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Today’s Editorial Cartoons started as one but as usual my better half disagreed so I created a second version and decided to run a poll among my readers to see your take.  First, I have to say that I am completely against vigilante justice and as pissed off as you can be about the decision in the Casey Anthony trial, calls for individuals to do harm to her outside the justice system is way off IMO.   Remember, Dexter is a fictional character that real people shouldn’t emulate.

Some background for those not familiar with the series.  Dexter is a series on Showtime starring Michael C. Hall who plays Dexter Morgan.  As a toddler Dexter witnessed his mother murdered in a terrible way.  He was adopted by a cop who later saw serial killer tendencies in Dexter.   Dad must have been off as well because rather than seek help for his troubled son, he created a Code by which Dexter follows to determine whether someone should be executed by his vigilante justice.

According to the Code:

  • Killing innocents is NEVER allowed
  • Always take time and make sure you have the right person-EVIDENCE
  • Be extremely careful with the killing and more importantly the PREPARATION
  • Remember: YOU control your urges to kill, they don’t control you.

Once the verdict hit, several people started calling for a Dexter type judgement and this video popped up:


Taking on the mind of Dexter, I say Casey Anthony doesn’t meet the code.  Like OJ, most of us are confident she did it but the evidence was sometimes murky and circumstantial.   As part two of the code states, Dexter won’t violate the code because he doesn’t have solid evidence (yet somehow he is able to find evidence that the “professionals” can’t).  My wife disagreed and therefore I put it to you all.  Go vote in the poll under the pictures.

 Oh…and get the fan art version of a Dexter tshirt at the Beartoons Store.

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  1. Kellie says:

    This is a brilliant way to look at the issue – taking it into the fictional realm so we can look more objectively at the reality that thinking she is guilty, and knowing she is guilty are different.

  2. Jillsy Girl says:

    great post Bear!

  3. George says:

    I’ve thought for awhile that Dexter she pay Ms. Anthony a midnight visit. He’d probably find the evidence necessary. He always does.

  4. Dave Hambidge says:

    (cough, mumble,short silence…) “WTF is Casey Anthony?” [Joking, sort of, maybe, who knows or….] (long silence) “In-bound… aaagghhhh”.

  5. alecho says:

    Hahahahaha! Nice! I love this Dexter reference! 🙂

  6. Binky says:

    Columbo would have found the real evidence, and justice would have been served.

  7. I can think of 2,000+ people who think you’re wrong – great cartoon tho! It kinda looks like me ~

  8. Mark Stokes says:

    Whatever the outcome, that’s a great Dexter you’ve drawn, that spooky glint in his eyes and all.

  9. awesome cartoon! great likeness 🙂

  10. Friggin Loon says:

    Blahaha so from the voting it seems Dexter 1, Casey Anthony 0. Calling witness protection, witness protection to the front desk. We have a failure of the judicial system.

    • Bearman says:

      I knew it was bad when the said one of the jurors felt like she couldn’t judge another person. Now why wasn’t she thrown off.

  11. MJ says:

    Wow, another cool caricature. Great job. How long does it take you to do one?

  12. There is something about the whole Anthony family that doesn’t make sense. (A few things actually). Dexter would knock off an Anthony, but I am not sure it would be Casey.

  13. Kim says:

    What makes the cartoon so funny (the one without the no) is that Casey IS guilty. Most people agree that the evidence was enough to convict. When the pictures of Dexter started popping up after the verdict was read, it was a brilliant move the creaters of Dexter to do so. What a promotional idea! And the reason was so funny is because she DOES fit the code. It wouldn’t be funny if she didn’t fit the code.

    • Bearman says:

      Unfortunately we have the benefit of hearing the analysis of the testimony that the jurors did not and, like OJ, her lawyers could throw enough BS into the mix that caused some reasonable doubt.

      What surprises me more than anything is that it wasn’t a hung jury.

  14. Scholar Mel says:

    I’m in Europe and kept seeing something on Google News about this but was never interested enough to click into a story. The things I miss being on the other side of the pond.

    I have heard of this Dexter character. Some of my family watch the show. They really like it and think there should be somebody like this in real life.

    I don’t like the idea of somebody playing God.

  15. planetross says:

    I’ve never heard of Casey Anthony: it must be news somewhere though.
    I’ve heard of Dexter though, but have never seen the series.

    Living overseas has its advantages. Whatever happened to “The Dingo Ate My Baby” lady?

  16. So great! I think I like the first one a bit better. I love how you’ve captured Dexter taking the situation into consideration without letting us know what he’s decided.

  17. Dexter looks a lot like the Hoff! lol.

    I was living in Florida at the time the search for Casey Anthony’s child was going on and saw a ton of news coverage. While I believe she is somewhat responsible for her child’s death. But I think, more than likely, it was an accident. Rather than reporting an incident to the police, she felt the need to lie and complicate the entire situation. I think the mother could have contrived reason not to report the death. (think child accidentally drowned in pool).

    I am glad that the jury decided to base their decision on the fact nothing more nothing less. And the evidence was highly circumstantial. I believed it would be hard for her to get a fair trial. It gives me a bit more faith in the general population.

    • Bearman says:

      No cracking on my caricature skills. j/k

      I still find it hard to believe that everyone was swayed to the not guilty vote. I would have thought for sure it would have been a hung jury.

      • I was thinking a hung jury as well. But if you followed the case all the evidence was completely circumstantial. Take all the hype and what you know about the case and throw it out the window. Look at the facts, would you send someone to jail with the possibility of execution on evidence that circumstantial.

        Now I am not saying I didn’t think she was guilty but working in the court system and seeing how it can be, if I were on that jury I would have done the same thing.

        • Bearman says:

          I didn’t follow the case as closely as others and while they can’t charge her with murder b/c of double jeopardy, I would love to see them throw some more charges her way.

