On October 8th 54-year-old Patricia Palmer Luddecke and her 50-year-old boyfriend Larry Martinez were left in charge of her daughter’s baby.
A little while later the mom received a call from Luddecke who told her that she was taking the child to the hospital because she had fallen off the bed. A little later on (after the hospital reported the crime) they ended up changing their story. Considering that doctors had to treat the child for a gash that ran from the corner of her left eye down to the right side of her mouth and has left permanent damage on her face I would guess so.
What they ended up telling police (after they initially lied to the baby’s mother and doctors) was that the dog was on the floor by the bed and the child was trying to climb onto the bed, fell onto the dog which then mauled her.
According to the Houston Chronicle police reviewed the 911 tape (Martinez placed the call) and could hear Luddecke in the background. Both of them were slurring their speech and seemed to be drunk when the baby was hurt. Shocker ain’t it?
The very same dog bit the child a month prior when she tried to play with it and a Houston Police Officer reported that it (the dog, not Luddecke) was aggressive and snarling when the officer approached.
This seems to be a pretty long and convoluted story with several different versions being reported by media outlets so I am going to try and keep it as brief as possible. It seems as though there are very few actual facts being released by the Houston Police Department as of right now and a ton of conjecture floating around the Internet.
12-year-old Jonathon Foster was reported missing to the Houston, Texas PD on the afternoon of Christmas Eve after she arrived home to find him missing. Unfortunately due to the fact that she lied to the police about leaving him home alone while she was at work it was three days before an Amber Alert was put out. Even so, it now seems as though it wouldn’t have matter anyway as the poor child was already dead by that evening.
According to several news stations Angela Davis, Jonathan’s mother, received a call at work from her son. He was told that she was busy and would call him back. Conflicting stories say that either a woman got on the phone or called back and told them it was an emergency. This was at some point prior to 1:45pm.
Angela drove home and reportedly called the home several times and eventually a woman with a raspy voice answered the phone and when Angela asked for her son she heard the woman ask “Is your mama’s name Angela” at which point she heard Jonathan answer “Yes, ma’am, my mama’s name is Angela” at which point the line went dead. When she arrived home around 2pm nobody was at home and the cordless phone was missing from the home as well. Houston PD are still investigating and won’t say whether or not the phone call actually took place.
Police were eventually called more than an hour later but were allegedly unhelpful, one family member claiming that police told them he was probably a runaway. Apparently Jonathan had lived with his Uncle in Missouri for several years due to his mother’s alleged drug problems. At the time that he disappeared Jonathan’s mother was separated from her husband David Davis and they were living in the apartment of a friend.
That brings us to the accused murderer. 44-year-old Mona Yvette Nelson has had quite a criminal career. Mostly petty stuff but there are a few violent crimes as well. Mona was introduced to Angela Davis as a friend of her roommate and she had also worked as a maintenance tech at the apartment complex where they lived. Some stories also report that David Davis, the boy’s step-father and also allegedly the last person to see Jonathan alive, had met her two weeks prior. Police are reporting Nelson as a family acquaintance.
Nelson has been placed by witnesses at the apartment at the time of Jonathan’s disappearance. She has also been caught on security video at the location where Jonathan’s badly burned body was recovered on December 28th. Police believe that Nelson took Jonathan to her apartment where she killed him, burned his body beyond recognition (he was identified through dental records) with a welding torch and then dumped him in a culvert in North Houston.
Nelson has been charged with Capital Murder and is lodged in the Houston Jail at least until a court appearance on Monday.
There are a lot more details and suppositions which I have left out of this and you are more than welcome to share them in the comments. I want to thank Queen of Night for sending me this story Friday morning and then patiently waiting for it to get posted.
I don’t do a ton of missing person stories but this was sent to me from a reader earlier this evening.
27-year-old Melanie “Mel Vega” Munoz of Houston, Texas has been missing since Friday June 4th. Melanie was last seen leaving Spring, Texas driving a 1998 dark blue Ford Taurus with Texas plates TGN-919.
Melanie is 5’5”, 130lbs, she is Hispanic with Brown eyes and auburn hair. Melanie has tattoos of a city skyline and Pegasus/night sky on her lower right arm and the queen of hearts on her upper left arm. She was last seen wearing a navy blue v-neck t-shirt and blue jeans.
Anyone with information call the Harris County Sheriff’s Office at 281-375-2997.
26-year-old Demetrie Dixon of Houston, Texas, has been a Houston police officer since January of 2009. He has been arrested and accused of sexually assaulting two women while he was out on patrol between January and May of this year.
According to the district attorney two victims were unlawfully detained and searched by Dixon. After getting reports of Dixon’s behavior the Houston PD launched an undercover investigation into the matter, resulting in the man’s arrest.
