Casey Anthony went into hiding following her release from jail. She had received incalculable death threats and other threats of violence, and hid herself away for her own protection.
@HollywoodLife so who is paying for a security guard to follow her around?— Christine Serafin (@ChristineSeraf3) August 27, 2016
Who were the jurors that tried Casey Anthony? Probably the same ones who tried the Tattletale Strangler as innocent. SMH.— SpongeBob (@SpongeBLaugh) August 20, 2016
@cnnbrk hopefully the mosquitos get Casey Anthony since the Florida jury didn't.— Burt McGirt (@xBurtMcGirtx) August 19, 2016
This year, reports that Casey Anthony was trying to rebuild her life began to surface. She started a photography business. She was rumored to be pregnant. Casey Anthony even reportedly got back into the dating scene. But despite her best efforts, and despite a five-year hiatus from the public eye, Casey Anthony is still highly recognizable. And she is still hated by a lot of people.
As Gossip Extra reports, Casey Anthony tried to join the “normal folk” for a night of bowling fun and revelry on July 8. Anthony is still a West Palm Beach resident, and she reportedly hit the lanes at Greenacres Bowl in Lake Worth, along with some friends. According to witnesses, Casey Anthony was laughing it up and smiling and having a great time tossing some balls. In fact, the woman acquitted of her 2-year-old daughter’s murder was having too much fun for the comfort of many onlookers.
Reportedly, it didn’t take long for other bowlers to recognize Casey Anthony. And when they did, they weren’t shy about speaking their minds.
“People started saying they wanted to beat her up. Here she comes, the f***ing baby killer!”
The verbal assault didn’t stop there, and may have even been made worse because, as onlookers report, Casey Anthony simply wouldn’t wipe her smile off of her face. Her demeanor seemed to fan the flames of the collective anger of the other bowlers.
Casey Anthony’s Friday night bowling outing was witnessed and captured on camera by Katie Pennica of In TouchWeekly. According to her account of the night in question, Casey Anthony was trying to act “normal,” but others at the bowling alley didn’t seem to see her as normal at all.
“The people in the lane next to us just wanted to hit Casey for what they believe she did to her child. They still think she got away with it. I heard five moms saying, ‘I would love to hit that baby killer.’”
According to all accounts, the assault on Casey Anthony remained verbal, but those who were at the bowling alley that night were reportedly shaken and livid that she’s in public living such a carefree, normal life. Especially since her daughter’s life was so tragically cut short and because there has never been any justice for Caylee Anthony.
What do you think? Should the public back off and let Casey Anthony live her life without harassment and verbal assaults? Or are her critics correct? Did Casey Anthony really get away with murder?
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