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Cindy Anthony confronts Leonard Padilla at search site and talks about Caylee on GMA

November 10, 2008

Leonard Padilla’s search turned up nothing today, and he is planning to have a memorial service for Caylee tomorrow.

cindy-at-parkGeorge and Cindy showed up on site for some unknown reason and confronted him.  Several onlookers got very nasty, and  Cindy started to argue with them but then apparently thought better of it and backed off.

You can see the video here:

How can anyone not feel sorry for this poor woman. No matter what you think of her and what she’s doing, her pain is almost palpable.

There were two things that really struck me in this video.

1. Cindy looks like she is literally on the verge of some sort of breakdown–she also looked very sedated.

2. Why on earth did she and George go out to the search site?  I really don’t understand that. She was barely walking–if they really felt the need to confront Leonard Padilla, why didn’t George come alone?  I know Cindy is probably difficult to keep from doing something if she sets her mind to it, but this display was not in her or her granddaughter’s best interest, and George or someone else around her should have stopped her.cindy-park-2

Cindy also appeared on GMA this morning.   Cindy appeared as if she’d either been crying or was sedated on the GMA show as well.

Cindy said there had been a sighting of Caylee in Gainesville, Fl., but they weren’t yet able to tell from the video if it was her.  She talked about her daughter and what a good mother she is.  She insisted that Casey is a victim and grieving for her daughter.

Cindy says the prosecution is trying to put a gag order on the family and Casey’s defense team because they don’t want them reporting all the live sightings that are being called in. She said that everyone could see how adorable Caylee is–she’s captured the heart of the country so why is it so hard to believe someone would want to take Caylee as their own?  She also slammed LE again for not putting out an Amber Alert and for not looking for a live Caylee.

She says she doesn’t believe Caylee is dead for the following reasons:

1. there is no real evidence that she’s dead.

2. Too many people believe they have seen her, and there is no reason to believe she’s not alive.

Wow–I don’t know where to start. I have empathy for Cindy, but I can’t agree with her, and it makes me want to pull my hair out when she says some of the things she says!

1st of all, what is an Amber Alert?

AMBER Alert Program

The AMBER Alert Program, named for 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, and transportation agencies to activate an URGENT bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases. Broadcasters use the Emergency Alert System (EAS) to air a description of the abducted child and suspected abductor. The goal of an AMBER Alert is to INSTANTLY galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and safe recovery of the child.

The purpose of an Amber Alert is to organize an IMMEDIATE search for a child that was just taken.  By issuing it, you bypass normal channels and everyone starts looking instantly.  It’s not effective unless it’s issued quickly–right after a child disappears. It’s a huge time saver, and time means everything when a child is taken.  CAYLEE WAS MISSING FOR A MONTH BEFORE OFFICIALS EVEN KNEW SHE WAS GONE!!  The Amber Alert was pointless. Cindy knows this!!

The reason no one believes someone took Caylee for their own is two-fold.

It’s obvious from the evidence –and I’m sorry, but there is LOTS of evidence that Caylee is no longer alive. (DNA, decompositon, etc.)

Casey’s behavior and the unbelievable web of lies she told and continues to tell leaves little doubt that she’s not only involved in Caylee’s disappearance–she’s responsible for it. There is no kidnapper! If there was a kidnapper, would that person really be stupid enough to parade Caylee around for all to see? It would be difficult to take that child out anywhere in this country without being recognized-but it would be impossible in FLORIDA!!!!! Caylee’s face is the most recognizable face in the United States at this point!   She’d be spotted in a New York minute.

As much as I would like to join Cindy in her belief that Caylee is alive, I just don’t think it’s possible.  I’m sorry for her and George. I’m sorry this weekend didn’t bring Caylee home.  I continue to be appalled that Casey can continue with this charade.  Someone needs to show her these videos of her mom.  Cindy seems to be the only thing Casey cares about–maybe if she could see how she’s killing her mother, her heart would soften.  It’s not all about you Casey–It’s about Caylee. And it’s about the closure you need to give your parents.

22 Comments leave one →
  1. TONI permalink
    November 10, 2008 7:26 pm

    Casey will never ever give in and tell the truth.

  2. truth4caylee permalink
    November 10, 2008 7:43 pm

    God BLess L.P, Whatever it takes stop the web of lies.

    P.S It is about C-A-Y-L-E-E! We the People want justice, We want the TRUTH! and/or we want body found for a proper burial.

    We the People are fighting for the defenseless! and that includes, Caylee.

