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Armchair Detectives' Casey Anthony Theories

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Followers of the high profile Casey Anthony case have their own ideas about what happened to three-year-old Caylee.

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Caylee and Casey Anthony were high up on the recently released list of Yahoo! 2008 most searched terms, coming in at number two. A search for Casey Anthony on Google garners a staggering seven million results -- it's no wonder interest in the high profile case continues to grow. Since a recent motion for a gag order was denied, those who can't turn away from the mystery of the whereabouts of Caylee Anthony continue to dig into the tragic story as if they were actually assigned to the case. Up to now, the most widely held hypothesis of what happened to Caylee is her mother, wanting to live the "party" life, attempted to sedate her child with a lethal dose of chloroform and hid the body in her the trunk of her car. She eventually disposed of the body in a yet to be revealed location.

Despite the mounds of circumstantial and forensic evidence that seem to point to this conclusion, there are still those with their own idea of what happened to Caylee. Check out some of their theories:

Casey is hiding Caylee from Cindy Anthony
Casey's mom Cindy allegedly told family members that she was considering filing for full custody of Caylee because Casey was an "unfit mother." Some believe this is the reason Casey made Caylee "disappear." Court documents released earlier this year said Casey wanted to give the Caylee up for adoption before she was born but Cindy Anthony wouldn't let her. And according to Casey's brother Lee, there was already bad blood between Casey and her mother because, in the delivery room, grandmother Cindy was handed newborn Caylee BEFORE Casey.

Caylee was left in a hot car
Both Cindy and Casey are responsible for Caylee's death. The mom and daughter went out shopping one day for groceries and left Casey accidentally inside the car. When they got back to the car, Caylee was dead. Later they both put the toddler in the trunk of the car and together disposed of the body.

Caylee was kidnapped by drug dealers
Since no one has come forward to identify the Caylee "sighting" at a Florida mall, many think the little girl was indeed kidnapped. Some who have viewed the images believe Caylee is being held captive or was killed by drug dealers in retaliation for a situation involving Casey's drug habit.

Casey's brother Lee is  Caylee's dad
No one seems to know who Caylee's father is -- although at one point Casey falsely told investigators he was killed in a car accident. Some people believe Casey's brother Lee is the actual father of Caylee. A police interview of Casey's former fiancée Jesse Grund revealed that Casey had once told him Lee made inappropriate sexual advances toward her. This alleged incest accusation could have resulted in a child. Many feel Casey's relationship with her brother is "creepy," referencing the way she refers to him as "sweetheart" as evidence of its inappropriate nature. Although this theory doesn't explain how Caylee met her fate -- some feel it explains the dysfunction of the Anthony family.

Casey planned to kill her entire family
According to reports, Casey told a friend  her parents were getting a divorce and giving her the house. Casey had claimed she was planning on moving in the Anthony house the weekend Caylee disappeared. Was Casey was planning on chloroforming George, Cindy and Caylee
as they slept and bury their bodies in the back yard? A few people think this might've been the case. The theory is the plan went sour when Cindy and Casey got into a physical fight over a financial matter and Casey killed Caylee to get even.

What do you think is the truth?

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CLOVIS December 1, 2008, 8:06 PM

Casey killed her after leaving the house after the fight on Father’s Day.
Cindy threatened to throw her out and that she would take Caylee. She killed her to hurt her mother. She would never let Cindy have the baby.
cindy feels so quilty that she is now protecting Casey with her lies that Caylee is still alive.

Sally December 1, 2008, 10:44 PM

Clovis, I agree with you. The last theory that Casey planned to kill her entire family was taken from one of my posts on Momlogic. “According to reports, Casey told a friend her parents were getting a divorce and giving her the house. Casey had claimed she was planning on moving in the Anthony house the weekend Caylee disappeared. Was Casey planning on chloroforming George, Cindy and Caylee
as they slept and bury their bodies in the back yard? A few people think this might’ve been the case. The theory is the plan went sour when Cindy and Casey got into a physical fight over a financial matter and Casey killed Caylee to get even.”

Jill from Western Australia December 2, 2008, 1:10 AM

Thanks for continuing to investigate..sadly Caylee is no longer with us….BAEZ MUST BE DISBARRED…Casey must be charged with MURDER!!!

