Not Guilty?: A List of Five Songs Inspired by the Casey Anthony Trial Verdict

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This woman is not a murderer, according to Florida
Tuesday was dominated with the news of the not guilty verdict in the Casey Anthony murder trial, the latest trial to gain such massive media attention. Anthony was acquitted by an Orange County, Florida jury fn the murder of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee Anthony, who was found dead in December of 2008 after going missing some six months prior. The case quickly picked up the aforementioned media attention, easily making national headlines -- thanks in part to Casey Anthony not initially bothering to report her daughter as missing.

Since Anthony was found to be not guilty, the majority of reactions have been rather negative -- many, including myself, felt Anthony was guilty of first-degree murder. Anthony was hardly a likable character, as well, a trait that seems to follow accused murderers like the black plague.

Now that Anthony is not guilty and her trial is over, let us celebrate her "innocence" with the five best acquitted murderer songs.

"Murder Was The Case" -- Snoop Dogg

In August of 1993, Calvin Broadus -- better known to the world as Snoop Dogg -- was arrested in connection with the death of Philip Woldermarian. Woldermarian, a member of a rival gang, was shot and killed by Snoop's bodyguard, McKinley Lee. Snoop Dogg was driving the vehicle from which Lee shot Woldermarian. Represented by Johnny Cochran, both Lee and Snoop Dogg were acquitted of murder. In 1994, Snoop recorded the track "Murder Was The Case" for his short film of the same name -- both in response to Snoop's murder trial the previous year. The soundtrack to Murder Was The Case went on to go double platinum.


Before you go and wonder why the hell I would include Sammy on a list like this, I should go ahead and mention that this song is the theme song to the 1970s TV show Baretta, starring none other than Robert Blake. In 2001, Blake was acquitted of murdering his then-wife Bonnie Lee Bakely outside of a restaurant. Baretta initially featured an instrumental theme, but Sammy Davis, Jr. was brought in to record vocals, the most famous of which would be the all-too-appropriate, "Don't do the crime if you can't do the time."


Detroit-based MC Byron Simpson found that too many other emcees were rocking the name Guilt -- which he liked to go by -- so he simply added his last name and thus became known as Guilty Simpson. In 2010, Simpson (who was a favorite of the late J Dilla) released his second album, OJ Simpson, which was produced by Madlib and notched an 8.0 from Pitchfork. Now, Byron Simpson has never been convicted of murder, yet the dude does have a song named "OJ Simpson." There's no way in hell I would put a song from the soundtrack to O.J. Simpson's failed 2006 Punk'd ripoff named Juiced, so I'm left to use Guilty Simpson's track to help represent, on this list, the most famous person to ever be acquitted of murder.


The 1964 no. 1 hit from The Righteous Brothers has since been identified as having more radio and television play than any other song in the 20th century. So why the hell is it on this list? Simple, it is the most famous song co-written and produced by Phil Spector, the legendary music producer who was convicted of the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson. After a 2007 mistrial, Spector was eventually convicted of murder in the second degree in a second trial in 2009 -- unlike Snoop, Blake and O.J. before him. Spector is currently serving a sentence of 19 years to life at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran, California.


Since Casey Anthony apparently didn't murder her own daughter Caylee, the killer is still on the loose -- much like the killer of both Ronald Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson, since O.J. was acquitted of their murders. '90s British rock band The Auteurs, for their 1996 album After Murder Park, recorded the track "Unsolved Child Murder" -- a song about a missing and presumed dead child. The Auteurs are most famous for their lead singer and main songwriter Luke Haines, who later went on to form the group Black Box Recorder. After Murder Park was even produced by famed rock producer Steve Albini. Haines nor anyone else in The Auteurs were ever convicted of murder, yet their song "Unsolved Child Murder" stands as the perfect example for this list. Since Casey Anthony has been acquitted of murder, there still remains the unsolved murder of Caylee Anthony.


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FolkSinger
FolkSinger

PLEASE check out another song written in response to the Casey Anthony trial and verdict that you overlooked in this article - "Pants On Fire" Ode to Casey Anthony, posted on YouTube.   It pretty much says it all............http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJkMi0...

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