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Cindy Anthony writes eulogy for Caylee in Orlando Sentinel

February 8, 2009

A eulogy for Caylee Anthony, written and published in the Orlando Sentinel by Cindy Anthony, is the first public comments she has made since Caylee was confirmed dead.


cindy-in-caylees-roomCaylee Marie Anthony has captivated the hearts of so many people over the course of the last several months. Many feel a great loss for a beautiful child that they never had the opportunity to meet. They quickly fell in love with her beauty and her charming ways, as she read a story to her ailing great-grandfather, whom she loved very much.

For those who fell in love with Caylee Marie on national TV, their grief is only temporary, their hearts will soon mend, and their memory of her may eventually fade. But for those who actually had the honor to meet Caylee Marie, it will be much more difficult for them to say goodbye, and their hearts may never heal.

On Aug. 9, 2005, God blessed this Earth with one of his most beautiful children. Caylee Marie was born at 7:14 a.m. in an Orlando hospital. From the moment she was born she forever stole the hearts of her family. Caylee was not only a beautiful baby, but she had a beautiful spirit that will live on in those that truly knew her and loved her.

She is survived by her mother, Casey Marie Anthony; her grandparents, George and Cindy Anthony; her uncle Lee Anthony; and her great-grandparents, Alex and Shirley Plesea and Ruth and Lee Anthony.

Caylee’s life will be honored in a memorial service open to the public Tuesday at the First Baptist Church beginning at 10 a.m.

The family is requesting that those with only the purest of hearts and truly honorable intentions attend the service for their beloved child. This service will be a tribute to her life and a time for her family and friends to finally be together to openly express and share their love for her.

The family is requesting, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to Eastside Baptist Church, 1900 Conway Gardens Road in Orlando; Orlando Rescue Mission; or Kid Finders Network.

Because of Caylee, so many other children have been the recipient of the kindness and generosity from those who have donated on her behalf. Donations have been made to numerous organizations such as Toys for Tots, Shriners, St. Jude’s Hospital, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Orlando Rescue Mission and Kid Finders Network. Another child will receive a new smile after receiving multiple reconstructive surgeries to repair a cleft palate.

Because of this outpouring of compassion, the family will continue to honor Caylee’s memory by establishing the Caylee Marie Anthony Foundation. The foundation’s purpose will be to continue to generate awareness for missing children and to establish programs to assist in the well-being of those children in need of comfort and support during difficult and stressful times.

Caylee’s life may have been short-lived on this earth, but her life will not have ended without a purpose. She will be sadly missed but never forgotten. Caylee Marie Anthony now has her angel wings and will be watching over so many other children.

the article  and video statement by Brad Conway, attorney for the Anthonys is here:

orlando sentinel

If this is an indication of what the memorial will be like, I think it will be a beautiful tribute to Caylee.  Hopefully the circus will stay home and it will be conducted with dignity and respect.

78 Comments leave one →
  1. paula permalink
    February 8, 2009 10:24 am

    Cindy actually sounds somewhat gracious. Hope she conducts herself in a lady-like manner on Tuesday, in respect to her grandchild.

  2. Mike permalink
    February 8, 2009 10:25 am

    The eulogy is “me, me and more me” for Cindy.
    Funny how she left out her own brother and his family (who Cindy pimped for funds to cover what Casey had stolen from grandparents) who happen to be surviving family members of Caylee.

    Considering the fact that it was Cindy begging EQUUS to find Caylee isn’t listed on her “give money” list she hopes to tap her handpicked audience for the Tuesday Baptist burlesque show.

    It might behoove Cindy to stop manufacturing news, posing for photo ops and read the news:

    EQUUS found a missing child this week because his family COOPERATED unlike the Anthony family and their spawn.

  3. paula permalink
    February 8, 2009 10:46 am

    Hurray for Tim Miller!!! Anthony’s should certainly request that donations be made to TES but they won’t.

  4. Boston permalink
    February 8, 2009 11:06 am

    I honestly read the eulogy or was it an announcement with the particulars on where and when the service was to be held? Whatever it was, it was appropriate. I finished reading it and when I clicked back to the Orlando Sentinel site I see this lovely picture of Cindy on the floor in Caylee’s room. I know that folks who have not kept up with this story would find this photo sweet and engaging. I found myself feeling something very different. Is it because I followed the case and know more than the casual reader or viewer of this picture. To me it just was just another of Cindy’s not so observable stunts. I cannot think of the right word. Stunts is too harsh but that is what I am stuck with. I remember all too clearly the interview with Ms Denofrio when Cindy showed her around the house and Caylee’s bedroom. She knew then what had happened. And dare we forget the infamous interview with Greta in early August. Sitting on the couch with George lying their faces off about the last time they saw Casey and Caylee together. How happy Cindy appeared when she announced that Casey had only been arrested for neglect of a child. She knew then what happened to Caylee. Now she sits like a school girl playing with toys. It all seems so staged.

    Somehow that picture really turned me off. They probably will sell it.

  5. paula permalink
    February 8, 2009 11:14 am

    You’re right Boston. There’s something very “off” with Cindy. Is she that way because her daughter is a sociopath or is her daughter a sociopath because of her? Caylee seemed such a sweet, loving child but was she really loved in return? I think Cindy loved her in her way, but is not a loving person. Sometimes I think Caylee was a trophy for Cindy – she was adorable, bright and charming. She had a second chance with that child to do it right this time. Remember in one of the videos when she’s calling Caylee “Casey?”

