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“I’m writing this as a forensic psychiatrist and journalist. My goal is for people to understand as much as possible about how this little girl disappeared from the face of the earth by using psychological reasoning as a lens to explore the death of Caylee Anthony.” —Keith Ablow in Hollywood Reporter Feature on INSIDE THE MIND OF CASEY ANTHONY

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"America's leading forensic psychiatrist" (Star magazine) opens a window on Casey Anthony's psyche and the dynamics within her family that explores the question: "Why is Caylee Anthony dead?"

The trial of twenty-five-year-old Casey Anthony for the death of her daughter, Caylee, was the most sensational case in America since O. J. Simpson's--with a verdict every bit as stunning. After being acquitted in July 2011, Ms. Anthony instantly became one of the most infamous women in the world. Dr. Keith Ablow distills tens of thousands of pages of documents he has obtained; his behind-the-camera, one-on-one interviews; and his decades of experience in the world of forensic psychiatry to make sense of a woman whose defense attorney described her as an innocent victim of childhood sexual abuse, but the state insisted was a cold-blooded murderer. Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony delivers an incisive, riveting study of this troubled young woman.

"Keith Ablow's work stands alone."

--Ann Rule

* With 8 pages of dramatic photographs *

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Book Club Edition edition (November 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250009146
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250009142
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #698,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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50 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Burkhart on January 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Tried to give zero stars would not let me. Amazing how some so-called professionals will just do and say anything to get attention. This I bought at a garage sale for ten cents. I had watched the trial in its entirety so I was very interested. This analysis of Casey Anthony (someone he NEVER spoke with. Not once..) was so jaw-dropping naive in the sense that he took the whole abuse story hook line & sinker!!! If you are in trouble and need a good defense psychiatrist I guess Ablow's your guy. But then, I am sure that was the whole point. An advertisement for his trial expert services.

Read this:

Written by Dr. Keith Ablow

He reads ONLY the regurgitated news stories about the release of the psychiatrists depositions and then COMPLETELY goes and misrepresents what the docs said to justify what he has been saying. Dr Danziger (psychiatrist hired by defense) was EXREMELY uncomfortable with the position he felt he was being put in as being a "mouthpiece" for Casey when in fact he felt her stories could very well be lies. READ THE DEPOSITIONS and do NOT bother w/ anything by Keith Ablow.
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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 13, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Avoid this book!

Here's the main problem: Throughout the book Dr Ablow constantly slips into his own fantasy of what Casey might have felt or thought. None of us, including this "author" have any real insight to that, and for him to not only repeatedly speculate, but present his scenarios as fact goes beyond useless irresponsibility. It borders on libel.

Throughout this book Dr Ablow flatly accuses George and Lee Anthony of sexually abusing Casey. He does this in the form of constantly repeating Casey's self serving account as if it were accepted fact, then pulls back with a sort of qualifying statement along the lines of "if this is actually true". This is a worse than simple yellow journalism. This is a deliberate assassination of the reputation of these two men.

Dr Ablow seems to be as prone to slipping into fantasy as Casey Anthony herself. Also, he obviously he has a huge issue with George Anthony being in the delivery room for the birth of his daughter, with his chief objection being the fact Mr Anthony viewed Casey's exposed genitals during birth.

I agree it's unconventional and maybe even odd for the grandfather to be in the delivery room... it's not done in my family. But I hardly think it has any relevance on the murder of little Caylee.

However it's exceedingly odd for a clinical psychologist to have a such a huge issue with nudity in a hospital setting. It's almost as if you get more insight into the warped mind of Dr Ablow than you do Casey's.

Lastly, I thought blaming the parents of a psychologically disturbed child went out of fashion in the 50's?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lee3333 on January 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I borrowed this book from the library, and had to renew it 3 times in order to finish it. I found it very annoying the way the author kept on repeating the same cliches every chance he got (no oxygen, George in delivery room, Cindy controlling, etc). Does he think that the readers have such a short attention span or memory? Did he think he needed to sledge-hammer these points to get them across to us? I was also very disappointed in the fact that the author had not actually spoken to any of the key players. He basically read the newspaper and based on what he heard wrote a book as if he had done a formal analysis of the people involved in the case.

I did not follow the trial, and was very shocked when I learned that even with all of Casey's lies, she was not convicted. If the facts are all correct in this book, Casey is in serious need of psychiatric help. How could she think that she could tell such bold-face lies to the police and not get caught? Driving with them to locate people that did not exist. Arranging a meeting at a job she did not have. Providing the most ridiculous alibis that defy the imagination. I can not understand how a jury could find her 'not guilty' if they knew everything that was in this book. According to the author, Casey's friend was nice enough to loan her a car, but Casey found a checkbook and drained all the money from the account. How could she think she would not get caught? Texting men while she was in bed with someone else. And the most heinous-the incredible indifference shown when your daughter is 'missing'. Doing your own investigation rather than telling the police, your parents, or anybody else in the world (all without a car, since it was left in a parking lot and impounded).

This would have been a good book if it were not so repetitive. Then, it could have been about 100 pages shorter.
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58 of 76 people found the following review helpful By M Marsh on December 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Unlike most reviewers here, I did not watch the Anthony trial nor find the case especially interesting. Horrifying, sure, but not interesting. Still, I read enough newspaper accounts that I did share, along with most of the nation, an impression that Casey was guilty. So when the verdict came in I was shocked. At that point I became curious to know if there was something I had missed, and I read more -- enough to persuade me that this jury was woefully inadequate. For some reason these twelve people were unable and obviously unwilling to do the hard work required to make the connections between pieces of evidence which, together, create a strong chain of circumstantial evidence. But why? Jeff Ashton's book was invaluable in explaining why the jury was so inadequate to its task. Still, I remained curious about Casey herself. Even sociopaths differ. So, retaining a good impression of Keith Ablow from some of his fiction which I read long ago, I pre-ordered this book, which I just got around to reading. Or starting to read -- like many others I've already filed it in the garbage. But perhaps my main reason for detesting what now seems to be Ablow's "voice" is a trifle different from other readers in that, having been a practicing psychologist myself, I sympathize with Ablow's emphasis on family dynamics and I downright admire his beginning his analyis with earlier generations. What is unforgivable, however, is his need to find a villain! At least in his fiction he blamed evil on the culprit who committed it, but here he heaps piles of invective on none other than Cindy, Casey's rather ordinary "co-dependent" mother. As the first reviewer says, this is old-fashioned mommy-blaming, but it's actually not "Freudian." Even worse, it's just plain moralizing on Ablow's part.Read more ›
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