Where Is Casey Anthony Now? She Has Kept A Low Profile For Years After Her Trial
Remember 2011? It was a memorable year. Osama bin Laden was killed, people started saying YOLO, and we were just one year away from falling in love with a timeless song called "Gangnam Style." And, of course, that summer was gripped by a classically sensationalist high-profile murder trial. So where is Casey Anthony now?
If you were at all plugged into American mass media during 2011, you'd be hard-pressed not to have heard Anthony's name. Charged with the murder of her two-year-old daughter Caylee, her trial (which started May 24) and the run-up to it became daily fodder for countless cable news shows, HLN's Nancy Grace prominently among them. Grace's coverage is chiefly credited with whipping the story into a matter of national attention, much of it centered on the idea of Anthony's guilt.
And yet, when the verdict finally came more than a month later, Anthony received a very favorable outcome — she was acquitted of murder, aggravated manslaughter, and child abuse, and was only convicted of making false statements to the police. She was sentenced to four years in jail, one for each of the four false statements charges. Thanks to her time served and credit for good behavior, she was out in just 10 days.
So what happened to Anthony after she got out of jail? She's kept a pretty low profile, for entirely understandable reasons. Public opinion toward her was intensely negative at the time of the trial, and even after her acquittal, she still faces a world in which many people she meets will believe her to be a murderer.
As such, Anthony hasn't publicly disclosed the location of her home. It's known that she still resides in Florida — that's what her former attorney, Cheney Mason, told CNN last year, near the three-year anniversary of her acquittal. Mason told the network that his former client (whom he served pro bono, and with whom he and his family were still very close) lives in fear for her life:
She hasn't been freed from her incarceration yet 'cause she can't go out. She can't go to a beauty parlor, she can't go shopping to a department store, she can't go to a restaurant, she can't even go to McDonald's. She can't do anything.
In 2013, Anthony declared bankruptcy, claiming just over $1,000 in assets and nearly $800,000 in liabilities. This left her former defense attorney, Jose Baez, unpaid by about $500,000 in back legal fees, as well as hundreds of thousands in fees covering the cost of the case — a result of her convictions over her false statements. Despite this, she was reportedly the beneficiary of a surprising amount of financial aid from fans and supporters. As ABC News detailed, she told the bankruptcy court the following:
I don't pay rent. I don't pay utilities. I guess you could say I'm living free off the kindness of others.
In 2015, Anthony took a fairly major step toward coming out of hiding, reportedly meeting with NBC producers in New York City in late May about the possibility of an exclusive interview, which would be the first time she's spoken publicly since her acquittal. Nothing ever came of the meeting, however — an NBC executive reportedly told the New York Daily News that "there are no plans to do an interview or anything else with Casey Anthony," and a full four months later, there have been no indications to the contrary.
Regardless, it seems as if Anthony is interested in talking, assuming somebody's offering the right platform and the right price. So there's a decent chance you'll be hearing more from or about her before all is said and done.