Casey Anthony has given her first interview since being found not guilty of the murder of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee Anthony.
It’s been nearly nine years since Caylee went missing and six years since Casey was acquitted by a jury of her peers in Florida. The case garnered national attention and ignited a firestorm from impassioned people who still believe that she is guilty of the heinous crime.
Here are some highlights from the fascinating and lengthy piece via the AP:
On being found guilty in the court of public opinion:
“My sentence was doled out long before there was a verdict. Sentence first, verdict afterward. People found me guilty long before I had my day in court.”
On lying to police about being employed at Universal Studios; about leaving Caylee with a baby-sitter; about telling two people, both of them imaginary, that Caylee was missing; about receiving a phone call from Caylee the day before she was reported missing:
“Even if I would’ve told them everything that I told to the psychologist, I hate to say this but I firmly believe I would have been in the same place. Because cops believe other cops. Cops tend to victimize the victims. I understand now … I see why I was treated the way I was even had I been completely truthful.”
On her attorney suggesting, during the trial, that Caylee accidentally drowned and that Casey’s dad George helped cover that up:
“Everyone has their theories, I don’t know. As I stand here today I can’t tell you one way or another. The last time I saw my daughter I believed she was alive and was going to be OK, and that’s what was told to me.”
On what she thinks Caylee would be like if she were still alive:
“Caylee would be 12 right now and would be a total badass. I’d like to think she’d be listening to classic rock, playing sports…”
On understanding why so many believe she’s guilty:
“I’m still not even certain as I stand here today about what happened… Based off what was in the media I understand the reasons people feel about me. I understand why people have the opinions that they do.”
Casey currently lives in the Florida home of Patrick McKenna, the private detective that worked on both her and O.J. Simpson’s case. She agreed to speak with a reporter from the Associated Press when she was approached protesting Donald Trump at a rally in Palm Beach.
She went on to participate in five on-the-record interviews but later requested that the story not be run. In an email she wrote, “During the course of my bankruptcy, the rights to my story were purchased by a third party company for $25k to protect my interests. Without written authorization from the controlling members of this company, I am prohibited from speaking publicly about my case at any time.”
The 30-year-old says she hopes to get a private investigator’s license and work for a defense team. She said that she goes out occasionally with friends to area bars. She’s had a few short-lived romantic relationships but her life is very closed off because of her notoriety.
Anthony added, “I don’t give a s**t about what anyone thinks about me, I never will. I’m OK with myself, I sleep pretty good at night.”