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Cindy and George Anthony discuss Caylee and Casey case on the Today Show–5 things of interest

October 22, 2008

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:

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!

13 Comments leave one →
  1. October 22, 2008 11:43 am

    Now that all the suspense regarding Casey is over, to pass the time, I thought we could take an informal vote on the issue at hand. This is not very complicated and certainly not scientific, but will at least be interesting. All you have to do to vote is click on this link and in the subject line type either FRY if you want to see Casey executed or ROT if you want her locked up in prison for the rest of her life. Of course you may add any additional comments if you would like a reply, but it is not necessary. I will post and update the results once a week, so check back to this site every so often to see which way the wind is blowing.

  2. niecey456 permalink
    October 22, 2008 12:37 pm

    Great post! Really good points and I agree with you that Casey should think of her parents and tell the truth. I know this won’t be popular, but I would go a step further and say that she should get her attorneys to strike a deal, for maybe life instead of death in exchange for the truth and Caylee’s whereabouts, Caylee deserves that and so does the rest of her family.

  3. itsamysterytome permalink*
    October 22, 2008 12:40 pm

    I’m not so sure everyone wouldn’t be happy with that if it meant finding Caylee. I personally would rather see Casey spend the rest of her life in prison than having her put to death. Death would be too easy. Let her live a long, long, long, longggggg life behind bars. Couldn’t think of a better punishment for someone like her.

  4. Nicole permalink
    October 22, 2008 12:41 pm

    What frustrates me the most about this entire case, is the media frenzy surrounding it. I cant help but think that if the media would just back off slightly, Casey might have been a little more willing to “talk”. Why would she say anything at this point when all the media is going to do is slash it all over the tv and even turn her words around. We all know she did something, thats apparent. The focus now needs to be strictly on finding the remains of Caylee, I dont need to hear anymore about how much money Casey has in her account in jail, or how she spends her time. She is behind bars where she belongs. Now we need to find Caylee’s remains so when she gets convicted it wont be possible to appeal it!!!

  5. pak31 permalink
    October 22, 2008 12:57 pm

    Every single time I read one of your posts, you always say the exact same things that I think!! My big thing with that interview was the fact that they said Casey was a good mom and daughter when previously they have said otherwise. That was odd. The other thing that bugs me is that they dispute actual evidence from the car but they won’t give any actual reason why they think Caylee is alive.

  6. caj33 permalink
    October 22, 2008 1:04 pm

    I am pleased Cindy endorsed Miller’s organization. He has done wonders for others and will still help find Casey regardless of how he is viewed by the family.

    I recall having reviewed the photos and indeed most of them were taken prior to Caylee’s disappearance. In fact, one of the most disturbing ones, one in which the tattooed fellow had his hand on her breast, it is clear she is pregnant…at least it looks that way to me. Perhaps, it was taken after Caylee’s birth because Casey’s stomach looks rather large. The one in which she is wearing a flag was prior to June 16th, the updated time of Caylee’s disappearance according to a Fathers Day video in which Caylee is seen reading a book. I agree with the Anthonys that people have selected certain photos to portray Casey. A person’s life isn’t a snapshot but more like a rolling film changing each day, especially at that young age.

    What good would a jailhouse visit do if it is to be recorded and sent to the media? That was their first mistake and I’m certain they aren’t foolish enough to do that again. Next thing you know people would be lined up in front of their home debating where the property lines are…they already know where they are. They are trying to locate their granddaughter, not teach teeny boppers about the constitution and their right to be belligerent and hateful.

    I am sure they are grateful for Kidfinders; however, additional money has to be collected on Caylee’s behalf to follow leads. They know how the public in their area feel about their efforts to find their daughter…most are against it. It’s more like, ‘we took a vote, Caylee is dead, end of story.’ I am certain they feel for others who have lost children, but their priority at this time is Caylee…as it would be any of ours given the same situation. They feel they have credible leads I’m certain, as does Casey’s attorney.

    Given Cindy’s general attitude and ways of doing things, it is understandable Casey would fear backlash directed at lack of parenting skills. Her mother seems to be a very dominating woman. Her posture and distance from George is more than likely standard operating procedure. Perhaps he has finally been able to get her to control her tongue and it’s not sitting well -pardon the pun. Of course, if it weren’t for her coarseness, Tim Miller would not have had so many volunteers on his last search. Lol!

  7. itsamysterytome permalink*
    October 22, 2008 1:15 pm

    I agree Nicole. The leaks should stop, and she should stop being treated like a celebrity by the media! She’s not a celebrity, she’s more than likely a murderer, and I find it hard to believe anyone cares what she eats, what she can buy to entertain herself, what’s on her book list, or how lonely she is. If the focus would move away from the sensationalism in this case, if not Casey, maybe someone else would be brave enough to come forward with information they might have been withholding out of fear of being exposed and scrutinized.

  8. October 22, 2008 2:15 pm

    Wow, I can’t believe the response I have received as to voting on the issue of whether Casey should be executed or life in prison if she is convicted. Right now the numbers are running 3 to 1 in favor of execution. The ones that are favoring life in prison are not so much against the death penalty as they view the concept of living the rest of her life behind bars to be much more unpleasant for Casey.

  9. susie permalink
    October 22, 2008 2:21 pm

    If the media shows are going to pay money why not ask Cindy the hard questions. we all know she believes her granddaughter is still alive, but why not ask Cindy, why didnt your daughter call 911, why did she lie to police officers and lead them on a wild goose chase, why was she stealing money from you and her friends?

  10. itsamysterytome permalink*
    October 22, 2008 2:31 pm

    good point susie, although I thought Meredith Vieira asked some good questions–just not enough of them!

  11. Kari permalink
    October 22, 2008 3:46 pm

    Well-said, Mystery. Excellent points, every one.

    About the timing of the pictures of Casey misbehaving. Certainly the ones of her at the 4rth of July anything-but-clothes party are from this 4rth of july, when Caylee had apparently been missing 3 weeks, and you would not expect any remotely normal mother to be at a party. But I think the more shocking photos, of her peeing in a parking lot, throwing up in someone’s toilet, and passed out sleeping, etc, were taken in the past, I’ll take their word for it that she was 18-20 in those pics…

    I suppose it is on legal advice that no one is even asking the questions we’d all like answered: What evidence do you have that Caylee is still alive? What is your current theory of what happened, since no Zanny the nanny has been found, no picture of same, no phone calls or messages from same, etc…? Has Casey not come up with any other information/explanation at all? Do you now believe your daughter is mentally ill and incapable of telling the truth? If so, is she being treated at all? Have you any further theory to explain the evidence of a dead body in the trunk of the car?

    Hoping some questions will be answered at the trial…

  12. itsamysterytome permalink*
    October 22, 2008 5:51 pm

    Me, too, Kari!

    Susie, I think Kari is probably right–legally the important questions will have to be saved for the trial.

  13. Shari Moore permalink
    July 2, 2009 11:23 am

    I find it disturbing, don’t know if anyone else noticed: As Casey Anthony is talking over jail phone to parents… looks like after she fights with her mother on the phone, she has many hideous grimaces as she fights with Cindy Anthony, then as the phone goes to her father, she looks at the screen of her mother, crying uncontrollably, and Casey Anthony begins to chat with George Anthony and as she looks at her mother she begins to smile, largely, as if she is enjoying putting her through the pain…..her eyes and mannerisms speak loudly, that she is enjoying her mother’s pain.

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