Is THIS Casey Anthony’s motive, timestamped, in her own words?

On June 21 2011, the New York Post provided coverage of the Casey Anthony trial, and 25-year-old Casey’s “mostly sullen façade [during] the first weeks of testimony.”

By now everyone who knows this case knows that after her two-year-old daughter Caylee disappeared on June 16th 2008, Casey “went on a bizarre, monthlong partying spree while lying to everyone that Caylee was still alive.”

During that time, almost everything Casey said was a lie. Almost everything. On June 21st, Casey scrawled the following entry into her personal diary.


When the New York Post quoted this excerpt it was condemning as it was, but it was incomplete.

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Here’s the full version again with the parts left out of the article in bold, even though the diary page speaks for itself:

I have no regrets, just a bit worried. I just want for everything to work out okay. I completely trust my own judgement & know that I made the right decision. I just hope that the end justifies the means. I just want to know what the future will hold for me. I guess I will soon see.  This is the happiest that I have been in a very long time. I hope that my happiness will continue to grow.  I’ve made new friends that I really like. I’ve surrounded myself with good people.  I am finally happy. Let’s just hope that it doesn’t change.

In that simple paragraph the word happy or happiness comes up three times. She herself clearly anchors her happiness to “good people” which we now know was a new group of friends she made in early June. She also locates her happiness contemporaneously. We see that according to her she wasn’t only happy that night in June, but had been unhappy for a period of months prior to that weekend.

Although she’s happy, it’s coming out of a period of misery which is why she hopes it will continue to grow. Who or what is the source of that misery? Well, whatever it was that prevented her from having nights like these, experiences like these.


The Post describes the diary entry as being from June 21 2008 and a wider angle of the diary appears to show the number ’03 in the upper left corner. If it was written five years earlier then Casey was around seventeen-years-old and still at school when she wrote it. Caylee wasn’t even more.  In 2009, when the information first surfaced ABC reported:

Hundreds of pages of newly released evidence from prosecutors in the investigation into the murder of Florida toddler Caylee Anthony contribute to a growing body of circumstantial evidence against the child’s mother, but reports on a key detail against Casey Anthony are being vigorously challenged by representatives of the jailed mom.

Anthony’s representatives insisted that a seemingly damning diary entry prosecutors allege she penned was written before the child was even born — not in 2008, as has been reported.

Calls to the prosecutor’s office were not immediately returned.

A representative for Casey Anthony, Marti Mackenzie, told ABC News that the entry was written in 2003, before the Caylee was born.

The Post also cites prosecutors saying they believed the diary was from 2008.

On a blog posted in 2009, two years before this evidence was led at trial, there is some mention that the specific diary Casey used wasn’t on the market until 2004.


We know Caylee disappeared on June 16th, and probably died that day too. Five days later, clearly, Casey felt no regrets, and was hoping “everything would work out okay”.

When we look into the timeline, we see June 20th, the day before Casey wrote in her diary, Casey was at a Hot Body Contest at the Fusian Ultra Lounge with many of her friends, as well as her new boyfriend.

Casey won the Hot Body Contest that night, then spent the rest of the weekend with her boyfriend. This time there were no real babysitters to worry about, no curfew to obey, no rap songs kicking off her phone from Momma cussing her, and calling her home.

This was “happiness at last” for the real Casey.

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20 Questions: Think you know the Casey Anthony Case? Test your knowledge with this Pop Quiz

It’s easy to be dismissive about the Casey Anthony case.  It’s a slamdunk, right?  Fact is, Casey was ultimately acquitted on the charge of first-degree premeditated murder of her daughter Caylee.


The prosecution weren’t able to prove how Caylee died, there was uncertainty about when she died, and very little clarity on when the two-year-old’s body was disposed of, or by who. There were no witnesses.

Not since Slaughter, a mammoth investigation involving 8 separate profiles of mass shooters, have I encountered a case with such a complex timeline, crime scene and cast of characters. What makes this case so difficult is the lengths of time involved – the 31 days it took to report the crime, and a much longer period to recover Caylee’s remains.

Despite the confusing murk of time, a true crime aficionado should have a handle on the basics. We should know what we know, right? Well, do we? Do you?

Below is a list I’ve compiled while researching Treachery, a narrative that navigates the first phase of the Casey Anthony case. It focuses entirely on the 31 days between Casey’s disappearance and Cindy’s 911 call. Just focus on 31 days – sounds simple, right?

When there are 3 or more different versions to each day, the case explodes into an extremely intricate, layered mess. Finding the thread of what actually happened on a daily basis during those 31 days is possible, with persistence, especially by relying on Casey’s cell phone data [pings, texts] and social media.

The story is certainly there but it’s buried under mountains of lies and deceits. It’s also important to be aware of the lies and what they’re pointing away from in order to fathom the psychological patterns, and this is where the caseload becomes enormous.

The deluge of misinformation is ultimately a distraction from the missing little girl. At the end of it all, what do we really know and understand about this case?

How many of the 20 questions below can you answer off the top of your head?

  1. Exactly how far from the Anthony’s home were Caylee’s remains eventually found?419C7ACD00000578-0-image-a-15_1498064981670
  2. When were Caylee’s remains discovered?
  3. Roughly how much money did Casey steal from her parents?car
  4. Who recovered Casey’s ’98 Pontiac Sunfire from Johnson’s Wreckers, and at what time?

5. At what time did Cindy call 911?

6. What did George and Cindy both do for several hours after the Sunfire was retrieved?


7. What movie did Casey and her boyfriend Tony plan to watch on the night of June 15th?

8. Where did George do his security shift that night?

9. How did Cindy find out where Casey was staying after not knowing for 31 days?

10. What did Cindy say to Tony when she confronted Casey in his apartment?

11. How much money did Amy have left in her bank account on the night of June 15th?120705022401-casey-anthony-03-horizontal-large-gallery12. Where did cadaver dogs pick up traces of Caylee’s remains [besides the Sunfire]?

13. Did the cadaver dogs pick up cadaver odor at the dump site?

14. How can one make chloroform at home [name two ordinary household products]?caylee_anthony-5743-NaplesDaily052511

15. Was the browser history of the Anthony’s computer deleted?

16. What did Casey say had happened to Caylee on June 15th?

17. What did Cindy say had happened to Caylee?

18. What is “Zanny-the-Nanny” code for?

19. If Casey did murder her daughter, what was her motive?

20. How did Caylee die?