  6. MAND permalink
    February 8, 2009 11:28 am

    I find it sad that Cindy would choose to name Kid Finders as an organization to donate to but would omit TES…would this not be a time to try and be gracious..and do what is right?
    Cindy asked Tim Miller personally to find Caylee..then when he did not comply to her demands that he search for a live child only.. she became extremely hostile and wanted no part of him or his organization….Caylee was not found alive so now would be the time for Cindy to apologize for how she treated Mr. Miller.
    To err is forgive is divine.

    You know Cindy will be asking for people to forgive Casey one of these days..she will have a reason as to why Casey acted as she did and will want all of us to try and understand…and it will take a hell of a lot more for us to try and forgive Casey for what she has done than it would be for her to forgive Mr. Miller for what it is that she feels he may have done to

    I don’t know why Cindy finds it so important to hold this memorial in a have a man of the cloth present to speak on the family’s behalf seeing that she doesn’t act like a christian…once again it seems to be about image…so very sad.

  7. MAND permalink
    February 8, 2009 11:33 am

    Boston I feel the same way.
    How about the word Staging?? She staged that scene…the house etc.

  8. Mike permalink
    February 8, 2009 11:58 am

    Cindy’s staged photo in the staged “Caylee’s room” is the same room Cindy – herself – stated Caylee never slept in.

    The eulogy is repulsive on its face – honoring the murderer of the child is hardly “compassionate” choreography what could we expect any less from the ever posturing Cindy Anthony?

    Equus was deliberately ignored of whom the Anthony’s bled financially dry and but of course:

    Did Cindy request donations for the woman and five children they made homeless, destitute and penniless now stuck in a degrading homeless shelter? That being Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzales, Zanny the Nanny who the Anthony’s made no hesitation in lying about by repeating the lies of their daughter.

    Considering the Anthony’s – one and all – testimonies to police officers and others that they knew their daughter/sibling was a consumate and devastatingly damaging liar . . their slandering – by repeating endlessly – that Zenaida took the child . . . makes them responsible for the woman and her children’s plight.

    Yet – we read a Eulogy requesting funds for anyone but those who paid the price of the Anthony’s choreographed patronization of the monster(s) under their roof.

  9. Boston permalink
    February 8, 2009 12:34 pm

    Mike you said it so well. I so totally agree. I like the clarity and your no nonsense approach to the facts. We all have that resentment towards her because we have all come to know how she tried to cover up the evidence, manipulate the press but at the end of the day she had no handle on the truth. She was almost too good for the truth.

    Mand adds on the fact that she does not act like a Christian nor is she going to speak at the memorial but have a man of the cloth do it for her. Cindy is the person walking around giving orders and seeing to it that others tow the line. She’s like a stage hand telling everyone where to go and what to say.

    Lest we forget the command to the media, “Get off your asses and look for my granddaughter.”

    She deserves to amend her ways and offer Texas Equisearch the ability to look for lost and murdered children by asking everyone at that service to give something to Tim Miller. She only wanted him to search for a “live” Caylee. She thought she could bring the dead back to life. Everyone with any real contact with Cindy walks away a little diminished and a little worse for the wear.

    When she sees all those good people in church she will get some solice and support but she can’t give any in return.

    She’s just so darn busy posing for the camera.

  10. February 8, 2009 12:34 pm

    Hi Mystery, I makes me so angry that this twit of Cindy Anthony would leave out TES, she is soooo ungrateful! I just do not understand why they would be setting up a foundation for Caylee to help missing children. Caylee was murdered not missing, but dumped in the woods by her own mother. Cindy Anthony is a piece of work, trying hard to will that everyone will eventually forget Caylee, well Cindy Anthony you could not be more wrong, you do not control our hearts or our human spirits and whether you like it or not Caylee will live on in our hearts because our hearts will carry her with us. And the murder of Caylee will forever be seen as murder, and at the hands of her evil mother. JUSTICE FOR CAYLEE!

  11. Paul in PG BC permalink
    February 8, 2009 12:39 pm

    More Anthony Bs,the ungrateful dirtbags that they are.Kidfinders what did they do,just like the A-holes nada g-d damn thing.And this blabbering IdIoT is gonna eulogize this child,throw rocks at her please!!Give em sh-t and push em in it!!Where are this childs remains ??
    The MURDERER gets too sit and eat kingdons while watching her handy work[sick].Put the bitch into population so she can have a taste of what awaits her in prison!!Not a care in the world for Z.G. who’s life has been ruined by these sick pricks.
    To bad all will not stay home and let these sicko’s go about doing what they do best,make other ppl’s lives miserable.This whole just makes me sick….to no end..

  12. Mike permalink
    February 8, 2009 12:44 pm

    Regarding Cindy’s choice to ask donations for KidFinders org . . .the very organization that has never once “found a missing child”….but does own a graphics and billboard company that fills up billboards with missing kid pics and graphics print all those T-shirts they sell . . .

    To Cindy, who preferred Caylee as “missing” KidFinders status of never once finding a missing child seems perfectly appropriate for Cindy . . . . who couldn’t shut up while Caylee was missing but magically found the Sounds of Silence once the skull and bones were found.

    Any condolences due in that trite eulogy published today should be for George (the whooped) who wrote a six-page suicide note after his Cindy barked orders for him to pick jewelry for Caylee’s skull and bones to wear during the secret funeral she’s demanded.

