The Case of Casey Anthony's Disappearance

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Death of Caylee Anthony On July 15th 2008, Caylee Anthony was reported missing by her grandmother, Cindy, who claimed that she had not seen her granddaughter in 31 days. Cindy called the police after picking up her daughter Casey’s impounded vehicle, which smelled strongly of a decomposing body. Cindy found a bag of garbage in the trunk of Casey’s car but no trace of a body. Cindy had attempted to contact and visit Caylee over the past month, but Casey Anthony refused visitation, claiming that Caylee was with a nanny named Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez, or at the beach or parks. Casey had given Cindy various explanations as to Caylee’s whereabouts before finally telling her mother that she had not seen Caylee for multiple weeks. Casey told the police that the nanny, Zenaida, had kidnapped her daughter but it was later proven that Casey did not have a nanny for Caylee at all. After investigations conducted by the police, Zenaida was determined to be a real person but had no connection to Casey Anthony and had never met any members of her family. Casey also told the police during the initial investigation that she worked for Universal Studio’s but after the police asked to see her office, she admitted that she had been fired years ago. Casey was arrested on July 16th, 2008 and charged the following day with giving false statements to law enforcement, child neglect and obstruction of a criminal investigation. Casey was interviewed by officers regarding the disappearance of Caylee and claimed that she “felt that Caylee was still alive” (YouTube, 2008). Casey remained calm, emotionless and flirty throughout the interview with the police officer and continued to claim that she did not know the whereabouts of Caylee and insisted on disc... ... middle of paper ... ...014). Interviewing Skills: Criminal Justice 2013 sec. 001, Mount Royal University Heather, N., & Stockwell, T. (2004). Motivational interviewing. [Essential handbook of treatment and prevention of alcohol problems] Lord, V. B., & Cowan, A. D. (2011). Interviewing in criminal justice. Ontario: Jones and Bartlett. Miner, E. M. (1985). The importance of listening in the interview and interrogation process. Retrieved April 6, 2014, from Stokoe, E. (2009). “I’ve got a girlfriend”: Police officers doing ‘self-disclosure’ in their interrogations of suspects. Narrative Inquiry, 19(1), 154-182. doi:10.1075/ni.19.1.09sto YouTube. (2008). Casey antony - interview with detectives after arrest. Retrieved April 6, 2014, from

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