It was a pretty busy weekend for 21-year-old Samuel Deleon and his mother, 41-year-old Dora Perez from Houston. Saturday, with the help of his mother, Samuel kidnapped and assaulted his 19-year-old ex-girlfriend from a parking lot at the Fiesta Mart.
Perez was tentatively meeting with the girl to discuss the two children that Deleon and his girlfriend had together. When the girl approached the SUV Perez was driving Deleon jumped out of the back, beat his girlfriend and then dragged her into the vehicle as it sped off.
Perez dropped the two off at another apartment where Deleon continued the mistreatment until the girl could escape while Deleon took a pee break.
Samuel Deleon is still on the loose but his mother has been arrested and is charged with Aggravated Kidnapping.
What is it about online games and communities such as Everquest and World of Warcraft to name a couple that drives the people in them to do strange things they would never do otherwise (one would think). A long-time friend of Mrs. Obvious fell into that crap. She was married (not particularly happy) and met a guy online through a game. I played it a little bit but don’t even remember the name of it. Sort of a predecessor of Everquest. Anyway, she “fell in love” with this guy and their characters got married. She basically ended her unhappy marriage in order to be with this guy (that she had never met in person). Other than the fact that he did a lot of pills and smoked a bit of weed he actually seemed to be an OK guy though. The two of them got married and then she left him for some other guy she met online who beat her, got back with her 2nd husband, got divorced after cheating with another guy she met online, married him and moved to a faraway state. After being there for a few years he died after overdosing on some of the pills he was popping. All in all it was a very creepy existence. I am happy to report though that after she visited recently the wife has absolutely nothing in common with the woman anymore and pretty much shares my derision. Whew. I’m almost out of breath after that bit. This post wasn’t supposed to be about a creepy bitch I used to know, but it does fit right in with the world of Lauri Price.
42-year-old Lauri Price lives in Texas. Four kids, home, etc…Lauri also likes to play World of Warcraft. Through the game she met a guy from Canada named Andrew Kane. Over the last year and a half the two have grown to like each other and have become pretty devoted. Last month Price decided it was time to fly up to Canada and meet her online lover. Actually this wasn’t her first trip there. Lauri flew to Ontario last February and although she wasn’t able to lure the boy away from his home then, the two of them continued the online relationship.
Once she arrived in Toronto, Price drove to Barrie and met her beau. Did I mentioned that Andrew is only 16? No, I guess I didn’t but if he were an adult I wouldn’t be posting this here, now would I? Anyway, Lauri convinced the boy to run away with her. The two of them went to a bed and breakfast in order to engage in a bit of carnal knowledge.
Andrew’s parents reported him missing and two days later an off-duty police officer found the two of them. Initially the police held Lauri but apparently it’s not against the law for a woman to sleep with a 16-year-old boy in Canada, where the age of consent is 16. They had to let her go.
Fortunately the police in Barrie (I have also read that it was Kane’s mother that contacted them) contacted Texas law enforcement (where the age of consent is 17) and as soon as she flew into Houston she was arrested and charged with Online Solicitation of a Child and Enticing a Child. She is lodged in the Harris County Jail on $310,000 bond.
Oh, by the way, Price is/was a substitute teacher in a suburb of Houston. After she was arrested she was terminated from her position.
Updated 7/7/2010 – The Harris County District Attorney has determined that there was no way they can prove Lauri knew the boy was 16 and all charges have been dropped.
George Martin Kinkhan III has (most likely) been on the run for the last week and investigators have now located his red jeep that he drove to the killing last Saturday.
The jeep was located last night in a heavily wooded area near Athens. The area was pretty remotely located and because of where it was found police think that he may have ditched it in an effort to throw law enforcement off his trail.
Originally I made the comment here that I figured the former UGA professor was either running or had killed himself but now I am leaning more toward the former. The entire thing just reeks of premeditation and the fact that he seems to have put a lot of thought into his getaway. 40+ police officers searched about a 200 acre area today and I would be really interested in what they have found, if anything. I’m not a gambling person but I would be willing to put a couple of bucks that he had another car waiting for him close by where the jeep was ditched in order to facilitate his getaway. Then again, I could have been right from the start and he might be lying somewhere with a bullet in his head. Only time will tell.
Law enforcement officers across the country are still searching for George Zinkhan. As far as I’ve heard there are no real leads yet although there has been plenty of information brought to light over the last 48 hours.
The FBI has released information that George Zinkhan purchased a plane ticket to the Netherlands for May 2nd and his passport is missing from his personal belongings. One thing they haven’t released (or I just haven’t seen yet) is when the ticket was purchased. Just how long before the argument did he plan the murder? Obviously it wasn’t completely spur of the moment ‘wild west’ action, but premediation can be hours, days or even longer. According to one AP article I read, a family friend said that he had planned a trip to Amsterdam and had also bought a global phone as well.
