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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.

Casey.

Casey!

It’s me again.

You thought I forgot?

WRONG!

It’s me. your conscience. It’s been a while since we last chatted. I wanted to remind you of some of the things you needed to do to get the ducks back in a row.

For openers, George and Cindy. Remember them, your parents? Granted, they did try to throw you under the bus during your trial but you need to make peace with them. They’re not young any more and their days on this Earth are numbered. Then there’s the issuse of your brother Lee. If nothing else, make peace with him as well as any potential nieces or nephews he may have.

Then there’s the issue of the tubes. Tie those for your sake. You’re not getting any younger and the mommy track wasn’t for you or anyone that you may meet in the future. I’m not saying don’t fall in love, just cut the tap off or make sure he’s wearing rubber, if you know what I mean.

There’s also that book deal and the interviews. Start writing that book and tell your side of the story. Do that interview with Dr. Phil, even if you have to blow his cell phone up. Tell your story but tell the truth. Honesty is still the best policy. Even if it was an accident and you tell us that you killed Caylee, there’s not a court on this Earth that can touch you because of Double Jeopardy.

Let’s not forget Jose Baez, the man that got you out of trouble. Casey, don’t bite the hand that’s been feeding you please. Jose’s no Johnny Cochran but he’s a damned good lawyer.

Then that tat. Really, girl? La Vida Loca? What were you thinking? Were you even thinking? Lose that thing ASAP. It makes you a target. Make friends with the nearest dermatologist and lose that thing.

Casey, you’ve been called cold. You’ve been called callous, a liar and that word that rhymes witch itch (we won’t use that word). You’ve done that AP interview in 2017 since you’ve been set free and shown us some glimpes of your life since the “Trial of the Century.” That’s a start but it’s not enough. The world needs to know what really happened and it needs to come from you. Tell us what happened, the good, the bad and the ugly. We want to hear from you fairly and honestly. In the bigger picture, it’s time to get the ducks in a row, if not for you, then for Lee and your parents.

You’ve been found not guilty by a jury of your peers. Granted, that jury came from Pinellas County instead of Orange County. That means that you can profit from any book sale you may have in mind. Set up more meetings with your parents and Lee while you still have them, even if those meetings last no more than five minutes. They’re not going to be around forever.

I don’t want to sound like Marley’s ghost in “A Christmas Carol,” dear. At the same time, you’ve forged a lot of chains in your life, link by link, yard by yard. Has your story been perfect? Not by a long shot. At the same time, it’s time to come forward and be truthful.

There’s the saying that you can catch more flies with vinegar than honey. Get the ducks in a row. Lose the tat, tell the truth, tie the tubes and make peace with the ‘rents and your brother, if not for your sake, then for theirs.

The clock is ticking, Casey. The ball is now in your court.

(photo courtesy The Associated Press, The Orlando Sentinel and WESH-TV)  

Hi, Casey.

It’s me again.

Your voice of reason.

You thought I had forgotten, right?

Wrong.

It’s on this date six years ago in an Orlando courtroom, in front of people you didn’t know from Adam’s housecat told the world that you didn’t kill your daughter Caylee.

When you got out of the Orange County Jail, with Jose Baez behind you, it was the end of a trial that divided a community and almost earned you a trip to Florida’s death row.

There were some things that we discussed that you needed to take care of. Think of it as your Herculean Labors, so to speak.

First, get rid of the tat. “La Vida Loca” doesn’t quite work for you. Let’s get to a dermotologist and have that taken care of. It makes you a target, whether you know it or not.

Second, get right with George and Cindy and Lee. Remember them, your parents and your brother, the same people that almost threw you under the bus? Get that taken care of, please. They’re not getting any younger, you know. Beside, if Lee has kids, it would be nice to know they have an aunt.

Third, get the tubes tied. You’re not exactly “mother of the year” material. You having another child? BAD idea, given what you’ve gone through.

Fourth, that book that we hope you’re going to write and or that interview you’re going to eventually give one day? Please do it. The world needs to hear your side of the story and you deserve to tell it. Just be truthful, be honest and be forthcoming. You can profit from it as well, since you’ve been found not guilty.

