Painful to read. Not only does this book give basically no new information, other than a possible plan for bankruptcy fraud and Cheney Mason thinkingPainful to read. Not only does this book give basically no new information, other than a possible plan for bankruptcy fraud and Cheney Mason thinking he's better than everyone, it's honestly horrendous to read. The writer chose not to write the books because 1) he wasn't certain Casey was innocent 2) he felt they were planning bankruptcy fraud. That's it.
It is incredibly repetitive, going over the same points so many times that you start to wonder if this guy had ever written a book before. He talks about the big secrets he's about to unfold and sets you up for it... only for it never to come. The text is boring and stilted. There are numerous spelling errors. He keeps links (underlined even) in the text.
The author has never, you know, talked to or treated Casey Anthony. But he somehow felt qualified to comment on her mental health and personality regaThe author has never, you know, talked to or treated Casey Anthony. But he somehow felt qualified to comment on her mental health and personality regardless. He makes a lot of claims and jumps to conclusions. Honestly, this book is no better than the media was for jumping all over ever fact. The author does the same thing, but thinks he can understand all of Casey Anthony because of it.
The below is what I gleaned from the book, so you don't can skip the book yourself:
It sounds like Casey had a shitty upbringing. She alleged sexual abuse by her father and brother (through her lawyer) during the trial. Apparently both her parents are basically awful. The dad has no backbone, couldn't hold a job, and was emotionally beaten down by his wife. The author suggests many, many times that the dad liked kids "too much", but never goes into more detail than that. He is a gambling addict and they lose their house over his debts.
Her mom was super controlling and tried to cover up everything to make them seem like the perfect family. She was emotionally abusive.
Casey stole cheques and money from her parents and grandparents constantly. She had a habit of lying constantly and not keeping friends for long because she never let anyone get close. She would date multiple guys at once, but wouldn't even stay the night after sex. When she got pregnant, no one knew or talked about it until she was over seven months pregnant. Like everyone just denied she could be, and she did, too.
When they found out she was pregnant, her parents barely asked or seemed to care who the dad was. They were more excited they were having a granddaughter.
Both her parents watched her give birth (and the author seems to think this is horrific that her dad watched and assumes her dad sexualized her vagina during the birth. He honestly goes on forever, and yeah, I find it kind of weird, but watching your granddaughter be born is different than wanting to have sex with your daughter for fuck's sake. This seriously annoyed the shit out of me.)
The mom was the first to hold Caylee, and the mom and dad proceeded to always call Caylee their child and be really creepy about controlling Casey's time with her. Again, they sound like really shitty people who were less concerned about their daughter as a person (or even Caylee as a person) and more concerned about what is theirs.
Casey apparently may have wanted to give Caylee up for adoption when pregnant, but her mother refused to let her.
Despite Casey and Caylee only spending one night away from home in the almost three years Caylee was alive, Casey's mom didn't see anything weird about Caylee disappearing for a month with the nanny that no one had ever met. Casey would occasionally give her mother excuses as to why the nannying was extended or other additional adventures Casey and Caylee were having around the country.
When the parents were notified that Casey's car was in impound (as Casey had abandoned it in a parking lot) with Caylee's car seat inside when Casey was supposed to be using the car, they were more concerned with the impound fees and didn't find anything concerning about the car being found abandoned.
The car smelled like it had a dead body in the trunk and eventually it was confirmed it had previously. They also found chloroform in the trunk. The computer had Google searches of how to make homemade chloroform.
It eventually came out that Casey had lied about ever having a nanny (claiming the nanny kidnapped Caylee) and about jobs she claimed to have.
The author makes sure to mention how horrified he is that Casey's dad took notice of the fetal labia during an ultrasound. Like okay, shut the fuck up. That's how they could tell it was a girl, and he was excited to have a granddaughter. I'm pretty sure he wasn't getting off on fucking ultrasounds.
