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This is one of my favorite audio books ever. Whether or not you like it will probably depend on two things:
1. Did you watch the trial and do you have strong negative feelings about the verdict? (I didn't and I don't.)
2. Are you intrigued by phrases like - "deprived of emotional oxygen". (I am.)
I think what I like most about this book is how organic it feels. It doesn't at all read like a paint-by-numbers, cash in on the trial rush job, but like a passionate, uncensored, genunine opinion. What someone really thinks. Hot!
And there's new information here as well-- my favorite being the timeline of Casey's ricocheting false selves: All the boys she claimed to love or want to love in 32 days.
The weak daddy and controlling mommy are less interesting, but necessary, I suppose. For me they're just the wormy soil underneath their daughter's wild, poisonous bloom.
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As a member of the mental health profession, I was interested in what Dr. Ablow has to say about what is going on in Casey Anthony's head. At first I was bothered by the fact that he does not make ONE conclusion about what precisely happened in the case (personally, I believe 99.9% she is guilty of Murder #1). However, looking at this piece from a therapist's perspective, not a legal viewpoint, I can see that it was prudent of Dr. Ablow to NOT go with any one explanation for the crime. He is not assessing the crime itself; he is assessing the person who was on trial for such a heinous act.
Given all of this, I think that Dr. Ablow is right on the money regarding what is wrong with Casey Anthony, and the genesis of it. I have thought for some time that her mother's lies and inability to let Casey be a separate person, was ultimately, though very indirectly, the 'cause' of this murder. I enjoyed seeing how Dr. Ablow went back in her family history, to generations 100 years ago on both sides, and explained how this type of tragedy can occur when NO ONE faces their inner demons along the way, generation after generation.....
I can understand why people who are not deeply versed in psychiatry might look askance at the viewpoint or the stance that this book takes. However, if you back off a bit, put the TRIAL aside in your mind for a little while, and just listen to this story of how a woman, influenced by numerous unsafe & dishonest people & events, wound up with a dead child ~ whom I can see, Dr. Ablow agrees, she killed ~ then I think you could enjoy this book and even learn quite a bit about the fragile workings of the human mind.
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