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The trial of twenty-five year old Casey Anthony for the death of her daughter Caylee was the most sensational case in America since O.J. Simpson’s—with a verdict every bit as stunning. After being acquitted in July 2011, Ms. Anthony instantly became one of the most infamous women in the world. Dr. Keith Ablow distills tens of thousands of pages of documents he has obtai The trial of twenty-five year old Casey Anthony for the death of her daughter Caylee was the most sensational case in America since O.J. Simpson’s—with a verdict every bit as stunning. After being acquitted in July 2011, Ms. Anthony instantly became one of the most infamous women in the world. Dr. Keith Ablow distills tens of thousands of pages of documents he has obtained, his behind-the-camera, one-on one interviews, and his decades of experience in the world of forensic psychiatry to make sense of a woman whose defense attorney described as an innocent victim of childhood sexual abuse, but the state insisted was a cold-blooded murderer. Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony delivers an incisive, riveting way of understanding this troubled young woman.


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The trial of twenty-five year old Casey Anthony for the death of her daughter Caylee was the most sensational case in America since O.J. Simpson’s—with a verdict every bit as stunning. After being acquitted in July 2011, Ms. Anthony instantly became one of the most infamous women in the world. Dr. Keith Ablow distills tens of thousands of pages of documents he has obtai The trial of twenty-five year old Casey Anthony for the death of her daughter Caylee was the most sensational case in America since O.J. Simpson’s—with a verdict every bit as stunning. After being acquitted in July 2011, Ms. Anthony instantly became one of the most infamous women in the world. Dr. Keith Ablow distills tens of thousands of pages of documents he has obtained, his behind-the-camera, one-on one interviews, and his decades of experience in the world of forensic psychiatry to make sense of a woman whose defense attorney described as an innocent victim of childhood sexual abuse, but the state insisted was a cold-blooded murderer. Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony delivers an incisive, riveting way of understanding this troubled young woman.

30 review for Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony: A Psychological Portrait

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Turner

    Read January 2014 The title dragged me in. "A psychological Portrait." Yes, I thought! This'll be a great read, I thought! Wrong! I didn't like the book for many reasons, the main one being that Keith Ablow didn't interview Casey Anthony, or any of her family. Difficult to get inside someone's mind if you don't speak with them. Or so I would think. Another thing that put me off was the description of Casey giving birth in George's presence, with him "staring at his daughter's vagina." This was menti Read January 2014 The title dragged me in. "A psychological Portrait." Yes, I thought! This'll be a great read, I thought! Wrong! I didn't like the book for many reasons, the main one being that Keith Ablow didn't interview Casey Anthony, or any of her family. Difficult to get inside someone's mind if you don't speak with them. Or so I would think. Another thing that put me off was the description of Casey giving birth in George's presence, with him "staring at his daughter's vagina." This was mentioned again, and again, and again, and again. Tacky! Repetitive, boring and speculative. There are better books about Casey Anthony than this one.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony: A Psychological Portrait...wouldn't you think, by that title, you would get some insight as to what psychological issues Casey Anthony faced? Wouldn't you think you, from an author who is a forensic psychologist you would get some actual psychological theories as to why the players in this case acted the way they did? You would think, wouldn't you? But no, Keith Ablow, M.D. plays a lot of "in my imagination Casey is thinking this" or if I had been there this is Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony: A Psychological Portrait...wouldn't you think, by that title, you would get some insight as to what psychological issues Casey Anthony faced? Wouldn't you think you, from an author who is a forensic psychologist you would get some actual psychological theories as to why the players in this case acted the way they did? You would think, wouldn't you? But no, Keith Ablow, M.D. plays a lot of "in my imagination Casey is thinking this" or if I had been there this is how the interrogation would have played out. It's weird. I mean saying that growing up in the toxic Anthony family was like a metaphorical suffocation is an interesting and engaging word picture...repeating it seventeen thousand times in a 230 page book...blech. Making the reader picture the birth of Caylee with George at the foot of the bed staring at Casey's vagina...disturbing. Repeating it seventeen thousand times...just wrong. This book, despite it's claim of offering a riveting understanding of the young woman at the heart of a murdered child case, offers no more than your average Nancy Grace promo commercial.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    1.5/5 If you haven’t heard of Casey Anthony, then you’ve more than likely been living under a rock. She is a young single mother who was accused of killing her two year old daughter, Caylee Anthony, in 2008, although the jury determined she was “not guilty.” I don’t buy it, for even one second. The evidence against her is astounding, and I was sickened when I heard she was let off. Anyway. Keith Ablow is a very famous forensic psychiatrist turned author. In this book, he examines the case from a p 1.5/5 If you haven’t heard of Casey Anthony, then you’ve more than likely been living under a rock. She is a young single mother who was accused of killing her two year old daughter, Caylee Anthony, in 2008, although the jury determined she was “not guilty.” I don’t buy it, for even one second. The evidence against her is astounding, and I was sickened when I heard she was let off. Anyway. Keith Ablow is a very famous forensic psychiatrist turned author. In this book, he examines the case from a psychological perspective, examining Casey’s past, family life, and more, to try and figure out why Casey did what she did (and I do believe she did it). While I am very interested in psychology, especially psychology of criminals, this book was incredibly poor written. First, Keith was very sarcastic. I am an extremely sarcastic person and find it to be very funny, but in the case of a published book about a killer, I don’t think sarcasm is appropriate and doesn’t belong. This book came off very unprofessionally to me, and I found it hard to take the author seriously. He was also WAY. TOO. REPETITIVE. I got it the first 20 times you mentioned that Casey’s creepy dad watched her give birth and therefore saw her naked. Yes, it is disturbing, but I understood that the first hundred times you brought it up. Additionally, Keith was constantly interjecting with his own weird inner monologues. For example, he included excerpts of Casey’s interviews with detectives, and at random times, goes, “I would have said this…” then goes on with long, weird things that he would have said if he was in the room. Um, no one cares, Keith, what you would have said. Just tell me about the case, please and thank you. See, my sarcasm is acceptable because I’m not publishing a professional book right now. Got it, Keith? Lastly, this book almost exclusively places the blame on Casey’s parents for her murderous ways which pisses me off. I understand that her parents are bizarre and mental, but I blame ONLY the person who killed that poor child. Even if Casey’s upbringing messed her up in a psychological manner, as a grown adult, surely she knew it was unacceptable to murder her own child. Casey should be held most accountable for this crime, and Keith hardly blamed her at all. He also seems to assume a lot, rather than base things on fact. While I did find some parts of this book to be insightful, such as the inclusion of interviews between law enforcement and Casey/her family, all in all, I was really let down. I held Dr. Ablow in a much higher respect before I read this book, but I also think his editors should have cleaned up a lot of the junk such as the sarcasm and repetitiveness. Ah, well.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dolores

