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Casey Anthony ... A Criminal Mind?

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How does a loving mother become a suspected murderer? Dr. Deborah Schurman-Kauflin, known for her keen observation of the BTK serial killer, has more than 20 years of experience in profiling. In an exclusive interview with momlogic, the renowned profiler clues in on Casey Anthony's criminal-like behavior.

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Mothers who kill are typically "narcissistic" and "addicted to drama," says Dr. Schurman-Kauflin. Out of sight, out of mind -- that was Casey's reaction to her daughter's disappearance. She let over a month go by without reporting Caylee was missing. Even when Caylee was around, Casey complained about taking care of Caylee, whom she called a "little snot head."

According to Dr. Schurman-Kauflin, Casey's promiscuity and partying also raises questions about her mental state. Female predators are often sexually abused at a young age, which creates a desire to "project an overly sexy image." Just weeks after she told investigators she didn't know Caylee's whereabouts, Casey was photographed at a local lounge drinking with friends. "The partying goes back to Casey's desire to be attractive," says Dr. Schurman-Kauflin. "That's more important to her than her [daughter]. Having children grounds a person, and she didn't want to be grounded."

Another issue is Casey's lying. Investigators have caught Casey lying on numerous occasions. Not only did she claim she worked at Universal Studios, she also told police that Caylee was with her babysitter. The sitter later denied knowing the Anthony family. According to Dr. Schurman-Kauflin, Casey's trail of lies suggests she can't handle the truth. "Reality is ugly and women who kill want beauty," explains Dr. Schurman-Kauflin. "This way they can live in their fantasy world where they are like princesses. In everything they do, they value appearance over substance."

Since Casey hasn't displayed any outward signs of distress, Dr. Schurman-Kauflin believes Caylee's death wasn't an accident. Casey isn't panicking or returning to the scene of the crime. "When reality sets in, guilt usually gets the better of such perpetrators," says Dr. Schurman-Kauflin. "I do not see these behaviors with Casey."

Now that Casey's behind bars, Dr. Schurman-Kauflin thinks she'll probably keep the details of the case to herself. "Casey thinks if she keeps quiet, there will be people who will never believe Caylee was harmed ...When I interviewed female serial killers, they told me that they too keep quiet when questioned." Casey's trial will be held in January.

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kris November 14, 2008, 8:50 AM

Too bad her parents never got her the help she may have needed.

Diana November 14, 2008, 8:57 AM

The Anthonys are continuing the same path that allowed Casey to get to this point. She has learned that she can get away with whatever she wants if she just denies guilt long enough.

If the Anthonys can’t see where they are wrong, it’s a sure sign that Casey never will either. The fruit does not fall far from the tree.

I think the Anthonys should delve deep into their hearts and confront Casey with this situation. They have to know that Casey is responsible in whatever happened. She alone knows the truth and refuses to come clean. I believe that the ONLY person who will be able to get the truth from Casey is Cindy, tho she will need Georges backing.

Ang November 14, 2008, 9:04 AM

Very good article. I have two children with Mental health issues. I also want to say that even with help from Psyciatrist and Psychologist my kids still have severe problems.So all the blame should’nt be put on Casey’s parents. Last year alone our out of pocket expenses were 16,000. That is our part we do have insurance. Our country has shortage of help and this needs to be addressed. Insurance companies need to treat mental health the same as someone who has Cancer because it is a lifelong dissability.

Beth November 14, 2008, 9:19 AM

This article is not correct. After Casey told investigators she did not know where Caylee was, she WAS not out partying. Casey was arrested after her interrogation and once she was released from jail on bail, she was on home confinement. I am no fan of Casey’s but let’s keep the story straight.

Anonymous November 14, 2008, 10:33 AM

Dr.Schurman-Kauflin makes a connection between promiscuity and partying, and sexual abuse at a young age…So the chances that Casey is a monster for no other reason than having been this spoiled, pampered brat don’t seem as great as a lot of people would like to think.

