In the past few days of the Casey Anthony trial, it seems like not one day has gone by where a major bombshell has not been revealed. Today (June 23rd) was no different when Casey Anthony, who is on trial for allegedly killing her daughter Caylee back in 2008, watched on as her mother Cindy testified that it wasn’t Casey who searched for possibly damaging terms such as “chloroform” on Google, but it was Cindy herself.
“I was searching for ‘chlorophyll’ because I was worried that it might affect my dogs,” Cindy said. “I was worried about them eating bamboo.” As for why she was searching for chloroform, she admitted that both chloroform and chlorophyll are related and that’s why both the results came up when police went through the computer they confiscated years back.
Why is chloroform so important to this case, and a damaging blow to the prosecution if true? That is because a large amount of it was detected in the trunk of Casey’s car. As for why terms such as “chest injuries” and “head injuries” were searched on the computer? Cindy says that a friend of hers had been in a car accident around that time and she was “looking up specific terminology that someone had asked me to look up,” she said.
However, even though Cindy is defending that she conducted the searches, John Bradley, a forensic expert, says that a website specifically about chloroform had been visited 84 times. Not only that, but terms such as “neck-breaking,” “ruptured spleen” and head injury” were deleted by Anthony’s browser on purpose.
Not only that, but Bradley says that the person who was searching information about chloroform was visiting about 5 different websites researching the topic, and in the process, were on Facebook. In a day where everyone seems to have a Facebook, can it then be implied that a younger Casey was the one doing the searches, or would that more be the action of a middle-aged woman?
Cross examiner Linda Drane Burdick then would ask Cindy a series of questions, including whether she visited a website about the “effects of chlorophyll on [her] animals”. Cindy replied, ”I didn’t do 84 searches of anything.”
Cindy taking the stand and admitting that she did the searches came to a shock to many in the court room, especially since she hadn’t previously admitted that she was the person who allegedly did the searches on the confiscated computer. Many looking at the case, however, say that Cindy taking the stand and admitting that she took part in the Google searches may have been done to put doubt among the mind of the jury that Casey wasn’t the person to kill her daughter. Remember, it only takes one juror doubting evidence that would clear Casey of being put to death.