Those who count themselves among the offended are squeaking their wheels throughout the blogosphere and Twitter. Aphrodite Jones is a long time crime reporter, the author of a number of best selling crime books, and the current host of True Crime on Investigation Discovery. She followed the trial from the courtroom, tweeting, blogging, and interacting with her audience about the goings-on. “I’m getting people from all over the country writing to me regularly telling me they are beside themselves,” says Jones. “It really is the ultimate woman’s nightmare on so many levels. And it’s the first case like this of the social media era.”
Though she’s not a mother herself, Jones feels the same way as most of her audience. She is angry about the verdict, and makes no qualms about displaying that in her own reporting and blogging. “This is my gut reaction, and I tend to go on gut reaction. I’m not going to pussy foot around with twelve people who I feel were irresponsible,” she says. So far, Investigation Discovery’s Criminal Report Daily blog, which Jones writes for, has seen a traffic increase of 1,000 percent since this time last year. Investigation Discovery also has another website, “Casey Anthony: Mom or Murderer,” a multimedia compendium of all things Casey; traffic to this site has increased over 4,000 percent since this time last year.
A week after the verdict, the anger, along with the level of coverage and public interest level, remains high. “You have an entire population that has watched every minute of this trial, looking at a woman who has gotten away with murder, and they are ready to assault her,” says Jones. “If this were biblical times this woman would be stoned.”
All this outrage leaves the nagging question: Which came first, the public interest in the trial, or the 24/7 news coverage? It all depends on who you ask. Jones says that, in her view as a crime reporter, the media is just responding to what the people want to see: “The more ratings came up the more media people jumped on board.”
But for the majority of mother bloggers, the chicken or the egg question is not of importance. “This is one of the first instances where a tragedy that was important to moms happened since the mom blogosphere has been established. So it’s the first time that moms had a voice and were able to publicly react,” says Burt. “We’re all shocked. The vast majority of moms think she’s guilty.”