The Feds have also said that Zinkhan’s family is cooperating with them as well. A statement was released to the AP offering condolences to the family and friends of the shooting victims.
Apparently Zinkhan was an avid hiker and outdoorsman and one theory being bandied about is that he may be hiding out in a rural area until the initial hunt and excitement has died down.
One other thing I forgot to mention when I posted the update earlier today is that this is his second marriage. George Zinkhan apparently had a wife and children that he abandoned in Texas prior to taking the position at UGA.
Police in Athens, GA are looking for a University of Georgia professor who shot three people to death Saturday afternoon at a community theater. Although the shooting happened off-campus UGA issued a campus-wide alert stating that George Martin Zinkhan III (private Facebook) is a suspect in the shooting which let students and faculty know pretty quickly that something was amiss.
One of the people that was killed is the wife (some stories are reporting her as the ex-wife as well) of George Zinkhan, 47-year-old Marie E. Bruce. The other victims are two men, 40-year-old Tom Tanner and 63-year-old Ben Teague. They were all shot several times and there are two other victims as well that were injured and in the hospital as well. All five of the victims were involved in the Town & Gown Players, a local Athens theater group.
Apparently Zinkhan stopped at an annual picnic given by the Town & Gown Players, and left his two children in the car. He initially got into an argument with his wife and then opened fire on the group with at least two firearms. A short time later he dropped his two kids, eight and ten, off at his next-door neighbor’s telling them he had an emergency. Law enforcement is reporting that both children are safe. The neighbor described Zinkhan as being a very quiet person but very family oriented.
From all reports, George Zinkhan is a respected member of the faculty and even considered laid-back. Obviously there was something lurking in his mind though, for him to brutally kill his ex-wife and what seems to be a couple of innocent bystanders.
George Zinkhan was last seen (and authorities are looking for) driving a red 2005 Jeep Liberty with Georgia tag AIX 1376 although he also has two other vehicles registered in his name that police are looking for as well. The Jeep Liberty looks sort of like a little SUV. The map shows the general location of the shooting, and just how easy it was for him to leave.
What prompts a man to snap like this, that he will take the lives of three people? I wonder what will become of Zinkhan…I believe that most likely they will find him dead with a bullet wound to the head, although I suppose that he could be heading toward Texas where it appears he has family. Police in that area have been alerted to be on the lookout for Zinkhan.
I managed to get out of work a bit early today after having not arrived home until 8pm last night. Waiting in my inbox was this Amber Alert for 15-year-old Patricia Acevedo. Here’s the email I was sent:
Update – Patricia has been found and is now safe at home.
The S(t)ate of Texas issued the Amber Alert on Wednesday morning (2-25) after the girl was abducted in Rosenburg late Tuesday. Police say the teen is in grave danger. Police also believe that the victim and the suspect are in the Houston area.
Patricia Acevedo, an hispanic female, 5 feet 3 inches tall, 125 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white sweater, yellow shirt, blue pants and yellow shoes.
The suspect is Angel Garcia, an hispanic male, 24 to 25 years old, 5′ 9″, 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.
The suspect vehicle is a blue-and-white, 1999 Chevrolet extended-cab pickup with Texas license place 76D-VZ7.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Rosenberg Police Department at 832-595-3700 or dial 911.
Casey Anthony will be getting out of jail tomorrow. More info here.
Update – August 18th 2008 9:01 pm
I am now posting any updates to the case on the main page of the site. You can find them by clicking the home link, subscribing to my RSS feed, or if you just want Caylee news you can check the Caylee Anthony category page. Although I won’t update this particular entry except in the case of extremely important breaking news I will leave the comments open.
Update – August 15th 2008 7:30PM
I just shot an email off to Leonard Padilla requesting an email interview. I doubt he will respond, particularly as I have been pretty snarky about the whole family but you never know. I do have a couple of questions in mind but if any of you guys have specific questions you would like asked, leave them in the comments and I will ask them should he or one of his staff provide the interview. Thanks…
Leonard Padilla and Robert Disk have a pretty cool site about what they do and some of the fugitives over here.
Update – August 15th 2008 7:15PM
I knew I recognized the name Leonard Padilla from something other than Julie Padilla. He’s on a show called Bounty Hunters on National Geographic Channel. I wonder if they will be filming while they are with Casey. Seems like even more of a PR ploy now.
Padilla has said though that they are doing this because they want to find the baby. As I mentioned earlier there is always the off chance that Casey is telling the truth or even if she’s not they might be able to find the location from her.
Update – August 15th 2008 5:45PM
Police have discounted local media reports that they had traced cell phone calls made by Casey to a remote area near the airport according to FOX news. Orange County detectives says that the reports of mobile phone calls made by Casey Anthony from a remote area around the time that Caylee was last seen are bullshit.
