I know you're all sick of the Casey Anthony trial.
Especially if you were unfortunate enough to be on Facebook and Twitter when the "not guilty" verdict was announced.
But since I wrote a blog post about the incident when it made international news three years ago (on an old blog, now deleted) I felt the need to blog about the topic in its finale. Call me crazy, but I like doing things in complete circles.
Why was the world so fascinated with this case? Let's be real. Casey Anthony is an attractive 20-something year old white middle class girl from Florida. Her missing daughter was cereal commercial cute. Casey partied like a cheap version of Paris Hilton within days of her daughter's disappearance. You try to figure out why she became a media sensation.
I decided to dedicate this post to two other high-profile crime cases involving pretty white young women that riveted the world's attention in the past ten years and both have yet to be solved.
You may remember these:
Killer Cop in Chi-town
Drew Peterson was a middle-aged Chicago cop who looked like he should be out huntin' squirrels for dinner while listening to classic rock. But for some reason, this unattractive lower-middle class yokel had a smokin' hot 23-year-old wife named Stacy...who went missing in 2007.
Eye-witness accounts state Drew had been moving a large container out of his home after her disappearance. His own step-brother even attempted suicide after helping him take out the container, believing Stacy's body to have been inside. But apparently that circumstantial evidence wasn't enough to convict Drew, who laughed off the disappearance of his wife by stating she left him for another man.
In perfect horror movie fashion, just weeks before her disappearance, Stacy had confided to her pastor that Drew had killed his ex-wife and staged it as an accident. Stacy feared she was going to be next and told her pastor that if anything happened to her, fingers should be pointed at Drew.
Upon hearing this, police officers exhumed his former wife's body and a pathologist determined that his former wife's death was indeed a homicide after all. Drew was arrested for the murder, but never convicted because of lack of evidence.
(Drew's latest girlfriend)
In the past four years, Drew has been dating a bevvy of beautiful young 20-something year old girls who don't seem to care about his shady past. He has also been a media whore, appearing on various talk shows and infiltrating Twitter.
Beauty and the Beast
This All-American southern blonde disappeared during a trip to Aruba in 2005. Living up to the stereotype, Natalee Holloway partied in Aruba like there was no tomorrow, letting herself be taken away from a bar by a few shady local guys at wee hours in the morning.
The young men were arrested but never officially charged with her disappearance, since there was an astounding lack of evidence.
The shadiest of the men, Joran van der Sloot, enjoyed his new found fame as a murder suspect.
During several media interviews, he denied having anything to do with her, then admitted he slept with her on the beach, then admitted she died of natural causes, then admitted she died of a drug overdose, then admitted he sold into her sexual slavery, and then admitted her murdered her. This brilliant tactic made sure law officers could never charge him with anything since he was clearly a crazy sack of shit.
His biggest mistake, however, was clumsily murdering another attractive young woman on the five-year anniversary of Natalee's disappearance. He left all sorts of irrefutable evidence at the scene, much to the delight of prosecutors. He is now in prison for the crime and US authorities are hoping he will finally tell the truth about Natalee.
Unfortunately, I sincerely doubt he will ever tell the truth about that girl and her demise will remain a mystery. Look at me, being all optimistic!
Do you remember these high-profile cases that riveted the media? What are your thoughts on them?