  3. niecey456 permalink
    November 10, 2008 8:01 pm

    Casey will never tell the truth, and I don’t even believe she cares about what she’s doing to her Mom. She didn’t care about what she did to Caylee either. Somewhere along the lines Casey decided to be evil, and she thinks it’s cute. What a waste of the life God gave her!

  4. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 10, 2008 8:18 pm

    well said, Niecey

  5. Jon_Hart permalink
    November 10, 2008 8:37 pm

    “”””””Why on earth did she and George go out to the search site? I really don’t understand that.”””””””

    To try to stop Padilla from holding the memorial for Caylee. They didn’t succeed, so they’ll probably show up tomorrow and likely provoke some kind of a near-riot at the memorial. That will be quite the scene!

    Thanks for posting all the specifics on the Amber Alert protocols. Cindy really needs to shut up about that issue. She repeats that nonsense over and over about how the police didn’t ever issue an Amber Alert. Cindy, what photo of the “abductor” were they supposed to release? A description of the non-existent Zaneida Fernandez-Gonzalez? A photo of the real Zaneida Fernandez-Gonzalez who police already located and determined has never had any contact with Caylee? And what car to include in the Amber Alert? Casey described to police the actual Zenaida’s car. But police already know that car was not used in an abduction of Caylee. No Amber Alert possible on this case.


    “”””””Cindy seems to be the only thing Casey cares about–maybe if she could see how she’s killing her mother, her heart would soften. It’s not all about you Casey–It’s about Caylee. And it’s about the closure you need to give your parents.”””””””

    I totally disagree about this! I think Casey’s heart would not soften one bit if she saw that video. When Casey left her mom’s house the day after the huge blow-up with her mom that the neighbors heard and where Cindy was strangling Casey at one point (according to Lee) and threatening to get custody of Caylee and who knows what all else the two said to each other… Anyway, when Casey left that day, she knew her mom would never see Caylee again. Casey was jealous Caylee was more attached to her mom, and Casey was an angry spiteful *expletive* who wasn’t going to put up with a custody case with her mom. Her mom would never see Caylee again! Casey was going to delight in watching her mother agonize over Caylee being gone. Her myspace message to her mom couldn’t have been any colder and intentionally hurtful. The message where she replied to Cindy’s myspace message about “where has my angel gone…?” Casey was basically throwing Cindy’s words back in her face — “On the worst of days, remember the words spoken. Trust no one… etc.” Remember that message? While carefully not confessing to anything, Casey was basically saying it’s your fault Caylee is gone; life’s gonna suck for you now — deal with it. That’s what you deserve, expletive.

    So I think Casey loves seeing her mom’s public meltdown. The only thing detracting from Casey’s enjoyment of it is being in jail. She actually thought the police would believe her lies and she’d get to remain free and move on and get over killing Caylee, while her mom suffered endlessly. That was her plan.

  6. patti permalink
    November 10, 2008 8:52 pm

    first of all , cindy anthony has been living in la la land most of her life. she has listened to her daughter lie for many years and either chose to believe them just to keep the peace,or she’s really a dumb woman. now she has started behaving just like her daughter casey.. pretend she’s alive , insist she’s alive, and she will be alive.. how stupid can a person be?? if it were me, and my daughter had done this to my granddaugher, i would sever all ties with her, and hope with the rest of the world that she rot in hell.. caylee sightings !!! are you kidding me?? ya , and the hair , and the decomposition in the trunk were some other poor dead person.. a dead person that hasn’t yet been reported missing.. wake up cindy , i thnk george gets it, stop believing the lies..its time to say good bye and good riddens to your daughter casey.. your less than human daughter casey.. man you really raised a dandy..her soul will rot in hell, so why not just accept it and help in searching for your deceased granddaughter…

  7. ElaineE1216 permalink
    November 10, 2008 8:57 pm

    Cindy’s words when a reporter asked her several months ago if she
    believed Casey was guilty replied “why would Casey put us through
    all of this – she wouldnt do that”. This statement has always bothered me.
    Cindy had just finished a major blowout with Casey over her stealing
    from her own grandfather. That argument was heard by neighbors
    the night of June 15th, Fathers Day. Also Casey had stolen credit cards
    belonging to Cindy as well. She had acted irresponsibly and Casey and Cindy had been fighting well before Caylee went missing with Cindy
    going so far as to see a therapist. The question is – Casey had already
    put Cindy and George through quite a few ordeals over the years with her incessant lying and thievery. wasnt that “putting them through” a lot
    even before Caylee went missing? It seems to me that if Cindy consulted a therapist she must of asked a therapist why Casey behaved the way that she did. What did the therapist say to Cindy I wonder?

