CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

July 8, 2011

Lightning Strikes Following Casey Anthony & Thomas Cornell Murder Verdicts


CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

LIGHTNING STRIKES FOLLOWING

CASEY ANTHONY & THOMAS CORNELL, JR.,

MURDER VERDICTS

 A tall tree in the same area where Caylee Marie Anthony’s remains were found was struck by lightning this afternoon — just hours after her mother (Casey Anthony) learned she would be released from jail next week.*

Lightning struck this tree following the Anthony verdict*

     The event coincided with Casey Anthony’s acquittal July 5, 2011, of first-degree murder and the other most serious charges against her in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter. However, the jury convicted her on four misdemeanor counts of providing false information to law enforcement officers. Taking in the time she has already spent in jail, her release date is expected to be July 12.

     Public reaction to the storm and the lightning-struck tree included that  it “could be” a sign from the angels, a message that the heavens are not happy, celestial justice for Caylee substituted for the lack of justice here on Earth, a sign from God pronouncing Casey’s guilt…*

     The tree is in a vacant Suburban Drive lot where the skeletonized remains of two year old Caylee were found in December, 2008. It has developed as a makeshift memorial of teddy bears and flowers.

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      This is not the first time an angry God has spoken following a trial verdict.  There was another trial, one in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, in 1673. Rebecca Cornell, 73, remained in her bedroom during dinner on February 8, 1673. After dinner, she was found burned to death, on the floor of that room. Her eldest son, Thomas Cornell Jr., was tried for her murder. His conviction was based on the testimony of Rebecca’s ghost.

Whatever efforts Thomas Cornell made in the courtroom, they were for naught. Sometime after the last witness testified in court on May 16, a unanimous jury found him guilty of murder. And as if to ratify the jury’s decision on that judgment day, God hurled “haile…Thunder and Lighten” toward New England.

     Thomas was hung May 23, in Newport, Rhode Island.

     In both cases, Casey  Anthony and Thomas Cornell, there were more questions than answers at the end of their trial.

     Was Thomas Cornell, Jr., actually guilty of murdering his mother, or did the evidence boil down to it being an unfortunate accident?

     Who murdered Caylee? Did Casey “get off” simply because the evidence deteriorated over time, creating an evidence-deficit necessary to prove guilt?

     And, finally, were the lightning strikes accompanying these trials God’s judgment in the presence of a lack of judgment on Earth?

     We may never know the answers to the questions raised in these trials. What is known is that two persons died, a seventy-three-year old woman and a two-year-old child. Therein lies the tragedy.

SOURCES

*http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-casey-anthony-tree-lightning-20110707,0,4949678.story

**KILLED STRANGELY  The Death of Rebecca Cornell , Elaine Forman Crane, pp 51

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ADDITIONAL READING:

KILLED STRANGELY: A NEW ENGLAND MURDER STORY

IN NEW ENGLAND, HISTORY CONFLICTS WITH PROGRESS

Two Photographers Named Cornell

LIZZIE BORDEN—A REENACTMENT

YOU MEAN THIS NEW ENGLANDER IS A WESTSYLVANIAN?

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1 Comment »

  1. god does not ungly

    Comment by lindsay — July 8, 2011 @ 10:38 pm | Reply


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