    The man has lived in a mad house all these years and having orders barked to dress a skeleton must have been icing on that toxic cake he called his family.

  13. Boston permalink
    February 8, 2009 1:03 pm

    Paula-Sociopaths I think are born. Some develop sociopathic personalities as they grow and mature. Cindy and George knew more than most that Casey was not the real deal. Underlining their in-ability to sanction or discipline her was fear. Fear that they couldn’t speak about. This was the only denial they ever had.

    When Casey said she did not suffer from a mental illness she was absolutely right. She suffers with an antisocial personality disorder. She is probably getting something to maintain her anxiety. I noticed in court that the palms of her hands are raw/itchy. Maybe an allergic reaction from whatever medication she is on-something to maintain her anxiety levels I would thinnk.

    Cindy and George were enormously damaged by Casey. They had an opportunity to set the record straight with Caylee. They didn’t want her to be brought up by Casey but they would do whatever it took to see to it that the child had whatever she needed. George and Cindy longed for the love only a child could give.

    Casey knows her parents know the truth. It does not phase her. Sociopaths don’t have a conscience. Cindy and George are not to blame for that or for anything that Casey did because they were so blinded by fear.

  14. Boston permalink
    February 8, 2009 1:10 pm

    Mike you are a fine, fine writer. I know that it isn’t the time to critique another’s technique but I would say that it was vivid and real.

    I truly, truly can hear the anguish in your words. It must have been a pure hell for George.

  15. Boston permalink
    February 8, 2009 1:13 pm

    Mike-Great metaphors. I hope my comments aren’t a diversion to our discussion. I only want to comment this once.

  16. Paul in PG BC permalink
    February 8, 2009 1:20 pm

    pure hell for Georgieboy is having to look in the mirror each and every day.If he would have the balls to stand up and confront the crazyone once and for all.

  17. Boston permalink
    February 8, 2009 1:23 pm

    Paul-When George gets his head on straight he will be able to confront Casey and Cindy and with good therapy he will be able to forgive them both. Without forgiveness he will be as good as “dead to the world”.

  18. Chris permalink
    February 8, 2009 1:45 pm

    Just a thought:

    how is it the self-proclaimed innocent “mother” of Caylee couldn’t be bothered to provide a Eulogy such as the five paragraph eulogy with an additional five paragraphs were provided as to where to send money was provided by a ghost writer for Mommy Dearest, Cindy?

    Casey has bought writing pads and writing implements with the free money that keeps showing up for her in jail but apparently all that alone time in her cell didn’t prompt a passionate eulogy for the child.

    As for the defamation against the many people berated in the press by the Anthony’s – nothing in that Eulogy full of personal hubris proffers an apology to the PD, the Grunde family, Casey’s boy toys, Zanny the Nanny, Tim Miller, Padilla, the forensic teams, etal.

    No pity party for Cindy nor her spawn are deserved and this ‘eulogy’ is yet another dunning example of the family’s inability for personal accountability and responsibility let alone an ounce of compassion for those they’ve defamed and lives they’ve destroyed to protect the one person they never should have protected.

  19. MAND permalink
    February 8, 2009 1:47 pm

    Cindy asks that only those with the purest of hearts and truly honorable intentions attend the service…and in the next paragraph asks that donations be made to Kid Finders…will they be attending?? There are so many HONORABLE Organizations out there…Mark Klas’s organization is one she could have mentioned instead of the not so honorable Kid Finders..and as Mike reminded us..they have yet to find a missing child…also that Caylee was not missing…so the HONORABLE thing to have done would have been to put TES and Mark Klas’s organizations name on the program.

    There was a woman that phoned into one of the news shows the other night ..said she was one of the TES volunteers that searched for Caylee and had heard that they were not welcome at the memorial. Could this be true…or is it just Tim Miller that has been banned from attending?
    I would say they are pure of heart and would have truly honorable intentions??

    The more I read this the less and less it sounds like a eulogy and more and more like a solicitation for funds. Is it just me?

  20. paula permalink
    February 8, 2009 1:55 pm

    It’s not just you – that’s what they do – leave you feeling that maybe you’re not being fair. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Cindy is a vicious, nasty, arrogant, mean-spirited woman. I don’t believe she just got this way because she is heartbroken. I feel sorry for her but only to a point. She has no regard for anyone. She’ll throw anyone under the bus for her own agenda.

  21. Chris permalink
    February 8, 2009 1:58 pm


    Newsies have reported that Cindy has filed for non-profit status to run and operate yet another organization for “missing children” and reports stated she’s planning on counseling run-a-way teens. Umm her expertise in damaged goods kids is based on her expertise of raising her own damaged good kid(s)?

    FYI: the Tod Black/Gil Cabot “Story Broker” who’s own accolades printed in Variety’s listing of businesses who was pretending to be a PR man

    Tampa news papers (last year) had an article discussing his project: was building a shelter for “abused kids” in Tampa.

    How ‘interesting’ Gil Cabot – a true story purchaser – ‘abused kid’ home builder shows up, out of the blue, in the Casey Anthony case, no?

    Since Caylee was never “missing” and lying dead down the street where her daughter partied under the trees while cutting school – it might behoove Cindy to revamp her new income making business venture

  22. Jeff permalink
    February 8, 2009 2:40 pm

    Quoted from the eulogy:

    “The family is requesting that those with only the purest of hearts and truly honorable intentions attend the service ~ for their beloved child.

