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Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony: A Psychological Portrait Hardcover – November 22, 2011

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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 (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #997,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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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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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Keith Ablow is an old-fashioned psychiatrist who unabashedly believes that anyone can be "saved." I kind of admire his adherence to this view--but it's in spite of all the scientific evidence we now have. Could anyone have "saved" Ted Bundy or Charles Manson? I don't think so. This book might have made an interesting case history 20-30 years ago, but now it's based on real, publicly known people and ignores the scientific advances we have made since then. He makes huge leaps from evidence to conclusions that are not supported by the known facts. He makes a pretence at objectivity at the beginning of the book, and the writing is ok. But by the end all objectivity is cast aside in a welter of unfortunately purple prose.
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This book is such a pathological disgrace, it's hard to know where to begin. Keith Ablow might sell himself as a forensic psychiatrist, but the reader should be completely clear about one fact: Ablow's interest in writing this book had very little to do with legitimate psychiatry and had everything to do with turning a quick buck off the death of an innocent little girl named Caylee.

One of the most repellant aspects of "Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony" is the author's seeming indifference to Caylee. While it's true that the book is focused on the psychopathology of Casey and, to a lesser extent, the Anthony family, I found it odd that Ablow spent so little time on the victim in this case. Perhaps nothing better illustrates this point than the author's (or the publisher's) choice of pictures for the book. The middle of the text contains glossy images of Cindy, George, Lee, Jose Baez, and several shots of Casey. The front cover features Casey looking pensive in court and the back cover shows Casey gyrating in the infamous "hot body contest" with her cleavage exploding off the page. However, there isn't a single picture of Caylee in the entire book.

Another problem with "Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony" is Ablow's fixation on the most prurient and sensational aspects of the case. Throughout the book, Ablow presents one-dimensional caricatures of Cindy and Lee Anthony. Cindy is depicted as a shallow, enabling narcissist, while her son is presented as an incestuous sexual predator with violent tendencies. Ablow's strongest denunciations, however, are reserved for George Anthony.
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