The author (who mentions that Lee, her brother, may have molested her) talks to Lee and gets his perspective on his parents, Casey, etc. He also mentions that Lee is "super overprotective" of Casey. It's confusing because he's supposed to be a reliable narrator and a "good guy" while also possibly molesting Casey when growing up.
The author also blames the Internet and social media for Casey's false front and escape from reality. He says she sent 553 texts in two months to one person. That's only about 9 texts a day.
As soon as he started calling Casey's mom (who sounds awful, don't get me wrong) "The Reaper", I wanted to throw the book across the room. A lot of his research is very interesting and I understand some of his points, but then he goes way over the top and it's just like now you're just grandstanding. Take several fucking seats.
This author is literally making up fake conversations he would have with people during the questioning of Casey Anthony. Like, dude, half of the shit you would have said wasn't KNOWN yet. And you're mansplaining to everyone, but they're just theories because YOU never spoke to Casey or most of her family except her brother who isn't exactly reliable because he allegedly molested her.
He has mentioned giving birth in front of her father about ten more times in the last 40 pages. The author is obsessed with this fact.
The author shames Casey for not knowing her boyfriend's number off by heart. (I don't even know my family's numbers off by heart.) He's blaming it on the fact that she's used to her Facebook/MySpace life. The same author also mentioned a few dozen times that Casey has seen multiple men within the month when Caylee was missing.
Interesting facts: - Apparently Cindy, Casey's mom, trademarked "Caylee Anthony" and "Justice for Caylee". - Casey's parents also sold photos and video of Caylee for $20,000 once and got hundreds of thousands for them later. - George (Casey's dad) may have had an affair with one of the volunteers looking for Caylee. After they allegedly broke up, he tried to kill himself. He really did try to commit suicide, but he denies the affair. - Casey apparently acted like a eleven or twelve year old. She wanted to please and avoid conflict, but if pushed to face reality, she'd flip out. While she was being charged, she was more focused on a guy thinking she was pretty on Facebook than her daughter. - For an interview, the parents received $500,000-$1 million. It went to their charity for Caylee that has 80% of the funds directed to administration funds. - Casey may have suffered from seizures while in jail. - Casey took many psychological tests and didn't qualify for any diagnosis. - After months or years of saying Caylee was kidnapped and she didn't know where she was, Casey said in the deposition that her dad woke her up with Caylee dead and soaking wet in his arms. - Apparently to the author, the language Casey uses about her father's sexual abuse is incredibly similar to that of a survivor. - Casey doesn't think her father killing her daughter was an accident....more
A very self-indulgent book. If you ever wanted to know more about Jose Baez, this is your book. However, if you wanted to know more about the Casey AnA very self-indulgent book. If you ever wanted to know more about Jose Baez, this is your book. However, if you wanted to know more about the Casey Anthony trial, there is a lot of unnecessary information to sift through.
Baez is also very childish with his descriptions of at least one of the prosecutors. (Oddly enough the prosecutor is professional and impersonal about Baez in his own book.) Baez makes a huge deal of proving himself in his own book, as well as playing the pity card quite often.
To his credit, I was genuinely swayed by his actual arguments regarding some of the evidence. I thought he had good points with Kronk, the trunk, and the general lack of clarity about what happened to Caylee. That said, naturally all Baez's witnesses and specialists were better than the prosecution's, therefore obviously their conclusions were more correct. After reviewing the evidence again after this book, I find myself interested in a few of Baez's claims, but not convinced of any.
Baez's cockiness rubbed me the wrong way. He was unprofessional in his book, so I can only imagine how he was during the trial. The one right thing he did was inject enough doubt into the jurors that they couldn't convict Casey. But regardless of what the jurors said, I still honestly don't know how she walked away from a conviction on child abuse/neglect, purely because she didn't report her child missing/passed away to the authorities ever. Her mother may have finally done it after a month, but would Casey have ever?...more