As if the Casey Anthony trial and verdict wasn't circus enough, comes a story out of Oklahoma that makes the outpouring of anger, contempt, and outrage that spilled across the Internet seem tame by comparison. Tame in that despite all the vitriol, hatred, and threats, there has been no actualization (although that could change once Anthony gets out of jail on July 17). But in Oklahoma the day after Anthony's sentencing, one woman became the recipient of the hateful frustration engendered by one of the most followed criminal cases in modern history.
Sammay Blackwell told KOTV in Tulsa that she was working her job at a Chouteau convenience store when the woman came in to pay for gas. The woman told her she looked like Casey Anthony.
"She said that I was trying to hurt babies, I was killing babies, and she was going to stop it before it happened again," Blackwell recalls.
Unfortunately for Blackwell, the woman, Shireen Nalley, was waiting for her when she left work. As Blackwell drove away from the store in her truck, she was rammed by Nalley, who was driving a van.
"I said, 'Oh my God, help me,'" Blackwell told KOTV. "She hit me again, causing my vehicle to flip two and a half times, landing on the driver's side, and I just laid there playing dead."
Police chased Nalley down and arrested her for assault with a deadly weapon. Nalley reportedly told police she was "trying to save the children."
Oddly enough, Blackwell has a daughter named Caylee.
The threats have been directed toward Casey Anthony as well. Her lawyers filed briefs Friday, according to ABC News, to cancel the deposition scheduled in the Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez defamation case scheduled for a few days after Anthony's release from jail. They cited personal safety reasons. Gonzalez is seeking damages after being arrested when Orange County (Florida) investigators arrested and questioned her extensively about Caylee Anthony, then thought to be missing and in the company of "Zanny the Nanny," a person that did not exist (which Anthony's defense team admitted during trial).
Sources told Bill Zwecker at the Chicago Sun-Times that the people closest to Anthony have become concerned for her safety and have discussed donning disguises and even changing her name after she is released from jail. The location of the place where she will live after her release remains undisclosed. Cosmetic surgery has also been discussed, although Anthony has reportedly rejected it as an option.
(photo credit: Orange County Sheriff's Office, Wikimedia Commons)