Mark December 2, 2008, 1:21 AM

I think the truth is that Momlogic is spending way too much time and effort writing articles that have little to do with mothering.

colleen December 2, 2008, 3:33 AM

I have thought from the beginning that Casey has made it to easy for the lies she tells to come to light. If in fact she did kill her little girl, even my 15 year old could have covered the lies better than Casey did. Somethings amiss here and no one is catching it because prosecuters think they have a slam dunk case based on the lies Casey has continully told. And since we all here get to voice a theory…hopefully without someone here jumping down their throat because they think there blessed with all the facts and they know the truth….heres mine…In my opinion , and my opinion only, I feel that George Anthony is very very deseptive in his mannerisisms and just they way he always gives the immpression he is the good one of the family. I could be wrong, but I am almost possitive I read in the documents somewhere that he had abused Casey at one time. And what i think is Casey got pregnant by him and Caylee was the mistake that Cindy refers to when she says but its your mistake. I think Cindy knows Caylee is Casey and Georges baby, but wants to believe its all Caseys fault. I mean, Cindy acts like its her baby from the get go…..she held her first, she wanted to adopt her and she feels like since Caylee is Georges, than Caylee should be hers, not Caseys. And thats why she is protecting Casey so much. Part guilt for blaming Casey for her husband molesting her and producing a baby, and also fear of anyone learning the truth about how her husband preferred Casey over her. And I believe that Lee knows everything and helped Casey give Caylee away to someone that would leave and live far away, and helped Casey give the illutuion that Caylee might be dead in order to hurt her parents for what her dad did to her, and what her mother does to her everday . Thats why there was always so much love/hate stuff going on in that family.Remember when George said “I hope thats not my Caylee in the truck”. And Casey wanted to adopt Caylee out, and Cindy wouldn’t allow that to happen, yet she continually complains about shes the one who supports Caylee, and always tells Casey what a piece of crap mother she is. Shes super jeoulous thats not her baby with George. Anyway, just a theory…. but to me it explains alot of what these people do to each other, and why they act the way they do. I think Caylee is alive and out of the United States, (they had a 31 day lead to get out of dodge) Casey also didn’t seem interested in what they pulled up from the river because she knew it wasn’t Caylee, and I think she is dissappointed the cops couldnt find the clothes Caylee was wearing (as she made that comment ) it was probably suppose to be another clue to show Caylee was dead. Thats what she wants her dad and mom to believe.

colleen December 2, 2008, 3:39 AM

I have thought from the beginning that Casey has made it to easy for the lies she tells to come to light. If in fact she did kill her little girl, even my 15 year old could have covered the lies better than Casey did. Somethings amiss here and no one is catching it because prosecuters think they have a slam dunk case based on the lies Casey has continully told. And since we all here get to voice a theory…hopefully without someone here jumping down their throat because they think there blessed with all the facts and they know the truth….heres mine…In my opinion , and my opinion only, I feel that George Anthony is very very deseptive in his mannerisisms and just they way he always gives the immpression he is the good one of the family. I could be wrong, but I am almost possitive I read in the documents somewhere that he had abused Casey at one time. And what i think is Casey got pregnant by him and Caylee was the mistake that Cindy refers to when she says but its your mistake. I think Cindy knows Caylee is Casey and Georges baby, but wants to believe its all Caseys fault. I mean, Cindy acts like its her baby from the get go…..she held her first, she wanted to adopt her and she feels like since Caylee is Georges, than Caylee should be hers, not Caseys. And thats why she is protecting Casey so much. Part guilt for blaming Casey for her husband molesting her and producing a baby, and also fear of anyone learning the truth about how her husband preferred Casey over her. And I believe that Lee knows everything and helped Casey give Caylee away to someone that would leave and live far away, and helped Casey give the illutuion that Caylee might be dead in order to hurt her parents for what her dad did to her, and what her mother does to her everday . Thats why there was always so much love/hate stuff going on in that family.Remember when George said “I hope thats not my Caylee in the truck”. And Casey wanted to adopt Caylee out, and Cindy wouldn’t allow that to happen, yet she continually complains about shes the one who supports Caylee, and always tells Casey what a piece of crap mother she is. Shes super jeoulous thats not her baby with George. Anyway, just a theory…. but to me it explains alot of what these people do to each other, and why they act the way they do. I think Caylee is alive and out of the United States, (they had a 31 day lead to get out of dodge) Casey also didn’t seem interested in what they pulled up from the river because she knew it wasn’t Caylee, and I think she is dissappointed the cops couldnt find the clothes Caylee was wearing (as she made that comment ) it was probably suppose to be another clue to show Caylee was dead. Thats what she wants her dad and mom to believe.

