The Real Reason Casey Anthony Was Acquitted Of Murder

The true-crime genre has been big in the United States since the early 1980s, as Michigan Technological University explains, and these days, it's gotten even bigger, thanks to the popularity of podcasts and streaming. And while much of the focus is paid to serial killers, who are almost exclusively male, the odd single murder and female suspect is sometimes popular source material.

One woman whose name has been associated, rightly or wrongly, with a grisly murder for over a decade is that of Casey Anthony. Her daughter, Caylee, was reported as missing after the child's grandmother called 911 and said she hadn't seen her granddaughter in a month and that Anthony's car smelled like "a dead body," per Reuters

From that phone call, one of the most salacious true crime stories in recent history broke. The story would go on to include allegations of sexual abuse, possible incest, and of course, murder. However, despite Anthony giving conflicting information to investigators, as Reuters reported, a jury failed to convict her of the most serious charges against her — that of the murder of her daughter — and to this day she is a free woman.

jurors cited a lack of evidence

There was no shortage of circumstantial evidence that pointed to Casey Anthony having had at least something to do with her daughter's death and disappearance -– 500 pages' worth, according to ABC News. There was a diary entry in which she supposedly wrote about murdering her daughter, there was duct tape found in the Anthony home that bore similarities to the duct tape found near Caylee's body, etc. 

However, when it came to actual physical evidence, the State of Florida simply failed to provide enough to convince jurors of her guilt, as one juror, identified as Jennifer Ford said via a companion ABC News report. "There was not enough evidence," she said.

However, Ford added that she was not and is not convinced that Casey is blameless. "I did not say she was innocent," she said. Similarly, Yale Galanter, who had worked as a defense attorney, noted that the evidence against Casey, despite her innocence or guilt in the court of public opinion, simply wasn't there. "The issue is there was absolutely no evidence linking her to the death. None," Galanter told The Florida Times-Union.