Casey Anthony: Overlooked Evidence

Almost one-and-a-half years after the verdict, pseudo-investigators are still researching the evidence in the case of the State of Florida vs. Casey Anthony. Longtime TV investigator Tony Piptone has been on this case since the beginning and gained notoriety for his researching skills. This past week he released a report outlining “overlooked” evidence in the case which “may have affected the outcome.” However, the evidence was not exactly new as Jose Baez, Casey’s former defense attorney, revealed it in his book.

What was the nature of the evidence?

Previously, I wrote about the botched computer evidence that the State presented at trial (read “The Computer Forensics”). They argued that Casey searched for the chemical “chloroform” 84 times; however, this was untrue. They insinuated that other search results had a bearing on this case, but they did not.

Once again, the issue of odd search results have come up in this case. According to Jose Baez and Tony Pipitone, someone queried the term “fool-proof suffication.” Predictably, Baez attributed this to George Anthony but Pipitone sought to disprove that. I’m not going to re-hash what Tony Pipitone wrote. The source for his article is presented at the end. My interest is in the truth of what really happened to Caylee Anthony.

Computer Evidence

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office, or OCSO, computer forensics unit copied the hard drive using Encase and extracted the internet history data (report). As we all know, they found the keyword “chloroform” a few times. Also, as we know, their handling of the computer evidence was sloppy. Pipitone wrote in his article:

In a statement to Local 6 on Monday, the Sheriff’s Office stood by Osborne and echoed her defense: “The Firefox record which contains the Google search for ‘suffication’ was neither extracted nor examined. A search for the keyword ‘suffocation’ was never requested from any OCSO investigator or the prosecutor’s office at any time during the investigation; therefore, this Internet record was inadvertently not discovered by Detective Osborne. … The agency has confidence in her knowledge and expertise in this very complicated field of computer forensics.”

First, the OSCO should not have any confidence in Detective Osborn. After watching her at trial and reading her documents, she is extremely incompetent. Second, the OSCO should use the term “investigation” very loosely.  They wanted to tie Casey Anthony to murder by chloroform, not to anything else. The point of an investigation is to uncover the truth. OSCO just wanted to find enough speculative pieces to point to murder. Shameful.

At any rate, they were lucky enough to create a snapshot of the hard-drive activity on June 16, 2008 which is pictured above. I have explained this image on my June 16 Timeline page. Basically, this picture illustrates the times when someone is using the computer. This image alone indicates that there is activity on the Anthony computer between 2pm and 3pm, but OSCO – in their infuriating incompetence – fail to realize this. Pipitone writes in his report:

The spreadsheet sent to [Prosecutor] Burdick included 17 vague entries from the Internet Explorer browser history on June 16, 2008, and failed to list 1,247 entries recorded on the Mozilla Firefox browser that day — including the search for “foolproof suffocation.”

Simply amazing. Any and all blame in this case rests with the OSCO. For once I agree with Jose Baez, when he says that the OSCO mishandled this case.

Computer Activity

Pipitone’s writes in his article:

Her password-protected computer account activates the browser at 1:39 p.m., revealing activity associated with her AIM account and MySpace and Facebook. The last browser activity during that session is at 1:42 p.m.

Twenty-eight minutes later, browser histories show, Casey Anthony’s account on the computer is back online just before the search for foolproof suffocation.

At 2:51 p.m…. a Google search for the term “fool-proof suffocation,” misspelling the last word as “suffication”

Five seconds later, the user clicks on an article that criticizes pro-suicide websites that include advice on “foolproof” ways to die…

At 2:52 p.m., the browser records activity on MySpace, a website Casey Anthony used frequently and George Anthony did not.

[T]he browsing session that included that search logs its last activity, involving MySpace, at 2:52 and 55 seconds

Now, this activity does not exactly match up with the OSCO image above. The image says that there is not much activity between 1 pm and 2 pm, where as Pipitone says there is. However, it is clear that there is activity between 2 pm and 3 pm.

Timeline

These searches need to be integrated into the timeline. George Anthony said that Casey left home at 12:50 pm. The computer activity puts her return time at around 1:30 pm, taking into account pulling into the driveway and taking Caylee out of the carseat. From her cellphone pings, one can make the argument that she never left the house.

As Pipitone says, she’s on the computer until 1:42 pm visiting typical Casey Anthony sites like Facebook and MySpace. At 1:44 pm she calls her friend Amy Huzeinga.

According to Pipitone, Casey reopens the browser at 2:10 pm even though she was still on the phone with Amy. She hung up with Amy at 2:20 pm. Casey was probably in front of the computer the whole time she was talking with Amy.

More than 30 minutes pass until a new set of browser searches appear, which include the aforementioned “suffocation” search. This set of computer activity lasts 2 minutes until Jesse Grund calls at 2:52 pm.

Recall what Grund said about the conversation (transcript):

Uhm, it was not, it was not a normal [conversation], if that’s a correct choice of words. Uh, [the conversation was about] the fact that … Casey now had to find a place to live. Uhm, uh, she couldn’t stay at home.

It would seem that either Casey had just gone into murder-mode 2 minutes before Grund called or, more likely, Caylee had already died.

In that 30-minute span of no internet activity, Casey had found her unconscious daughter. The defense claims she drowned in the pool.

Conclusion

Unfortunately, this “new” evidence does not bring us closer to finding out what happened to Caylee Anthony. It adds to the list of speculation, not proof. Internet searches are usually prompted by something – like how the chloroform search was prompted by the picture posted by Casey’s boyfriend (read “The Chloroform”). The question is what prompted this search? In that brief 1-minute search, was Casey looking for a way to kill her child? Or herself?

It turns out that it doesn’t matter. Grund’s conversation with Casey indicates that something already happened before 2:52 pm, therefore the “new” computer searches are irrelevant.

As far as I’m concerned, my theory of what happened is unscathed (read “Mystery Solved”). I already said that Casey Anthony was at home and was on the computer quite a bit between 2pm and 3pm on June 16, 2008. Now, thanks to Tony Pipitone, other people can see and accept that fact as well.

Source: Tony Pipitone’s report

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