Updated – August 15th 2008 5:30PM
I’ve been waiting on this. Apparently Casey Anthony is finally going to make bail after all. Leonard Padilla is a bounty hunter from California and his nephew Tony Padilla is a bail bondsman. They are hoping to have Casey Anthony out on bail by Monday. Thanks for the info Jane. I appreciate you guys helping to keep me apprised of new events in the case.
ORLANDO — A California bounty hunter and a bail bondsman are expected to be coming to Central Florida to bail out Caylee’s mother, Casey Anthony, 22.
News 13 spoke with bounty hunter Leonard Padilla, and his nephew, Tony Padilla, who is a bail bondsman.
They said they’ll be flying into Orlando International Airport Sunday afternoon, and will try to schedule a meeting with Casey’s lawyer, Jose Baez.
They said they are hoping to post the $500,000 bond on Monday.
The Padilla’s said they’re doing this to “find the baby.”
It means that the Padilla’s think they can find Casey and recover the reward as well as get back their bond. I am assuming they plan on sticking to Casey like flies on shit. It’ll be a bitch if she can ditch them and get away…There’s always the extremely remote and unlikely chance that she’s actually telling the truth about at least one thing and that Caylee is alive and she knows who has her…
Then again monkeys might fly out of my ass at any time. It’s certainly more likely than Casey Anthony telling the truth about anything even remotely related to the disappearance of her three-year-old daughter.
According to the Orlando Sentinel Tony Padilla Bail Bonds is affiliated with a Houston Texas based company, Financial Surety, which is licensed in Florida. That’s how it’s legal for the California company to assist with her bond.
Leonard Padilla’s family has been in the bail bond business for three decades and handled several high profile cases. He believes the child is alive and that Anthony is not a flight risk, he said.
“We want to see Caylee found,” Leonard Padilla said.
The Anthonys also have a spokesman now. Larry Garrison is speaking on behalf of the Anthonys. He was a spokesperson in the Natalee Holloway case as well as in the John Mark Carr case. Carr was the guy that lied and said he had killed JonBenet Ramsey.
I did a quick search and it has nothing to do with this case whatsoever but apparently Tony Padilla made a $4800 donation to the Julie Padilla for Congress campaign in 2006 so they are obviously no strangers to the media.
Keep on sending me updates. I appreciate it and will repost them here for you folks!
Updated August 15th 2008 1:55PM
Police have been using Casey Anthony’s cell phone records to zero in on where she was spending time, particularly in the three day period from June 16th-18th. Here is the log of calls that has so far been released:
Casey’s cellphone calls on June 16th, 2008
3:03pm – George Anthony’s Cell (67 min to the next call) *Casey’s father
4:10pm – Cindy Anthony’s Work (1 minutes to the next call) *Casey’s mother
4:11pm – Cindy Anthony’s Cell (2 minutes to the next call) *Casey’s mother
4:13pm – Cindy Anthony’s Cell (1 minutes to the next call) *Casey’s mother
4:14pm – Cindy Anthony’s Work (5 minutes to the next call) *Casey’s mother
4:19pm – Anthony Lazzaro (2 minutes to the next call) *Casey’s Boyfriend
4:21pm – Jesse Grund (3 minutes to the next call) *Casey’s ex-Boyfriend
4:24pm – Cindy Anthony’s Cell (8 minutes to the next call) *Casey’s mother
6:32pm – The Anthony Home (1 minute to the next call) *Casey’s mother and father’s house
6:33pm – Voicemail (33 minutes to the next call) *
7:06pm – The Anthony Home (14 minutes to the next call) *Casey’s mother and father’s house
7:20pm – Amy Huizenga (? anymore calls after that) *Casey’s close friend at the time
June 17th’s Tuesday’s records were not revealed
June 18th Casey’s Call Log
12:33pm – The Anthony Home
12:34pm – Cindy Anthony’s Cell
12:35pm – The Anthony Home
12:36pm – George Anthony Cell
1:09pm – Cindy Anthony’s Cell
1:11pm – The Anthony Home
Obviously if there is anything LE thinks is pertinent they are going to leave out, such as the calls from the 17th.
I’ve been hanging out over at WebSleuths Forums and the links below pertain to official documents and information in the case. Thanks to LoraKai for posting them over in the forums. I have blatantly stolen them and reposted here. Head over to WebSleuths and take part in the discussion if you have anything good to share.
Eyewitness News Reveals Remote Area Casey Anthony Made Call From
POSTED: 5:11 pm EDT August 14, 2008
UPDATED: 5:23 pm EDT August 14, 2008
ORLANDO, Fla. — Woods and water are the perfect place to hide a body and the one place no one reported Casey Anthony ever visited until now. Channel 9 uncovered what could be a major break in the Caylee Anthony case.
