On the plane ride home from vacation I was able to watch some of the opening statements from both the prosecution and the defense in the death penalty case involving Casey Anthony and her deceased daughter, Caylee Anthony. Caylee, nearly 3 years old, was missing for 31 days in 2008 and eventually found months later in a wooded area less than a mile from her grandparents house with duct tape and chloroform traces on her mouth. It was once reported on CNN.com back in 2009 that the duct tape was placed after decomposition began to take place, however that has not been stated in court yet. Casey and Caylee lived at Casey’s parent’s house for a period of time before Caylee went missing. There are some crazy stories unfolding in this case and essentially all of the major evidence points towards Casey Anthony killing her daughter. During the 31 day period that Caylee was initially missing, her mother tried hiding it by lying and saying she was with the nanny who does not even exist. She was also photographed partying and even got a new tattoo that says “beautiful life” in Italian. That does not exactly sound like the behavior of a mother whose child is missing. They also found internet searches on her computer for information about chloroform. The defense is saying that Caylee drown in her pool and the reason for Casey was hiding it stems from various family problems. They stated how Casey was raped by her father since the age of 8 and always taught to hide it. He cited an example of when her father made her perform oral sex on him at the age of 13 and then she went to school right after as if nothing happened. They also stated how her brother often tried to rape her but was not successful, however the FBI did test him to see if he could have been Caylee’s father. He did not deny that there was a possibility he might be. They also said that Casey was forced to hide her pregnancy until she was nearly 8 months pregnant. There is simply too many twists and turns in this case. What I do find pretty obvious is that no matter how horrific Casey’s childhood may have been, it does not justify her killing her daughter. I am not saying she definitely did, but if I was to bet on it – she did. Does she deserve the death penalty? I think so. Is she sick in the head? Absolutely. Should her mother, father, and brother be put to death as well? If what the defense is saying is true, yes. I do not understand how her father could sit in court with a straight face while the defense paints the picture of him putting his penis in his daughter’s mouth. If he didn’t do it, I would think his reaction would be a lot different from what it was. One thing is clear, this family can make almost any family feel normal.