Investigation Discovery’s three-part series ‘Casey Anthony: An American Murder Mystery’ promises to shed new light on the case that captured America’s attention. INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY
The premiere of the three-part series Casey Anthony: An American Murder Mystery on Investigation Discovery (ID) once again summoned viewers’ attention to Orlando, Fla., to relive the death of toddler Caylee Anthony and the acquittal of her mother, Casey Anthony, for her murder in 2011.
It’s the second unsolved case the network has tackled in this format, following JonBenét: An American Murder Mystery, which resulted in ID’s highest ratings to date when it aired last September.
Henry Schleiff, group president of ID said there are several additional stories that the franchise will cover this year.
“We’ve seen a resurgence of interest in some of these iconic cases and trials – from O.J. Simpson to JonBenét Ramsey and now Casey Anthony,” Schleiff said in an emailed statement to USA TODAY. “It’s shocking that we don’t have closure on how and why Caylee Anthony was killed,” he continued. “Now, with the benefit of time, our viewers want to understand what happened and uncover the truth.”
To help viewers get to the real story, ID’s new docuseries includes interviews with investigators and Casey’s parents, George and Cindy Anthony. In contrast to the praise Cindy gave her child during the miniseries’ premiere, viewers are also introduced to the lies Anthony crafted for police, and the discovery of a car with a very distinct smell, which led police to suspect her of murder.
Casey Anthony continues to maintain her innocence in the death of daughter Caylee and insists she doesn’t know how the girl’s life ended. She spoke with the AP in a series of interviews and says she can’t fill in the blanks of what happened. (March 8) AP
One of Anthony’s inexplicable stories probed by the series involves babysitter Zenaida Gonzalez. In the first episode, John Allen, a former Sergeant with the Sheriff’s Office, claims Anthony told Detective Yuri Melich in July 2008 that her two-year-old’s babysitter had disappeared with Caylee a month prior.
Allen said Anthony did not inform her parents or the police of the alleged abduction. Allen also revealed that the apartment Casey claimed to be Gonzalez’ was vacant and had been without a tenant for months. Casting further shadows on Casey’s tale, Eric Edwards, a former corporal in the Sheriff’s Office, said no one by Gonzalez’s name had ever occupied the property.
When police located a woman by the name of Zenaida Gonzalez, she did not match the description Casey provided and she denied knowing Casey and Caylee, according to Kevin Beary, Sheriff of Orange County during the investigation.
Anthony’s assertion that she worked at Universal Studios and informed two co-workers about Caylee’s alleged kidnapping was another fabrication, according to Edwards and Allen. Allen informed viewers that neither Anthony nor the coworkers were current employees of the company.
To catch the mom in a lie, Allen said he and Melich took Anthony to Universal Studios and observed her lying to the guard and waving to supposed colleagues before confessing she was not on staff.
The discovery of the Anthony’s Pontiac — which Edwards explained smelled “like decomposition” — and forensic evidence led police to believe Caylee might be dead.
Edwards said a cadaver dog alerted officers near the trunk of the vehicle. Further building the case for murder, utility worker Roy Kronk discovered the skull of a small child in the woods as the episode ends.
As much of the country watched, Anthony was found guilty of four misdemeanor counts of lying to police when the jury returned its verdict in 2011, and acquitted of charges of murder. In an interview with the Associated Press published last month, Anthony admitted that she lied to police about a slew of things, but reasoned that being honest wouldn’t have changed her fate. “Because cops believe other cops,” she stated. “I see why I was treated the way I was even had I been completely truthful.”
Parts two and three of Casey Anthony: An American Murder Mystery air Monday and Tuesday respectively at 10 p.m. ET. ID says new information about the case will be revealed in the finale.