June 17 is the day after little Caylee was last seen alive and it’s the same date that Eyewitness News tracked Casey Anthony’s location to an area near the Orlando International Airport. From a satellite map the dense woods and ponds around the airport. The more information investigators get, the more locations come into the picture.
Channel 9 has learned that the day after Caylee disappeared, Casey was in a somewhat remote area just a few miles from the Anthonys’ home. Channel 9 has learned doc uments show that, for some reason, Casey Anthony came to the area less than ten minutes and less than five miles from her parents’ Lee Vista home. There are acres of woods and scrub and there’s lots of water. By day, there’s very little traffic that comes through the area and not much lighting at night.
Channel 9 has obtained maps showing how many AT&T cell phone towers there are in two key areas investigators are focused on. There are 15 cell towers within a ten mile radius of Caylee Anthony’s grandparents’ house, where Caylee’s grandfather said he last saw her alive on the afternoon of June 16.
There are 37 AT&T cell phone towers within ten miles of the apartment where Casey said she last saw Caylee alive on June 9, sometime between 9:00am and 1:00pm when she dropped Caylee off with the babysitter on her way to work.
It’s known that Casey had no job and that Caylee did not disappear on June 9. Caylee’s grandmother had stuck with Casey’s version about June 9 until detectives confronted Cindy Anthony with video she herself had taken of Caylee during a visit with her great-grandfather in Mt. Dora on Father’s Day, June 15.
“I couldn’t remember going on father’s day because I go almost every week but I don’t take Caylee that often,” Cindy Anthony said during Casey’s bond hearing.
“Are you lying to investigators? Purposely misleading them?” WFTV reporter Kathi Belich asked Cindy on Thursday.
Also thanks to whomever anonymously posted it here in the comments.
Update – August 14th 2008 5:55 AM
Sorry about the lack of updates yesterday afternoon.
Law Enforcement must be growing tired of the Anthony’s efforts to spin the media in their conspiracy theories and lies. They came out yesterday and announced that if the information doesn’t come from them it’s not true. So far that has seemed to be the case.
“The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is not going to put information out there that’s not going to benefit finding the child,” Chief Mark Strobridge said. “We are not going to try this case everywhere else but in a courtroom.”
In what has become her usual fashion Cindy Anthony had a response to that announcement.
Asked about Thursday’s statement, Caylee’s grandmother, Cindy Anthony, said that her family is as trustworthy a source of information as the Sheriff’s Office.
“Unless you hear it from us or the police, it’s not true,” Cindy Anthony said. “We are only going to state the facts. Anything else is speculation.”
I came across a story yesterday evening over at WESH in Orlando. A couple that lives in an apartment complex in the area claims to have pictures of Caylee Anthony and says that just as soon as they contacted the police the people disappeared.
According to the Moseleys two men, a woman and a little girl were staying two doors down from them in the apartment on Anderson Street. They last saw the girl on July 17th.
“What happened there, I don’t know, but he came back and told my wife that the child is identical to Caylee, and that the only difference was her nose,” Ronnie Moseley said.
Orlando police called this a false sighting, meaning that the hair and some facial features do not match Caylee.
Grandmother Cindy Anthony went to Moseleys house to look at the photos.
“I don’t know. The police have the pictures. It looks like it could be, but we never saw her face. The shape and everything looks like her, but she had a hat on so it was hard to see,” she said told WESH 2 News.
LYNX said the video for the particular bus route on July 10 has been recorded over.
Later on Wednesday, Cindy Anthony said the Orange County Sheriff’s Office told her that the child in the Moseleys’ photos had been located and she is not Caylee.
Investigators urge the public not to get discouraged by this sighting that turned out to be false, and to continue to report any information.
So was it a real sighting or are the Moseleys mad because police told them it was not Caylee and so they decided to get their fifteen minutes of fame in the media?
Police are also still combing through Casey Anthony’s cell phone records hoping to track where she was during the time when Caylee disappeared. Sometimes the records will show where a person was, for instance if you are in the middle of a call when it’s handed off to a new cell tower.
Investigators called Casey’s parents and brother victims in this case. That’s why they were careful when addressing George Anthony’s claims on Tuesday that Caylee was kidnapped and that the family may even be watching the people responsible. Investigators said if they receive any credible information that would help them find Caylee they would bring it to the public immediately.
Cindy Anthony said the family is out doing its own investigation and looking into tips and leads, including possible tips about the missing baby sitter who, Casey Anthony said, has Caylee.
The story over at WESH has quite a bit of information as well as an updated timeline.
Update – August 12th 2008 3:05PM
According to Randi Kaye on Anderson 360 George and Cindy Anthony want Casey out of jail so that she can give them whatever information it is that she’s holding back. Bullshit. That’s as bad as the damned psychics that are looking for Caylee. George Anthony and Cindy Anthony say that they have an idea of who has taken Caylee and they are watching them. Whatever.
