June 2, 2011 -- Casey Anthony's legal team opened her defense by admitting that she had lied about a babysitter having stolen her daughter Caylee a month earlier, claiming the child had drowned instead.
Anthony had clung to the lie about the babysitter, who she identified as Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, for more than three years. But Anthony's murder trial has revealed that the tale about "Zanny the nanny" wasn't her only whopper. Anthony had created an imaginary life that was a complex web of lies.
Here is a list of some of her more blatant stories:
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Casey Anthony told police that she spoke to her daughter Caylee on July 15, 2008, the day Caylee was reported missing. She told police Caylee said, "Hi, mommy" and told her a story about her shoes and a book she was reading. "She was excited to talk to me," Casey Anthony told police. Caylee was already dead.
She said she had a job as an event planner at Universal Studios. She even led police to a building on the Universal lot and down a hallway until she finally turned to them and admitted she didn't work there.
She claimed the babysitter was a former girlfriend of Jeffrey Hopkins, and that Hopkins was also a one time boyfriend of hers. She told her mother, Cindy Casey, that Hopkins had a toddler named Zachary. She had a picture of a man and a boy on her cell phone identified as Hopkins and filed under "boyfriend," her mother told the court. Hopkins testified that he attended middle school with Anthony. Hopkins said he has no child and never met anyone named Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez.
Casey Anthony described how Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez lived in one neighborhood for several months and then moved to another location. Her story of the babysitter's move was complete with a description of the apartment's interior.
She claimed her friend and co-worker at Universal Studios was named Juliette Lewis. Casey and her mother, Cindy, went to help Lewis with a fundraiser, but after waiting for about 90 minutes, Lewis didn't show up, Cindy Casey testified. Universal had said that no one named Juliette Lewis worked there.
Casey Anthony told her mother that the father of Caylee was a man named Eric Baker. She later called home frantically to tell her mother that Eric Baker had been killed in a car crash. Anthony even told detectives she had Baker's obituary to prove Caylee's father was dead. It's never been confirmed Baker is the father of Caylee and it's still unclear the paternity of Caylee.
Hopkins' mother was named Jules and she had cancer. Cindy Anthony even baked a cake for a Christmas season meeting with Hopkins and his mother, but the meeting was cancelled at the last minute.
Casey Anthony told her mother that she was in Jacksonville and was going to stay longer to attend Jules' wedding. She was actually staying at the home of her boyfriend Tony Lazzarro and another friend's apartment in Orlando.
Casey Anthony told her mother at different times during the month that the girl was missing that Caylee was at Disney World, was at Sea World, was at Universal Studios. Caylee was already dead.
"I don't know where she is and that is the God's honest truth," Casey Anthony told police on July 16, 2008.