In December 2019, a rumor Casey Anthony was pregnant with twins swept Facebook, and a circulating article claimed:
Casey Anthony, the woman famously acquitted in 2011 of murdering her daughter Caylee, is confirmed to be pregnant again. This time with twins.
Previous reports on Anthony’s lifestyle in the three years since she was released from prison have described her as being withdrawn, and living like a hermit. Anthony filed for bankruptcy in 2013, claiming to be unemployed and possessing no source of income. She met with agents and publishers in New York last year, hoping to cash in on her notoriety by writing a book but was unable to close a deal. Casey currently appears to live off of a few benefactors who reportedly pay for all of her living expenses. But the days of needing to live off of others may soon be coming to a close for Anthony.
Casey’s New York agent, Jeremy Nieven, confirms that she is indeed four months pregnant with twins, and that she has signed a contract for an initial six episode reality television series that will showcase her pregnancy and subsequently her babies.
“She wants to redeem herself in the eyes of America”, stated Nieven. “Did she make mistakes? Absolutely! But this is the U.S.A., everyone can get a second chance here. And let’s not forget that Casey was found innocent of the charges against her. She was released. She is a free woman now, and this show is going to allow her to make a great life for her new little angels.”
As the claim correctly noted, Casey Anthony was “famously acquitted in 2011 of murdering her daughter Caylee.” Anthony became widely known in the summer of 2008, when her mother reported Caylee missing that July.
Caylee’s remains were located in December 2008, and Anthony was tried but acquitted on the first-degree murder charge in July 2011:
July 5, 2011 – The seven women and five men of the jury deliberate for 10 hours and 40 minutes before coming back with a verdict of not guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter of a child. Anthony is found guilty of four misdemeanor counts of providing false information to law enforcement.
Anthony was released with credit for time served, also in July 2011. She remained widely reviled, and her name became an easy way for “satirical” news sites to drive traffic with sensational claims about her post-trial life.
The Weekly World News, a tabloid known for its fantastical stories before “fake news” became a buzzword, seemed to kick off the trend of Casey Anthony ragebait in July 2013 with an item headlined, “CASEY ANTHONY PREGNANT”:
Sources confirm to WWN that Casey Anthony is pregnant.
Casey Anthony is pregnant with another child and is reportedly thrilled at the chance to prove she is a good mother even after she was acquitted of killing her first daughter Caylee.
The National Enquirer broke the story based on the claims of multiple unidentified sources saying that the infamous mother is pregnant.
“She just said that she fell in love with a very wealthy man while she’s been in hiding. Casey said he’s taking care of her financially and he’s so obsessed with her
that he’ll do anything for her,” an unnamed insider told the tabloid.
That source also told WWN that “her sugar daddy is someone in the publie eye. He’s a high profile man, that everyone in America would know.”
In August 2019, now-deceased “fake news” scion Paul Horner revived the claim on the now-defunct National Report website. National Report’s claim was swiped word-for-word by Huzlers, which even left the “National Report” dateline intact on their version of the claim (it remained as of December 2019.)
Huzlers’ version circulated anew in December 2019, but source code indicated it was originally published on September 2 2014. Since Huzlers pages lack a visible date, they tend to spread in perpetuity on Facebook. The site’s “about” page explained that their content was not intended to be taken seriously:
A combination of satirical and fictional content created in such a complex way that it could not conveniently be presented or represented anywhere else but Huzlers!
Claims that Casey Anthony was pregnant with twins have circulated since at least 2013, primarily through outlets known for reporting fabrications to drive social media traffic. The same long-debunked claims continued circulating years later and remained false, emanating only from known purveyors of falsehoods and disinformation.