Sharon November 14, 2008, 10:56 AM

Beth, I think what they were saying is, that after the time she told her family was the last time she had seen Caylee she was seen out living it up with friends. That was what I made of it anyway. No after Cindy reported her missing she never had a chance to get away again…
I pray everyday that someone will just let the world know where poor Lil’ Caylee is…

Solange November 14, 2008, 11:00 AM

Actually Beth, YOU are wrong. What the article is stating is that she was out partying AFTER the date that she told investigators Caylee was missing. Not after she told them, but after the date that her daughter had supposedly been kidnapped. That is not normal. A parent who’s child has been kidnapped does not keep it a secret for a month, and go drinking and clubbing.

Nicole November 14, 2008, 11:32 AM

I have a couple of comments and Im sure some will not agree but in regards to Casey’s text messaging if we put asside the forensic evidence for a second. Im sorry but just because she complained about her daughter in terms of being alot of work and calling her “a little snot head” come on I have heard devoted mothers call their kids spoiled brats…give me a break that is just silly. I just think we should stick to the bigger facts and not report with little details remember text messaging as well as instant messaging can ALWAYS be taken out of text.

Nicole November 14, 2008, 11:34 AM

Diana I just read your post and I have to say on one hand I completely agree with you that Cindy is the best possible person to get the truth..without a doubt. This is a very intense mother-daughter relationship. Also, just because they are not announcing to the public they believe Casey is responsible doesnt mean they dont..give them a break I dont get why everyone is constantly attacking them!

Anonymous November 14, 2008, 11:43 AM

Good point Nicole. Just recall the recent media frenzy over Alec Baldwin’s angry voicemail tirade in which he called his daughter a ‘rude, thoughtless little pig.’ The media will report any information, rumor or speculation if they believe it will garner ratings. People following the case have a tendancy to read too much into every little detail, in an effort to make sense out of the senselessness of this story.

Sally November 14, 2008, 12:04 PM

This profiler has a different take on Casey than Dr. Bethany Marshall and other psychiatrists who have commented on the case on national TV. The psychiatrists say Casey is a sociopath and would never commit suicide because she thinks too much of herself. I find it interesting that this profiler said Casey may have been sexually abused because of her promiscuity and obsession with sex. The psychiatrists never mentioned that. Other than that, this profile pretty much fits the other psychiatrist’s description of Casey. I always get testy when authors of articles say Casey’s babysitter denied knowing her. This implies Casey had a babysitter and she may be involved. The police have determined that Casey made up the babysitter. Casey told police she last saw her daughter with a nanny by the name of Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez at a vacant apartment at the Sawgrass Apartments. Police interviewed a Zenaida Gonzalez who applied for that vacant apartment at the Sawgrass Apartments June 17 but she was not a babysitter, had never taken care of Caylee and Casey Anthony said this woman was not the Zenaida Gonzalez who she claims babysat for Caylee for 18 months. None of Casey’s friends or family have ever met the nanny. The man Casey claimed introduced her to the nanny said he did not know any Zenaida Gonzalez. Casey could give no valid address, telephone number, email address or show any picture or email or text messages to prove the babysitter exists. Even Cindy Anthony told the police she believed Zanny the Nanny did not exist but was whatever friend Casey was with at the time.

stac November 14, 2008, 12:42 PM

Casey is a pathological liar!!! I dont blame her parents for what she has did, but her parents should have gotten her the help that she needed before it came to this point. Caseys whole timeline has been nothing but lie after lie. She has not shed a tear but once that Ive seen during this whole deal. That sickens me to know that your own daughter has been missing for several months and Casey has not told the truth yet. She knows exactly where Caylee is! Y doesnt she just tell the truth? Let Caylee rest in peace for goodness sake. I think that Casey should get no justice! She is not the victim as Cindy says she is.