Fifth, the issues you’ve been having with Jose Baez? Enough. Please. Stop biting the hand that kept you out of death row. It’s bad for business.

We’re not asking you to turn water into wine, Casey. We’re not even going to ask you to walk on water. Those two tasks have already been done by someone else.

Six years, Casey. America watched a trial that was better than most soap operas. It was a case that showcased our American justice system. Was it perfect? No. There was some chippiness between the state and Baez. There were some concern that the trial would even have a jury that would be fair and impartial and had to go to Pinellas County (Clearwater) to select that jury. As stated earlier, those people didn’t know you from Adam’s housecat. They did a job that no one in your community was willing to do fairly.

Casey, if you do even one of these things (assuming you haven’t already), it’s a win for you. You’ve been called cold, callous, aloof, a liar and the word that rhymes with witch. You’re not perfect and then again, none of us are. Caylee’s dead and that’s not going to change. Just tell us what happened. There’s not going to be a retrial of any kind because you’re protected by the Constitution.

So celebrate your freedom, love. Just remember that if you’ve started on some of these tasks, great; if not, get moving. The clock is ticking. Your parents aren’t getting any younger and for that matter, neither are you.

To paraphrase Hanibal Lecter, “tick, tock, Casey.”

She’s finally talking and there are some that don’t like what she’s saying.

After her trial for alledgedly killing her 2-year old daughter Caylee, Casey Anthony went into an exile of sorts, not talking to family or the media about her life after the “Trial of the Century,” where she was found not guilty in 2010. Casey Anthony’s finally talking and there are some that didn’t like what she had to say, in particular her parents.

According to People Magazine and the Associated Press, Casey Anthony‘s parents George and Cindy say they are “hurt” by a new interview she gave this week, nearly six years after she was acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter.

Through their attorney in a statement given to People Magazine, the Anthonys said their daughter was dragging them back to a tragic period in their lives from which they had tried to “move forward.”

The statement in part read, “After years of silence, Casey Anthony has decided to complete an interview and has once again pointed to George Anthony, her father, as a suspect in the disappearance and death of his granddaughter, Caylee.”

“George, who has continued to try and move forward from this tragedy and who was vindicated on multiple occasions, is once again forced to relive the hints, rumors, lies and allegations that are being made by Casey Anthony,” the statement continued. “He has specifically stated that ‘his heart hurts even more now.’”

At best, the relationship with her family is tumultuous and during her murder trial, her attorneys with Jose Baez as lead counsel, accused George of molesting her beginning when she was 8 years old — which he angrily denied on the stand. Casey’s defense team also claimed George helped cover-up Caylee’ death after she accidentally drowned, a theory both George and prosecutors dismissed.

She finally broke her silence with an Associated Press interview, published Tuesday, in which she addressed her daughter’s death for the first time since her acquittal.

Casey was not quoted in the AP’s story accusing her father of anything but she appeared to tie him to the case while defending herself. “Cops believe other cops,” she told the AP. “Cops tend to victimize the victims. … Cops lie to people every day. I’m just one of the unfortunate idiots who admitted they lied. “My dad was a cop, you can read into that what you want to.”

“Everyone has their theories, I don’t know,” she said. Then she added, obliquely, “The last time I saw my daughter, I believed she was alive and was going to be okay and that’s what was told to me.”

While the Anthony family briefly reconciled after her acquittal, the relationship soon fractured again and became strained. According to several sources, Casey has not spoken to her family in more than a year.

A source close to the situation told People “This family has had struggles for a very long time and all of them have processed it in their own way. There is a lot of regret, I think on both sides. I know that George and Cindy have been devastated to lose their daughter in the way that they have. They hope for a reconciliation someday.”

I wouldn’t hold my breath on that or bet any money; in fact, we’re better off if Hell were to actually freeze over. It could happen in our lifetimes or not. While this is not the start that some of us hoped and prayed for, it’s better than nothing. She’s starting to tell her side of the story and that’s good enough for me. Maybe now she’ll open up even more and tell the world what really happen, provided she’s truthful (the KEY word here is TRUTHFUL).

Caylee’s dead. She’s not coming back short of the Second Coming. She can’t tell us who harmed her and why. Those questions have answers that we will NEVER be privy to, because history has sealed that section off. We can guess, speculate and try to understand the Anthonys and the fractured at best relationship.