colleen December 2, 2008, 4:08 AM

continued…..
Shes super jeolous and more than likely reminds her husband and Casey what they did to her and thats why she feels she gets to call the shots now, and her husband just “yes dears her” to make up for what happened. And if… and I say if… Casey Anthony was smart enough to get her daughter out of that web of lies household and to a normal family and loved her enough to put herself in jeopardy, than when Cindy said “when the truth comes out, people will then understand” Because she does know Casey didn’t kill her, and that only leaves one other option… she does know , but cant let her go and will probably always look for her.

John December 2, 2008, 4:11 AM

All of the theories described above are speculative, at best. Forget the drug dealers, hiding the child from her grandmother, and Baez’ claim that all will be understood when the case goes to court.
No one who’s life evolves around clubs and social events would go to jail just to keep mom from seeing the daughter. If Baez has anything exculpatory, he would have brought it forward to keep his client out of jail, therefore, he has nothing.
There is no evidence whatsoever that someone, such as a drug dealer, has the child.
If the child were alive, someone would have spoken up by now. Especially given the amount of reward money being offered. If someone all of a sudden had a three year old child, it would not go unnoticed.
The child is dead. The evidence of that, while circumstantial, has some weight. The DNA results are not conclusive. Yet. The hair analysis is not conclusive, either. The hair shows post mortem banding. How many other dead people could have been in the car?
We will probably never know how Caylee died. The only possibility of finding that out is that Casey pleads to something less than first degree murder and the court forces her to allocute and admit to what happened. Given what we know of her, that doesn’t seem likely. Most likely outcome unless a body is found is that a jury will arrive at a compromise verdict, if they are given the option. And they should be given the option.

madee223 December 2, 2008, 7:55 AM

My personal theory is that Casey killed Caylee in what she considered to be a ‘humane’ way. Her reason for killing Caylee?

Background: I think that she was never ready to be a mother and that Cindy forced her to. Cindy was also extremely critical of Casey’s mothering skills. However, Casey seemed to do fine as a mother when she was with Jesse Grund, because Jesse loved Caylee and planned to adopt her and raise her as his own. When that relationship fell apart, Casey’s mothering of Caylee began to fall apart. Now that additional documents have been released, they show that her new boyfriend, Tony Lazzaro, said he wanted only boys when he had children.

Reason: I think Casey killed Caylee because she saw that as the only way to truly re-invent herself. She could completely break her ties to Cindy, George, and Lee. She had already begun to separate herself from old friends and made new friends through Tony. This way she could pick up and make the life she always wanted with no ties to her past…and no one to contradict the lies that she told.

SarahAne December 2, 2008, 9:37 AM

Am I the only one tossing around the possibility that ZANI is “code” for Xanax?

And that she was possibly drugging Caylee and making her sleep while she partied and at accidentally gave her too much?

Remember she referenced Xanax in talking with Jesse on IM and EVERYONE says that they never saw CASEY take it, well maybe it wasn’t Casey taking it.

Maybe when she told people prior to her death that Caylee was with “zani”, she was out cold somewhere. Then once she died she concocted the Zenaida name because she had to come up with something to have represented “zani the nanny”

?

Lisa December 2, 2008, 9:43 AM

I agree that Lee may be the father for Caylee… Ca(se)y Lee = Caylee. As far as Casey killing that beautiful little girl: I think she originally planned to make it look like a kidnapping. Casey’s plan was to be discovered knocked out from chloroform & Caylee missing (already dead & buried). Then Casey gets a crap-load of money from her family for the “Ransom” & the baby never turns up. Casey keeps the money, lives happily ever after & the kidnappers get blamed for Caylee’s disappearance. Somewhere after killing the baby, she got busy partying & the plan fell thru. As sorry as I feel for them, the Anthony family created this monster.