    Most of this book happened in Ablow's mind not in reality. Most of this book happened in Ablow's mind not in reality.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    Dr. Ablow tells a very fascinating portrayal of Casey Anthony's psychological makeup, trying to explain why she acted the way she did and told all the lies she did. The thing is, he never once spoke to her. He uses documents and interviews to base his analysis. I think a lot of it is probably accurate, but I also think a lot is conjecture. Essentially, he believes that all of Casey's behavior is the result of the pathology of her parents, particularly her mother, Cindy. He repeatedly asserts tha Dr. Ablow tells a very fascinating portrayal of Casey Anthony's psychological makeup, trying to explain why she acted the way she did and told all the lies she did. The thing is, he never once spoke to her. He uses documents and interviews to base his analysis. I think a lot of it is probably accurate, but I also think a lot is conjecture. Essentially, he believes that all of Casey's behavior is the result of the pathology of her parents, particularly her mother, Cindy. He repeatedly asserts that Casey has no self or identity of her own and that the tales she spins are a coping mechanism. There is a lot more of course and it is very engaging to read. However, without actually interviewing her himself, how can his assertions be validated? Very little of the book deals with the death of her daughter Caylee. It is a study of a very sick woman who was acquitted of murder. He attempts to explain what made her the person everyone watched aghast as her behavior and lies came to light after her arrest. That said, despite the way his explanations (he ends with a diagnosis of her not based on DSM standards. It may be true, who knows, but I think you have to take it all with a grain of salt because just because he believes it is likely true (like her allegations of sexual abuse), it doesn't mean it is. Therefore, conclusions based on the assumptions are not necessarily valid. So, MY conclusion: a very interesting read, certainly full of talking points, seems to paint a portrait of a very troubled family. We knew that from what we did see from the media. That doesn't mean she is any less culpable or excuse any of it. Nor does it mean his conclusions are definitive.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    The information about her family history was interesting but I got tired of the metaphor about there being no oxygen in the family home and Casey psychologically dying in childhood. The first time I read that it was fine but it was repeated so many times that it became repetitive. Also the description of Casey giving birth in the presence of George was appalling the first time but it was referred to so many times I felt like saying yes, I know I remember! I also could have done without all the t The information about her family history was interesting but I got tired of the metaphor about there being no oxygen in the family home and Casey psychologically dying in childhood. The first time I read that it was fine but it was repeated so many times that it became repetitive. Also the description of Casey giving birth in the presence of George was appalling the first time but it was referred to so many times I felt like saying yes, I know I remember! I also could have done without all the transcripts. I would have liked to see more time devoted to what happened to the Anthonys during and after the trial. That was all covered in about 20 pages and I felt it could have been explored in more depth. The author also seems to believe that Casey was sexually abused by George and Lee for years and I am not sure I am convinced of this. Really the most proof we have for this is Casey's word but it is a proven fact that the author referred to often that she lies constantly. Yes she is emotionally stunted and some problems like this can result from sexual abuse but it seems to me that is not the only explanation.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dalonna

