Millions of people watched Casey Anthony’s court proceedings in the summer of 2011.
Anthony was found not guilty of murdering her two-year-old daughter Caylee, but she was convicted of lying to police on four counts – two of which were dropped later – and she served three years in prison.
In a new three-part documentary miniseries called “Casey Anthony: An American Murder Mystery,” her father, George Anthony, revealed his theory about his daughter’s lies, the mysterious ”nanny,” and why he thinks she’s guilty.
George’s theory is not new, but many viewers of the new documentary were unfamiliar with “Zanny the Nanny” and the circumstance surroundings her involvement.
Months prior to Caylee going missing, Casey had been telling her friends that “Zanny the Nanny” had been babysitting her daughter.
Then, after Cindy Anthony reported that Caylee was missing in July, Casey told police that she’d dropped her off amonth ago with a nanny named Zenaida Gonzalez.
According to CNN, at the time of the incident, Casey claimed that “Zanny” kidnapped Caylee and refused to give the girl back to her.
— DiscoveryID (@DiscoveryID) April 11, 2017
But authorities never found Zenaida Gonzalez. A woman named Zenaida Gonzalez was investigated but she claimed to never know Casey or Caylee.
Weeks alter, Caylee’s body was found a few feet away from Casey’s home. Casey was charged with Caylee’s death.
During the trial, Casey changed her story and told the court she lied about Zanny. She said Caylee drowned in the pool and George placed duct tape on her mouth.
This week, George told documentary makers that the drowning story was false.
He believes Casey was using Xanax to “babysit” her daughter while she went out with her boyfriend, Anthony Lazarro:
“Caylee was always a very healthy child, a very healthy girl, but there were times that she would sleep for 10, 12, 13 hours at a time, makes no sense to me.”
George said that Caylee’s health had suffered in the weeks before she died:
“When I would see her from one day to the next, it was totally different. I could see a difference with blackness underneath the eyes and stuff like that. A two-and-a-half, three-year old child would not have that unless something is going on. I believe she gave her something.”
Casey’s former friend and roommate, Roy Clint House, told documentary makers that he thought she had been referring to Xanax all along:
“Zanny is slang term for Xanax. I thought she was using Xanax to babysit her child.”
According to the company website, Xanax is a benzodiazepine used to treat anxiety disorder. Chicago Tribune reports that benzodiazepines were responsible for an estimated 31 percent of overdoses from over-the-counter drugs.
By the time medical examiners found her, Caylee’s body was badly decomposed. her cause of death was undetermined.
Weeks after Casey was released from prison, lawyers pressed her on whether “Zanny” was short for Xanax when Gonzalez tried to sue Casey for defamation.
Casey Anthony's make believe nanny Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez is the name of another lady that *does exist..and she is suing for defamation.
— LaurenBedfordRussell (@1LaurenRussell) July 15, 2011
During a deposition in 2014, Casey was asked if “Zanny the Nanny” could be tracked down in real life. Casey said, reports the Daily Mail:
“I don’t know if you could or not, sir.”
Casey also refused to answer more than 20 questions regarding “Zanny the Nanny.”
— Casey Anthony News (@oscaseyanthony) February 12, 2014
But she maintained that “Zanny” was not a slang term for Xanac.
The courts ruled in favor of Casey and dismissed the defamation case. They claimed she didn’t intend to cast Zenaida as a murderer.
Casey Anthony has won the defamation lawsuit filed against her by Zenaida Gonzalez http://t.co/bj8SgEz5Vy
— WESH 2 News (@WESH) September 18, 2015
George says he doesn’t believe what Casey says tough and he knows her friends were involved in street drugs and Xanax.
After the final episode of the Casey Anthony miniseries, many people took to social media in support of George’s theory:
— Stacy (@escrm15) April 12, 2017
— brittany zielinski (@britzielinski) April 12, 2017
Casey refused to comment for the documentary series, but she did publish her first interview since the trial a few weeks ago.
She told the Associated Press that her cop father was responsible for Caylee’s death and said that he is a liar:
“Cops lie to people every day. I’m just one of the unfortunate idiots who admitted they lied. My dad was a cop, you can read into that what you want to.”
George was blamed for sexually assaulting Casey during the original trial, but has never been charged with the assault or for Caylee’s death.
He noted in the interview that he no longer speaks with Casey.
George said that he lost his daughter and granddaughter when Caylee disappeared. He hopes Casey will later be convicted and serve time for killing her daughter.