Was a Young Mom  November 14, 2008, 2:18 PM

That is the biggest bunch of crap I have heard - and of course from the brain of a Doctor of Therapy! Just what the world needs more of….Are there any critical thinkers left in this world? Try something more original than “becuase she won’t talk, she is a killer”. IF she killed this child, I firmly believe it would have been an accident. I do not think she is capable of premeditated murder. Come on Doc - be more insightful than this. All those years in school and this is what you come up with?

Sally November 14, 2008, 2:27 PM

Was a young mom, the doctor is a criminal profiler who has studied many criminals. She is much more qualified to determine if Casey murdered her child or if it was an accident than any of us are. Just because you were a young mom like Casey and would not be capable of premeditated murder doesn’t mean Casey isn’t. Casey’s behavior tells me she is capable of cold blooded premediated murder. If it was an accident, all she had to do was say so and she wouldn’t be sitting in prison facing the death penalty. Casey didn’t report her child missing and when her mother did 31 days after the fact, Casey lied to the police and shows no emotion, no remorse and no caring at all about the whereabouts of her toddler. That is the behavior of a cold blooded killer, not a mother whose child died in an accident.

Anonymous November 14, 2008, 2:27 PM

I think the Anthony family is doing nothing more than engaging in damage control. Both George’s and Cindy’s first reaction when confronted with the evidence of the “unforgettable” smell of human death in the abandoned car was that, incredible as it seemed, Caylee was dead, and Casey had something to do with that fact, even though George had trouble grappling with the idea that he had brought someone into the world who was capable of harming others.
There’s a good chance matters went something like that from then on: Oh my God, Caylee is dead, let’s all pull together now so we don’t lose Casey, too. How do we do this? OK, let’s create a diversion, let’s keep insisting, against our better judgement, and against all common sense, that the little girl is still alive! Let’s keep all the cops busy running, send them on this endless, futile wild goose chase, checking out all the thousands of reported sightings all over the country. That oughta keep ‘em frustrated, wear them out, so they won’t have so much energy do their job properly and possibly stumble on something to confirm the dreadful truth. Maybe if we muddle things up enough there’s a chance we can get Casey off the hook yet. And IF Caylee is dead it was most certainly an accident! Twenty years for aggravated assault is better than life in prison for murder in the first degree! She’ll be forty-two when she gets out of prison, still young enough to party on. At this point I think Cindy and George care a hoot about wrong or right. All they care about is doing their utmost to get their daughter out of trouble and help her escape the consequences of her actions. Wish there was some mental health professional who could explain such a family as the Anthonys to me. Way too close, a law onto themselves?

Ang November 14, 2008, 2:34 PM

Was A young mom- What a stupid comment!!!! How could you possiably think it was an accident? An accident is not what this case is about. It sounds like you need to go to school your type of thinking is the down fall of america!!!! Casey has Grandiose beliefs due to mental issues. Her reality is a dream world. Which has been proven time and time again on this case.

susie November 14, 2008, 2:46 PM

Interesting insights. The profiler reminds us that the Anthony’s need to face reality. Their daughter is a monster and their beautiful grandchild is gone.

Karen November 14, 2008, 3:56 PM

It’s interesting all this pop psychologists are missing one thing, that Casey is a sex and love addict. That explains the promiscuity, only caring about one thing men and their attention, addicts go to extremes to get the drug and Caylee was in the way. Not all love and sex addicts go to this extreme, but in addition to Casey being a sociopath she is also an addict.

steve November 14, 2008, 4:19 PM

I would speculate that Casey was sexually abused by her brother over a period of many years.

This would explain some of her behavior and why no one will reveal who the father of the baby is.

This would also explain the behavior of the entire family.

emma November 14, 2008, 5:25 PM

it’s not surprising casey still thinks she can get away with this because her mother cindy is helping her even now with the absurd pizza rotting story and pretending to be upset that noone is looking for caylee when surely casey has told cindy that caylee accidentally died. cindy is unreal. she’s as bad as the daughter. both are mental witches.

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