    message 1: by Dalonna - rated it 1 star 1 minute ago According to Dr. Ablow you could not sum up Ms. Anthony as your typical sociopath, because she tried so hard to be liked by everyone, she was so wounded by her oppressive, controlling mother, sexual abusing father and molesting brother, that she buried all reminents of her own self as a defense mechanism. She became a camillion who would be compliant and angelic, all the while she lied, stole and killed without compunction. He coined a new psyc message 1: by Dalonna - rated it 1 star 1 minute ago According to Dr. Ablow you could not sum up Ms. Anthony as your typical sociopath, because she tried so hard to be liked by everyone, she was so wounded by her oppressive, controlling mother, sexual abusing father and molesting brother, that she buried all reminents of her own self as a defense mechanism. She became a camillion who would be compliant and angelic, all the while she lied, stole and killed without compunction. He coined a new psychiatric term for Ms. Anthony's symptoms,, Identity Suppression Syndrome. What I didn't like was his constant depiction of George Anthony's presence at the birth of Caylee Anthony. Once was enough to get the point of the utter humiliation Casey must have endured, but Ablow drove that point home over and over throughout the book. It left me feeling disturbed about why an author would have to repeat that scene over and over again. You get the point after the first and second time. Though Ablow was up front about not having been able to interview Casey or any of the other Anthonys, it definitely left a black hole in the story. Another annoyance was his hypothetical questions and responses he interjected in the verbatim interviews. This is the first book I have read by Dr. Ablow, though I didn't care for his writing style in this book, I'd have to read another by him before I'd say never again. reply | edit | delete | flag *

  8. 5 out of 5

    Erika Nerdypants

    I really didn't like this book, and can't believe I even finished it. Nothing like his case study on Scott Peterson. To begin with, Ablow acknowledges that he was unable to interview any of the Anthony's, and yet, he professes to know them and their relationships with each other very well. Most of his writings are pure speculation, and there are parts of the book where he freely admits that he is giving people "fictional" responses. His disdain for Casey's parents comes through over and over aga I really didn't like this book, and can't believe I even finished it. Nothing like his case study on Scott Peterson. To begin with, Ablow acknowledges that he was unable to interview any of the Anthony's, and yet, he professes to know them and their relationships with each other very well. Most of his writings are pure speculation, and there are parts of the book where he freely admits that he is giving people "fictional" responses. His disdain for Casey's parents comes through over and over again, by repeatedly reminding the reader of facts discussed earlier in the book, as if we would believe him if he just tells us the same thing often enough. Badly written, very poor, with few if any redeeming qualities.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Francine

    Not worth reading. But I read it cover to cover 'cuz I was looking for more information about the Anthonys and a life that would make one kill their child then get a Bella Vita tattoo; talk about crying every night over the loss of a daughter, then quickly segue to the cute boots and bomber jacket Casey Anthony wanted to buy when she got out of jail. It's a lot of psychobabble and rehashing of the same stuff. This author didn't do much research into the case. Not worth reading. But I read it cover to cover 'cuz I was looking for more information about the Anthonys and a life that would make one kill their child then get a Bella Vita tattoo; talk about crying every night over the loss of a daughter, then quickly segue to the cute boots and bomber jacket Casey Anthony wanted to buy when she got out of jail. It's a lot of psychobabble and rehashing of the same stuff. This author didn't do much research into the case.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Oh boy! This book .... Oh I don't even know what to say. I gave it 2 stars because it was mildly interesting, but really, if I had it to do again, I would skip it! To start, the book seems very "thrown together". There is no real time line, it jumps back and forth. Things of little consequence are repeated again and again. It just seemed like a rough draft to me. The author asserts his opinion more than anything. I guess in this case it would be necessary for a substantial sized book, but this w Oh boy! This book .... Oh I don't even know what to say. I gave it 2 stars because it was mildly interesting, but really, if I had it to do again, I would skip it! To start, the book seems very "thrown together". There is no real time line, it jumps back and forth. Things of little consequence are repeated again and again. It just seemed like a rough draft to me. The author asserts his opinion more than anything. I guess in this case it would be necessary for a substantial sized book, but this was only 236 pages...no need for filler! He is also very sarcastic. I have no problem with this in real life, but I can do without it in a non-fiction book where it does not directly relate to the story. Oh, the story... good grief! We can not blame this all on the parents and the grandparents and the great grandparents now can we? It may not have been proven in court, but we all know that she killed her daughter. She did it, she made the choice, she dumped the body. She should be the one blamed. I agree, this is one terribly messed up family and she is probably messed up because of them, but she has free will. She made her own choices! My advice... read something else! Too many books, too little time to waste on a book like this!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This book is full of psychological Mumbo jumbo and I can't even fathom half of it is true. The author claims the Anthony family is so crazy because they do such and such....all the while I'm thinking "I know people who have done those very things and I do not think they are crazy". Well, I still think Casey Anthony killed Or had something to do with killing her daughter but this book did not convince me of that. This book is full of psychological Mumbo jumbo and I can't even fathom half of it is true. The author claims the Anthony family is so crazy because they do such and such....all the while I'm thinking "I know people who have done those very things and I do not think they are crazy". Well, I still think Casey Anthony killed Or had something to do with killing her daughter but this book did not convince me of that.

