Author: Jeff Ashton
Narrator: Jeff Ashton Started: Aug. 30, 2021
Finished: Aug. 31, 2021
Jeff Ashton is about to prosecute the last trial of his career. He is brought on to aid in the prosecution of Casey Anthony, who is accused of killing her 2 year-old daughter, Caylee Marie Anthony. During preparation for this trial, Ashton must deal with circumstantial evidence, unwilling witnesses, and the pathological liar that is Casey Anthony.
Caylee Anthony is reported missing on July 15, 2008, by her grandmother, Cindy after Casey tells hers that the nanny kidnapped her and she has been looking for her on her own for the past 31 days. Turn after turn, Casey lies to law enforcement and leads them on a wild good chase which lands her in jail on child neglect, lying to investigators, and interfering with a criminal investigation. In October 2008, Casey Anthony is arrested and charged with first-degree murder after her hair is found in the trunk of Casey's car which shows signs of decomposition. In December 2008, the remains of Caylee Marie Anthony are found near the Anthony home and confirmed to be Caylee. In May 2011, the trial opens with the defense claiming that Caylee died accidentally in the family pool and that George Anthony, Caylee's grandfather, attempted to cover up the death. In July 2011, Casey Anthony is found not guilty of killing Caylee and will receive a sentence only for lying to police officers.
I have to be honest that I did not read this book with an open mind. I truly feel that Casey Anthony accidentally killed her daughter 31 days before she was reported missing. Casey was in a new relationship with a man who made it clear that he did not want children. I believe Casey became so comfortable with drugging her child so she could go out at night and gave Caylee too much and didn't want to get in trouble. That being said, I think the prosecution did the best they could with the information they had. Casey had a month-long head start and put them off at every turn. The details provided by Ashton gave me a better understanding of what walls the prosecution kept running into and all the ways Casey and her attorney stonewalled them.