Casey Anthony showered with cash gifts by admirers ahead of release
Admirers invite Anthony to stay in their homes
Casey Anthony, having been acquitted of the charges of murdering her two-year-old daughter Caylee, will walk free from prison on Sunday with a nearly $500 she has received from admirers. Although Anthony has been getting death threats she has also been received checks.
According to reports her admirers are concerned that she will have no money to spend on makeup and snack while she finishes her time in jail. Although most of her admirers are men, women have also been sending her checks.
Records at the Orange County Corrections Department show that at least 17 strangers have sent her money orders to Anthony but her parents haven’t sent her a dime since May 8.
Anthony now has $472.18 in her bank account. The average balance of an Orange County Jail inmate is $36.30.
ABC News contacted some of the donors who range from 19-year-olds to middle aged men and women. Some of them are banks and others have their own history with the law, including aggravated assault and sex offenses. Most of the donors are from the US and some from Canada.
One donor, Gary Bradfield, a 44-year-old man from Texas, even offered her a place to stay. He told ABC "If she ever did contact me and wanted to live in the middle of nowhere I have three houses out here...I'm scared for her."
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In February of this year Bradfield donated $99.40 to Anthony to celebrate her birthday in March.
He explained "I know she was probably segregated from everybody else. I was like hell, she's got $32 in there. I'll send her a little bit of something. I believe that we're all innocent until proven guilty."
Bradfield, who now lives on a ranch in Texas, said that he feels a connection to Anthony as he also served time in jail during the 1990s. He said that he also understand how important it is for an inmate to have money in their account.
He said "She's just been sitting there accused and couldn't get out and is indigent...can't go to the store and get you a bag of chips and everybody else can and that's really demoralizing and she hadn't even had her day in court, you know."
A married father, he said that he had told his wife he donated money. He said she responded by saying "Why did you do that?" He believes that his wife had already judged Anthony.
While attempting to contact one of the male donors ABC spoke to his mother who screamed "He did what?"
A man in his late twenties who donated explained why he did it but would not release his name. He said "I do not know Casey personally, nor am I supporting her as a person, nor am I anything like the people sending her love letters and asking her to marry them. However, what I am supporting is the jury's decision to acquit based on lack of evidence failing to overcome the reasonable doubt standard."
He also said that he was disgusted by the invasion of Anthony's privacy. During the trial investigators spoke about their extensive searches on Anthony's computer and in her cell phone records. He felt that this infringed on her constitutional rights.
The donator called Anthony's trial a witch-hunt. He added "It's wrong to continue the character assassination on someone who was acquitted of a crime."
David R. Fulton Computer Repair company donated $25. Fulton said "I think she's innocent."
A 56-year-old Florida woman, Christy Davis, donated $40 dollars over the last two months. She said "I feel a little bit of a kindred spirit with Casey Anthony…I'm a regular person who saw the story through a different set of eyes."
She continued "The day that the story broke. … I said the baby got in the swimming pool."
Davis said she has never received a thank you from Anthony, in fact it seems that none of her admirers did. However Anthony will be leaving prison on Sunday with their money.
The report also said that she had spent her money in prison on shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, eyeliner, and ponytail holders, as well as snacks like premium chicken breasts, jalapeno nacho cheese dip and spicy peanuts.
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