Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Caylee Anthony


Movie poster: The Usual Suspects
Movie poster: The Usual Suspects
In the 1995 film The Usual Suspects, actor Kevin Spacey's character, Verbal Kint, under interrogation by police, spins an elaborate tale about a shadowy Turkish criminal mastermind and murderer named Keyser Soze, whom few have ever seen and whose very existence is doubted by many. At the end of the film, the investigators discover that Kint's story was largely a highly-detailed fabrication, made up almost entirely, and seemingly on the spot, from cues he spotted around the office in which he had been questioned.

Casey Anthony's story about Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez turned out to be every bit as convoluted and every bit as contrived as Verbal Kint's tale about Keyser Soze.

Sometime after midnight on July 16, Detective Yuri Melich asked Casey for Zenaida's telephone number, the woman who had been taking care of Casey's daughter for nearly two years. Casey said she didn't have the number. Melich asked for the phone numbers for Jeff Hopkins and Juliette Lewis, the two former co-workers from Universal with whom Casey had discussed her daughter's kidnapping. Casey said she didn't have those numbers either.

According to Casey, she had lost one of her two cell phones nine days earlier. The phone she lost held numbers the detective was looking for. Neither Jeff nor Juliette lived in Orlando any longer, Casey said. Jeff was upstate in Jacksonville, and Juliette had moved to New York.

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