July 7th, 2011
08:17 PM ET

Lightning strikes tree near Caylee Anthony memorial site

Hours after Casey Anthony learned on Thursday that she will leave jail next week, lightning apparently struck a tree next to a makeshift memorial in honor of her slain daughter,  Caylee.

No one saw lightning strike the pine tree on Suburban Drive in Orange County, Florida, where teddy bears and flowers mark the spot where 2-year-old Caylee's remains were found on December 11, 2008.

But long, diagonal strips of exposed wood scarred the tall pine tree, WESH reported, and bits of bark lay scattered across the road.

"It could be a sign from the angels that they aren't happy with what's happened," a visitor to the site told the Orlando Sentinel newspaper. "The rain, the lightning, the storm - it's the heavens indicating they aren't happy."

There are more lightning strikes in Florida per square mile than in any other state, according to weather.com.

A Pinellas County jury acquitted Anthony, 24, of murder and manslaughter charges Tuesday in the death of her daughter. The same jury convicted her of four charges of obstruction of justice for lying to police during the search for Caylee.

Judge Belvin Perry sentenced Anthony to four years in jail - one year for each of her four convictions - but with credit for nearly three years already served and good behavior, her release date was set for Wednesday, July 13, a court spokeswoman said.

Post by:
Filed under: Casey Anthony • Crime • Weather
soundoff (1,086 Responses)
  1. Greg

    "Lightning strikes tree near Caylee Anthony memorial site"

    When Zeus sends his thunderbolts like that, it's a serious matter.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. hendeeze

    LOL all of you who are turning this into some religious debate ask yourselves, Why of all the things your invisible deity can do, all he did was strike a freakin tree with lighting? He has a plan right? Everything happens for a reason. So stop whining and stick with his plan. Which was to take this kids life away before she could live it. amirite?

    July 8, 2011 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. Kevin B

    Evidently when Murdock dumped his "news of the world" he bought a large stake in CNN. Yellow Journalism pandering has taken over CNN. How sad.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. Greg

    Maybe the Lord was aiming that lightning bolt at Nancy Grace, and missed.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. Lisa

    @pastafarian Yep!

    July 8, 2011 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Steven

      Well if Nancy Grace says she is guilty then.........

      July 8, 2011 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. hendeeze

    invisible diety says: "What you kill my creation! I lighting strike a tree!!! GRRRRRRRRRR"

    July 8, 2011 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. soonerstew

    The jury should be ASHAMED of themselves !!!!!

    July 8, 2011 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Steven

      Oh what do you know. Where you there? Nope so STFU!

      July 8, 2011 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
    • LP

      Um, yes, little Stevie. We all were. It was televised- every minute of it. Hello?

      July 8, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Revenge of the Nerd

      Yes, we saw every bit. plus we had Nancy Grace and Jane Valez Mitchell to fill in the holes that the prosecution left in their case. That way we came up with our own unbiased opinion. Right?

      July 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Face the facts.

    Four words. God. Don't. Like. Ugly.
    Casey has to face the facts come judgement day. No jury duty needed.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
    • George

      Four words for you: There is no god!

      July 8, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. soonerstew

    The jury will be judged on Judgement Day just as Casey will ! The jury is just as guilty as Casey !

    July 8, 2011 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Steven

      Dumb as are you. Innocent until proven guilty right? You religious folks let your emotions take over your words and actions. Go read your bible and STFU!

      July 8, 2011 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. Lisa

    As far as reality there is a heaven & hell & we all will spend eternity in one of them it's up to you. I personally wouldnt risk not believing and burning eternally.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
    • pastafarian

      ahhh, controlled through fear, ignorance, and guilt. Just as your religion has planned for you. Sheep.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Steven

      The freaks come out at night!

      July 8, 2011 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
    • pastafarian

      “The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, hom0phobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sado-masochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.”

      July 8, 2011 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Steven

      Sounds good, lets worship him....dummies

      July 8, 2011 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Hodad_McRasta

      Sure, I'll choose a vindictive, bloodthirsty god out of fear since I can't conceive of an alternative to that. That's healthy. Thanks, but no. You are a slave to fear.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. Gregory

    Everyone here should read some Greek tragedy. You would learn a thing or two about how retarded these sort of mystic-like assumptions really are. The ancients saw this.. some now are too stupid to see this.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. jennifer roberts

    I think its wrong because how in the world do you
    Not look for.your.kid and then go partying when they find caylee whyb couldn't she have gave her away or left her a police department something else instead of killing her there is no excuse for it caylee will get her justice because I'm sure someone will take care of casey so she can feel thebsake thing

    July 8, 2011 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Steven

      Shes hot, so shes ok in my book. I see a single lady ripe for the pickin. Not like I'm having kids with her or anything.....

      July 8, 2011 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  13. Name*ginaluv

    There is a word karma casey knows wat she did to her innocent child and when karma hits casey its going to get her big time and caylee wasnt happy that her mama just got away with killing her child she will be haunted

    July 8, 2011 at 2:59 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jay

    Oh my. No wonder our country is in such trouble. We've become so stupid it's astonishing. The way commenters in this thread seem to believe in God is just short of brain dead. And those trashy women in the video above? These people actually get to vote in elections? WOW. Just WOW.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  15. IHateIdiots

    If she was found guilty, the tree still would have been struck by lightning. Only then, people would be saying that the lightning strike was a sign from the heavens that justice had been done.

    This is one of those things that the religious take and turn into anything they want, just so they can apply their religious or supernatural beliefs to something.

    July 8, 2011 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41