In an exclusive interview with TODAY’s Ann Curry on Friday, a bodyguard who stayed in Casey Anthony’s house for nine straight days in 2008 painted a chilling picture of a woman who was unusually calm and uninterested in finding her missing daughter.
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“She didn’t like to talk about Caylee being missing,’’ Tracy McLaughlin said. “It just seemed like that was a bother to her — like that part of life was over.Video: Former bodyguard: Casey Anthony was ‘unfeeling’ (on this page)
“She doesn’t think like normal people. She’s unfeeling.’’
McLaughlin is a long-time employee of bounty hunter Leonard Padilla, who posted Anthony’s $500,000 bail in 2008 after she was arrested on charges of child neglect, filing false official statements and obstructing a criminal investigation. For nine days, McLaughlin was assigned by Padilla to stay with Anthony, whose murder trial involving her 2-year-old daughter has captivated the country. On Thursday, Anthony revealed she would not take the stand, and the defense rested.Casey Anthony iPhone apps are best-sellers
When she returned home in August 2008, Anthony was considered “a person of interest” in her daughter’s then two-month-long disappearance. McLaughlin was ordered by Padilla to monitor Anthony; nine days later, Anthony was arrested again when a friend accused her of stealing $746.87 in checks.
During her stint in the Anthony home, McLaughlin noted how carefree Casey seemed despite the fact that her toddler daughter was missing.
“It was the last thing I expected,’’ McLaughlin said. “I came to the house a few minutes before she got home and she comes in excited to see everybody. I just thought there would be a meltdown and, ‘Oh, let’s find Caylee, let’s do everything we can to get her.’ But that wasn’t even brought up. No one looked for Caylee.’’
McLaughlin believed Padilla, her boss, might have been able to assist in finding Caylee, but when she suggested it, Anthony “blew up’’ and did not want to talk about it. Anthony, McLaughlin said, was more focused on her newfound celebrity.
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“She wanted to have fun,’’ McLaughlin said. “She liked the media. She had so much fun.’’
McLaughlin noted how differently Anthony’s parents, George and Cindy, reacted to the situation at the time.
“I think George and Cindy knew what they were dealing with with Casey,’’ she said. “She’s lied for so long. George wanted to force it out of her, and Cindy wanted to treat her with kid gloves and have it come out, but it was [like] a game.’’
While McLaughlin said she does not have any evidence, she believes that chloroform was involved in Caylee’s murder.
“This is my guess,’’ McLaughlin said. “[Casey] got mad at Cindy, and there was a fight before she took off with Caylee. I really do think [Caylee] was chloroformed because [Casey] really did know a lot about it. Whether she gave her too much on purpose or just, ‘Here I’m going to put her to sleep,’ I don’t know which one happened, but when she died it was just a fact in Casey’s life. So she goes to the next thing.’’Video: Casey Anthony won’t take stand in murder trial (on this page)
McLaughlin said that when a report surfaced that Caylee’s body might be in a park where it was ultimately not found, Anthony had no reaction other than “her little smirk.’’ However, when Caylee’s remains were ultimately discovered at another location, Anthony “lost it.’’
“That tells me right there that she knew exactly where that baby was,’’ McLaughlin said.
During the trial, an FBI forensics expert testified that she found the outline of a heart-shaped sticker on a piece of duct tape on Caylee’s decomposed skull. McLaughlin believes that was one last macabre act by Anthony.
“The whole duct tape and the heart sticker, that was her being motherly,’’ McLaughlin said. “Making it look like a kidnapping and the heart sticker was her little motherly touch.’’
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