Lee Anthony was scheduled to meet with his sister this morning at 9AM and in a turnaround he has canceled his visit with her but gave no reason. According to a jail supervisor his visit may be rescheduled for later in the week. According to WESH in Orlando Jose Baez says that the family is just trying to protect Caylee because tapes of the video visitations are made public.
Sounds like even more horsecrap to me.
I’ll try and post more of the day’s updates this evening.
Update – August 11th 2008 9:30PM
There are several items I want to post from today, let’s go through the list:
1. Jose Baez, the attorney for Casey Anthony says that the disappearance of Caylee Anthony is “eerily similar” to the disappearance of Maddie McCann in May of 2007. I got the info over at Local 6 News in Orlando. Sure, they are similar in that they were both toddlers that disappeared but that’s pretty much where the similarities disappear. At least in Portugal while they don’t have a suspect there was a man seen leaving the area carrying a girl that looked like Maddie. Although they might have been at a resort or apartment, the parents were remiss in leaving their children at home and they are both due a serious smackdown for being so fucking stupid. Since they recklessly endangered their child I guess maybe the cases are somewhat similar. The big difference is that the McCanns, while being irresponsible didn’t kill or cause their child to disappear. It’s pretty clear that Casey Anthony either killed, caused to be killed or allowed her child to be taken from her and has lied about it ever since. Jose Baez is just trying to spin it to garner some goodwill for his client so that when she goes in front of the jury there will be some reasonable doubt.
2. The Orange County jail has released the contents of a new phone call from Casey Anthony to her brother Lee:
“Hey Case,” Lee Anthony said.
“Hey, I need a favor,” Casey Anthony said.
“Sure,” Lee Anthony said.
“Can you get a hold of Jose and have him come see me as soon as he can, like today at some point?” Casey Anthony said.
“Yeah, let me give him a call,” Lee Anthony said.
“Yeah, if you could do that, I would greatly appreciate it,” Casey Anthony said. “You know, give my love obviously but I only have a minute to talk so…”
“OK, yeah, I’ll do that right now,” Lee Anthony said.
“OK, I appreciate that,” Casey Anthony said.
“All right, love you,” Lee Anthony said.
“Love you too,” Casey Anthony said
3. The motion before the 5th District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach to lower Casey Anthony’s bond has been denied for a second time. Her lawyers filed the motion last week trying to seek a re-hearing for Casey. The court did grant Anthony’s lawyer’s request to keep the motion sealed. I would be interested in finding out exactly what is in the motion that her attorneys want to keep from the public eye.
4. George and Cindy Anthony were back at the sheriff’s office again today to speak to investigators. According to Cindy Anthony the visit had been scheduled last week.
5. Casey is scheduled to have another visit from her brother at 9AM tomorrow morning. I wonder if she is going to cancel this one too? She has already canceled two family visits in the last week.
6. The psychics are starting to come in the case now. Gale St. John has a team called the “Body Hunters” that have been featured on CourtTV, Discovery Channel and Larry King Live and they were supposed to be blind driving around the area today to try and find Caylee. Seems like a lot of fucking mumbo jumbo to me. They also took two search dogs with them. Apparently Ms. St John has a couple of TV shows so this kind of heavily reported case should be good for her ratings. Whatever. I don’t necessarily disbelieve in stuff like that. I am a big believer in the fact that some people just can sense stuff that the rest of us can’t but I tend to be skeptical about folks involved in the public eye I suppose.
In her defense, they did help to solve the Stacey Hendrickson murder but then again you can’t be wrong all of the time. I don’t really know enough yet about this group of people to judge them but I do know that most of the forums I read don’t have a lot of good things to say about the Body Hunters and won’t even post the link to their site.
7. The Body Farm up at the U of Tenn is going to be testing some air samples from Casey’s car. There is some pretty cool research that goes on at the body farm and they have really helped out in a lot of cases with new technology such as being able to find evidence of human decomposition from air samples.
That’s it right now. I haven’t had the chance to check the comments for new info yet but will be shortly. If you have any other links and info please feel free to share them with us there.
Update – August 10th 2008 9:30 PM
For the second time this week Casey Anthony has canceled a visit at the jail from her family. Her parents were scheduled to visit her at 9PM this evening and she has not given a reason for canceling the meeting. It’s pretty obvious though. Everyone is seeing through her lies and maybe she is accepting the facts of what she has done now.
The hair and DNA samples are complete now and have been turned over to law enforcement agencies.
I don’t normally post these but someone from Websleuths put up a Caylee tribute on YouTube yesterday so I thought it deserved a link.