  12. 4 out of 5

    MaryAlice

    After finishing "Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony: A Psychological Portrait" by Keith Ablow, I did not feel I had gotten inside Casey's mind. Some of the book is interesting, especially the psychological parts, yet it was all conjecture based on author's interviews with "sources in several states", review of thousands of pages of legal documents, reviews of videotaped testimony, and many years of experience as a forensic psychiatrist. Ablow seems to crucify both George and Cindy Anthony. He pick After finishing "Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony: A Psychological Portrait" by Keith Ablow, I did not feel I had gotten inside Casey's mind. Some of the book is interesting, especially the psychological parts, yet it was all conjecture based on author's interviews with "sources in several states", review of thousands of pages of legal documents, reviews of videotaped testimony, and many years of experience as a forensic psychiatrist. Ablow seems to crucify both George and Cindy Anthony. He picks upon their testimony about picking up the car after it was towed, then asserts they were more concerned about money, possible damage to the vehicle, than that the car smelled like a dead body and their granddaughter was missing. That seems to be normal behavior ~ shock, the mind not wanting to contemplate a horror too unbelievable to be true. "This is not happening," is a common rationalization for victims of crime. Yes, it appears the couple was in denial, which is understandable at that point in time. Ablow also repeats stuff, over and over again. He is focused or obsessed with George's viewing the birth of Caylee, "starring at his daughter's vagina." I tried to imagine myself at that age, with my father witnessing the birth of my first child. Yeah, that probably would have grossed me out, but then again, being in so much pain, it might not have bothered me. I could relate to Casey's being upset when her newborn was handed to her mother. Brought up a memory of my (now ex) mother-in-law, taking my baby from my arms to carry her in the car after I was discharged from the hospital, as if the baby was hers, not mine. I have known people who told bold-faced lies, including my husband and his mother. Casey was much worse than any of them, in her ability to deny the truth even when caught in her lies. As it was said in the book, she believed her own lies, which I believe is called pathological lying. Even Hillary Clinton seems to do that. It is not all that uncommon for a pregnant teen or young woman to deny, even to themselves, that they are pregnant. Again, the shock factor, not wanting to believe something is true that they are mentally incapable of dealing with. So that repeating this info about Casey as proof of her dysfunction, was boring, almost as if Ablow was being too hard on Casey. Casey is definitely mentally unstable, and I was surprised she was not ordered by the courts to be evaluated psychologically. I was also surprised insanity was not her defense during her trial. I imagine only Casey herself could give me a glimpse inside her mind.

  13. 5 out of 5

    RNOCEAN

    (From Barnes & Noble Overview) The trial of twenty-five year old Casey Anthony for the death of her daughter Caylee was the most sensational case in America since O.J. Simpson’s—with a verdict every bit as stunning. After being acquitted in July 2011, Ms. Anthony instantly became one of the most infamous women in the world. Dr. Keith Ablow distills tens of thousands of pages of documents he has obtained, his behind-the-camera, one-on one interviews, and his decades of experience in the world of fo (From Barnes & Noble Overview) The trial of twenty-five year old Casey Anthony for the death of her daughter Caylee was the most sensational case in America since O.J. Simpson’s—with a verdict every bit as stunning. After being acquitted in July 2011, Ms. Anthony instantly became one of the most infamous women in the world. Dr. Keith Ablow distills tens of thousands of pages of documents he has obtained, his behind-the-camera, one-on one interviews, and his decades of experience in the world of forensic psychiatry to make sense of a woman whose defense attorney described as an innocent victim of childhood sexual abuse, but the state insisted was a cold-blooded murderer. Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony delivers an incisive, riveting way of understanding this troubled young woman. **I would fail to call this book riveting even though I did like Dr. Ablow's book on Scott Peterson. Dr. Ablow assumes that everything the defense presented about Casey Anthony was true. I did not, as did most people. There was never any evidence whatsoever that Casey had been sexually abused by her father or her brother yet this book focused on this as the reason she was the monster she was, that she literally lived in a dissociative state because of it? The book was fiction in my opinion. I watched every aspect of this trial and prefer the opinion of the experts in the case, Jeff Ashton the prosecuting attorney, the psychological evaluations. I see her as a monster, a true sociopath and an extremelly narcissistic one at that. Are her parents contributors to her identity, of course, they are as all parents are. Casey was born without a conscience, lives only to satisy her own needs and eliminated her child because she was interfering with her life. Hopefully she has no other children in her lifetime.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Susanna

