Ten years in the making. They talked about a woman that was funny, smart, energentic. They still live in the same house that they lived in Orlando. They showed her room as a child and teenager, her life as a young child and toddler, as a student in elementary, middle and high school. She ran track and played volleyball in middle school and was popular in high school.

They also talked about the grandchild they lost, the family bond that was all but destroyed 10 years ago in what some called “The Trial of the Century.” They agrued about the memories like most normal couples. This was no normal couple.

This was George and Cindy Anthony.

The daughter? Casey.

The deceased grandchild? Caylee.

For the first time since their interview with Dr. Phil a few years ago, they talked on national television. In a two-hour interview special on Lifetime Monday night, they talked about their lives with Casey and Caylee, their lives during the trial that would have sent her to death row had she been found guilty of murdering her child, who was three at the time she disappeared and her remains were later found near their house.

In the interview, George told Lifetime’s Elizabeth Vargas he was not interested in finding out who Caylee’s father was, they were elated that Caylee had come into the world. George and Cindy were planning on ending their marriage because of his gambling when Caylee was 10 months old but they stayed together and the interview told the story of Casey’s pregnancy, which was discovered when her brother Lee noticed that she had put on some weight.

The interview tells the world about Casey’s lying, reminding us that her lies are one of the things that got her into trouble. They told Vargas that Caylee was well cared for and that Casey was a decent mother but not June Cleaver material. The Anthonys asked her time and time again where their granddaughter was. George talked about the Sunbird that had the smell of death, the one that was towed and eventually crushed to prevent souevenir seekers from profiting from it. Caylee’s remains were found some six months after she was declared missing, a half mile away from the family home.

There was nothing fake about the interview. It was real, bringing back some good memories and some that were not so good. In the bigger picture, they hoped that Caylee would be found alive and that the trial that drew the attention of almost every lay person and legal scholar would have never seen the light of day. George talked about his depression and attempt to take his own life, telling the world about the farewell letter that he had written to Casey, Cindy and Lee over Caylee’s death and after being contacted by his Cindy, he was eventually being Baker Acted into a mental institution for his own good.

They eventually talked about the trial, their testimony that would have sent their daughter to Florida’s death row and even talked to former Orange County DA Jeff Ashton, who later wrote a book and ran for governor in the Sunshine State. Ashton talked about and raised questions about the computer search history that took place in the Anthony family home before Casey was arrested. Cindy would later talk about her talking to Casey after the trial and even had a face to face meeting later on, speaking about texts they exchanged. In the end, they answered a few more questions that most of America had about Casey, Caylee, their lives and the trial.

In Casey’s defense, she’s not perfect. As far as I’m concerned, she still has some issues of her own to deal with, the biggest being telling the world what really happened to Caylee. It would be nice if Casey set up her own interview to tell her side of the story, to let America know what her life has been like since her trial. Eventually, that will happen. After all, the Cubs won the World Series in our lifetimes and if that happened, then ANYTHING is possible.

George and Cindy are no longer Spring Chickens. They’re getting older and Cindy has regained some of the weight she lost during Casey’s being in jail and their trial. George has gotten grayer. In that two hour interview, they were vulnerable and human, exposing themselves to a camera and a viewing audience. They spoke of a child that had promise at first and then would eventually be the most hated woman in America since Tokyo Rose. For two hours on a Monday night in June, the picture got a little clearer.

Let’s hope things finally come into focus.

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