    Doh! If in fact Cindy wrote this why would she speak in third person?

    OR is Cindy still deluded into thinking Caylee was her child?

    There is something behind the curtains going on about the birth of that baby girl.

    It doesn’t help knowing Casey repeatedly reported that she was sexually involved with her father and brother and the name of Caylee was a merger of Casey and brother Lee’s name makes that ‘story of Casey’s’ all the more grotesque.

    There is just something, really something devious, diabolicle and vile that is unsaid about the parentage of that child

    It’s hard to shake this issue especially since Casey has never told the same story twice as to whom the father of Caylee was.

  23. itsamysterytome permalink*
    February 8, 2009 2:52 pm

    I can’t imagine that at this point in time anyone would be willing to donate funds to any “non-profit” project Cindy Anthony might start. She would serve herself better by going back to work as a nurse.

    I felt the picture of Cindy was staged as well–just like the house was staged when the “tour” was given. Likewise the “song” Cindy picked for the service that is sure to bring us all to tears. If any of this was done to garner sympathy and to change the public’s opinion of her,(which of course it was) it won’t work–at least not for me.

    I also feel there is no chance that this could be a heartfelt memorial to Caylee when Cindy has a list of “banned” participants that include the likes of the honorable gentlemen, Tim Miller and Mark Klaus. I seriously doubt either of these men would “disrupt” the service.

    I do still hold out hope that the service will be respectful, dignified, and beautiful —if not sincere.

  24. Boston permalink
    February 8, 2009 2:57 pm

    So many good thoughts and interesting ideas. Chris and Mand I read whatever it was they call a eulogy and found it wanting. Who are they to ask that only those with pure hearts and honorable people should attend? Are they going? By all accounts they do not measure up to the standard they want to see in others.

  25. Mikki permalink
    February 8, 2009 2:59 pm

    Cindy Anthony is such a Sociopathic “performer”. I bet she can’t wait for the “big day”. Cindy is yet to shed a tear…maybe she’ll do it at the funeral if she tries hard enough. Sociopaths always seek sympathy from those who don’t know they’re monsters. Even George is afraid of Cindy. It’s no telling how she is threatening him about not telling the truth. I hope George can find his balls and fess up/ The poor child’s funeral will be nothing more than a performance for the head sociopath Cindy to make herself seem less involved. It’s sad. The public loves this child more than anyone.

  26. Boston permalink
    February 8, 2009 3:03 pm

    Mystery-I just can’t imagine that Cindy would be in business as a result of the loss of her granddaughter. She’s sicker than I thought.

    To think that Cindy could exclude Mark Glass is just horrible. What kind of rage is she holding inside? One minute I feel like Mystery does about this memorial service -hoping that it is dignified and a joyous celebration of a short life, but there are moments when I could just cry for all those poor people who come with all of the right intentions.

    Chris if she files to set up her non profit and it is a counseling business for the abused, etc I doubt very much if she could begin that type of business without licensure.

  27. Mikki permalink
    February 8, 2009 3:06 pm

    Cindy has the whole world fooled. That’s what makes her far more diabolical than even monster Casey. Cindy is a Sociopath too. Has anyone ever seen her cry. Most sociopaths can at least muster up a pretend “cry”. Cindy is like the Pertersen guy that killed his wife Lacey. He tried to cry the whole trial. Not one tear came up. Casey has mastered the “crying performance”. Maybe she can teach her “monster mother” how to do it. It will help with her “innocent grieving grandmother/victim” act.

  28. paula permalink
    February 8, 2009 3:24 pm

    I sometimes wonder who is worse – Cindy? or Casey? In “The Sociopath Next Door” the author states that although sociopaths are born that way, those close to them (children, spouses) will take on sociopathic tendencies. At any rate Cindy is a kook and not a nice person. Does anyone know if anyone from her past has ever come forward to say what she was like years ago? I wonder if she was the way Casey’s friends now describe her?

  29. Boston permalink
    February 8, 2009 3:32 pm

    They wouldn’t appear to me as people who went out of their way to make friends. Isn’t it strange that no one, not even one of the potential fathers has come forward to see if his DNA matches Caylee. The Anthony’s don;t seem to have any friends. We know Casey didn’t. She had friends who didn;t even inquire about Caylee nor did they miss her when she disappeared.

  30. MAND permalink
    February 8, 2009 3:35 pm

    AMEN TO THAT BOSTON!!! I thought the same…pure of heart and truly honorable???
    Cindy..Lee ..George and there so called friends may have a problem with being admitted on those conditions..oh yes …They would be the exceptions!!!

    Mikki…this is the memorial..they have yet to have a funeral. All of this while the little girl lays in a cardboard box at the funeral home. I think it safe to say Cindy has not been in or near that place…she’s been far to busy planning…Cindy’s Memorial Event..complete with a no admittance list and donation guide…what’s the hurry in having a private funeral? Cindy needs an audience to get her points across..fill her vendetta the world what you think of all the do gooders and put your friends on the Cindy everyone who you feel did what had to be done…they followed Cindy’s rules and deserve to be rewarded.
    A private funeral will be held when Cindy can find you can see she has had a lot to get done…and now with all she has planned it;s going to be difficult to find the time for Caylee..she will just have to wait….JUST AS SHE HAS BEEN….IN HER CARDBOARD BOX!!!

