SARASOTA, Fla., (July 15, 2011) — The Biography channel ran a one hour special on thecase - "How Did We Get There."
Unlike the coverage of HLN, the biography channel told the story, starting with Casey Anthony's birth in Ohio to the time when trouble first started to show.
The write up from the Biography Channel says, “Casey Anthony, a young, attractive, single mother, stood accused of the murder of her adorable two-year-old daughter, Caylee. Hailed as "the trial of a decade," the proceedings generated a media feeding frenzy as each shocking new disclosure provoked a blizzard of coverage leading up to the shocking verdict. Biography goes back to the beginning to explore Casey Anthony's life, behavior and the series of lies that led to the massive public outcry over her acquittal in this sensational case.”
However, while you will hear some of the same things that came out in the case, you will hear things, close to the Anthony’s, that never made it out, and may be new to some of you.
The show reveals some of the inner conversations and observations from those close to what was going on in the Anthony household between Casey’s graduation to Dec 15, 2008, when Caylee’s body was found.
The discussions below, some of which I will reveal, we already know, or some may heard different versions of the story. But you will hear things that will make you wonder why it didn’t make it into the prosecution’s case. Maybe not.
I found some of what was said happened, what the attitudes were like, more compelling than what prosecutor Jeff Ashton and Linda Drake Burdick put on. The show almost gives you the impression that it should have taken an hour to present the circumstantial part of the case, before going into the forensics.
The show tells about Casey’s first known lie. Casey progressed through high school without incident until 12th grade. She lied to her parents about graduating when she wasn't going to graduate.
However, instead of telling her family and friends Casey wasn’t going to graduate, Cindy perpetrated the lie for days after finding out, even letting the elder members of the family show up on graduation day, only to be told then she wasn’t going to graduate.
Most of time, those close to Cindy say she enabled Casey’s lying, even covering up for them. Another lie was one that was covered up by Cindy when Casey was pregnant. They went to a wedding when Casey was seven months, and Cindy, when pressed for the truth, told everyone she had a tumor. They never told her brother, Lee, that Casey was pregnant.
Two months later, that tumor came out as a 6-pound girl, named Caylee Marie Anthony.
Not to ruin the rest of the show, the Biography Channel presented what seemed to be a balanced account of what happened behind the scenes. Things I think the press, including HLN or the Orlando Sentinel may not have known about or at least they never reported it.
The show progresses chronically, about how things happened as spoken from close friends and family members. It almost seems that this is the case that the prosecution should have produced.
The story told during the one hour show was clean, concise, and told the story of how Caylee disappeared.
The show presented many friends, family, and strangers who were involved in the case from the beginning, telling their stories. Although they may sound familiar to what was heard in the news, or during the trial, many facts brought out in the show never made it into the case, and should have. They are:
Diane Fanning and Kathy Belich, a reporter, narrated most of the story, with contributions from others directly involved with the case. None of these people testified for the prosecution.
Ken Brennan, private investigator, talked about his involvement in the case, even though he was never involved in the trial. Brennan served as a consultant to the ABC television show 20/20 for an episode about Casey Anthony. Brennan reviewed testimony and forensics from her trial and concluded that in his opinion, Anthony is guilty.
Larry Garrison, an author specializes in finding lost children, was hired by the Anthony family to handle the media.
Bounty Hunter Leonard Padilla and his team was confident he could help find Caylee, he flew his team out to Orlando, bailed out Casey, and set out to find Caylee. However, he was appalled at the attitude of Casey’s lack of concern for her missing daughter.
Another family member, who never testified, said that none of the Anthony family members, Casey, Cindy, or George, seemed concerned in finding Caylee, and there was no urgency in their behavior.
One of her bodyguards said that Casey was more concerned about whether she made it as the top story, how many helicopters were out there, the trucks. And when wearing her white sunglasses, asked her bodyguard "if she looked like Jackie Onassis."
The show will air again on Saturday, July 16 at 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., EST, and again on Sunday, July 17, at 10 p.m. EST.
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