  8. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 10, 2008 8:59 pm

    TONI thanks for that link. It was an interesting read.

    Jon- a lot of really good points, and I hope you’re wrong about the Anthonys’ showing up tomorrow–but I imagine you’re right.

    patti- I would do the same as you. Can’t understand Cindy turning her back on Caylee in favor of Casey

  9. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 10, 2008 9:03 pm

    That statement stuck out in my mind as well. A very strange thing to say in light of everything they had already been through with this girl.

    George said in the interview that was just released that he hated to think a person he brought into this world could be capable of hurting another person. I think Cindy isn’t capable of seeing the truth here. It’s self-preservation. She can’t live with the thought that Casey did this or that Caylee is gone.

  10. Kari permalink
    November 10, 2008 9:08 pm

    Thank you, Mystery, for a sensitive and informative post. I had never read the actual criteria and history of ‘Amber Alert’, so that was interesting.

    I agree that Cindy appears to be in physical pain, and also sedated. I feel so sorry for her, my heart really goes out to her, in spite of her stubborn case of denial and trying to place blame somewhere else than Casey.

    Unfortunately, I think Casey knows what her mother is going through and is not capable of caring. I have known someone who had that disability of feeling no compassion, no empathy, no recognition of another person’s feelings… My friend was so charming when things were going good, it always came as a shock in the bad times to see that he simply did not recognize anyone else’s pain, and in the middle of your worst trouble would just say, “Well, what about me? While you’re in hospital, who’s going to take care of me?”

    He wasn’t a murderer, and has learned over the years to at least counterfeit human sympathy, because he does want to have friends and to be loved…

    I think Casey is like that. If you spelled it out for her, she’d still say, “So Mom is having to deal with the press and all, so what? I’m the victim, here, I’m the one languishing in prison.”

  11. Jon_Hart permalink
    November 10, 2008 9:38 pm

    “why would Casey put us through
    all of this – she wouldnt do that”

    That stood out to me too. I think Cindy was actually subconsciously admitting that she knows Casey IS putting them through all of this on purpose. Cindy must know that or else she wouldn’t have brought it up like that in the form of a why question in response to a question from a reporter. It’s very similar to a liar being caught in a lie. One very good clue that someone is lying is when they start making comments like “why would I do such and such?” Or “it makes no sense that I would do such and such.” When Cindy says “why would Casey do that,” it’s pretty clear that she knows that’s exactly what Casey is doing, but she doesn’t want to admit it.

    It does seem odd that Cindy is not doing what Patti suggests. The best explanation I can think of is that Cindy is not going to admit the truth because she so desperately refuses to be seen as a mother who raised a sociopathic baby killer who murdered her own granddaughter. She so wants to be embraced instead by the public as a grieving grandmother of a MISSING girl. But that is impossible for her to achieve. The harder and harder she tries to insist and demand and try to force the public to see her that way (by insisting that Caylee is alive, Casey is a victim too, etc.) the more and more she is seen unsympathetically by the public. I think her inability to force everyone to see things her way is really driving her crazier and crazier. The more she tries, the worse she fares, but quitting and admitting the truth doesn’t seem to be an option in her mind. A lot like Casey in that regard.

  12. truth4caylee permalink
    November 10, 2008 10:33 pm

    How could ANYONE feel sorry for the crazy Anthony’s, esp. Cindy, who like Casey,only feels sorry for herself.

    I feel bad for Caylee! Caylee was defenseless and the Anthony’s still refuse to come clean about the truth. They are too selfish to let Caylee have a proper burial.

  13. hawg59 permalink
    November 10, 2008 11:19 pm

    I feel sorry for George. I think he has been the whipping post for Casey and Cindy for years. He knows Caylee is gone and has from the day he picked up the car. Lee knows too, thats why he is no longer in the picture. Lee was fed up with Casey’s lies from the begining. Just listen to the jail house phone calls, I think he hangs up on her during the last one. And as for Cindy, she loves little Caylee so much that she will not survive if she face the truth.

  14. robin permalink
    November 11, 2008 3:08 am

    Great post! I really agree with Jon_Hart’s comment. It is so hard for me to listen to Cindy. I really think she has hurt the investigation.

  15. Jake Hess permalink
    November 11, 2008 4:47 am

    Poor Cindy needs to be put in a straight jacket and put away somewhere, so she can’t possible annoy anyone again. She deserves that much respect, and we as a society owe that to her.

    Why should she be left in a situation where she’s allowed to continue to go on several T.V programs and open her self up to such ridicule .