  31. paula permalink
    February 8, 2009 3:46 pm

    A while back I read that someone who knew George way back, said he was a very bad liar. Don’t know if it’s true but wonder about Cindy. I also found it strange that some of Casey’s sexual partners aren’t curious to know if they are Caylee’s father. Unless they have and we just don’t know about it. For instance, that guy Chad? who there was so much speculation about. Just wondering – it doesn’t even matter.

  32. MAND permalink
    February 8, 2009 3:49 pm

    The A’s have no friends…no one has come forward to say what nice people the A’s are/were..not one person from their place’s of employment now or past…I find that odd.
    No one has come forward to say what kind of child KC was growing up..hell even S.Peterson had teachers and the like come forward and say what a nice child/young man he intelligent he was and what a good golfer he was…unlike KC. and family…they could be from the moon…it’s as if no one wants their name associated with the Anthony name in any way shape or form

  33. paula permalink
    February 8, 2009 4:02 pm

    Yes, it is very strange to say the least. I read the interviews with Cindy’s co-workers and they really didn’t say anything “good” or “bad.” Only thing said was that they felt when Caylee was missing she should have called the police.

  34. paula permalink
    February 8, 2009 4:05 pm

    In fairness to Cindy, even though I don’t care for her, the e-mails from her brother leave something to be desired. Very strong, crude language from a brother to a sister. Struck me as very odd.

  35. Robin permalink
    February 8, 2009 4:23 pm

    You’d think Cindy Anthony would know better than to ever again use the words “Kidfinder” in a sentence.

    She just doesn’t get it.

  36. Boston permalink
    February 8, 2009 4:54 pm

    Mand-Cardboard boxes we store things away in. Often times these little treasures have so much to say to us many years later. The old photo, the unread letter and the memento from a first date or a book we read and loved only now we can’t remember why we saved it or what it was all about. We end up throwing it away in the trash.

    Cardboard boxes should never hold the little bones and little teeth and little hands of someone who we love. To think they could go up the street to the church and leave her all alone. Maybe she’s just a memory to them. It’s just so inhuman and heartless.

    Nothing is stopping them from going to the Funeral home and buying a beautiful little coffin and laying her remains in there with pictures of her family along side. What is so wrong with that? Maybe even bringing the little dogs she had so much fun with.

    I think a person with a pure heart and truly honorable would have thought of that.

  37. ostella permalink
    February 8, 2009 5:09 pm

    I feel kinda violated and preyed upon after reading that “crockogy.”

    Up until now, I’ve had a lot of sympathy for these people. I’ve tried to be patient, and avoided judging them too severely because of the nightmare they’ve been going through. But now I feel like they’re exploiting it. That thing was an ad. Cindy basically wants me to be so transfixed by Caylee’s “beauty” and “charming ways” that I’ll hand over a blank check to a band of crooks. I’m not hooked on this story cuz Caylee is cute. I’m tuned in cuz I want justice for any kid that gets mudered by their own mother,and then thrown out in the woods to rot for six months. I would never give money to people who LEFT HER CORPSE EXPOSED TO THE ELEMENTS and refused to even CONSIDER the possibility that her dead body was rotting somwhere “close to home…” They don’t give one hershey squirt about a decent burial; that remains painfully ovious to Caylee, who’s still in a cardboard box aboveground. Screw a public service; if you wanna honor the dead, the FIRST STEP is a proper burial. Not a request for funds!

  38. paula permalink
    February 8, 2009 5:21 pm

    Have a small, private funeral and that’s it. I don’t think the public feels that they are owed a 5000 persons memorial with donations being taken.

  39. itsamysterytome permalink*
    February 8, 2009 5:43 pm

    mand & paula

    I think the only person that I know of who has said anything about Cindy as a younger person was George–in the LE interview when he said Cindy was a very strong-willed woman–and that was one of the reasons he fell in love with her. I don’t think anyone has talked about her childhood and teenaged years.

  40. itsamysterytome permalink*
    February 8, 2009 5:46 pm

    I also think it’s odd that the A’s don’t appear to have many friends. I think it’s even odder that their family doesn’t seem to be around. (Especially George’s family. It’s like they don’t exist!)

    Maybe they all keep in contact via phone and email because of the media circus. It will be interesting to see if any of their extended family and friends (other than their newfound pals) will be at the memorial.

    Boston–that was a good point. Go pick out a coffin and place her remains in it. Get her out of the box.

  41. Boston permalink
    February 8, 2009 6:59 pm

    Mystery- I always say that I think Casey has the wherewithall to release the body to the Funeral home and purchase the coffin. She doesn’t care. Jose can’t get through to her and obviously nobody else can convince her that her child should be buried. A total disregard for the child.

    Chris-Gives us your take on why Casey did not write the eulogy . Why do you think that she did not petition the court to be part of the memorial service. She could have been a reader/the litergy of the day/i.e. the gospel according to John, etc.

    Poor George and his family. They probably know all about their granddaughter and kept their distance throughout the years.

  42. MAND permalink
    February 8, 2009 7:12 pm

    Boston I like your scenario on cardboard right….and I have said time and time again they should have at least put her remains in a little coffin even if it’s temporary…and like you said Boston…place some of her favorite things in with her. Show some compassion for this child you claim to have her you love her.

    Cindy’s brother was so fed up with her not listening to any of what they were trying to tell her he let her have it in the language she understands.