    From the forensic psychiatrist standpoint, Ablow wrote his view and discussed his analysis of Casey Anthony’s psyche. He traced back three generations of dysfunctional family history and credited the lack of “emotional oxygen” to Casey’s stoic lethargic behavior. He also expressed his theories in what has had happened and led to the demise of little Caylee. All the theories sound plausible. They all have their merits. The constants are 1) the dynamic of the Anthony’s household was noxious and Ca From the forensic psychiatrist standpoint, Ablow wrote his view and discussed his analysis of Casey Anthony’s psyche. He traced back three generations of dysfunctional family history and credited the lack of “emotional oxygen” to Casey’s stoic lethargic behavior. He also expressed his theories in what has had happened and led to the demise of little Caylee. All the theories sound plausible. They all have their merits. The constants are 1) the dynamic of the Anthony’s household was noxious and Casey and her mother Cindy were having a epic fallout. 2) little Caylee is dead. In my opinion, the most possible outcome: Casey used Chloroform to make little Caylee unconscious, then she duct-taped her mouth and nose, and dumped her in the trunk of her car, and dumped her lifeless body in the wood… Her attorney Jose Baez “dug-up” some family dirt and hoped to use it to defuse the angry motions towards Casey. (Baez said little Caylee drowned in the family swimming pool and Grandpa George helped to cover up the mishap because if the body was examined, he could be identified as the biological father to his grand-daughter.) Is Casey this cold-blooded killer or is she a victim herself? Is she the psychotic mother who killed Caylee out of spite or is she the mentally-stunted young woman who suffers years of sexual abuse and lost her child to the non-existent Nanny named Zenaida Gonzalez? Her nonchalant blank-stare narcissistic poise does not show any remorse for losing her daughter or any regret for lying to the investigators. In fact, she does not even reminisce any emotional longing her dead little girl and has any plan for her future. It is strange, isn’t it?

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    The first half of this book answered questions I had about the functioning of such a person as Casey Anthony. Dr Ablow went to the trouble to investigate the family that produced her back through three dysfunctional generations. Cindy Anthony's pathological powers of denial (to such a point that she never noticed her daughter was seven months' pregnant) are explained. I certainly have a new understanding of Casey now, even if I remain unsure about the veracity of sexual abuse charges she levied The first half of this book answered questions I had about the functioning of such a person as Casey Anthony. Dr Ablow went to the trouble to investigate the family that produced her back through three dysfunctional generations. Cindy Anthony's pathological powers of denial (to such a point that she never noticed her daughter was seven months' pregnant) are explained. I certainly have a new understanding of Casey now, even if I remain unsure about the veracity of sexual abuse charges she levied against her father and brother. The second half of the book was a disappointment in that the author chose to quote extensively from police interviews with Casey, inserting cynical comments on what he perceived to be the naivete of the police officers. This seemed to me to be a rather lazy exercise. In any event, I sympathize with the police who had never encountered such a person before, and most likely will never do so again. Whether she is a psychopath, sociopath or deserves the diagnosis Dr Ablow gave her, I feel she embodies that diagnosis writ large.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Verna

    It was actually a fascinating peek into the mind of the author, Keith Ablow since he was basing his hypothesis about Casey Anthony upon nothing but pure speculation and imagination. While, there could be an actual case for Casey Anthony having "Identity Suppression Syndrome," we will probably never know because Ablow never interviewed her nor spent any time with the suspect accused of murdering her small daughter, Caylee. I tired of hearing Ablow repeating ad nauseaum his conviction that Cindy A It was actually a fascinating peek into the mind of the author, Keith Ablow since he was basing his hypothesis about Casey Anthony upon nothing but pure speculation and imagination. While, there could be an actual case for Casey Anthony having "Identity Suppression Syndrome," we will probably never know because Ablow never interviewed her nor spent any time with the suspect accused of murdering her small daughter, Caylee. I tired of hearing Ablow repeating ad nauseaum his conviction that Cindy Anthony was the real culprit behind the whole unsavory mess. (I listened to the audio version of the book) Also, while he did mention George Anthony, Casey's father as being responsible somewhat, he mostly singled out Cindy, Casey's mother. What about the brother who supposedly molested his sister? I don't think any one person can be focused upon in this case, the entire family was obviously very dysfunctional and not a safe environment for poor, unfortunate little Caylee. Sad story. Hopefully, one day the mystery will be solved.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I was wrong, the author is a psychiatrist. And I'm not entirely sure what I just read. He made a lot of inaccurate and bizarre accusations that he seems to feel justifies that Casey Anthony killed her child so her child would be safe. Ablow never spoke to or interviewed Anthony and there were parts of the book where he acted out what he believes Casey was really thinking or feeling in family conversations and during her interviews with the police--those bits were really out there. I am giving th I was wrong, the author is a psychiatrist. And I'm not entirely sure what I just read. He made a lot of inaccurate and bizarre accusations that he seems to feel justifies that Casey Anthony killed her child so her child would be safe. Ablow never spoke to or interviewed Anthony and there were parts of the book where he acted out what he believes Casey was really thinking or feeling in family conversations and during her interviews with the police--those bits were really out there. I am giving the book one star because it did highlight some information that I did not previously know about the history of Anthony's parents and her life as a teenager. I question the accuracy of the information--but I was reading this for entertainment and I was occasionally entertained. There were a couple of things that the author latched onto to demonstrate that Casey Antony was not a person to her parents and referred to their treatment of her as 'spiritual homicide." In my opinion, it was just not a very good book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Clark