Casey apparently had quite a web presence. It’s not that uncommon. Heck, you can find me all over the web myself. Luckily I haven’t killed anyone yet I guess. Here are some of the links:
It seems as though whenever anyone on the major forums posts a link to photos they are being taken down very quickly…
Update – August 9th 2008 8:45PM
Happy Birthday Caylee, wherever you are.
Kind of sucks. Caylee Anthony is three years old today. If she’s still alive and that’s a pretty long shot.
Cathy posted a link over to WESH in Orlando in the comments. I don’t think they mind, it just means more traffic for them I’m sure. Anyhow, they have updated their story here.
Casey’s boyfriend, Tony Lazarro, spoke to WESH 2 on Friday.
Lazarro is the one person that Casey pleaded to speak with when she called her family’s home from jail.
His cell phone now has a message on it saying that he has no comment for members of the media.
When Lazarro spoke to WESH 2, he said he is surprised by the amount of media attention he is getting. He said he hasn’t spoken to Casey at least since her arrest, and that he is considering filing a lawsuit for protection against the media
More updates tomorrow. I will actually get home at a decent time tomorrow afternoon (he crosses his fingers).
Update – August 8th 2008 2:40PM
I’ve had a busy couple of days and thus have not been updating the story on this case so there is quite a bit of new information but nothing that would be good news for Caylee. Quite a bit of it has been posted in the comments in one form or another thanks to several commenters including Cathy. Keep letting us know about new leads in the case as you folks hear them.
According to the Orlando Sentinel Casey Anthony’s attorneys filed a motion this morning for another hearing in the 5th District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach. They are asking the appellate court for a reduction or reconsideration in the $500,200 bond that was set by Circuit Court Judge Stan Strickland. The court file is still with the judges so I don’t have any other information on that.
Lee Anthony, Casey’s brother went to visit her in jail today and she refused to leave her cell and see him. She’s been in jail for a few weeks now and this is the first time she’s refused to see one of her family members. Possibly because of all of the new damning evidence that’s turning up. It may all be circumstantial but once there is a ton of it things start looking bad.
There is a retention pond near the Anthony’s house on Hopespring Drive and right now Orange County Sheriff’s divers are searching it. Supposedly they haven’t had any tips or evidence but they are doing it as part of their monthly training. I guess one of them must have said “Hey guys, instead of our normal training lets go looking for dead little girls” WTF?
Here’s a map of the area. The retention pond sits just north of Lee Vista Blvd and judging by the photos from the street view at Google Maps there are houses or town homes that sit between the road and the retention pond.
The retention pond is just south of the Anthony’s home, which looks to be right in the same neighborhood, just a few streets over as a matter of fact.
Orange County detectives also released some more details yesterday concerning the search warrant executed at the house earlier this week. They took around a dozen articles of clothing from the closet as well as stuff Caylee had used such as toothbrushes, a comb and an oral thermometer. They also collected court ordered DNA samples from Casey Anthony in jail the same day. I don’t understand why it’s taken them so damn long to take the samples in the first place.
In addition to the clothes taken by Orange County the second visit to their home by the Crime Scene Technicians was because Cindy Anthony had called them to turn in a pair of pants and two pairs of shoes that she had removed from the car and washed because they stank like the car before reporting Caylee missing.
On a weird side note authorities from Orange County met with former lawman Mark Fuhrman for about a half an hour “meet and greet”. They won’t release any further details in that but Fuhrman was a highly decorated detective with the Los Angeles Police Department prior to the O.J. Simpson debacle.
He was on Greta Van Blustery’s show Wednesday and said he had learned about a “flurry” of phone calls made from Casey Anthony’s cell phone to her parents and friends on June 16th when she would have been alone at the house with Caylee.
Cathy and others have mentioned several items that I have also posted about Casey Anthony and the web of lies that has been spun. Among them are some of the following,
Casey Anthony told investigators she received a brief call from 2-year-old Caylee about noon July 15, the day the child was reported missing. Investigators subpoenaed Anthony’s cell-phone records and found no such call. The two closest incoming calls came from her boyfriend at 12:13 a.m., and from someone named Kyle about 3:35 p.m.
Anthony told investigators that Caylee’s baby sitter, Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, lived with a woman who worked as a hostess at a T.G.I. Friday’s. Investigators spoke with a T.G.I. Friday’s corporate representative who told them they had no employee by the name Anthony gave.
Anthony said she told two people about Caylee’s disappearance, both of whom supposedly worked with her at Kodak for Universal Studios. Detectives learned Kodak had no employment records for either person.
Detectives obtained some of Anthony’s e-mails and found one that appeared to be from a worker at Universal Studios, where Anthony said she worked as an event planner. The supposed sender of the e-mail, about an upcoming Universal event, does not work for the company and the e-mail domain of the sender’s address was invalid.
