No high profile murder case is complete, it seems, until someone (or everyone) involved releases a tell-all book about the ordeal and the Casey Anthony saga is no different. Anthony’s lead attorney, Jose Baez, is slated to release his book on Tuesday, July 3.
The 421 page work is titled Presumed Guilty, Casey Anthony: The Inside Story and is already available for pre-order on Amazon. A few have already received advance copies, including the Associated Press, and details from the book are beginning to emerge. So, what insider knowledge can we expect to gain from reading Baez’s account? ABC reports that Baez discusses not only details of the case, but delves into the elaborate escape plan his team put together to hide Anthony once she was released from jail following her acquittal for the murder of her daughter, Caylee.
“As soon as we walked out that door, I heard screams, the way teenagers screamed for Justin Bieber at one of his concerts,” Baez wrote about the moment Anthony exited the jail. “I’m certain they were yelling ‘Baby killer’ and the like, but after going from total silence to the sound of insanity, neither one of us could make out a single word they were saying.”
Baez also writes about his belief that Anthony suffers from “serious mental health issues.” (Ya think?) Baez says that the “vivid details from her imagination” given by Casey were “a bit more than lies” and described Anthony as someone “not playing with a full deck.”
Prosecuting attorney in the case, Jeff Ashton, receives harsh criticism in the book from Baez for his failure to appear at Anthony’s sentencing.
“I can think of nothing worse to do to your team, and all I have to say about that is that Jeff Ashton, you’re a coward,” Baez wrote.
Baez also makes clear his feelings for Anthony’s mother Cindy Anthony relying on the age-old adage “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” He strikes out at Nancy Grace as well calling her a “quack.”
Reviews of the book are mixed ranging from “I can’t put it down” to “Reads like a poorly written fiction.” For anyone out there who still values his opinion, Geraldo Rivera calls the book “An incredible read” and heralds it as one of the two best true crime books of all time. The other being Vincent Bugliosi’s “Helter Skelter.”
This is one book that will not be making its way to my Kindle. No matter my opinion on whether justice was served in the case, I don’t need to pay $17.51 to read that Casey Anthony has issues or Nancy Grace, for that matter. How about you? Will curiosity get the best of you or have you had your fill of this tragic story?