Casey Anthony was tried and accquited by a jury of her peers. Some think that she should be retried for her daughter’s death. Sorry, the state of Florida got one swing at the plate and missed. It wasn’t a perfect trial by any means and the voir dire in Clearwater got off to a rocky start when a woman in the gallery yelled ‘she did it!” Add to that a pair of attorneys in Jose Baez and Jeff Ashton that didn’t see eye to eye on anything; in fact, Superior Court Judge Belwin Perry told both of them they “couldn’t agree on the time of day.”

Casey Anthony was found not guilty and to even advocate that she should be retried is not only wrong, it’s stupid and violates her rights as a defendant. A re-trail is NOT going to happen… EVER.

So while some of her family members are not liking what she has said, it’s a start for her to tell her side of things, to tell us what happened. Let’s hope that in future interviews that she is fair, balanced…

And truthful.

Hi Casey.

It’s me again.

Your conscience.

Remember me?

I’m the guy that reminded you a few years ago to get the house in order.

So far, you’ve given an interview to People Magazine about your life after the “Trial of the Century” and while there are some that are upset with your words, in particular your parents, it’s a start.

Now, there was a list of things that I hope you will follow through on in your remaining days on this Earth.

First, you’re telling your side of the story. While it’s not perfect, it’s a start.

Second, there’s the issue of that tatoo, “La Vida Loco (The Good Life).” I hope that you’re thinking about getting rid of that thing. It makes you a huge target. There are some that think you should have gotten the needle for Caylee’s death. Others think you got away with it. Not quite the case. You were tried fairly by a jury of your peers (granted, they had to go to Clearwater to get that jury because there were those in Orlando that thought you did it).

Third, tie the tubes. You don’t need to have another child.

Hi Casey.

It’s me again.

Your conscience.

Remember me?

I’m the guy that reminded you a few years ago to get the house in order.

So far, you’ve given an interview to People Magazine about your life after the “Trial of the Century” and while there are some that are upset with your words, in particular your parents, it’s a start.

Now, there was a list of things that I hope you will follow through on in your remaining days on this Earth.

First, you’re telling your side of the story. While it’s not perfect, it’s a start.

Second, there’s the issue of that tatoo, “La Vida Loco (The Good Life).” I hope that you’re thinking about getting rid of that thing. It makes you a huge target. There are some that think you should have gotten the needle for Caylee’s death. Others think you got away with it. Not quite the case. You were tried fairly by a jury of your peers (granted, they had to go to Clearwater to get that jury because there were those in Orlando that thought you did it).

Third, tie the tubes. You don’t need to have another child. Period. You’re not exactly Mother of the Year material. Just saying.

Fourth, I would make nice with your parents. George and Cindy aren’t getting any younger and you need to make peace with them while they’re still above ground, not while they’re in a casket. The same goes for your brother Lee. His kids need their aunt in their lives and your parents need you in their lives. I would also make peace with Jose Baez ASAP. He wasn’t a saint but he kept you off of death row. In other words, stop biting the hands that are feeding you.

Fifth, If I’m starting on that book, BE TRUTHFUL! The truth shall set you free, a great man once said.

Sixth and last, if there’s an opportunity to get on Dr. Phil or some other talk show, take it, even if it means a one-on-one with no audience.

Get the ducks in a row, Casey. Telling your side of the story is a start but let’s not forget the other things that we discussed. Listen to your better angels.

Speak the truth, even though your voice may tremble. After all, the truth is your magic feather.

Speak the truth.

We’re listening.

 

It’s been five years, Casey. Five years since you appeared in front of America in that Orange County Courtroom, charged with the murder of your daughter Caylee. Five years since your attorney Jose Baez went all the way to Clearwater to select a jury that would decide your fate. Five years ago, you were the star in the “trial of the century,” a trial that got underway in May and finished on July 5th, the day after America celebrated its independence.

Five years ago, that jury that was taken from their homes in Pinellas County decided your fate and told the world that you didn’t do it.

Here it is, five years later and some still think of you as the most hated woman in American history since Mary Mallon (Typhoid Mary) or Tokyo Rose. Five years ago, some called you cold.

