Audio Interrogation Tapes in Casey Anthony Case Released

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has released tapes from the interrogation of Casey Anthony in the investigation of the suspected death of her daughter Caylee. The tapes from July 16th not only show the disbelief and suspicion of the police, but also the perils of participating in such interrogations without counsel.

On the tape, you can hear one detective say, “Right now, looking at you, I know that everything that you’ve told me is a lie, including the fact that your child was last seen a month ago and that you don’t know where she is. I’m very confident that you know where she is.”

Anthony replies, “I don’t.” The investigator responds “You do, and we need to get past that. . . .
I understand that right now, Caylee may not be in very good shape. She may not be the way your family last remembers her. We need to find out where Caylee is. … This has gone so far downhill and this has become such a mess that we need to end it.”

Anthony responds, “I have no clue where she is. If I had any sense of where she was at all, none of this would have happened.”

The police use classic pressure and confrontation techniques to try to breakdown the mother, who does not ultimately admit to anything. However, the tapes can be used against her in court.

To listen to the tapes, click here.

7 thoughts on “Audio Interrogation Tapes in Casey Anthony Case Released”

  1. You’ve got to be kidding me right?

    Interrigation is crucial to ANY means of getting information,
    or the truth..

    Our military has found out information that has saved most Americans lives to date…

    I can’t believe there are so many niave people out there…

    Casey Anthony lied from the very begining, about EVERYTHING.

    What was the Detectives suppose to do? They were looking for
    a child that had been missing over a month now.. the Grandparents were beside themselves losing it.. and the Mother,
    well she was fine with everything.

    Tim from Aqua Search said the whole 4 days he spent in the house,
    she never once mentioned little Caylee’s name AT ALL. ??????

    Their job was to collect information, and find that little girl..

    If it were your daughter, grandaughte etc.. would you want them twiddling their thumbs, or doing their job at all costs?

    I think the latter is more reasonable.. WE HAVE GOT TO LIVE IN THE REAL WORLD PEOPLE..

    This is a serious crime, and little Caylee… the last think she knew, was her mommy was killing her.. she took that vision to heaven with her…

    Let’s think about Caylee, and thank these law enforement officers/Dectives/FBI .. etc.. for ALL their doing.

    They’re not breaking the law using these tactics.. they’re up against people that have commited crimes, and refuse to tell the truth…

    Be a person, think of your family…. Don’t you really want them on your side?

  2. I think the police did a fine job but most people like casey with being able tolie for so long and get away with it that you really think the lies are the truth..She has been planning this for some time..checking out on missing children web sites..she had a month or so to cover it up..I still believe that Caylee is buried close to home maybe under the slab..George said casey stole gas from him on June 25 I believe and he found the cans in the trunk, well the trunk at that time would have been stinking pretty bad he had to notice it..I believe she had help from her family getting the body buried and I believe they should dig up that slap of cement they put down on July2..something just not right..

  3. mespo and rafflaw,

    I appreciated your perspectives on this. I was wondering if these tactics, although normal, are even effective. I think many people waive their rights because they literally don’t understand the consequences of what they are doing (and they may have been helped in that misunderstanding by the police telling them things such as-if you cooperate we will help you etc.)


    To deliberately put someone in prison is a horrible action which I wish was punished as a crime.

  4. Mespo,
    You are right about keeping lawyers busy, but it is an affront to me that the State’s attorney would be involved in “making” up a case. Everyone wants to “win” their cases, but to put someone in prison knowing that the person convicted is not guilty, just makes me sick.

  5. rafflaw:

    I think these strong arm interrogation techniques usually produce nothing more than a tainted confession from some poor soul trying to get out of that situation at any cost. It is especially heinous when the suspect is a child, mentally challenged or laboring unde an emotional burden such as here. Anyone would confess to anything given the right amount of pressure and intimidation. The trial then becomes merely an appeal from the coerced statement. Why people choose to waive representation and undergo ten rounds with a trained interrogator is beyond me, but it obviously keeps lawyers busy.

  6. I have told former clients and relatives that when the police are questioning you, they are not your friends. Your comment about the importance of having counsel present during any questioning is so true. There was a case here in McHenry County, Illinols where the police basically tricked a less than intelligent son of a couple who were slain on their farm several years ago, into saying he could have done the crime. After some years in prison and some police being on the hot seat for perjury, he was finally released when the Feds got a confession from a gang member in Wisconsin. Of course, he did not have an attorney present when he was questioned and he was taken advantage of by the authorities. Very sad situation.

  7. I have no way of judging what actually happened to the girl and don’t feel I should even speculate.

    My response to the interrogation is I’m glad it’s taped. I recently heard two criminal defense attorneys speak to the group; Students for Sensible Drug Policy. They went over interrogation methods, each time emphasizing police often will lie to suspects understanding that most people do not have any idea of their rights in these situations and aren’t even aware they’re waiving them by answering questions. From what I learned the tactics used in the above post are quite typical. This case is quite serious, family members are often the first suspects, but I did notice there seemed to be quite a bit of pre-judgment in the analysis of the tape, both by the police and the reporters.

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