Saturday, June 18, 2011

Casey & Ana

"Justicia para Lorenzo," read the back of the t-shirt of a runner who was ahead of me at a recent 10K running event. His statement was a stark reminder that it has been over a year since the death of Lorenzo González, the 8-year-old boy who was mysteriously killed in his home. To date, no arrests have been made. While the mainland U.S has been riveted by the Casey Anthony case, in which she is accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Lorenzo's murder has yet to receive much media attention from the mainland at all. Ana Cacho, Lorenzo's mother, has been named the prime suspect by one of the leading prosecutors, who fell short of officially charging her with murder. Cacho has been found lying to law enforcement authorities, she claimed not to have used drugs and engage in sexual intercourse on the night of the murder. This was later found to be untrue. She also allegedly told her two daughters not to cooperate with the police.

The Lorenzo case is replete with unimaginable twists and turns that goes far beyond the typical mystery novel. To commemorate the first anniversary of Lorenzo's death, Ana Cacho wrote a publicly released letter (addressed to her dead son) stating: "...there is no doubt that you gave up your life for us (Cacho and daughters) and I promise that your death will not be in vain." Similar to Casey Anthony, nobody on the island doubts that Ana Cacho was somehow involved with the murder of her child. However, unlike the Anthony case, it is highly unlikely that Ana Cacho will find herself in a courtroom to defend herself for killing her own son. Aside from Puerto Rico's feckless judicial and law enforcement systems, justice can sometimes turn a blind eye to those who can afford to hire a former Secretary of Justice as an "advisor." Since the beginning, Cacho has maintained her innocence and said that the "truth will come out." Thus far, the only truth is that there has been no justice done in the case of Lorenzo.

Photo Credits: Casey Anthony (top)/Orlando Sentinel, Ana Cacho (bottom)/El Nuevo Día

1 comment:

Kofla Olivieri said...

It is a shame, the whole case has been like watching a Jerry Springer Show. I seriously doubt justice will ever be served.