Casey Anthony speaks out for the first time: ‘I can empathize’ with O.J. Simpson

Tot mom says she “sleeps pretty good at night”

A week after the judge who presided over her trial said he believes Casey Anthony is responsible for killing her toddler daughter, the woman widely known as the mother who got away with murder has spoken out for the first time since her 2011 murder acquittal.

Anthony, now 30, spoke to the Associated Press from South Florida, where she lives in the home Patrick McKenna,who was her defense team’s lead private investigator. She also does investigative work for him. (The story does not address the specifics of their personal relationship, but there has long been speculation that the two are involved romantically.)

In a story that was the culmination of  multiple interviews with the Associated Press, Anthony reflects on life without her daughter Caylee, who died in 2008 under still-mysterious circumstances.

“Caylee would be 12 right now,” she said. “And would be a total badass.”

Asked about her daughter’s death, Anthony said, “I’m still not even certain as I stand here today about what happened.”

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Anthony did not report her daughter missing for a month after she was believed to have been last seen, on June 16, 2008. And while Anthony was acquitted on murder charges, she was found guilty of lying to police: among several false statements, Anthony initially told police that she had last seen Caylee when she dropped her off at a babysitter’s home. The address was later found to have been unoccupied at the time.

Former judge Belvin Perry, who presided over the notorious murder trial, told WFTV on Wednesday that he believes Casey Anthony killed her daughter when she tried to “knock her out” with chloroform, and used too much.

Caylee Anthony’s skeletal remains were found near Anthony’s home in December 2008.

Her lead defense attorney, Jose Baez, argued at trial that Caylee Anthony drowned accidentally and that Anthony’s father George conspired to cover up her death.

“Everyone has their theories, I don’t know,” Anthony told the Associated Press when asked about a possible drowning. “As I stand here today I can’t tell you one way or another. The last time I saw my daughter I believed she was alive and was going to be OK, and that’s what was told to me. ”

The Associated Press acknowledged Anthony’s less-than-illuminating answers in the profile:

Her responses were at turns revealing, bizarre and often contradictory, and they ultimately raised more questions than answers about the case that has captivated the nation.

But Anthony is clear about one thing: Guilty or no, she feels no remorse.

“I don’t give a s*** about what anyone thinks about me, I never will,” she said. “I’m OK with myself, I sleep pretty good at night.”

Still, she said, “I understand the reasons people feel about me. I understand why people have the opinions that they do.”

McKenna was also a member of O.J. Simpson’s defense team at his 1995 murder trial. Anthony told the Associated Press that she has become deeply interested in Simpson’s case: Another person found not guilty by a jury but very much so in the eyes of the public.

“I can empathize with his situation,” Anthony said.


Photo: Associated Press