Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Bankruptcy and the Kindness of Strangers

During the Casey Anthony trial there were a handful of people who stood outside the courtroom and held signs that offered support to Casey. Perhaps they believed her story that Caylee had drowned and they were able to explain away why Casey lied about it. The trial is long over, Casey Anthony is "free" but her life is far from easy or normal. Recently Casey declared bankruptcy, in part to clear her debt to Jose Baez the man who defended her. I guess he doesn't mind so much if she never pays his bill; he did get plenty of exposure and a book deal out of it. What puzzles me is how Casey manages to live. I mean, who is paying her way through life? Reports say that Casey relies on donations and the kindness of strangers. I get it. There are some people out there who possibly feel that they can "relate" to Casey Anthony. Their own history of abuse may make them vulnerable to a manipulator like Casey who claims that the abuse suffered at the hand of her father is part of the reason why she is such a troubled young woman. Casey isn't talking and even years after the trial there is no tell-all book. The bankruptcy trustee wants the rights to any book deals that Casey might have in the future in order to pay her debts. Does anyone really think that in time Caylee will be forgotten? This poor innocent child was the victim of a household that is incapable of telling the truth. Years later I am still sure that maybe Cindy Anthony did not know the truth when she found out Caylee was missing but she knows the truth now. This dirty family secret will go with them to their graves and maybe someday someone will claim to know the truth but like the mystery surrounding famous deaths, we will never know for sure. A court of her peers found Casey Anthony not guilty but only because the state rushed to charge her. Had they any real evidence Casey might be in jail. The media attention surrounding the disappearance and subsequent discovery of Caylee's remains demanded the State of Florida to take action. Unfortunately they dropped the ball. Does Casey deserve to have a life free of suspicion, hate and finger-pointing? The jury is out on that one. Will she ever be able to have a job or anything that resembles a "normal" life? Probably not. The image of the sweet little toddler whose life was taken too soon is one that many will not forget. She was our child, grandchild, neighbor. The dysfunction of who the Anthony's are was reality television that shocked us but we couldn't stop tuning in to the latest details in the sorry saga. Have the Anthony's gone on with their lives? Not much is said about them these days. Maybe we are beginning to heal and the anger is diminishing. Meanwhile Casey continues to live in the shadows relying on the kindness of strangers. Her life pretty much ended once she was set free. I guess there is judgment after all.

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