    You’re right Mystery…George’s family are never mentioned…not in present time..I have only heard a little about them when they all lived in Ohio.Maybe they haven’t spoken after George put his father through a plate glass window at his father’s dealership in Ohio. He has a sister ..last name Eddy still living in Ohio..her husband is Chuck he owns a Chrysler Jeep Dealership just outside Youngstown..not one public word from them except that at the very beginning he was interviewed by a Youngstown news paper and said how sorry the family felt for George and Cindy..I haven’t heard any more.
    It sounds like they are estranged…and as for George liking that Cindy was strong willed..does he still feel that way?? I don’t feel sorry for George I pity a man that has no b*$$s but up till this George was fine with it..he left once but chose to go back…George can’t seem to keep a job…Cindy carries the load..George is lazy and rather than be a man he is willing to eat the sh*t Cindy feeds him…and one must pity someone that bad.

  43. itsamysterytome permalink*
    February 8, 2009 7:20 pm

    I still am not convinced the Cindy is a sociopath. I think she is an enabler, a control freak, a cover-er up-er of Casey’s messes, but I don’t think she is emotionless. She’s withered away to nothing and the pain you see on her face in photographs is almost palpable. She is capable of love. She LOVES Casey and she loved Caylee. Just don’t think she fits the mold.

  44. MAND permalink
    February 8, 2009 8:04 pm

    I agree Mystery…Cindy is all you have said and she lets others use her…she has been the homemaker..the breadwinner..jack-of-all-trades..she’s not all about Cindy..if that were the case she would have thrown KC to the dogs a long time ago.
    I think there has been a lot going on in Cindy’s life for many years…she put all her hopes..dreams and love in KC..for whatever reason…could be due to how her marriage turned out….strong willed women need strong men..even tho they are strong willed they like a man they can lean on feel that is not afraid to take control…Cindy didn’t have this in George…she controlled him..and the more she realized she could the less respect she had for him…it was said she would belittle him in front of friends…sounds like there was no love left in this marriage…they stayed together they were accustomed to each other and two..they couldn’t afford the divorce..Cindy would have to give George half of what she had made for them…so they stayed and she took her disappointment out on George by how she treated him…she transferred all that love to KC…and KC started treating Cindy as Cindy treated George. Cindy is a very bitter woman..she got the short end of the stick..and takes it out on the world now that this has happen to her…but unlike George she will survive.

  45. niecey456 permalink
    February 8, 2009 8:15 pm

    I don’t believe that Cindy is a sociopath either. I think Cindy loves Casey more than her own life, after all she is her baby, and while she is grown and Cindy may know the truth about her, no mother can ever not love her child. That will always be her baby. She loved Caylee and I do see alot of heart break in her face, but it’s got to be the hardest thing for her to come to terms with that her baby killed her baby.

  46. itsamysterytome permalink*
    February 8, 2009 8:42 pm

    That’s really insightful, Mand. I agree 100% She put all her hopes and dreams in Casey–and then Caylee. But like niecey said, coming to terms with Casey killing Caylee is as hard or harder than losing Caylee.

  47. MAND permalink
    February 8, 2009 9:34 pm

    Cindy will forgive KC…she will in her own mind make an excuse for her..perhaps an accident and say KC. feared she would no longer love her if her mother knew the truth..that is why in my opinion…Cindy has stood so staunchly beside KC. ..even knowing KC. was responsible for what happened to Caylee she can and never will admit it…and KC. knowing this ..will use it to benefit herself to the fullest at every turn..both women are encouraged by Dumbo ..out there screaming KC.’s innocence…it reinforces Cindy’s belief in KC. and reinforces KC’s belief in herself..that she has a chance to walk away from all of this a free woman.

  48. itsamysterytome permalink*
    February 8, 2009 10:10 pm

    Mand–if she really thinks she’s gonna walk away from this, she’s in for a rude awakening!

    I agree that Cindy will forgive Casey and she will never believe Casey killed Caylee on purpose–even if the proof is stuck right under her nose.

  49. MAND permalink
    February 8, 2009 10:27 pm

    You and I know that…to bad KC. doesn’t..she believes in the little fat boy…you know the one with the sh*t eating grin??? And she’s the only one…even he knows he hasn’t a chance of a snowball in hell.

  50. MAND permalink
    February 8, 2009 10:48 pm

    Good Night Mystery…talk to you tomorrow.
    Hey…we are having a heat the 60s by all the snow is melting and we have flood warnings…did you hear about the ice fishermen that were stranded on Lake Erie?
    One died …150 were saved.

  51. niecey456 permalink
    February 8, 2009 10:50 pm

    No, she won’t walk. The very best Mr. Bozo can hope to do is tie it up in court on appeals for the rest of her life. Even then she’ll still be in the jail/prison, so she won’t be free. I believe the duct tape is going to show her fingerprints and hers alone, along with the other mountain of evidence, she’s sunk. No way out.

  52. Molly permalink
    February 9, 2009 12:25 am

    I was offended by this so called eulogy. More like a statement & announcement about their foundation, which by the way already existed. That’s where the T-shirt money was going.
    Am I the only one that is appalled by the fact that the picture attached to this eulogy for Caylee, is not a picture of Caylee, it’s Cindy! I’ve never heard of such a thing! Obviously it’s all about Cindy, not Caylee as it SHOULD BE.

  53. Elizabeth permalink
    February 9, 2009 12:27 am


  54. Mona permalink
    February 9, 2009 2:12 am

    Yes Elizabeth it is so much better that Caylee was born into this crazy family and then MURDERED. Casey could have given her up for adoption but Control Freak Cindy wouldn’t allow that!

