More than seven years after the dramatic verdict in the Caylee Anthony trial, the public is still obsessed with the murdered infant’s case, and with its main suspect, her mother Casey Anthony.
While Anthony was found not guilty of several charges - including murder, child abuse, and manslaughter - even her trial judge, Belvin Perry, said it was "more than likely" Anthony was the one to kill Caylee, either accidentally or intentionally.
Legal experts say prosecutors simply failed to connect Anthony to her daughter’s murder beyond a shadow of a doubt, despite damning evidence including air samples from Anthony’s trunk that seemed to prove her daughter’s body was inside it.
Now, in a revealing documentary, Anthony’s roommate and other close friends are speaking out about why they believe she’s guilty.
Clint House, Anthony’s former roommate, spoke about her unusual reaction to Caylee’s disappearance in a new Reelz documentary called Casey Anthony: Her Friends Speak.
Anthony infamously took part in a nightclub’s “Hot Body” contest hosted by House while her family had not seen Caylee in days.
"At that time none of us knew that Caylee was missing," House revealed.
"We couldn’t be surprised. We weren’t surprised until after the fact, until police were talking about it, asking questions. Until the media got ahold of it and things exploded," he added.
"We were shocked and surprised that she could be out here doing what she had been doing that night, and meanwhile, her child is missing. It came as a big shock once we found out about it. But we just didn’t know."
When House ran into Anthony the next month, just a few weeks before Caylee would be reported missing by her grandmother, he claimed she didn’t let on that anything was wrong.
"She was like, 'Hey, how's it going? Good to see you,'" he remembered.
"That’s the hardest part about this whole story, is that she was just completely so normal during the time Caylee was supposedly missing.
House, who lived with Anthony’s former boyfriend Anthony Lazzaro and two other men, also recalled meeting Caylee a few times before her disappearance.
"She was a very intelligent 2-year-old," he said.
"She was going on 3 [years old] before she went missing, but she was probably one of the sweetest little girls. Very articulate for her age.You could understand 90 percent of the words that were coming out of her mouth when she was talking to you. She seemed just so full of life, and she was just a great little girl. She was very well-behaved."
Surprisingly, House even described Anthony as a "very loving, attentive mother," at least when he was around.
"I even testified to that in the trial," he explained.
"That is what I saw with my own two eyes. I never saw her get angry at Caylee. I never saw her grab Caylee in any kind of abusive manner. I never saw her have to discipline Caylee because Caylee was such a well-behaved child… She just seemed like a good mom."
So House said it was a "punch in the gut" when news broke that Caylee was missing, and later that Anthony was blamed for her murder.
"There’s nothing you can do to prepare yourself or to hear something like that," he said.
While House’s interview could be fuel for both sides of the long-running debate over Anthony’s innocence, "America’s most hated mom" is not weighing in on the new documentary.
These days, Anthony is enjoying a quiet life in Florida, living and working with Patrick McKenna, one of the private detectives that was employed by her defense team.
"I don’t give a ---- about what anyone thinks about me," Anthony told the Associated Press last year. "I never will. I’m OK with myself, I sleep pretty good at night."
House actually says Anthony’s comments in that interview haunt him even more than her behavior during Caylee’s disappearance.
"She's lying about everything," he insisted.
"And that interview, where she says she sleeps pretty good at night, are you kidding me? If I was put on trial for killing my kid, and I was acquitted because I didn’t do it, as soon as I walked out those doors at the courthouse, I would be on a manhunt trying to find out who killed my kid," he explained.
"I wouldn’t sleep again until I found out who killed my kid. That says everything you need to know."
[H/T: Fox News]