    This book is a personal opinion not a psychological observation as far as I am concerned.no family interviews are included.This man was very obsessed with Ms.Anthony's father in the birth-room,insinuating sexual misconduct throughout the entire book,about the father and his daughter's vagina.Details are well explained in describing the case,yet unprofessional opinion ruins the whole book.I had to make myself finish this book.That is a very rare circumstance for me.Not recommended. This book is a personal opinion not a psychological observation as far as I am concerned.no family interviews are included.This man was very obsessed with Ms.Anthony's father in the birth-room,insinuating sexual misconduct throughout the entire book,about the father and his daughter's vagina.Details are well explained in describing the case,yet unprofessional opinion ruins the whole book.I had to make myself finish this book.That is a very rare circumstance for me.Not recommended.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    It was an interesting read. Having watched the trial I knew much that was in this book except for the history of Cindy's parents. I didn't really like how the book pretty much blamed Cindy for everything. Cindy was the monster in this family and drove poor Casey to do something to Caylee. That's the direction the book went in and I didn't really like it. He also based his entire psychological profile on Casey being sexually abused by her father and brother. This was brought up as the opening sta It was an interesting read. Having watched the trial I knew much that was in this book except for the history of Cindy's parents. I didn't really like how the book pretty much blamed Cindy for everything. Cindy was the monster in this family and drove poor Casey to do something to Caylee. That's the direction the book went in and I didn't really like it. He also based his entire psychological profile on Casey being sexually abused by her father and brother. This was brought up as the opening statement in the trial and was never brought up any other time. There is no evidence for it so I didn't like that an entire profile was written using that as the base. It was basically like "X caused Y" but ... we don't even know if X was an event or not. Also, I thought the author went a bit overboard in his analysis. In the chapter "Lie to Live" he talks about the movie choices that Casey rented that night with her boyfriend. Untraceable and Jumper. He goes on to talk about how ..maybe Casey fantasized about being untraceable. I thought this was pure psychobabble and not interesting. He goes through the rest of the book and sometimes alludes to these movies. Her boyfriend could have picked these out...plus it really makes me wonder what kind of profile he'd write about me after I rent weekend at Bernie's. One other thing that bothered me about this book was on page 102. "What if the reason was that she felt like killing herself, then her child?" I think everyone in the world would have been happier if that had happened.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Allison Relyea

    This book was really really good. I love stories like these - although they are sad and a bit creepy, i'm so entertained by them. This was the story of Casey Anthony, who most people know as the mother who killed her 3 year old baby girl. Now I remember a while back hating her, i thought how could anyone kill their own child? But after reading this book, my whole thought and opinion changed on Casey Anthony. The book is spoken from a physiological point of view, from a psychiatrist who studied C This book was really really good. I love stories like these - although they are sad and a bit creepy, i'm so entertained by them. This was the story of Casey Anthony, who most people know as the mother who killed her 3 year old baby girl. Now I remember a while back hating her, i thought how could anyone kill their own child? But after reading this book, my whole thought and opinion changed on Casey Anthony. The book is spoken from a physiological point of view, from a psychiatrist who studied Casey Anthony and who followed the pre-trial and trial parts of her life. He talked about her childhood and how her parents basically ignored and treated her badly. This book made me feel that her parents made her into who she is today and what she did. In the book he also talked about the death of her daughter, Caylee, and Casey's state of mind during that time. Casey was obviously disturbed throughout her life but I don't think her daughter had anything to do with it. The book explains that fully and completely. It isn't spoken from a certain perspective, meaning whether she was guilty or not. After reading this book I honestly feel bad for Casey Anthony, she obviously needs to much help and was psychologically damaged by her family who was never there for her as a child or even now as an adult. Sadly, all of this resulted in the death of a beautiful little girl. This book is great for anyone who likes stories like this, i lent it to Dafina and she likes it :)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Really not what i expected & pretty disappointing. I do not agree with some of what the author thinks happened & i think he put way too much blame on Cindy & George. Casey was a grown woman & yes she was most definatly living in a controlling dysfunctional family but many people do as well & they don't kill their child. Also i'd like to point out that she had no problem telling her parents especially her mom to fuck off on several occasions so why would it be so hard for her to tell her parents Really not what i expected & pretty disappointing. I do not agree with some of what the author thinks happened & i think he put way too much blame on Cindy & George. Casey was a grown woman & yes she was most definatly living in a controlling dysfunctional family but many people do as well & they don't kill their child. Also i'd like to point out that she had no problem telling her parents especially her mom to fuck off on several occasions so why would it be so hard for her to tell her parents especially her father to get the hell out of the delivery room when she is about to give birth? The book does have some interesting points but mainly just seems full of excuses for Casey's behavior. I was shocked at how this book is written because i loved the author's book "Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson". Anyway, i do NOT recommend this book. I highly recommend "Mommy's Little Girl" by Diane Fanning & "Prosecuting Casey Anthony" by Jeff Ashton.