  16. Kari permalink
    November 11, 2008 8:15 am

    Jon, you are a good, logical thinker, and I think you are spot on in saying that Cindy phrased her response ‘why would Casey put us through this’ as a (subconscious) way of avoiding admitting what she dreads to be true.

    On the other hand, I found it interesting that you state Cindy is desperately refusing to be seen as the mother of a sociopathic baby-killer, and is trying to force the public to see her as the grieving grandmother of a missing girl.

    If I were in Cindy’s position (Heaven forfend!!) I would not give a darn how the public ‘sees’ me. I think Cindy desperately wants it not to be true, is trying to believe, with all her heart, that her beloved granddaughter is alive, and her daughter is not a loveless sociopath. The truth is bearing down on her more and more, and it is killing her.

    Surely, surely all anyone has to do is watch this clip of her at the park to see plainly how far gone she is. Pity the poor woman and pray you never, ever have to know how she feels!

  17. pak31 permalink
    November 11, 2008 8:47 am

    Cindy keeps saying that Casey is a good mom. Then why was she nearing the point of seeking custody of Caylee AND the night that they found Casey she told Lee that Cindy thinks she’s a bad mother. George had doubts that Casey was really working, both he and Cindy knew she was stealing money from them, the list goes on and on. I mean, they lived with her for the last 22 years, they know her better than anyone. George even said that he feels that Casey has had a resentment toward Cindy from the moment Caylee came into the world because Cindy held her first. Cindy looked like a fool at the search site. Why is she torturing herself like this? Her public appearances are not helping her find Caylee nor are they helping her deal with her issues. I am sure they would never want to believe that Casey could harm Caylee, but you can see when they were initially confronted with all that evidence, they freaked out thinking she was dead. For Cindy to say that an alleged “sighting” is more evidence that Caylee is alive than actual DNA results is denial to me. You are right Mystery, just Casey’s lies alone are enough to support the fact that she isn’t a good mom. Good moms don’t lie like that in a situation like this.

  18. Lucia permalink
    November 11, 2008 11:35 am

    Like most people, I believe that Casey harmed her daughter and that Cindy is in denial about it. …but when I watch these videos that show the insensitivity of people who don’t even have a relationship with this family-I feel sympathy for George and Cindy.
    People can be so nosey and so cruel.
    Anyone could could see that Cindy was barely able to walk under her crushing burden of pain, but there stand the “do-gooders” goading her and taunting her. Get a life, people. Show some freakin’ compassion. Bunch of redneck idiots.

  19. TONI permalink
    November 11, 2008 4:34 pm


  20. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 11, 2008 7:16 pm

    thanks for the insight into a sociopath you know personally. I found it fascinating that he “learned over the years to at least counterfeit human sympathy, because he does want to have friends and to be loved…” By the way, where are you from? England? Australia? You write the way several of my friends from those country speak. (and you drove me to Webster’s
    online dictionary with “forfend”.

    great comments. You always make us think!

    You too Pak 31 and Elaine–always great insight.

    I think everyone commenting are 100% in agreement–Cindy is to be pitied–not hated.

  21. trensota permalink
    November 11, 2008 11:28 pm

    Mystery, I hope you won’t think less of me for admitting to being a lifelong Hoosier! I love British writers, though, and maybe some of their lingo rubs off on me.

    My friend has had just about as many diagnoses as doctors, which is to say each one has a different opinion. He has been called bi-polar, sociopath, paranoid, and schizo-affective. I’m not sure from what we’ve heard about Casey if she actually wants to be loved. Or does she just cultivate relationships with people who do her favors? My friend does really want to be loved, and that is his salvation. He has worked hard to learn how to behave in order to maintain a relationship, and is doing rather well these days. But it makes me slightly uneasy to hear him say, kindly, “I’m sorry you’re not feeling well,” or, “I’m sorry I interrupted you,”. I know it is perfunctory for him; a courtesy like, “How are you?” Though he believes that saying it, acting the part, helps him to feel it more.

  22. itsamysterytome permalink*
    November 12, 2008 12:38 am

    I have a good friend who lives in Peru, Indiana. I’ve also been to Indianapolis a few times and thought it was pretty cool downtown where we were.

    Your friend obviously knows something is wrong with him with all those diagnoses. I doubt Casey does. I think she wants to be loved, otherwise she wouldn’t be so eager to please whatever guy she’s with..I think Jesse called her a chameleon or something like that–she takes on the personality of whoever she’s with. That tells me she at least wants to please them.

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