Casey Anthony video: She's back -- with a blond makeover
A Casey Anthony video diary has emerged, showing a different side of the woman once dubbed "the most hated person in America." In it, she has a new look, a new attitude and a new life.
The woman acquitted last summer in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, has ditched her long brown hair in favor of a blond bob and now wears stylish glasses -- the overall result being that she isn't immediately recognizable. During the course of the video diary entry, dare we call it a vlog?, she talks about how happy she is to have a new computer, a new phone, a new video camera and a new dog.
"I have something that I can finally call mine," she says. "It's been a long time since I've been able to call something mine." The video, seen above, was first aired on the "Today" show; NBC says it has verified that the speaker is indeed Anthony.
Anthony has largely been in seclusion since July 2011, when death threats were lodged against her after her trial and acquittal.
In the video, Anthony shows off toned shoulders in a white tank top and says the date is Oct. 13, 2011. The video is among the first public "sightings" of Anthony since she returned to Florida to serve out a probation sentence stemming from unrelated check fraud charges.
She doesn't mention Caylee, or her parents, but refers to hopes that she "gets off probation early." She also suggests that her new devices and gadgets are "all a blessing in so many ways."
Anthony adds: "It's just a little surreal how much things have changed since July, and how many things haven't changed... But the good thing is that things are starting to look up and things are starting to change in a good way."
The purpose of the video diary is unclear. Is she considering a career as a vlogger? Or is this somehow part of a requirement for checking in with her probation officer or some other kind of therapy? (The video has a bit of a dutiful quality to it.)
Wording that flashes at the bottom of the video refers to "Up-to-Date News/Videos from around-the-World & Casey Anthony" but it doesn't appear to lead to a valid website.
-- Rene Lynch
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