  22. 4 out of 5

    justablondemoment

    I remember when this happened and how it made me want to cry for the loss of such a precious innocent little girl. I got to say I didn't settle any questions I had over this case from reading this book. While I do believe Mr. Ablow has done his job with the research needed to write a true crime book, it felt like he was trying to convince me of how innocent she was and I'm not sure she is. Lots of people have bad upbringings. See the thing is she may not have done the killing of her little girl I remember when this happened and how it made me want to cry for the loss of such a precious innocent little girl. I got to say I didn't settle any questions I had over this case from reading this book. While I do believe Mr. Ablow has done his job with the research needed to write a true crime book, it felt like he was trying to convince me of how innocent she was and I'm not sure she is. Lots of people have bad upbringings. See the thing is she may not have done the killing of her little girl but to me she is still so very guilty of failing Caylee in her life and in her death. She hid, ran and lied after Caylee disappearance and that to me is unforgivable. He just really never convinced me her parents were terrible people but, instead, convinced me she was a nut who needed serious help and didn't sound as if she was capable of raising a child. Just a sad, sad case. One of thousands that make my heart bleed.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Diana Long

    I really debated with myself over reading/listening to this work because I was too emotionally invested in this real life tragic drama and felt let down when the verdict was read. So...no justice for Caylee after all, at least not in this world. I have read some of the negative reviews and most seemed to specify it being irrelevant as the main characters were not personally interviewed....speaking exclusively for myself, does it really matter since this entire family does not live in the real wo I really debated with myself over reading/listening to this work because I was too emotionally invested in this real life tragic drama and felt let down when the verdict was read. So...no justice for Caylee after all, at least not in this world. I have read some of the negative reviews and most seemed to specify it being irrelevant as the main characters were not personally interviewed....speaking exclusively for myself, does it really matter since this entire family does not live in the real world and are emotionally bereft of knowing the fantasy from the truth. The author relates this fact over and over again. I am actually grateful to the good doctor for putting the information from the actions and transcripts we all were privy to from Nancy Grace and the live streaming of the trial into some sort of rational order. Now I understand the verdict that the jury came back with. Now I can let go.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    The author sounds like a tacky Dr. Phil version of a forensic psychologist... how many times do I have to read about the dad looking at his daughter's private parts after giving birth? How many times does Ablow have to reference the lack of 'emotional oxygen' that gave rise to the cultivation of psyche and following events...every 2nd paragraph it seems. This book was like the marriage of an in-touch magazine and a hastily written thesis paper peopled with freudian references and allusions to ca The author sounds like a tacky Dr. Phil version of a forensic psychologist... how many times do I have to read about the dad looking at his daughter's private parts after giving birth? How many times does Ablow have to reference the lack of 'emotional oxygen' that gave rise to the cultivation of psyche and following events...every 2nd paragraph it seems. This book was like the marriage of an in-touch magazine and a hastily written thesis paper peopled with freudian references and allusions to camus' mersault. It seems very imperative that the author establish his position of "academic" theorist , as he ostensibly REALLY, REALLY wants the reader to be awe-struck over his ability to negotiate the events of the casey anthony trials through his higher-than thou psychoanalytic vision. The result is merely a distrust of the actual events (as a reader) ... the bias of the author is so overt. Entertaining though, which perhaps was the intention???

