"Yes I drank and carried on like nothing happened," Casey Anthony recalled of the month-long period between her daughter Caylee’s death and the 911 call that alerted authorities to the toddler's disappearance. "I had to put on a fake persona throughout those 31 days."
It's still considered one of the most controversial cases in recent memory, and those who followed the trial often wonder where Casey is now after she avoided a lengthy prison sentence. Scroll down for an update on the Florida native, who was once labeled the "Most Hated Woman in America" following the 2008 disappearance of her daughter Caylee.
Where is Casey Anthony now?
It's been reported that Casey currently lives in South Florida alongside one of the private investigators who worked on her case (both parties claim their relationship is platonic). A source recently told People that after spending years in hiding, Casey is ready to ramp up her social life.
"She believes she has done her penance," the insider explained. "And now she’s partying. She’s dating around, meeting new people … She describes her old life as a 'nightmare.' All of it: Caylee’s disappearance, the trial, her relationship with her parents. She lives in denial a lot of the time, pretending that everything that happened didn’t happen."
In December 2020, Casey raised eyebrows when she filed papers to start her own private investigation business in outh Florida. Some people wondered whether her intention was to reopen the investigation surrounding Caylee's death, but a source told People that that was not the case. "That's a closed chapter in her life," the source said. "She's not starting a company to get answers about Caylee."
According to People's source, Casey's intention is to help other people who are facing serious legal charges. "She knows what it's like to be accused of something that she didn't do," they said. "She wants to help other wrongfully accused people, especially women, and help them get justice."
At different points, Casey Anthony claimed she was making a movie and writing a book about her life.
More than 10 years after the body of her 2-year-old daughter was found in a wooded area near her home, Casey was back in the news with plans to release a film about her life after the infamous trial ended.
Casey explained to The Daily Mail that the movie would be titled As I Was Told, in reference to an unidentified man’s alleged instructions to continue her life as normal after he reportedly found Caylee’s body in the trash.
She initially planned to release the movie by 2020. "It will make it clear that I had no part in Caylee’s death as far as how she died," she told The Daily Mail. However, the film was eventually scrapped.
Then in March 2020, InTouch reported that Casey was writing "a detailed and definitive" book about her life and Caylee's disappearance and death.
“She knows the book will be controversial and that no matter what she does she will face criticism, but she also feels she has a story that has never been told," the source said. "Nobody else has lived it, so no one else can tell it.”
There have been no details of a potential publication date since, and it's unclear if the project will come to fruition.
Casey Anthony had a brief run-in with the law in May 2021.
In May 2021, Casey was reportedly out at a bar in West Palm Beach, Fla., when she got into an altercation with another woman over a man they both dated at the same time. A local news source reported that the pair got into a "yelling match" and Casey filed a report with the police when the other woman spilled water on her leg.
She decided not to file for a restraining order or press charges.
How long was Casey Anthony in prison?
Though Casey was found not guilty of her daughter’s murder, she wasn’t released from prison right away. The jury found her guilty on four counts of providing false information to law enforcement and she was sentenced to four years in prison.
Who is Casey Anthony’s baby daddy?
The identity of Caylee’s dad has never been publicly confirmed, but a woman named Donna MacLean claimed to be "100 percent certain" that her late son, Michael Duggan, is the biological father.
According to testimony, Casey often told friends and family that her baby daddy had died in a 2007 car accident, which is what happened to Michael. "He was living in Tennessee, working for a moving company [when Caylee was conceived]," Donna told The Daily Beast. "He was traveling all over the region moving households of furniture."
Donna reportedly found out about Caylee during a phone conversation with her son that took place a few months before he died.
"We were talking about the upcoming birth of my other son’s baby boy. I said I had really hoped for a baby girl grandchild, and that’s when Michael told me that he already had one," she shared.
Sadly, no matter what anyone says, nothing changes the fact that a beautiful little girl tragically lost her life.