Like everyone else, I have followed the Casey Anthony trial. For those who are unconscious or just don't care, this is the case of the Orlando, Florida woman who is on trial for murdering her child in year 2008.
Caylee Anthony was 2 and a half years old - 3 years ago when she disappeared and reported missing a month later on July 15, 2008. Her little body was found on December 11, 2008.
I am not a lawyer and cannot speak for the Law's place, the antics in the courtroom or why her lawyer is fighting for her life so determinedly except that is his job.
This woman, Casey Anthony, brings to mind, The Bad Seed, that late 1950ish black and white movie, that I barely remember. It is about a woman who is raising her only daughter alone. That daughter, probably 8 - 10 years old is a stone cold psychopath who ends up killing a kindly acquaintance of the family.
Everyone involved with "The Trial of The Century" or "The New Media Trial" as the Casey Anthony Trial is dubbed seems to try to find fault with her family as to the whys and wherefores of Miss Anthony allegedly killing her little girl, Caylee.
Apparently Casey's mother, Cindy, has now committed Perjury to try to keep her daughter off of Death Row.
The media, from what I understand, seems ready to forgive the mother for lying under Oath because she has lost her granddaughter and is now facing the loss of her daughter to Florida's Death Penalty.
This has got me thinking.
WOULD I lie for my child if he killed my grandchild?
No I would not. Absolutely not.
There is something wrong in this world and one thing, I know, is that people need be held accountable for their actions.
As for being put to death - life in prison would be the worst scenario -either option being a major drain on the taxpayer's tab.
Granted, Casey Anthony is obviously "mental", one would think. Besides murdering her daughter, whether accidentally or on purpose, she is an extremely smart pathological liar, completely narcissistic, and a thief.
The presiding Judge in the case has had her examined by psychologists and Casey Anthony is competent to stand trial.
As of today, the Defense has rested and tomorrow, the 4th of July, 2011, the case will go to the Jury for sentencing.
My question in all this and why I am writing this article?
Are some people just "Bad Seeds"?
It is not necessarily the fault of the family as Casey Anthony's "dream team" lawyers are trying vigorously to conclude.
Are some people just inherently evil?
Psychopaths, sociopaths, it seems to me, the lay person, sometimes never grow up from puberty, when all teenagers go through the time when they think they are invincible, always right, and the most important person in the world.
The outside of the immediate family say The Anthony's seemed a normal all American family.
There are the Charles Mansons of the world who should and were removed from society.
There are the Ted Bundys who have been "put to death" for their crimes.
There are the Adolf Hitlers who should have been put down long before they were able to carry out their insane thoughts and desires.
Where does this come from?
I am sure the Unabomer, Ted Kaczynski, was once a cute little tyke and well-loved by his family. His brother ultimately turned him in to the police.
There is the lore of the Greek God, Narcissus, who fell in love with his image and stared at himself in the reflecting pond until he died of thirst - unwilling to shatter his image in the pond to take a drink.
I am not a doctor who has studied and understands these things.
I have known people, as I am sure we all have, that have a "minor case" of this Bad Seed disorder and just strike them from our lives....thankful they do not belong to us in any way.
But no, I most definitely would not lie for my child if he was in fact a Bad Seed.
I would hope I would have seen that my son needed medical attention a long time before he murdered anyone and I do hope I would have the wisdom to be a "Tough Love" single parent again as I had to be when my child was growing up.
I can understand how the Anthony family has gotten to this point.
It must be an insidious thing. First, one must "suspect" that something is wrong with the child but feel guilty for thinking so and just "ignore" the problem not facing it head on.
I would think there is no way that Casey Anthony's parents did not "think" or "know" something was "off" with her a long time ago.
I don't even know exactly why I am writing this article tonight.
I do hope that by putting my thoughts into words, I allow parents who are dealing with a child like Casey Anthony, the courage to trust their gut and not be afraid to discipline their young children.
Truth be known, children want and need discipline from the beginning of their lives. A child not disciplined feels ignored, unloved and unneeded.
I am no longer shocked when I meet families where the child actually "wears the pants" in a family. Or parents who seem afraid of what their children might "do or think" if told NO.
MAN UP, as they say. Take charge of your children and situation. Don't be afraid to be the adult you are.
If you think something is wrong - it usually is.
And most definitely, if your child does get into trouble repeatedly because this child does not respect your authority - DO SOMETHING. Enlist the help of a doctor for a possible medical diagnosis and/or behavioral therapy information.
If things have gone too far - look into a "boot camp" type structured environment for this child.
Mostly, if you lead by example, I think, - all will work out as it should and puberty, as hard as it is, will fade into a memory. Never lie or make excuses for a child who exhibits "Bad Seed" behavior. Love your child by helping them "pay the price" for their actions - and start young.
You never want to be in the place that Casey Anthony's parents are in.
Caylee Marie Anthony August 09, 2005 - June 16, 2008.
UPDATE: Verdict on this trial was read on July 05, 2011..."Not Guilty" on all counts. Apparently no one killed little Caylee Marie Anthony.
Author's Note: This article reflects my own observations, thoughts and experiences in having raised a child as a single parent. In no way is this a medical diagnosis and is best described as perhaps just a common sense approach to this horrid true story of the Casey Anthony Trial that is unfolding before our, the public, eyes.