Sally December 2, 2008, 10:33 AM

I don’t buy the incest theory and I believe who fathered Caylee is irrelevant to what happened to her. To me the evidence points to the fact that Caylee is dead and Casey murdered her. There is no evidence of Casey sedating Caylee with Xanex other than she called the nanny Zanny, which is the nickname for that drug. There is evidence of chloroform. It saturated the air in the trunk, according to FBI tests. Chloroform most likely is the weapon Casey used to kill Caylee. Casey’s computer searches for neck breaking, missing child sites, chloroform, household weapons, missing numbers and shovel in March shows Casey was premeditating killing Caylee and maybe George and Cindy also. George told the investigators Cindy took care of Caylee more than Casey did and that caused problems between them. One of Casey’s friends, Lauren, said she babysat Caylee the first few months until she found out Casey wasn’t working at Sports Authority as she claimed, but hanging out with friends. Richard Grund, Jesse’s father, said he and his wife then took care of Caylee while Casey claimed she worked at Universal. Jesse said their relationship broke up when Caylee was 10 months old because Casey was partying and cheating on him. I don’t think Casey ever wanted to be a mother and killed Caylee to hurt Cindy and because she wanted her freedom to be a party girl and to go on trips with her friends and be with Tony, and Caylee stood in the way. It is obvious from pictures and text messages that Casey is a narcistic sociopath who cares only about herself, sex and partying. I’m sure that’s why Casey denied her pregnancy for seven months and wanted to give Caylee up for adoption. Cindy is guilty of being domineering and covering up for Casey when she lied, stole and now murdered her child. Neither Cindy nor George had anything to do with their granddaughter’s death or disposing of Caylee’s body. George is a very doting grandfather who was very cooperative with investigators, even telling them facts that he didn’t need to tell them that implicate his daughter in his granddaughter’s death. George, a former homicide detective, said that the smell in the car trunk was that of human composition and he told them Casey didn’t want him near that car trunk when he tried to retrieve the gas cans June 24. George is the good Anthony in my book.

Evie December 2, 2008, 10:41 AM

I believe that Caylee is the result of a sexual relationship between Casey and her brother Lee. I believe that Casey had been drugging Caylee for sometime so that she could continue to party and screw around and something happened that she died from it, I also believe that she diposed of Caylee’s body in a place where her remains would be consumed by wildlife. One more thing, if someone kidnapped Caylee WHY would they take her to a mall or on a plane or any where in public, seriously all that sighting stuff is a ploy by Cindy Anthony to keep her sick, twisted daughter from a death sentence!!!

Ardra December 2, 2008, 10:50 AM

I think the theory that brother Lee is the father of Caylee is whacked.

The web searches for “neck breaking”, “missing children”, “death”, and “chloroform” (proving premeditation) and the presence of the chemical, and the presence of human decomposition in the trunk of the car (not to mention the horrible smell), the fact that nobody has ever seen any nanny and there is not a shred of proof she ever existed, pretty much invalidate theories that Caylee is still alive, in my humble opinion.

From the evidence we have, the theory that Casey drugged her child so she could stay at her boyfriend’s house overnight unencumbered, or to go out and party, etc., and the child suffered a fatal overdose of chloroform, is the only theory that seems logical.

You could have dozens of sightings, the facts are that given that same haircut, a lot of 3 year olds will look remarkably similar.

