It was only a matter of time.
Now that the trial is over, the publishing world is pouncing on its next publicity-generating project: Casey Anthony.
“Dr. Ablow delivers a cogent, comprehensible way of understanding exactly how Casey Anthony’s psyche may have developed and how her psychological development and the dynamics within her family ended the life of Caylee Anthony,” a spokesman for St. Martin’s said in a statement, as reported by The New York Times. “Whether readers liked or hated the jury’s verdict, Dr. Ablow will answer the question, ‘Why is Caylee Anthony dead?’ ”
Ablow has appeared frequently to discuss forensic psychiatry on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Larry King Live,” and “The O'Reilly Factor.” He has also written several books, including “Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson” and “The 7: Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life,” which he co-wrote with Glenn Beck.
Ablow will turn his skills as a forensic psychiatrist on the sometimes baffling behavior of Ms. Anthony. After a six-week long trial during which much of the media and public seemed certain of Anthony’s guilt, the jury ultimately found Anthony not guilty.
Still, questions remain regarding Anthony’s peculiar behavior, such as her actions after her 2-year-old daughter Caylee’s disappearance and, ultimately, death. Anthony partied, got a tattoo, hung out with friends, and went shopping and clubbing for a month after her daughter disappeared (prompting us, in a recent post, to compare her story to that of a character in 20th -century French writer’s Albert Camus, in his book, “The Stranger.”
“Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony” will likely explore Anthony’s childhood, family dynamics, and psychological development to understand the motives behind her behavior and the factors that led to little Caylee’s premature death.
It’s sure to be a thrilling, if uncomfortable and occasionally ugly, glimpse into a troubled mother’s mind.
Husna Haq is a Monitor contributor.