June 19th, 2011 16:59 EST
Casey Anthony Trial: There`s 'Elephants Through the Cracks,' But No Blow Flies in the Trunk!
Was Caylee`s body ever in the trunk of the Sunfire at all? The entomological evidence, as presented by Tim Huntington on Friday, contradicts the State`s assertion of a body in the trunk. Does his testimony resemble what Judge Perry describes as "where we can drive elephants through the crack?" "Yes, but it`s so many tiny insects," I jest!
Let me get this out, while I`m thinking of it. The moniker of Bug Man given to Tim Huntington by select media types is offensive. Mr. Huntington is a forensic entomologist and along with Neal Haskell, is as qualified as anyone in this field.
I just want to apologize for the delay in my report on Friday`s proceeding, but it was only with great struggle that I was able to internalize exactly what Dr. Huntington was trying to say.
Part of my problem, was that I attempted to watch it on HLN (after my cable had been down for 10 days), and witnessed them spinning his testimony almost before the words had exited his mouth!
Another part of my problem, was that once I had heard how HLN had spun what Tim was attempting to say, I had to blank it out of my head, so I could be objective and weigh the value of his findings. Undoing the internalization of data is much more taxing than never letting said data enter your brain in the first place. It`s major brain surgery, so don`t try it.
Yesterday and Today (that`s a Beatles album, I believe) I turned off any alternative media distractions and viewed all eleven parts of Friday`s trial on WFTV 9 Orlando. My notes come to 23 pages, which I would love to share with you, if I thought you could decipher my scrawls and scratches.
An addendum to this intense negotiation with the insect evidence (or lack of it), was a viewing of The Conversation, starring Gene Hackman. A lesson learned is that recorded data can easily be misinterpreted. So misunderstood, in fact, that the true meaning of `the conversation` ends up being the diametric opposite of what the bugger thought it meant.
Tim Huntington`s testimony is far too pithy to summarize, so please avoid at all costs any creatures that resemble this on the internet or on cable TV. By definition this is disinformation. So leave it be. Instead watch the pure footage blow (fly) by blow (fly). What I will give you here are little bursts of energy by way of a brainstorm, otherwise known as analysis.
I repeat, this is not a summary, it`s rather tiny kernels of thought that attempt to show what Mr. Hunnington gave us on Friday, how it bolsters the defense`s case for reasonable doubt, and how it tends to negate the narrative provided by the State as to how the crime occurred. The Devil`s in the details, but also it`s contained in the generalities, where idle speculation rules the day (in court).
My method won`t be chronological, in fact it will be completely random. Why so? Because of the difficulty involved with penetrating the underpinnings of a qualified man of science. But I`ll try. Don`t you be negligent in perusing the chronological narrative for yourself, however.
My first is, Jeff Ashton misses the point " had a body been present in the trunk of the Sunfire, the remains of many blow flies would have been present there, as well and at the grave site (Suburban Drive).
The reason why they would also be present at the grave site, is that would have been carried there still in the bags from when the early colonizers populated the decomposition. But they were present only in low numbers! Therefore, we can`t assume a body was ever in the trunk in the first place.
Simply put, this is the analysis that Tim comes up with, after studying the evidence provided to him in this case. One thought I came up with (this is my own), is that since there were a lack of early colonizers remaining in the trunk, perhaps the trunk was a second location of the body.
Remember, that the cadaver dogs scored a hit when they sniffed around the playhouse in the Anthony backyard. Furthermore, recall that Casey borrowed a neighbor`s shovel on the 19th of June, I believe. The facts of the shovel fit nicely right here, with a `shallow grave scenario.`
During cross examination, Jeff Ashton attempts to hypothesize to Tim, that the blow flies may have been cleaned up in the trunk by the suspect. Bug Man (I told you the talk shows have been cooking my brain) strongly refutes this nonsense by saying the bugs would get under the carpet liner and it would be impossible to get rid of them.
One leg of a blow fly in some trash (which was in a bag), that`s all. I`ll repeat. "If we assume a body is in a car trunk, you would expect to find hundreds if not thousands of these blow flies. They`re in there. They die there. They`re stuck there."
Where did they (the blow flies) go in the case of Caylee Marie Anthony? My theory is that it was probably only a very short window of time that Caylee was ever in the trunk. Say three or four hours, at the most!
The question of post mortem movement of the body gets to the particular troubling dilemma in this case. Another problem noticed by Tim Huntington, was that the soil surrounding the body had no decomposition fluid present.
Of course, we do know the body was in a white cloth laundry bag, as well as two more black plastic garbage (or trash) bags. But were there any rips or tears in these bags? Nothing was said about this?
And could these bags account for a lack of body fluid leaking out in the trunk of the Sunfire? Or could it be that the body was placed in the trunk until much of the early decomposition had already taken place?
Or could it be, as Bug Man says, perhaps the body was never in there in the first place? But what about the foul odor emanating from the Pontiac?
Something`s not adding up here. No blow flies. No body fluid seepage. One theory that makes sense to me, is maybe the early colonizers had been brushed off the body at a third location. This would fit with my earlier notion of a temporary pre-burial location, such as the Anthony backyard.
With this thesis, the bags would not have been put on until after the early colonizers had been eradicated. Therefore, it would now make sense why no early colonizers were present at the final point of disposition.
Moreover, it would now make sense that only very few early colonizers were found in the trunk. And the foul odor eminently saturated the car, even though the body had been in the trunk for only a short time. See, it`s starting to make sense now. But it wasn`t explained by the prosecution in just this way.
Seeds of reasonable doubt were inserted (like a brain transplant) in the minds of the jurors on Friday. The assumption of the prosecution that Casey carried the body around in her trunk for 3-5 days makes absolutely no sense, in light of our forensic entomologist`s testimony.
And by the way, Jeff Ashton`s supposed comic line, "Why didn`t you wrap your pigs in a blanket?" was in very poor taste. And no, Jeff, the chloroform never killed the blow flies. And yes, Jeff, the aluminum cans did at one time contain decomposing tobacco spittoons that could have attracted blow flies. That is, before Gerardo Bloise cooked to death the vital evidence!