Casey Anthony Trial: Caylee's Mom Created a World of Made-Up People
"Zanny the nanny" was the biggest whopper but she created a dozen phony people.
July 6, 2011— -- Casey Anthony's imaginary life had more drama and made-up people than a soap opera.
The nearly dozen people whom she created with her ornate lies changed addresses, contracted cancer, got married. One even died in a car crash.
Much of her make-believe life was built around a job as an event planner she claimed she had at Universal Studios. Anthony stuck to that story until police investigating the disappearance of daughter Caylee insisted she take them to her office.
Casey Anthony confidently led police through the gates of Universal Studios, through a lot, into a building and down a corridor until she finally stopped, turned and conceded, "I don't work here."
Many of Anthony's lies were told to her mother, Cindy Anthony, who tearfully recounted how she discovered that each of these people were fictional characters.
The biggest whopper was the babysitter, Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez. She was, according to Casey Anthony, a beautiful woman who once dated Casey's ex-boyfriend, Jeffrey Hopkins.
"Zanny the nanny" was from New York City, had moved to Florida for college and had stayed in the area. She had a mom named Gloria, and moved three times while living in the Orlando area.
Casey Anthony's World of Make Believe
Casey Anthony gave her mother a detailed description of Zanny's newest address. She also told her mom when Zanny got her long hair cut short, and mentioned that Zenaida drove a Ford Focus.
When Caylee was taken from her, Casey Anthony introduced a new relative of Zanny's. She claimed that Zenaida's sister, Samantha, held her down while Zenaida took Caylee away, saying Casey Anthony was a bad mother.
Zanny also had a roommate named Raquel Ferrell, she told her mother.
Jeff Hopkins, according to Casey Anthony, was once her boyfriend and he had a son named Zachary who was the same age as Caylee's. The kids often played together. During Caylee's disappearance, Casey Anthony claimed that she was visiting Hopkins in Jacksonville, Fla., and was trying to rekindle her romance with him.
Hopkins supposedly was wealthy, worked at Nickelodeon, had moved to North Carolina and then back to Florida. Cindy Anthony, Casey's mother, testified in court that she found a picture of a man and a boy on her daughter's cellphone identified as Hopkins and filed under "boyfriend."
Casey Anthony, 25, also told her mother about Hopkins' mom, a woman supposedly named Jules who 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.
When Casey Anthony was being pressured by her mother to produce Caylee, Casey Anthony claimed they were staying in Jacksonville, Fla., for Jules Hopkins' surprise wedding.
There was a real Jeff Hopkins but, he told the court, he only attended middle school with Casey Anthony and had run into her in a bar once.
Eric Baker was another person in Casey Anthony's murky life story. She claimed to her mother that Baker was Caylee's father, although no one in the Anthony family ever met him.
Cindy Anthony told the court that her daughter claimed that Baker was married and had another child, meaning Caylee had a half-brother.
Cindy Anthony also told the court how she received a distraught phone call from her daughter one day, sobbing that Eric Baker had been killed in a car crash. Casey Anthony claimed to have an obit on Baker, but lost it.
Investigators never tracked down an Eric Baker who was associated with Casey Anthony and it has never been confirmed whether someone named Eric Baker is the father of Caylee. Caylee's father is still unknown.
While supposedly working at Universal Studios, Casey Anthony had to contend with a boss named Thomas Manly, and had become close friends with a colleague named Juliette Lewis. Lewis had a daughter named Annabelle.
None of them actually existed, but Cindy Anthony heard a fleshed out version of Juliette Lewis. Lewis, she said, was involved in volunteer work.
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 Anthony testified. Lewis, Casey Anthony told her mother, later moved back to New York.
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