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Casey Anthony Finds New Popularity Amid Coronavirus Shutdowns

Parents balancing working from home and watching their out-of-school children are reviewing the case of Casey Anthony with renewed interest. Anthony, who was acquitted in 2011 of the murder of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, has been living in relative obscurity in Florida since the conclusion of her trial. Now, she is once again one of the top subjects of Google searches in the US.

According to Google Trends, Anthony features in a wide variety of searches that have spiked in popularity since schools were shut down across the country. Queries like “how did Casey Anthony get away with it?” and “Casey Anthony defense team phone number” are seeing a surge in traffic. “How to make chloroform,” one of the searches Anthony famously made leading up to the disappearance of her daughter, has also been trending.

“I think it’s just a really interesting case,” explained Jennifer Belham, a mother of three who has been working from home for a week and half. “When I first read about it, I thought she was such an evil person. But like any story there’s a lot of nuance.” She said that she has read four books about the case in the week and a half that she has been working from home, and has developed a further appreciation for “what Casey went through.” When asked whether her interest in the case stems from experiences with her own kids, she replied, “Kids? What kids? I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

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