I did finally see a copy of the subpoenas to Facebook and Myspace, which you can view in PDF format
here. It asks for “Any and all internet usage activity of record, whether current or deleted from the internet user’s page, including but not limited to: private messages, page comments, friends, friend requests, blogs, bulletins, IP addresses from visitors viewing profile, etc., which pertain to CASEY MARIE ANTHONY. (Profile URL: www.myspace.com/kayseeomaree).
Updates – August 7th 2008
Orange County detectives as well as a crime-scene technician have been back out at George and Cindy Anthony’s house again. They spent about an hour and left just before noon with another large bag of evidence. They aren’t commenting on what it is that they found and removed from the house but things certainly aren’t looking good for the Anthonys right now.
Just got home from Open House at the kid’s school and saw a report where the crime lab technicians went back out to Caylee Anthony’s grandparent’s house this afternoon. Being as how both of the other posts were getting a bit long I am going to close comments there and start updating this thread instead with any new information. According to the Orlando Sentinel:
Crime scene technicians and investigators working the Caylee Anthony disappearance just arrived at the Anthony’s home. A couple of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office crime scene vans pulled up to the house on Hopespring Drive shortly after 2:40 p.m. The technicians walked out wearing blue gloves and carrying a box resembling a tackle box. They also carried a roll of black paper or fabric into the home. When asked what they were looking for, one of the detectives told reporters, “We’re working on it.”
Not a lot to work with but it sure does give one plenty to think about. Either they are just fishing for evidence or they have reason to believe there is more evidence at the house we don’t yet know about. The story has been updated at the Sentinel and according to Sgt John Allen of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department they had just finished executing a search warrant and left with five or six bags about half an hour ago.
If you want more information then the Sentinel is a good place to start. Don’t stop there but there is a wealth of information over at their site for anyone interested.
I was torn this evening. Watch the news channels while blogging or let the kids watch the new Spongebob. Spongebob and Patrick won out and now I am having a hard time holding my attention on what I am doing. Doh! Yeah, my level of humor is right around the fifth grade. Besides, I sat watching the news channels last night and it’s the same old crap anyway. It’s like a flashback from when Natalee Holloway went missing. Greta Van Susteren and Nancy Grace running their yaps showing the same old tired crap over and over. Nancy Grace sucks anyway and the thing is, they are just regurgitating stuff that’s been on the Internet and local news channels for days or weeks now. I was reading a really well-written commentary at the Orlando Sentinel by Scott Maxwell earlier this afternoon and I felt like it really pointed a few things out that I mentioned during the Natalee Holloway case. I was really interested in that one and posted several times over the months about it. What I really found interesting was the fact that the post that got the most attention was one I wrote entitled “What if Natalee Holloway Was Poor and Black?” It wasn’t even really a post. More like two sentences but it garnered more hits and comments than anything I have ever written on any of my web sites. People were calling me a racist, calling each other racists and just generally carrying on. A bunch of trolls and asshats is what most of them were. Basically Scott just points out that all of the media hullabaloo isn’t really helping anything. His very first line says “I’m watching Nancy Grace — and having trouble understanding why anyone else would do the same“. Damn, that says it all don’t it? When my wife walked through the room and saw what was on she was amazed that I was even watching the moron but there I was watching the “experts” and talking heads all discussing the case. Shit, the commenters and myself apparently know more about the case and have a greater understanding of what’s going on than most of them do. He also mentions that we are participating in a media circus. To that I will agree and I guess I’m guilty of it just as much as he was when he was writing the commentary in the first place. The he writes something that brings a tear to my eye:
Yet, all I can think about is little Caylee’s birthday. She’s supposed to turn 3 this Saturday. Right now, Caylee should be deciding which princess dress she wants to wear. She should be pressing her nose against the glass of the bakery counter, trying to figure out which cake has the most icing. She should be holding big crayons in her tiny hands to color invitations. But Caylee doesn’t even seem to be the focus anymore. Rather, this is crime as entertainment. A simple-minded distraction.
He’s right you know. Does that mean I am going to stop writing about? Hell no. If we keep the case in the public eye long enough and there is any slim chance in hell that Caylee Anthony is still alive then I want every damn person in America to know her face and call when they see her. I don’t think she’s alive though unfortunately. As I mentioned in my other posts, I think Caylee is worm dirt now. If there are angels then she is with them and if Casey Anthony had anything to do with it I hope she rots in jail to a ripe old age. Killing’s too good for her. I’ve emailed Scott Maxwell. Just to thank him for the article. It really points out some things about today’s media. Are we (bloggers) imitating the media or is it the other way? Loose accusations and statements with no backup information are a couple of examples. I expect that from non-paid normal folks but I guess I am a bit old fashioned and expect the truth from the “descendants” of Walter Kronkite, Tom Snyder and other folks like that.