Convicted killer not writing to Anthony in jail


Casey Anthony was born in Warren, and her father is a former Trumbull County detective.

Orlando Sentinel

ORLANDO, Fla. — California death-row inmate Scott Peterson is not writing letters to Casey Anthony after all.

Several people close to the case said Wednesday that the Florida woman accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter had received correspondence in jail from Peterson, who was convicted three years ago of killing his wife Laci, and unborn son, Conner.

After that information appeared on OrlandoSentinel.com, officials began checking it out. They found that Anthony has never received a letter from the convicted killer. OrlandoSentinel.com found that the story may have originated with Anthony, who talked to a corrections officer about mail she received.

A spokesman for her lawyer, Jose Baez, said Anthony had received a letter from a person with the last name Peterson who lives in San Diego, but nothing from the convicted killer. The spokesman said Baez screens his client’s mail and would know if such correspondence had taken place.

None of the sources who spoke to the newspaper saw the actual letters.

A spokesman at San Quentin State Prison in California, where Peterson is held, said the prison does not track his mail.

There is no known connection between Peterson and Anthony, other than similarities in their cases.

Anthony, who was born in Warren in 1986, is accused of killing her daughter Caylee Marie Anthony and was charged with first-degree murder earlier this month. The child’s body has not been found.

Anthony’s parents, George Anthony, 56, and his wife Cindy, 50, lived in Howland before moving to Florida in 1989.

George Anthony was a Trumbull County detective from 1974-85 and left the sheriff’s department at that time.

Peterson, originally from San Diego, Calif., reported his wife missing in December 2002. The bodies of his wife and unborn child washed ashore in April 2003 in the San Francisco Bay. He was convicted of the killings and sentenced to death in 2005.

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