Several of my loyal readers have written to inform me that they have noticed a significant change in the body language of Casey Anthony, the accused murderer of her three year old daughter Caylee. They observed that Casey Anthony’s body language during her latest court appearance was completely different, where she appeared in front of the new judge presiding over her case, Judge Belvin Perry, .
Many shared with me that they believed that Casey Anthony’s team may have been studying my past Body Language Blogs blogs where I discuss Casey’s inappropriate and disturbing body language. After looking at how Casey comported herself in court today, for the first time in two years, I may very well agree with them, I could see no laughter, no smirking, no smiling and no OCD- like ritualistic behavior of palm rubbing, hand fiddling, self grooming, self, clothes brushing with her hand, or hair flicking with Casey.
CASEY STILL MANAGED TO LEAK OUT A CHUCKLE
But before the court proceedings began, Casey did leak out some chuckles when attorney Jose Baez, who was equally as stoic, spoke to her. No doubt he must have cautioned her to watch her body language and not laugh or smile. But she chuckled anyway. Perhaps it was a nervous chuckle in response to his telling her that she better show no emotion, especially in front of this new “no-nonsense” judge- Judge Belvin Perry .
CASEY’S STOIC EMOTIONLESS BODY LANGUAGE
In watching the proceedings Casey did not move. She sat there like a statue. She was emotionless. She barely moved. She reminded me of those people that you see in shopping malls who are human mannequins and are frozen into position, not moving for hours at a time.
But it didn’t work. If a jury sees her stoic and mannequin like the way she appeared today and she appears that way throughout the trial, the jury will definitely see her as the cold blooded calculating murderess the prosecution will paint her to be.
COACHING CASEY ANTHONY
I am sure many of probably saying to yourselves,” stop right there!” Don’t give away your professional secrets. Don’t let Casey Anthony’s defense team in on any information which could help her or mislead the jury.
Instead, let her keep looking serious and stoic and not move throughout the trial. This way there will be no doubt a jury will see that Casey is a cold- hearted mother who killed her daughter. This way they will not have to deliberate for long as they find her guilty in a matter of minutes. “
THE BODY DOESN’T LIE AND THE TRUTH WILL PREVAIL
I am not worried about giving away my information to the defense team via these blogs which could potentially be helpful to Casey. The reason is because “ the body does NOT lie!” The face does NOT lie and neither does the voice or speech patterns.
What goes on in your brain, as research has shown repeatedly, manifests in the way you move and in the way in which you communicate.
That is why all the coaching and jury preparation in the world can NEVER work with someone who is guilty or who has something to hide.Eventually, the truth will leak out in some behavioral, vocal, or speech “tell.”
WHAT ABOUT THE “TELLS” OF A “SOCIOPATH”?
Many who have observed Casey throughout these past few years believe that Casey shows signs of sociopathic behavior. A “sociopath is an obsolete term for what the DSM- IV defines as an Antisocial Personality Disorder. Below are Diagnostic Criteria of such a person, according to the DSM-IV
1. Since the age of fifteen there has been a disregard for and violation of the right’s of others, those right’s considered normal by the local culture, as indicated by at least three of the following:
A. Repeated acts that could lead to arrest.
B. Conning for pleasure or profit, repeated lying, or the use of aliases.
C. Failure to plan ahead or being impulsive.
D. Repeated assaults on others.
E. Reckless when it comes to their or others safety.
F. Poor work behavior or failure to honor financial obligations.
G. Rationalizing the pain they inflict on others.
2. At least eighteen years in age.
3. Evidence of a Conduct Disorder, with its onset before the age of fifteen.
Based on all that we now know about Casey Anthony and her history, it seems that she fits these criteria. But even if she is a “sociopath” or antisocial personality disorder, there are specific “tells” in her behavior that will definitely leak out to a jury.
They will see it over time as she sits in the court room. They will see it in her body language if she testifies on her own behalf. They will certainly hear it in her speech pattern and in her voice.
These signals in her behavior that will LEAK out to a jury and they will readily pick them up. They may not know specifically what they are picking up in terms of the nuances related to her body and facial language or voice and speech patterns. But they WILL be picking up that something is off, They will perceive that something about Casey is not quite right.
No coaching in the world or spending countless hours of witness preparation can stop it from happening. That is why savvy defense attorneys do not like to put their “sociopathic” clients on the stand to testify.
That is no doubt, why we never saw accused wife and baby killer who now sits on San Quentin’s Death Row, Scott Peterson on the stand. That is also why most likely never saw OJ Simpson on the stand during his first murder trial where he was accused of brutally killing his wife Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman.
WITNESS PREPARATION AND COURTROOM COACHING
After spending over two decades of coaching to people to get ready for a trial in terms of their speaking and voice skills and body language behaviors, I have learned that no matter how hard you train someone, who they are and how they really think ALWAYS leak out. This has to do with the limbic system, located deep within the brain. It is responsible for controlling various emotions. Our emotions are then reflected in our facial and body language and voice and speech patterns.
This is especially true is the person is not forthright or they aren’t telling the truth. There are body language “tells” which occur that usually show up.
CASEY’S “TELLS” WOULD EVENTUALLY SURFACE ON THE STAND AND IN COURT
No doubt, if and when Casey gets on the stand to testify , there will be “tells” will which emerge, over which she will have no control, no matter how hard she tries to control them.
As an example, Jose Baez no doubt coached her to keep a stoic demeanor, but Casey still managed to leak out a chuckle anyway.
Even though she managed to stay stoic for the remainder of her time in the courtroom, that one little chuckle is memorable and highly significant to a jury.