Hunt you down without mercy
Hunt you down all nightmare long
Luck runs out
You crawl back in, but your luck runs out
-Metallica, “All Nightmare Long”
Facebook, as I write this, is currently a vessel for free floating hostility, as George Carlin might say. I have over 600 friends, many of them who merely friended me on my writing work, and they, combined with my real life friends and co-workers, are unleashing a lava-swell of anger and rage over Casey Anthony being found not guilty of the murder charges.
That she was found guilty of four instances of lying to the police isn’t enough to really assuage their malevolent attitudes, as that won’t be enough to strap Casey to a bed with a needle in her arm.
There seems to be this notion that Casey Anthony will simply go home, await the sentencing on the lesser charges, serve that sentence and, in a few years, go on her merry little way to freedom and happiness and success.
Yeah, about that.
Go back to October 3, 1995, when OJ Simpson was found not guilty in the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown, and her acquaintance Ron Goldman. Here was this big time NFL legend, former Heisman Trophy winner and rushing champion, and he was doing movies, as well as analysis work on television. Yeah, he was found not guilty, and he was smiling in that courtroom while that weasel Johnnie Cochran back-hugged him….
…..but that smile wouldn’t last.
Simpson was then thrust into the civil trial, which was the second bullet. He ducked the first one, but that second one, as he was eventually held liable for the deaths. Though he didn’t completely pony up all the money that he was ordered to give to the victims’ families, Simpson’s wealth diminished greatly, and he found himself increasingly destitute.
Of course, Simpson could easily make that money back, right? You know, do a couple movies, get his job back as a sideline reporter, etc.
Not exactly. After the whole circus folded their tent, OJ Simpson was damaged goods. His “promise to find the real killers” became a punchline, further devaluing his already smoldering-name. Nobody would dare have OJ endorse their products or appear in their movies again, for fear of public backlash.
How bad off does an NFL legend have to be in order to steal memorabilia at gunpoint, as OJ did in 2007? Must be pretty bad off, because in the trial for THAT crime, there was little to no interest. OJ Simpson was a dead name. And when he was found guilty, and sentenced to no less than nine years in prison, there was barely a hiccup from the world populace.
OJ Simpson won the initial battle, but lost the eventual war so handily, nobody even cared.
OJ Simpson isn’t the only man to have his overall status crushed by a publicized trial. Robert Blake, the diminutive actor, was found not guilty of conspiring to kill Bonnie Lee Bakley in 2001, a crazy woman that he had married.
Apparently, Blake hired a few guys to do her in, and her murder was traced back to him. While Blake was found not guilty of participating in the conspiracy, nobody’s exactly calling him to offer him parts in their movies. At last check, Blake was working on a farm in his seventies, and is financially ruined.
Who would have guessed that when Blake dressed as a Kabuki-looking Satanic figure in Lost Highway, that would be the last we’d see of him on screen?
Let’s not forget the Menendez brothers, and how they nearly avoided being held liable for murdering their parents after two deadlocked juries. The retrial sealed their fate, and neither of those ghouls will ever see the light of day.
As for Casey Anthony, sure, she’ll walk the streets again one day, but at what cost for her freedom? No one in their right mind will have her on a talk show, because there’s going to be backlash. She’s going to be grilled by tabloid after tabloid for this, and since tabloids are viewed more than hard news programs, she’s branded for life by this trial.
She’s not even famous for anything else, other than being reasonably good looking. She’s not an actress, singer, or even a porn star. She has nothing to offer, other than decent looks.
Here’s what’s going to happen to Casey, and if you hate her guts, pay close attention, because this might be that spoonful of sugar that makes this news easier to digest.
She’s going to try to do something publically to recoup money or improve her image, like write a book or appear on a TV show. She’s going to be hounded by the media until said project is scrapped by the publisher or production company, since such bad press would tarnish them.
She’s then going to lay low, unable to enjoy life. Everywhere she goes, people are going to point and say “That’s the murderer” or “That’s the bitch”. Buying groceries or going to the beach or going to the movies is going to involve painstaking efforts to remain incognito.
Her life is ruined, even in her moral victory.
Karma will begin its evisceration of Casey Anthony’s life as it remains now. It will leave nothing but an empty shell for an undertaker to one day drain of its rotting fluids.
And as for the lawyer, Jose Baez, Johnnie Cochran died of a painful brain tumor a decade after getting OJ off. Sometimes, karma is a slow acting poison, even for the grimiest of defenders.
As for Casey Anthony, today’s victory is her poison.
The win today means she loses forever.
Justin Henry is a freelance writer whose work appears on many websites. He provides wrestling, NFL, and other sports/pop culture columns for CamelClutchBlog.com, as well as several wrestling columns a week for WrestlingNewsSource.com and WrestleCrap.com. Justin can be found here on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/notoriousjrh and Twitter- http://www.twitter.com/cynicjrh.