  55. itsamysterytome permalink*
    February 9, 2009 5:17 am

    I just saw that about the ice fishermen this morning, Mand. Just terrible! It’s been warmer here as well. Raining cats and dogs this morning.

    niecey–I think her fingerprints will be on the duct tape, too. Although, I would think they would have gone to Baez with that information if they have it. It would all be over, wouldn’t it?

    Molly–you are soooo right. The picture should have been of Caylee, not of Cindy. Even though Cindy appears to be trying to promote her foundation, I’m still hoping that the memorial will be fitting. I read last night on Scared Monkeys that a church group (a hate group really) is planning on picketing the service. I hope that does not happen.

  56. itsamysterytome permalink*
    February 9, 2009 5:23 am


    I think most of us started out with tremendous empathy for Cindy, George, and Lee. Even after they began blatantly lying about the situation many of us attempted to see their side of it and to understand what they were going through.

    They have made it nearly impossible at this point to feel anything other than horrified at their lack of concern, their lack of appreciation, and their feelings of entitlement. There’s a good chance Lee and Cindy will be charged in this case.

  57. itsamysterytome permalink*
    February 9, 2009 5:23 am

    Good point Mona.

  58. Boston permalink
    February 9, 2009 6:56 am

    Elizabeth-We all have felt great sadness for Cindy and George but we have never forgotten the victim. There is always room for asking questions and arriving at answers which often times are not that pleasant. These are adults who have come to center stage with years of coping skills which were ineffective. They have been forgiven for that. God knows I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night knowing that someone in my family could harm another. I wouldn’t be able to cope with the media attention and all my family secrets out there for everyone to dissect.

    I think what upsets most people with “pure hearts and honorable intentions “is the fact that money is being made; possibly a defense fund is being created; lawyers are looking out for themselves and their paychecks; and all the while no one has even thought to place the victims remains in anything but a cardboard box.

    No one goes over to visit and no one is planning a funeral. This goes against everything we as Christians and Americans believe in.

    It’s grotesque to think that T shirts are being sold and worn and the clothes of the victim were eaten by rats and snakes.

  59. MAND permalink
    February 9, 2009 9:51 am

    Good Morning Ladies,

    Niecey..I didn’t mean that I thought she would walk…I said she thought she would. are so right..Every memorial I have witnessed had a photo of the deceased and some memento’s…this is more like an advertisement for Cindy’s choices for donations and to promote her fund for missing children..perfect photo for that.

    Elizabeth… I believe we have all spoken the truth here about G&C…may not always be so kind…and not what you would like to here..but in this case the truth is ugly. You are right..Cindy did prevent the abortion..she had almost three years of life before her mother murdered her..should that make us feel better??
    Caylee like all children loved her care-takers.
    You have every right to your opinion..but we do also..we are not forcing you or anyone to agree with us.

    Very well said Boston…totally agree.

    Mystery…I think you are right..people did try to show the A’s they cared but the door was slammed in their faces…their shows of caring and compassion were not welcomed by the Anthony family.

  60. Boston permalink
    February 9, 2009 9:58 am

    Mand and Mystery-It’s one thing to just turn the other cheek and say nothing. That door slamming was loud and clear and shared with all those who were in touch with this story. They could have said nothing and no one would have been the wiser. Maybe Tim would have decided to stay home and Leonard might have spent the day with his grandchildren. Who needed to be hurt in such a meanspirited fashion? No one.

    If you want friends you have to be one first.

  61. MAND permalink
    February 9, 2009 10:45 am

    Not to mention the Grund family Boston..what on earth did they do to her?? Wasn’t there a time not to long ago…she was hugging R Grund??
    Cindy wanted this public memorial for what reason? Is this the Christian was of handling things? She can’t get past her hatred of these people and will go to any length to make it known…she has made sure the media has her “do not admit” list..she wants to see that everyone is aware of her feelings for these people.
    You would think the Pastor of this church would inform her that she is not acting as a christian.

  62. Boston permalink
    February 9, 2009 12:31 pm

    Mand-Just heard that there was going to be a bublic protest of the memorial service.

  63. MAND permalink
    February 9, 2009 1:00 pm

    Boston…I just seen that as I came on the site…haven’t read anything going to do that now.
    Maybe they will cancel and do as I said it should have been done and all of this garbage would be avoided. Not that I have any power to change what they do..but in my opinion it was a better way of doing it and would have reached everyone that cared to view it and none of the worry about protesters..injuries..etc.

  64. MAND permalink
    February 9, 2009 1:56 pm

    I checked out some things and from what I gather they are not really a affiliation to the organized Baptist church.
    They are a hate group and protest at funerals of the military..and gays..but seem to be broadening their agenda and are protesting at high profile funerals/memorials for the publicity.
    They say they hate America..and I just said on another site that they should be put on a boat and sent to Iraq..I would be glad to donate to that cause…let them protest there…they have a lot of funerals…they could keep busy if they could stay alive!!

  65. ostella permalink
    February 9, 2009 2:00 pm

    I heard Natisha Lance say on NG that more discovery is expected to come out this week. Probably lab results from the duct tape? Anyone else catch that?

  66. itsamysterytome permalink*
    February 9, 2009 2:14 pm

    Boston, Mand

    If it’s the group I’m thinking of (from Kansas) they are a nasty bunch. They’ve shown up here at the funeral of a young man that was killed in Iraq with signs saying things like “You deserved to die” and “I’m glad you’re dead and in hell.” etc.

