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Robyn Walensky is a veteran news reporter and anchor who has been covering crime, terrorism, politics, and breaking news for more than twenty years in both radio and television. She was in two terrorist attacks, and reported extensively on the World Trade Center bombing in 1993, the federal trial of the WTC 93 Plotters, and September 11th. She is co-editor/author of the book Covering Catastrophe—Broadcast Journalists Report 9-11-01. Walensky has a BA in journalism and political science from the George Washington University and an MA in journalism from New York University. She is a graduate of The Institute on Political Journalism at Georgetown University. She has taught Journalism courses at Tulane University in the classroom and online. Most recently, Walensky was the morning drive reporter covering the Casey Anthony Trial for WDBO Radio in Orlando, Florida, and a frequent guest on CNN’s Nancy Grace Show. Walensky was the first female morning drive co-host on Rush Radio WRNO 99.5 FM in New Orleans. While at WGNO-TV in New Orleans she reported extensively on the Gulf oil spill and the run-up to the Saints winning their first Super Bowl. Walensky was a national correspondent and anchor for Fox News Radio, covering the JonBenet Ramsey case, the deaths of Anna Nicole Smith and her son in the Bahamas, the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba, OJ Simpson’s arrest and trial in Las Vegas, and countless other crime and terrorism stories such as the shooting at VA Tech, and the Fort Dix 6. Earlier in her career, she also reported for AP Radio, WWOR-TV, and 1010 WINS Radio in New York. Walensky was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and went to Millburn Senior High School. Currently Walensky works for Mercury Radio Arts. She is anchor/reporter for The Blaze and can be heard daily on Glenn Beck’s national radio show. rwalensky@aol.com, Facebook: robyn walensky, Twitter: @robynwalensky
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 10.6.2011 edition (November 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466241802
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466241800
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lisa Bahrami on November 23, 2011
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Being an Orlando resident, I have followed the Casey Anthony saga since the day the news first hit in July 2008 that a beautiful 2 year old child had been missing for 31 days without the police being notified. Each day brought a new nugget of information about the case and by the time the trial finally began in May 2011, I thought I knew all there was to know about the investigation, the evidence and the people involved. After reading this book, it really hit home that the forensic evidence presented during the lengthy trial was absolutely incontrovertible. Far from being the "junk science" of Jose Baez's legal fantasy world, the forensic evidence was so overwhelming that anyone with a shred of common sense would have rightfully concluded that this was indeed a murder case and not the tragic accident concocted in the mind of a 23 year old party girl who wanted to live a beautiful life without the constraints of parenthood. Robyn Walensky was a star reporter for WDBO radio in Orlando during the trial and her coverage of this case was the epitome of stellar journalism. Some readers may be familiar with her from her coverage of the trial on the Nancy Grace show. She sat in the courtroom day after day and knows the evidence inside and out. That's what makes her book so unique and so riveting. She has covered the case from the beginning and got to know the players and the evidence in a way that few other journalists did. She offers so many thoughtful insights into the forensics and you just can't help but shake your head in disbelief that the jury could have ignored the mountain of evidence. Overall, this is a fantastic book and makes a great companion piece to Jeff Ashton's book "Imperfect Justice". Highly recommended
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For starters this is the ONLY Casey Anthony Book on the market WITH a charity component. Robyn Walensky is donating a portion of proceeds to The Children's Safety Village, and purchasing Fingerprinting & DNA Collection kits for kids. Her book is a great read. All BRAND NEW information from the CSIs who worked around the clock on this case. Fascinating to hear their thoughts in their own words. Walensky is a fantanstic reporter with keen insight & observations about the players in this case. I followed her on CNN's Nancy Grace show...and on WDBO radio here in Central Florida. She is a talented and dedicated reporter! The book is well worth the money.
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In this riveting account of the crime scene investigation and trial of the Casey Anthony case, you will visit the lab, the mosquito shrouded crime scene at the swamp, and the car that reeks of death as Casey casually drives it around the town. The details devastate on every page.

Veteran news reporter Robyn Walensky reports her firsthand observations in vivid detail directly from the courtroom in Orlando, Florida as we are introduced to the various players: the judge, the jurors, the Anthony family, and later to Anthony's jailhouse "friends." They all disclose a side of Anthony from their own unique perspective.

Walensky's spellbinding, insightful observations of Anthony's narcissistic nature are woven throughout the book. Each chapter centers on a unique piece of the investigation, evidence, trial or post trial events. The book begins with unsettling details of the evidence along with details of the technical processes developed and employed to reveal the truth. Each chapter unfolds through quotes from investigators, technicians, lawyers, witnesses to behavior and reporters.

In the short chapter about her attorney, Jose Baez, Walensky notes that Anthony is communicating to him in a way that only a woman in a "real or imagined" relationship would do. This is in the same vein as her cluttered, misdirected and cavalier perception of the world which is evident in her actions before, during and after her crimes. The portrayal of her animated behavior in this chapter, titled "Her Knight in Shining Armor," seems to serve as a lens for her vision of life's most crucial relationships. This includes her baby daughter she shows little emotion towards throughout her life and in the aftermath of her death.
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I am sad to say that I read the book way too fast. It ended too quickly! I was on the edge of my seat waiting for more!! I thoroughly enjoyed this book- it provides great info from the author and some of the Florida investigators who spent countless amount of hours processing the scene, trying to figure out what exactly happened to Caylee Marie Anthony. If you followed the case and enjoy reading, there is no doubt you'll like this book. I loved it so much I wanted more! Great book Robyn!
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By Lrz16 on November 20, 2011
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Amazing behind the scenes recounting of the Casey Anthony trial from a reporter with access to the crime scene investigators. She really captures the frustration, professionalism and dedication of the men and women who devoted countless hours to getting justice for Caylee, as well as the mood of the courtroom and the truth about how the jury got it wrong. If you followed the trial, this is a must read!
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The book arrived yesterday and I never put it down, stayed up and finished it :) Such a good read....I knew I was right about Robyn being a true warrior of justice! I loved the interviews with all the awesome Orange County law enforcement officials connected with the case.....very interesting stuff, and agreed with so much of Robyn's insight, she is always right on the money. When I watched her reporting on the case, I instantly respected her and I hope the book is a major success, she deserve nothing less. For anyone reading this that has not ordered Robyn's book......you're missing out!
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