Cindy and George Anthony discuss Caylee and Casey case on the Today Show–5 things of interest
George and Cindy Anthony were interviewed by Meredith Vieira on the Today show this morning. It’s the first time George has spoken publicly since he testified before the grand jury. Ms. Vieira posed a number of questions I think most of us would have liked to ask if given the opportunity. There were no real revelations in this interview–they still believe Caylee is alive and will be found. No “breaking news”, but there were 5 things that stood out for me.
You can see the full interview here: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/18424824#27318499
1. Cindy, in a round about way, endorsed Tim Miller and Texas Equusearch. When asked about the protesters, Cindy suggested that these “misguided people” volunteer with TES if they believe Caylee is dead. (good advice IMO, and Cindy and George should have gone a step further by suggesting that EVERYONE –not just the “misguided” ones, who believes Caylee is dead and are able, volunteer to help Tim with the upcoming search)
2. The timing of the now infamous photos of Casey. I didn’t know that George and Cindy were still claiming that the majority of the party pics were taken before Caylee disappeared. When asked about Casey’s outrageous behavior, (documented in all those photos), they insisted most of them had been taken when Casey was between the ages of 18 and 21. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think it’s been proven that those pics WERE taken during the month after her disappearance? Other than trying to refute the timeline on the pics, they pretty much ignored the question about her behavior, saying instead that she was a good daughter and a good mom, and that they would stand behind her. The problem with that statement is that Cindy and George themselves have established that Casey was NOT a good daughter (wiping out Cindy’s 401K and even robbing Cindy’s parents, lying constantly, cursing her parents, etc. etc.) and she was NOT a good mom. (Cindy stated earlier that she was seeing a counselor about her problems with Casey, and that she was thinking about seeking custody of Caylee.) Not the definition I would use to describe a good daughter and a good mom.
3. Why no one has visited Casey in jail. Cindy said they could visit if they wanted to, but Casey wanted the focus to be on Caylee. She wants “desperately” to find her daughter and feels the media circus surrounding any visits from family would detract from that. I wonder. (I wonder if maybe Casey is being isolated in hopes that she will crack and tell what she knows. She didn’t even have money in her prison account for incidentals until the media made a big deal about it.)
I do think we got a glimpse of how the murder trial will be played by the defense when Ms. Vieira asked about the evidence showing decomp and chloroform in the trunk. How can they believe Caylee is still alive in light of that evidence? Their answer? ALL the evidence is circumstantial–Casey’s lawyers could provide “expert” witnesses that will refute any “expert” witnesses the prosecution might have, and “poor” (Cindy’s exact word) Casey had been convicted since day one because of the leaking of information from the sheriff’s office. She felt that the charges of child neglect that were dropped yesterday because the state believes Caylee is dead, were just a ploy to delay the release of discovery evidence. Cindy also said that she believes that Caylee will be found before the trial, and they will all be spared that whole ordeal. (Unfortunately, they also believed that Caylee would be found before her 3rd birthday.) When asked if they had ever even considered the possibility that they were in denial, they both said “absolutely not!” George said they get tips everyday and they even got tips this morning………………..
4. They didn’t try to promote the new foundation they are in the process of establishing. Instead, they gave a plug to Kid Finders, and said they couldn’t have survived without that organization’s help. (A lot of people thought the new foundation was why they were giving this interview. )
5. Cindy’s body language. She was sitting at a noticable distance from George and even leaning away from him. There appeared to be some tension between them–even a little hostility on Cindy’s part. That could have been my imagination, but it was not my imagination that they both looked extremely exhausted and beaten down.
At the end of the interview, Ms. Vieira asked what Cindy would do if it turns out that Casey is guilty, and Caylee is dead. Would she continue to support her daughter? Cindy said she didn’t believe that would happen, but if it did, yes, she felt she would still stand by her daughter. Apparently Casey’s greatest fear is that she will lose her mother–she actually said she was petrified that her mother might not forgive her in the interview with LE. Now we know that she isn’t going to be abandoned by Cindy, period. (and I have to think Cindy has actually told Casey that). So why continue with this madness? Casey’s only real feelings seem to be towards her mother–can’t she see that she’s mentally, physically, and financially destroying her mom? (and her dad) She’s not going to be able to lie her way out of this, and she’s going to suffer the consequences of her actions sooner or later. Why not give up the truth now, and save what’s left of her family? It’s a mystery to me why Casey won’t allow her parents to give Caylee the same care that they’re giving her. Let these grandparents have closure and let Caylee come home!