Casey Anthony: What’s next?
Ghost blog for Psychology Today
By Alexis Morgan
The infamous ‘not-guilty’ verdict of the Casey Anthony trial has been the topic of
conversation in recent news and is being dubbed as the social media trial of the
century. While outlets like Nancy Grace and Fox News have a field day participating in
the media circus surrounding the event, the nation simultaneously begins to wonder,
Now that the disappointing and shocking verdict has come to pass, where does the
newly freed Anthony go from here?
Things aren’t looking so good for her future, thats for sure!
Although the Central Florida jury did not convict Anthony of murder, she was found
guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in the national court of opinion. She has become the
mother America loves to hate. Even though she could be prosecuted for the
misdemeanor charges of lying to law enforcement, the judge could also let her walk
claiming time already served. Because she is now nationally recognized, it’ll be hard for
Anthony to go out in public, let alone find or job - or dare I even say, a future spouse.
Her family has already received death threats from outraged citizens hoping for a real-
life ‘Law Abiding Citizen’ to serve Anthony the justice that they feel was not served
rightly in court. But things are definitely tense within her family circle.
Defense attorney's argued Anthony’s father and brother sexually molested her,
accusations that the family passionately denies. This was the basis of their case and
potentially why they won. Now that she’s out, who else does Anthony have to turn to
other than her family?
That’ll sure make for an awkward Thanksgiving.
And we can’t forget, no matter what, a life was lost too soon.
It may be unbeknownst to the world if the ‘mom’ster actually had any motherly qualities,
but after all she did loose her only child.
Casey Anthony: the infamous child-slayer that everyone hates who doesn’t have
anyone to turn to and who is without her only child. How can this compulsive, habitual
liar begin to make amends and move on?
Seek counseling, therapy, rehab…. the works.
It’s not secret Anthony has problems.
"Nobody likes a liar, and Anthony was a habitual liar. And nobody liked the fact that she
was partying after Caylee's death. Casey obviously has a lot of psychological problems.
Whether she murdered her daughter or not is another thing,"said Dr. Carole Lieberman,
a forensic psychiatrist in the department of psychiatry at UCLA.
Stay the heck out of the public eye
Can we say down low? For her safety and for the sake of her family, Anthony needs to
lay low for a couple months, maybe a year, or maybe even for the rest of her life. Just
because it’s hot right now doesn’t mean it won’t cool off later. People will either forget,
forgive, or move past it. The last thing Anthony needs now is another demerit to her
reputation. So please, Anthony if you’re reading this, do not, I repeat do not go on a
media tour, write a book, or do any interviews for the welfare and possible glimpse of
light in your future.
Make amends with the flesh and blood
So like we said before, she put herself in an awkward situation accusing her father and
brother of the unthinkable. Her family, seemingly catastrophic at times, is still her family
and that will never change. Family might be the only people she has right now. It would
be greatly beneficial for Anthony to apologize and move forward.
Mark Lippman, the attorney for Anthony’s parents, released this statement after the
“While the family may never know what has happened to Caylee Marie Anthony, they
now have closure for this chapter of their life. They will now begin the long process of
rebuilding their lives.”
• Rehabilitate her image
Almost every body language expert will say Casey Anthony was lying. Casey’s body
language showed this during questioning, during her courthouse phone calls, and
during the trial itself. I have looked at tape, listened to calls, and been asked to
comment on the case by numerous media outlets. It’s all there – the body blocking and
the smoke screen tactics- it was all evidence of deception.
Anthony’s body language after hearing her verdict? Hah! Let’s not even go there.
Smiles are an expression of happiness, not an expression of despair. One thing is for
sure, she needs to start off by showing remorse or grief over her daughter's death.
It will be interesting to see how the rest of this story will unfold.