Casey Anthony is back in the national spotlight more than a decade after she was acquitted in the murder of her two-year-old daughter.
In a new three-part documentary series airing on Peacock called “Casey Anthony: Where the Truth Lies,” Anthony relays her version of what she says led to Kylie’s death. Anthony never testified during her trial, so this is the first time the public has heard of her on camera, according to the series’ producers. Peacock did not respond to CNN’s request for further comment.
For three years, between the time Kylie disappeared and Anthony’s acquittal, the Florida case stunned the nation as it appeared on both social media and in traditional media. The prosecution sought the death penalty, saying Kylie’s death occurred during aggravated child abuse and was committed in a “cold, deliberate and willful manner without any moral or legal pretext.”
After nearly six weeks of testimony, the jury dismissed the prosecution’s allegations that Anthony gave her child chloroform, smothered her with duct tape and dumped her body in the woods. They found her guilty of four lesser counts of lying to law enforcement officers.
Anthony spent about three years in prison awaiting trial, and was released after receiving credit for his time behind bars. Angry protesters took to the streets, calling her a “child killer” and demanding justice for Kylie.
In the documentary series, Anthony and her defense team drop several allegations about a decade-old mystery surrounding her daughter’s death. Here’s what you need to know about Where the Truth Lies:
Time magazine called Anthony’s story the social media trial of the century in 2011. Years later, the mystery surrounding Kylie’s death is still the subject of much chatter.
In July 2008, Anthony’s mother called 911 and stated that she had not seen her granddaughter for a month. Pictures of the party, smiling Anthony, taken between when Kylie was last seen and when she was reported missing, were soon plastered across TV screens across the country. Tabloids and social media users zeroed in on the idea of the mother partying with her friends and getting “Bella Vita” – Italian for “Beautiful Life” – tattooed – while her daughter was missing.
In the documentary series, which has sparked fresh controversy on social media, Anthony says that period was “the antithesis of what my life really was.”
Since then, she has covered her tattoos with flowers, which she describes as a symbol of growth and rebirth.
“That was my whole life up until that point, and I acted like everything was fine, but knowing nothing was right,” she says.
At the beginning of the documentary, Anthony talks about why she decided to speak out after years of silence.
“I’ve spent the past 10 years making sure that I know who I am, that I begin to overcome this loss and that I have something to say to make my daughter proud, but also to properly honor her,” she says. “That’s part of it.”
Anthony and her defense team admitted that she had lied several times. After Kylie goes missing, she lies that she works at Universal Studios. In another lie, she said that a nanny named Zinaida Fernandez Gonzalez stole her child. She admits in the docuseries that the story was made up and that the only other person besides her who took care of Kay was her mother.
In the docuseries, it is also revealed that she lied to her ex-boyfriend that he was Kylie’s father because she was ashamed to admit that she was raped at a party and didn’t know who her father was. A paternity test revealed that he was not.
She says, “I am a convicted liar.” “I lied to everyone… It was years of trying to show everyone a certain life because I didn’t want people to pity me,” she says. “There was no lying out of bounds, there was no lying out of bounds.”
For months, Anthony and her parents confirmed that Kylie was alive.
During the trial, the defense said the child drowned in Anthony’s family’s swimming pool on June 16, 2008, and that Anthony and her father had covered up the death. In the documentary series, Anthony offers a conflicting theory that she blames her father alone.
She also reiterated her claims that her father sexually abused her when she was a child – allegations he denied during the trial along with any involvement in Kylie’s death. In the documentary series, Peacock says George Anthony turned down an offer to appear on the show. CNN has reached out to the elder Anthony.
Anthony is now working with one of the lead investigators on her defense team, Patrick McKenna, who runs a private investigations firm. In the documentary, McKenna says he believes she is innocent. Anthony lived with his family for a while after the trial ended due to concerns for her security, says McKenna, adding that she is like a daughter to him.
Anthony admits she still doesn’t have answers.
“It’s hard because thousands of questions are running through my head. I’m responsible for answering every question the world has about her, about what happened,” says Anthony. “I still don’t know what happened to Kylie. I know what I’m afraid of. I know what he eats at night.”
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