Casey An­thony At­tacked

The Most Hated Woman in Amer­ica

In Touch (USA) - - True crime -

It’s been five years since she was ac­quit­ted of mur­der, but Casey An­thony is still Public Enemy No. 1

She didn’t seem to have a care in the world. Down­ing beers and laugh­ing with pals, Casey An­thony en­joyed a night out at Greenacres Bowl in Lake Worth, Fla., on July 8. “She was hav­ing fun,” fel­low bowler Katie Pen­nica tells In Touch, “and act­ing like a nor­mal per­son.” But Casey’s trip to the bowl­ing al­ley was any­thing but nor­mal. As soon as she walked in, “Peo­ple started say­ing they wanted to beat her up,” says Pen­nica, ad­ding that one an­gry pa­tron even­tu­ally lost it and hissed, “Here she comes, the f---ing baby killer!”

A jury ac­quit­ted Casey of killing her adorable daugh­ter, Caylee, but clearly the public has a dif­fer­ent opin­ion of her guilt. An In Touch in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Casey’s life to­day re­veals that nearly eight years since her 2-year-old’s duct-taped skele­tal re­mains were dis­cov­ered stuffed in a garbage bag in the swampy cen­tral Florida woods near her par­ents’ Or­lando home, Casey (who could have re­ceived the death penalty if she had been found guilty) has set­tled into a cushy, priv­i­leged life. “She’s happy,” Lyle Mazin tells In Touch of his friend, who lives in an up­scale neigh­bor­hood in West Palm Beach with Pat Mckenna, 67 — the lead pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor on her de­fense team dur­ing her 2011 trial. There, ev­ery need is taken care of. Casey, who is try­ing to start a pho­tog­ra­phy busi­ness, fre­quently goes out to eat with friends, hits the gym a few times a week and en­joys car­ing for her beloved pooch, Smooch. But her joy

is in­fu­ri­at­ing to those fa­mil­iar with her case, and she is reg­u­larly at­tacked ver­bally by strangers when she goes out. The scenes of­ten bor­der on vi­o­lence. “The public will never for­give Casey for what they think she did to that child,” an in­sider says of the pe­tite 30-year-old. “She’ll for­ever be the most hated woman in Amer­ica.”

Some­times she is con­fronted. On July 10, two days af­ter she was called a “baby killer,” Casey was ap­proached by a woman while din­ing with friends at Royal Palm Beach’s Hi­lary’s Restau­rant. “The woman asked Casey if she had ever read The Shack, a book about a man who kid­napped a young girl and dis­posed of her body,” says a fel­low diner. The woman then told an un­fazed Casey — who was be­ing watched over by what ap­peared to be a se­cu­rity guard — that God for­gave the man but God is bet­ter than she. Her mean­ing was clear: Casey can never be for­given. “Casey just looked away and con­tin­ued her meal with­out com­ment.” And peo­ple at Casey’s gym have threat­ened to can­cel their mem­ber­ships. Says a source, “They didn’t want to be at the same gym.”

The haters are all around her. While at the bowl­ing al­ley, Casey, who was ac­com­pa­nied by a po­lice of­fi­cer, didn’t have a prob­lem tun­ing out the neg­a­tiv­ity around her, mul­ti­ple wit­nesses tell In Touch. “She was laugh­ing and mak­ing a ton of fa­cial ex­pres­sions,” says a wit­ness, while a sec­ond wit­ness adds that Casey “couldn’t stop smil­ing.” Fel­low bowlers were fu­ri­ous. “The peo­ple in the lane next to us just wanted to hit Casey for what they be­lieve she did to her child. They still think she got away with it,” says Pen­nica. “I heard five moms say­ing, ‘I would love to hit that baby killer.’ Peo­ple were dis­gusted she was there.”

She seems to be ev­ery­where these days. She’s fre­quently spied hit­ting bars along fash­ion­able Clema­tis Street in West Palm Beach and the up­scale depart­ment store Nord­strom, and she’s en­joy­ing rid­ing around in her new car. Bill Warner, a pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor in Sara­sota, Fla., who has fol­lowed Casey’s case for years, says, “The new ve­hi­cle is reg­is­tered to her and Mckenna. It ap­pears he and oth­ers who were in­volved with her [case] are sup­port­ing her even to this day.”

Casey is try­ing to move on with her life — but that will never be pos­si­ble. “There were at least 10 peo­ple at the bowl­ing al­ley who wanted to go up to her and ask her how it feels to be a mur­derer,” says the first wit­ness. “It’s just un­be­liev­able that she’s able to live her life like a nor­mal per­son while Caylee doesn’t get the same chance. It’s just not right.” ◼

STRONG DIS­TASTE

“I’ve heard that peo­ple in kitchens spit in her food when she eats at their restau­rants,” a source says of Casey (in West Palm Beach, Fla., on July 5), who was found not guilty of first­de­gree mur­der, ag­gra­vated child abuse and ag­gra­vated man­slaugh­ter in 2011 fol­low­ing daugh­ter Caylee’s death.

STRIKE? BUSI­NESS AS USUAL

Casey seemed un­both­ered by the fact that the en­tire bowl­ing al­ley was talk­ing about her, says a wit­ness, ad­ding, “Peo­ple weren’t pleased that she was there.”

HAV­ING A BALL!

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