  25. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    I really liked the way he wrote and I was looking for just this type of book. At first, I disregarded this book because how could he have interviewed her or drawn any conclusion about her since she has never been truthful to anyone. Also, he never treated or worked with her in any capacity. He is a forensic psychiatrist whose job it is to piece together testimony and observations into a comprehensive whole, which is what was done here. His book is the first, in my opinion, that actually gives an I really liked the way he wrote and I was looking for just this type of book. At first, I disregarded this book because how could he have interviewed her or drawn any conclusion about her since she has never been truthful to anyone. Also, he never treated or worked with her in any capacity. He is a forensic psychiatrist whose job it is to piece together testimony and observations into a comprehensive whole, which is what was done here. His book is the first, in my opinion, that actually gives answers as to what took place. The answers may not be favorable and perhaps may even seem far fetched he tends to repeat several of his main ideas several times, however they are entirely plausible. I am glad to have moved past the title and into his work. Finally, there is some insight into this case.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    As far as pure theory and conjecture goes, very interesting for people interested in true crime and psychology. I feel the book should have called "Inside the minds of the Anthony family", as Dr. Ablow makes a great case for the whole family being to blame for the death of poor sweet Caylee. If the good doctor is correct, Casey isn't entirely responsible for what she did. And yes, I said "what she did". I know she was found not guilty in a court of law, but that doesn't mean she was innocent - i As far as pure theory and conjecture goes, very interesting for people interested in true crime and psychology. I feel the book should have called "Inside the minds of the Anthony family", as Dr. Ablow makes a great case for the whole family being to blame for the death of poor sweet Caylee. If the good doctor is correct, Casey isn't entirely responsible for what she did. And yes, I said "what she did". I know she was found not guilty in a court of law, but that doesn't mean she was innocent - it just means the prosecution didn't prove its case. Anyhoo, I'm now moving on to a more objective view of Casey Anthony with a different book. That is, if it exists. Also, Dr. Ablow needs an editor to help him find better way to convey his ideas rather than beating the "suffocating, oxygen-sucking" metaphor TO DEATH as has been stated in other reviews!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Marianne Jay

    From day 1 when I heard about this case and listened to George and Cindy Anthony speak - I was very bothered. I said that there was something dark and disturbing within that family. This book proved me correct. A lot of people did not like this book - I did. It was interesting and insightful. If Dr. Ablow would have been allowed to interrogate George and Cindy Anthony at the trial - I think more people would have believed as I did - that something very disturbing happened to that child - but I di From day 1 when I heard about this case and listened to George and Cindy Anthony speak - I was very bothered. I said that there was something dark and disturbing within that family. This book proved me correct. A lot of people did not like this book - I did. It was interesting and insightful. If Dr. Ablow would have been allowed to interrogate George and Cindy Anthony at the trial - I think more people would have believed as I did - that something very disturbing happened to that child - but I didn't necessarily believe that Casey did it or at the very least - did not do it alone. Casey didn't graduate high school - how the hell is she going to make Chloroform.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. What I loved about this book was that I didn't feel as though Ablow was pressuring the reader to believe she's guilty or non guilty. He laid out the facts in a professional way, and let the reader determine whether or not, in your heart of hearts, you thought justice prevailed. I read this two weeks ago, and besides the small bits and pieces I knew or had heart about in regards to the Casey Anthony trial and disappearance of Caylee Anthony, I was surprised to discover how pathological the entire What I loved about this book was that I didn't feel as though Ablow was pressuring the reader to believe she's guilty or non guilty. He laid out the facts in a professional way, and let the reader determine whether or not, in your heart of hearts, you thought justice prevailed. I read this two weeks ago, and besides the small bits and pieces I knew or had heart about in regards to the Casey Anthony trial and disappearance of Caylee Anthony, I was surprised to discover how pathological the entire Anthony family was. It was a quick and interesting read, and I finished it in a weekend and recommended it to other true crime fans.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    I enjoyed reading this book to find out details I didn't know about the Casey Anthony case and her history, but unfortunately that wasn't a big part of the book because the whole thing seemed like a giant, presumptive theory on the part of the author, Dr. Ablow. I have to say I wasn't surprised when I finished the book and read on the back cover that he's a contributor on Fox News. He seems very extreme and was also very snarky and annoying while I read. I disliked how he would butt in while rec I enjoyed reading this book to find out details I didn't know about the Casey Anthony case and her history, but unfortunately that wasn't a big part of the book because the whole thing seemed like a giant, presumptive theory on the part of the author, Dr. Ablow. I have to say I wasn't surprised when I finished the book and read on the back cover that he's a contributor on Fox News. He seems very extreme and was also very snarky and annoying while I read. I disliked how he would butt in while recounting interviews with Casey and her parents. I was looking for an objective look at her psychological history, but I didn't get that from this book. Dr. Ablow is far from objective.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Zana

    Can you give a book negative stars? He never talked to Anthony or her parents....you cannot diagnosis someone you have never met....when I started reading it, I thought that he just couldn't understand what happened and needed to justify it in his own mind and so wrote this book....it turns out, he's written at least one more of these "Inside the mind..." books....he is capitalzing on a case, trying to make money.... Can you give a book negative stars? He never talked to Anthony or her parents....you cannot diagnosis someone you have never met....when I started reading it, I thought that he just couldn't understand what happened and needed to justify it in his own mind and so wrote this book....it turns out, he's written at least one more of these "Inside the mind..." books....he is capitalzing on a case, trying to make money....

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