Occam’s Razor, Casey Anthony

Occam’s razor is an approach to making conclusions that is attributed to the 14th-century English Friar, William of Ockham.  He is credited with saying that, “entities must not be multiplied beyond necessity.”  For Latin lovers, it might read thusly, “pluralitas non est ponenda sine necessitate.”

Some have paraphrased Occam’s approach as, “the simplest explanation is likely the correct one,” though this is itself sometimes argued as too simple, therefore, not necessarily correct.

Even so, without adding to the facts presented, it would seem that when a mother doesn’t report a child missing for 31 days, lies to police, and that child is later found in a swamp with duct tape over its mouth, then something of a terrible nature, known by the mother, happened to that child.

Young ones are not born with duct tape on their faces.  While we cannot say with perfection how the tape got there, and who affixed it, there can be no doubt that Caylee Anthony was deliberately murdered.

And so, the month-long lack of maternal engagement in a daughter’s disappearance, with lying later added, indicates direct involvement, including either substantial insanity or cold culpability.

In the end, a small toddler is irrefutably dead, left in a swamp, and somehow, the prosecution was unable to build a cogent case against the most likely defendant based on simple logic.


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