Individuals is likely to be extra divided than ever proper now, however one factor all can agree on is Peacock devoting three and a half hours to a Casey Anthony “confessional” was 2022’s worst thought.
For these too younger to recollect or fortunate sufficient to have forgotten, Anthony was the OJ Simpson of her day – a twentysomething Florida lady accused of killing her two-year-old daughter, Caylee. On 15 July 2008, Cindy Anthony, Casey’s mom, known as 911 to report her granddaughter lacking for 31 days and that the trunk of Casey’s Pontiac Sunfire smelled like a useless physique. If there have been such a recreation as Karen Bingo, Casey would have lined the entire card. She misled investigators, pointed the finger at a made-up Afro-Latina nanny and confirmed extra concern for her personal self-preservation than for recovering her daughter. Lastly, in October, Casey was charged with first-degree homicide. Two months later Caylee’s skeletal stays had been found, blanketed, inside a laundry bag in a wooded space close to the Anthony household’s Orlando residence. The post-mortem additional famous the presence of duct tape on the entrance of Caylee’s cranium and on the mouth – grounds sufficient to pronounce the demise a murder.
Anthony’s trial held the nation in thrall for six weeks in early 2011 and was a trending matter on-line. (Time journal dubbed it “the social media trial of the century”, in an OJ callback.) Individuals whipsawed from being gaslit by Anthony’s not-guilty plea to captivated by the sight of a younger lady flexing her white privilege, her fairly privilege and tears – and her child was cute, too.
In the end, the prosecution, which had sought the demise penalty, did not persuade jurors that Anthony killed her daughter to free herself from the buzzkill of parenthood, and he or she was acquitted. Whereas in 1995, the nation was break up in its response to the OJ verdict, this time it was unanimous in its disappointment. A throng that gathered outdoors the Orange county courthouse chanting “justice for Caylee” was frozen with outrage. The authorized analyst Nancy Grace, whose star was actually born throughout this case whereas giving Anthony the nickname “Tot Mother”, was resigned in defeat. “Someplace on the market,” she sighed, “the satan is dancing tonight.”
Since then, the case has been vigorously rehashed. However the Peacock docuseries – Casey Anthony: The place the Fact Lies (get it?) – is the primary on-camera interview by Anthony, who didn’t testify throughout her trial. Nonetheless, she was discovered responsible of mendacity to police and walked free two weeks later after receiving credit score for the three years she had spent behind bars.
Even whereas rising from seclusion, Anthony nonetheless appears to be like over her shoulder, linking up with showrunner Alexandra Haggiag Dean and her crew at a rental home to maintain the highlight away from her personal. To make the protected home extra homey, Anthony brings alongside framed images of Caylee, lots of them ripped again from the tabloids. “Among the most priceless issues that I’ve,” she says, unpacking them. “Why? [They’re] among the solely issues I’ve left of Caylee.”
The present doesn’t simply make the case for Anthony’s innocence yet again. Components of it play like a courting present sizzle reel, full with pictures of Anthony garbed in athleisure put on snapping nature images whereas out for lengthy walks within the wild – as if we’re not all watching as a result of her child was discovered useless in a wooden.
Eleven years later, Anthony, now in her mid-30s, nonetheless lives with the tragedy, apparently. By day, she works with the non-public investigator who helped win her acquittal. At evening, she wrestles with a variety of painful reminiscences – which the docuseries takes pains to animate as a police case library in her thoughts. She reiterates a declare her protection made in court docket – that her dad George and brother Lee sexually assaulted her as a toddler – earlier than pinning Caylee’s demise on George, portray him as a liar and kidnapper. George, who together with Lee had denied these abuse claims, is claimed to have informed a Individuals journal supply he “knew he was going to be thrown underneath the bus, however didn’t count on her to run over him so many occasions”.
The docuseries has reignited fashionable rancor too, with mothers decrying its tastelessness and behavioral consultants sleuthing for indicators of Anthony in thespian mode. (“Think about making a six-hour documentary to persuade everybody Casey Anthony is harmless and as a substitute it makes everybody go, ‘Oh, I consider she did it much more now really,’” wrote one Twitter consumer.) In the meantime, others take sport to find the inconsistencies in Anthony’s newest model of occasions. Grace, who turned down an invite to take part within the venture, struggles to even name it a documentary. “As a result of once I hear the phrase documentary, I consider one thing that’s truthful,” she informed the Hollywood Reporter. “That is simply Tot Mother speaking about herself and the airbrushed model of what occurred to her daughter that she ought to’ve been caring for.”
Amongst different sins, Dean (whose earlier credit embrace docs on Hedy Lamarr and Paris Hilton) doesn’t interrogate Anthony onerous sufficient about why it took so lengthy to report her daughter lacking and why she by no means requested her dad – whom she purports was in control of Caylee on the time – to see or converse along with her lady throughout that point. What’s extra, with nobody from the prosecution collaborating within the sequence, Anthony’s protection crew will get extra airtime to disprove their narrative. However nothing frustrates fairly like Anthony’s assertion that she saved the lies going out of fealty to her father, whenever you’d assume he’d be the primary particular person she’d dime out if it might clear up the thriller of her daughter’s disappearance. And also you’d assume her claimed historical past of abuse (which she additional alleges included Caylee as nicely), to not point out her already dealing with the demise penalty, would make her that rather more motivated to take the stand and scream it to the world.
Predictably, lots of the principals on this sordid melodrama re-emerged this week. “The whole protection was that Caylee drowned within the pool, however now she’s saying she didn’t,” one juror informed Individuals. “So both the protection was a lie or she’s mendacity now.” Belvin Perry Jr, the presiding choose on the Anthony case, dismissed Anthony’s Peacock story as “crap”. The women of The View had been triggered yet again. “Eleven years,” moaned co-host Sunny Hostin, who received fame by means of the Anthony trial too, “and that’s the crappy story that you just got here up with?” Pleasure Behar in contrast the doc to Netflix’s scripted Jeffrey Dahmer sequence, scorching each as performs for rankings.
Solely Rosie O’Donnell was moved to provide Anthony the advantage of the doubt after watching all three episodes. “Hear, it kinda made sense to me, what she was saying,” she stated in a TikTok, after an earlier video slamming the doc. “Everybody stated she was an awesome mother. I dunno. I do know that is gonna be a controversial opinion.”
Positive, one might go into The place the Fact Lies with an open thoughts. However most, from miles away, will see it for what it’s – a soft-focus self-importance venture from a world-class narcissist – and tune out altogether. Some nostalgia journeys simply aren’t well worth the hassle.