Karen December 2, 2008, 11:10 AM

Whatever happened to little Caylee - happened while in the care and control of her mommy Casey and her grandmother Cindy at the Anthony home at 4937 Hopespring Drive on Sunday 15th June 2008. During the heated argument and physical fight between Cindy and Casey, little Caylee either got in the way, made her way outside in the backyard unnoticed or was physically involved during the argument possible being pulled and yanked back and forth between Casey and Cindy — as has been done with that beautiful little child since the day she entered this world. I still believe that ultimately little Caylee’s “resting” place is right there somewhere in that backyard - perhaps under one of the sheds or the pool. Cindy said herself all during the 31 days that she hadn’t seen Casey and little Caylee that she spoke on the phone daily with Casey. Cindy claims all along that her only regret is believing all the excuses Casey gave her for why she and Caylee were not going to be home on any specific date. George & Cindy never said to LE that they feared something horrible might have happened to little Caylee — should Cindy especially had a gut feeling and then had the sense enough to act on that gut feeling and report it to someone in LE. Cindy specifically said during one of the 911 calls “you have had 31 days” that to me indicates that whenever Casey and Caylee left the family home on 15th July that it was pre-arranged that George & Cindy did not expect or hope to see Casey until 31 days were up. George & Casey gave Casey 31 days to go out and party and live life to its fullest because all of them knew that it would just be a matter of time and the sh*t would hit the fan and little Caylee’s fate made known to someone in LE. Why else would Casey Anthony in just the last 31 days prior to 15th July 2008 do things that even some of her closest friends said were out of character for her and that they cannot believe some of what they are now learning about her, i.e. all the drugs, the excess drinking, excess partying and immoral behavior. All her friends attest to the fact that Casey Anthony was a great mother and loved little Caylee very, very much — as does her mom, dad and brother.

colleen December 2, 2008, 11:15 AM

after reading some theorys here,I can understand why most people would conclude that Caylee is dead from Caseys hands, part of me does also, but I cant help thinking some of the circumstantial evidence is just too easy … I mean who searches for shovel online, whats she suppose to learn about a shovel? and who puts neckbreaking in, it just seems too much of a planted seed. Is there anyone else that has collabrated Caseys story of talking about Zendida besides Lee saying shes talked about her for over a year? useing the name Zenida. Thats why I believe Lee knows whats going on. And at the beginning when Caseys in jail and her 1st phone call with her mom, she asks her ..”do you know what my involvment is?’…and all Cindy says is your not telling me where shes at. Thats why I think Cindy knows she gave her to someone else, thats why I think Caylee is more than likely in another country, like I said, they had a 31 day lead. Of course no one in the states would take Caylee in public with everyone looking for her. And your right John, all of these are just theorys based on personal opinion, including yours. And Mark….when your a mother, get back to us and then put your 2 cents worth in about mothering, because of now, you cant relate to what mothers do and your comment really has no merit here…

Karen December 2, 2008, 11:18 AM

And P.S. How’s come Cindy Anthony claims that Casey Anthony was her best friend - yet apparently Casey Anthony didn’t feel the same way. Cindy Anthony was all over town during the 31 days telling all of Casey’s friends that she was a lying, stealing money hungry woman and that they should keep their distance from her. That ain’t no way to treat your “best firend” Cindy — sounds like you are one of those back stabbing people smile up in their friends faces one day and then stabs them in the back the next. Maybe we have this all wrong - maybe it was Cindy who was planning to get rid of George and Casey so that she could have little Caylee all to herself. George was causing Cindy a hell of a lot of grief prior to 15th June 2008, and it seems so was Casey — now who really has the motive???

sam December 2, 2008, 11:21 AM

Dig up the concrete at the Antony’s house and I bet you will find the body of Caylee. Why hasnt anyone determined when this fresh concrete was poured? After June 15??????? I think Cindy knows and is covering up for Casey.

Karen December 2, 2008, 11:25 AM

Sam, that is what I pray LE would do — DIG up that entire back yard of the Anthonys. Remove everything above the ground off the property and dig the whole friggin back yard up 5 feet deep. If trying to locate the remains of a beautiful missing 2 1/2 year old little girl is NOT reason enough to “destroy” that gorgeous back yard at the Anthonys — then what the heck is??? DIG BABY DIG & DIG NOW!!

Shana December 2, 2008, 11:31 AM

YES, I AGREE WITH SAM.The police dog hit on decomposition at the Anthony house by the playhouse and one other spot. If Cindy and Casey buried her then had the concrete poured over her the dogs couldnt get to it. That is why Cindy changed her little tune about Casey!!!! Why doesn’t the FBI dig up their yard?????Nancy Grace where are you on this??????


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