    There is a motorcycle group that escorts the soldiers that have been killed home, and they came to the funeral and parked themselves in front of the protesters, blocking from the view of the family. Everyone was very grateful.

    ostella–I heard there is a document dump this week, too. I’m praying there are results from the duct tape to show.

  67. MAND permalink
    February 9, 2009 2:57 pm

    Mystery…that’s the one….sounds like there could be trouble….what next??
    This should never happen…no wonder HLN is doing live coverage..

    Ditto in the tape Mystery..

  68. MAND permalink
    February 9, 2009 2:57 pm

    on the tape….

  69. Boston permalink
    February 9, 2009 5:02 pm

    Sounds like a lot will be happening. Just heard the statement read by Jose Baez about how Casey does not want a public service and would have wanted a casket and a place to visit. Well she didn’t get either one as Cindy had the remains cremated. They bring dysfunctional to new heights.

  70. MAND permalink
    February 9, 2009 6:36 pm

    I just heard on JVM that anonymous donors are paying for the memorial??? Cindy uses that term whenever convenient..there’s more to it than that.
    Dysfunctional doesn’t begin to explain this family.

  71. MAND permalink
    February 9, 2009 6:43 pm

    Hey Mystery..they are talking about our friend Kiomarie and her latest story to the NE. Most believe her credibility is shot…and one guy asked if this was her prelude to her book…KC. Anthony the early years!!! Most agreed she was cut a healthy check for her story…sound familiar??

  72. rose permalink
    February 9, 2009 9:41 pm

    cindy and george knew caylee was in the car/ so why did cindy clean the car and wash the cloths in trunk. then got rid of the oringinal w&d. what does that tell You. we Love caylee. i am crying over caylee, she did not have to leave this earth, right. yes tom will be very sad. does anyone know if caylee was cremated , sad! Angel from Canada

  73. itsamysterytome permalink*
    February 9, 2009 10:05 pm


    I’m having trouble with all the annonymous donors, too. Just too easy to explain the money awayby saying someone but we can’t tell you who donated money.

    Honestly, I think when this case is over and all has been said and done, someone will have to come up with a new and better word for dysfunctional. Maybe it should be “The Anthony Syndrome.”

    I saw that about Kiomarie. Wonder how her and her charities are getting along?

  74. itsamysterytome permalink*
    February 9, 2009 10:06 pm

    That’s what Baez said tonight, Angel. She was cremated.

  75. MAND permalink
    February 9, 2009 10:34 pm

    It seems they have an endless list of those anonymous donors how convenient is that??
    I would like to know the cost of this media event..and nothing more has been said as to the OCSD and OPD working the this on the taxpayers or are one of those anon. donors taking care of that also?
    I was hoping you would see that about Kiomarie…I’m glad to know there are those who feel as I do…she should be happy now…she got mentioned on TV..wonder what her next story will be…I’m sure her favorite charities will be hoping she has a few more before she starts that book..but maybe if she were to write a book she will give the proceeds or a part of them to the charities???

    Goodnight all..

  76. itsamysterytome permalink*
    February 10, 2009 7:51 am

    Very good question, Mand. I wonder if anyone is paying for the police security?

    I’m not sure what a book by Kiomarie would bring to the table. I guess she could do “Part 1: the younger years” Maybe she and Cindy could collaborate.

  77. IrishBeth permalink
    February 10, 2009 4:19 pm

    I watched the memorial. My father was a funeral director and handled many dignified funerals and memorial services. Perhaps I’m a little conservative, but 12 songs was a little much — after all, the people weren’t there to be entertained. The pastoral speakers were wonderful. I’ll say that I was very impressed with the personal tribut to his granddaughter, and I can even get past his request for prayer for his daughter, though I’m not sure that Caylee’s memorial was the appropriate place. Let’s be honest, a “Memorial” is to honor the dead, period. It should have been ALL about Caylee.

    I was struck that Lee was not wearing the button with Caylee’s picture (like 99% of the attendees), but was wearing the small green button, which if I’m not mistaken, shows support for Casey.

    I was also struck by his “eulogy” to CMA. “CMA” makes him strong; he’s proud of “CMA”, and of course, the “promise” to CMA. Okay, none of us are that dense. Clearly little Caylee is not making Lee “strong”, etc. Clearly he didn’t make a “promise” to little Caylee. Let’s also talk about the “sealed” paternity records and the comments from Casey about her brother’s sexual advances.

    What a real mess.

  78. Lib permalink
    February 10, 2009 4:38 pm

    I’m in total agreement with Jeff. For months now, I’ve been disturbed by Lee’s odd behavior and keeping mum/not being seen with the other members of the Anthony family. Also, why he is so adamant about not providing a DNA sample. Let’s just say I had suspicions for awhile on the reason that Caylee’s parentage is being kept so “secretive” and why, if her father really is dead, Casey never sought SSI benefits for little Caylee. After todays’ eulogy and “message” by Lee, and his “weird” persona during the service, I’m leaning towards the strong possibility that there is something very ugly going on with the dynamics in this clan. I know Jeff and I can’t be the only ones who have had this thought.

    I also believe all these blunders being made by Casey’s defense are just a way of setting her up for an appeal on the grounds of an incompetent defense. However, I don’t think her defense is incompetent at all – I think they know EXACTLY what they’re doing and it’s all part of their strategy.

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