It was the case that captivated the country. One of the most shocking verdicts in American history, came the day Casey Anthony was found not guilty in the murder of her own little girl, Caylee. The only thing she was charged with was lying to the police and served only 3 years in prison. We will never forget her remorseful face who spoke, “I sleep well at night.” And remember, Casey wasn’t the one who reported her own little girl missing. It was her grandmother, Casey’s mom.
Casey Anthony was named “the most hated mom in America.” Crime correspondent Melissa Moore goes behind the headlines of the Casey Anthony case and discusses the details that still make her story so captivating today. Moore talked with the 2 college students [to get a non-biased honest opinion] of what they witnessed living with Casey during and after the murder of Caylee.
In an exclusive interview, Casey Anthony’s two former roommates, Nathan Lezniewicz and Clint House, are opening up about the days before and after Caylee’s death and revealing what Casey Anthony was like at home.
Lesniewicz and House thought Casey was a good mom. After Casey started dating Tony, Caylee stopped coming to the house and Casey always told them she was somewhere else. The two men remarked how they spent so much time with Caylee, teaching her words and playing with her. They started to suspect something was going on when Caylee stopped coming to the house where Casey lived with them. They said they had never seen a nannie, and when they found out about Caylee missing, was when the grandmother showed up at the door. They referred to Casey as selfish, a party animal, and self-centered because she can go on with her life with no remorse.
Upon finding out Caylee was missing, Lesniewicz recalls, “When Orange County told us that, I remember that specifically when the police came over and wanted to search our apartment real quick and when we asked them ‘OK, what is the gravity of the situation right now, like what exactly is going on?’” he says. “And the officers looked at us and said, ‘We do not know where Caylee is and apparently she’s been missing for 30 days,’ and I mean my heart sank. I’m thinking, wait, 30 days? What do you mean 30 days? This isn’t something that’s just happening…nothing’s been wrong. She’s been over here. Nothing’s been wrong. Yes, Caylee hasn’t been here, but we thought with the nanny or with the grandparents and now it’s…” Dr. Oz interjects: “It’s like a punch in the gut.” Nathan agrees: “Yes.” Clint confirms: “Yes. It was it was…It was a punch in the gut.”
House talks about being a father to a son who is 1 and a half years old — about the age Caylee was when she disappeared. “The thing that really haunts me is thinking about that is if I was on trial for the murder of my child and I was acquitted, I wouldn’t sleep another day until I found out who killed my kid,” House says. “The other painful thing to think about too is, ‘Was Caylee in that trunk or was Caylee in Casey’s car when we passed by it to go to school?’” Lezniewicz adds: “Every day.” House echoes: “Every day.” The men are very involved in keeping Caylee’s memory alive with “Caylee’s Law” the unofficial name for proposed bills in several U.S. states that would make it a felony for a parent or legal guardian to fail to report a missing child, in cases where the parent knew or should have known that the child was possibly in danger.
The former roommates feel Casey may have been giving Caylee Xanax to keep her asleep in the car while she partied. They both wonder if the child could have overdosed.
Oz read the autopsy report and there were no drugs detected. However; it was 5 months after the body was found and with no blood or urine sample, this could be the reason no drugs were found in the body.
In the summer of 2008, Orlando, Fla. 2 yr. old toddler Caylee Anthony disappeared, only to be discovered six months later a short distance from her home, her skeletal remains stuffed in plastic bags and her mouth sealed with duct tape. Casey gave two bogus stories of her daughter being kidnapped by her nanny, and later that Caylee had drowned. Casey Anthony, was charged with the horrific crime after not reporting her daughter missing for a month, and allegedly lying to police. Casey Anthony was acquitted of first-degree murder in her child’s death in 2011.
Caylee Anthony is currently living in South Florida with Patrick McKenna, a private detective who worked as the lead investigator on her case in the 2011 trial in the death of her daughter, two-year-old Caylee. She’s also employed by McKenna, and she helps him with his current cases by doing social media searches and other types of investigative work, according to the Associated Press. McKenna is also known for his work on the O.J. Simpson case, the former NFL star who was charged and later acquitted in the death of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson.
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