In the 1995 film The Usual Suspects, small-time con man Verbal Kint spins an elaborate tale about a Turkish criminal mastermind and murderer named Keyser Soze, whom few have ever seen and whose very existence is doubted. At the end of the film, the investigators discover too late that Kint’s story was largely a highly-detailed fabrication, made up almost entirely and on the spot from cues he spotted around the office in which he had been interrogated. He was released and, in one of the all-time most fascinating cinematic shockers, we see him walking away and transforming sinisterly into his Keyser Soze persona.
I love getting duped in movies. Getting duped in real life is a different story. Does the above sound eerily familiar to the fantastical tales we heard throughout the highly publicized Casey Anthony trial? The difference is that the movie is fiction meant for our enjoyment, while the murder of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony is very, very real. By now, you’ve undoubtedly heard the “Not Guilty” verdict and, like me, have expressed thoughts and emotions about the jury’s decision and the performance of the legal teams. One camp celebrated jubilantly while the other walked away in sadness and disgust.
I am not a lawyer and I don’t pretend to be one on t.v. I tried my darnedest to avoid being the judge presiding over the Court of Public Opinion. However, I longed for answers – for Caylee, the Anthony family, and society – and I was utterly disappointed. The truth did not prevail because the truth was so completely mangled from the beginning that no one could determine right from wrong or up from down. From the moment the world became enraptured by the images of that little girl, I’ve watched tragedy turn to train wreck. I’ve seen a trial become a three-ring circus. And Casey was the ringmaster as she spat out lie after lie after lie. Continue reading Casey Anthony: The Real-Life Keyser Soze