          • I am with you on that one, she may even go to jail for a few years due to committing perjury. The other side to that is that she has been in jail for a while now so she may just get timed served. She will also have to pay restitution for the large scale search they conducted on her word and false evidence.

          • Bearman says:

            First they’ll have to find her. I think she will be in Guatemala for a while.

  18. 1. i tried to watch Dexter

    2. i do like his character, however, the whole padded room thing is too creepy for me.

    3. sorry.

    4. i think guys are just drawn to shows that are about revenge. Like the Count of Monte Cristo. I bet you like that movie, dont’you?

    5. She’s so guilty I can’t even talk about it.

    • Bearman says:

      I do like the Count of Monte Cristo but I don’t like the Nightmare on Elm Street Movies and that was a revenge movie.

  19. Nate Fakes says:

    I love Dexter! I thought of that too during the case (WWDD). Plus the fact that it happened in Florida makes it all the more intriguing.

  20. Jande says:

    This Dexter TV show sounds like it’s making Heroes of psychopaths. Would this Dexter pass his own ‘code”?

    Why is everyone so bloodthirsty? Not enough wholesome excitement in their own lives? People have no idea the hell that some others live within their whole lives. No idea.

    • Bearman says:

      Well his code is to only kill bad people so I think there is something inside everyone that doesn’t want people to escape justice.

      The problem is when people start thinking this is more than a show.

      • Jande says:

        Some of my research has indicated that certain parts of the brain can’t tell the difference between the imagined and the real, especially under circumstances where there is both high levels of repetition and high levels of emotion. It’s the way so-called brainwashing works. That means that at some point a percentage of people watching shows like that are going to start thinking maybe its OK to kill people outside the law as long as you’re convinced they deserve it (and especially if you can get someone else to do the killing.)

        • Kim says:

          Some people can be hynotized, too, but that doesn’t mean everyone will allow themselves to be. Most can, actually, tell the difference between fantasy and reality. Most can also understand that acting on such impulses, as we all have, would be detrimental to ourselves and everything around us. Dexter is satire, plan and simple. I think you just don’t have a sense of humor.

          • Bearman says:

            Kim, I don’t look at Dexter in the sense of satire that I think it is a funny show. I guess I am missing something too. I love the show but not for the laughs. Except for Masuka. He cracks me up.

            And Jande while I agree that brainwashing can exist, in every case that I have seen where someone blames a recording or a tv show for their actions, there were very apparent issues that the person had long before the exposure to the questionable content.

  21. Jande says:

    Oh, and BTW, Bearman. Really well-drawn caricature!

  22. Great caricature. I don’t know enough about the case to give an opinion nor do I watch Dexter so I’m not much good here. Great work though.

  23. Bo Lumpkin says:

    I’m late to the party I guess. I had no idea who Dexter was until your blog. I don’t want to see Casey Anthony or anyone else dead. I would love it if the next time she is goin’ wild and dancin’ it would be with “Big Bertha” from cell block B. I guess that ain’t happenin’ though. I agree with you that I can’t believe it wasn’t at least a mistrial due to a hung jury.

    • Bearman says:

      People say death penalty is cheaper than life, however I think I remember the costs to the state actually being more since a death row inmate has more government paid lawyers and can spend 20 years waiting.

  24. DadaHyena says:

    Dexter would say, “Deedee, you are STEWWWWWW-PID!”

    Sorry, I’m not familiar with the other ‘Dexter’ show.

  25. Comedy Plus says:

    Emotion is not part of the evidence. The state did not prove that she killed her child. It’s just that simple.

    Have a terrific day. 🙂

  26. Bo Lumpkin says:

    It don’t take no Rocket scientist to know she was guilty of neglect. Her actions of neglect ultimately resulted in the child’s death.

  27. TEDeBEAR says:

    HA HAAAAAAA great post. I think you should keep roll’n with these “what would Dexter do.”

  28. what a great idea… i Have watched Dexter and he makes the villains pay, but he has is own agonies. I do not think she fits Dexters code. I do think that there is more to the Anthony trial than already exposed and when ever the first weak link that knows anything cracks, we may find justice for little Caylee after all.

  29. Jason says:

    Never seen Dexter. People tell me it’s good but I don’t watch TV much at all. Maybe one day when I’m old I’ll watch reruns of Dexter. And Matlock of course.

  30. Duncanr says:

    such has been the number of threats made against Casey Anthony that she is reported to be considering wearing a disguise when she is released


  31. I’ve never heard of this Casey Anthony bloke. I’m usually on the computer when the evening news comes on. Great Dexter likeness.

  32. Tony McGurk says:

    Oh How did Cedric get there. He must have hacked into my computer…

  33. Mom of the Year would be in 12 pieces floating up the atlantic coast.

  34. Lynn says:

    I cannot watch any shows with dark themes- Also court scenes or murders just stress me out too much. That pretty much eliminates all television for me with the exception of nature and travel shows which I do enjoy. (I also enjoy Locked Up Abroad and world news, I know those can be pretty dark too but informative) Thanks for hippin’ me to the whole Dexter thing though. I’ve heard so much about that show via the blogs.

    Re Casey Anthony verdict: Someone in that family knows what happened to that little girl, I’m sure of it. Perhaps the prosecution got lazy because it’s lead attorney knew it was going to be his last case before he retired… I dunno.

    • Bearman says:

      You are only as good as your last case. I find it hard to believe the lead prosecutor was lazy, unless he had to get through the case so he wouldn’t miss his timeshare week.

  35. I’m probably the only dude on the face of the planet that hasn’t seen Dexter.
    He looks familiar, though. And a quick ‘Google’ has confirmed another wonderful likeness, Bearman!

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