Callous.

Aloof.

Some would even go so far as to call you a bitch.

That’s their right and opinion. Just say.

In my last two columns to you, I made some suggestions that I hope you are working on or will work on.

First, the “Dolce Vita” tat. Get rid of it. It makes you look like a target and I’m sure that there’s someone that’s out there that wants to do you harm. That tat? Sticks out like a zit on a teenager’s face before prom.

Second, take care of the mental and physical health issues and that includes getting the tubes tied. You’re not exactly mother material and you make Joan Crawford look like Mother of the Year.

Third, make peace with the parents and your brother Lee. While the ‘rents almost threw you under the bus, it was Lee that got your bacon out of the fire. He’s married now and recently became a father, which means that you need to be a good aunt to your niece or nephew. As for George and Cindy, they’re not getting any younger (and neither are you), so it’s good if you made peace with them while they’re above ground, not while they’re being lowered in a grave in a casket.

Fourth, it’s time to tell your story. Let me say it LOUDLY. TELL YOUR STORY and be honest and forthcoming about everything. If you choose to go the talk show route, that’s fine but be honest. A good talk show host, such as Dr. Phil, can see through a lie in a heartbeat. Same goes if you decide to write a book. We want to know what happened to Caylee, good or bad. Put the cards on the table, push the chips in the middle of the table and go all in. I’d also apologize to the people at Universal Studios. They’re not exactly happy with their name being dragged through the mud.

You didn’t exactly go scott free. There was the issue of the cops being lied to. Not the smartest move, chica. I mean, what the hell were you thinking? For that, you lost four years of your life and $4,000. Think about it. If you had been forthcoming with the fuzz, this might have never seen the light of day.

So now you’re sort of working as a photographer and that’s good, launching your own photography business called Case Photography but having a few projects here and there. You’re still living in the Sunshine State and getting some financial support from your dream team. Your dating life? Stinking like road kill, some would say and you’ve only been on a few dates since the not guilty verdict. While you’re not exactly rolling in dough, you’re doing okay.

You could do better.

Casey, you’re not getting any younger. You don’t have any friends your age that can relate to you and some have bailed on your because of the dark cloud that hangs over you like Eeyore. The relationship with the parents and your brother Lee is rocky at best but it can be repaired. You have to take the first step and if that means all four of you getting in a car and driving somewhere to talk things out (not yell, cuss or call names) and get everything out in the open.

Five years ago, a jury of your peers listened to testimony and saw evidence in the trial that could have sent you to Florida’s Death Row. That jury told the state of Florida that they didn’t prove their case BEYOND a reasonable doubt and said you were NOT GUILTY. Be open. Be fair. The most important thing? BE HONEST. You’ve already answered to a court on Earth. It would stink to be you in front of St. Peter.

The clock is ticking, Casey. The next move is yours.

Don’t blow it.

Five years ago, Casey Anthony had her fate in the hands of 12 strangers from Clearwater (Pinellas County). This time, she’s back in the news again and it involves her lawyer, the man that helped her escape Florida’s death row. She’s threatening the man that gave her freedom back to her in a lawsuit and now he’s taking her to court.

Again.

Somebody’s got some ‘splainin‘ to do.

A 15-page affidavit, obtained by People Magazine and the Orlando Sentinel, Dominic Casey alleges that Anthony had a sexual relationship with her attorney before the case went to trial. He claims that he witnessed “a naked Casey” when he arrived at Baez’s office unexpectedly. He also alleges that Baez “told me that Casey had murdered Caylee and dumped the body somewhere and, he needed all the help he could get to find the body before anyone else did.”

The affidavit, filed in her bankruptcy case last month, her former private investigator, Dominic Casey, levels some serious accusations about Anthony and her former attorney, Jose Baez.

“I have always conducted my practice consistent with the high ethical standards required of members of the Florida Bar,” he continues. “My representation of Ms. Anthony was no exception and legal action if forthcoming,” he told the Associated Press and WESH-TV.

Casey.

Really, girlfriend?

What the hell?

You’re five years removed from being on Florida’s death row for the death of your child, Caylee. You’ve all but lost your relationship with your parents, who almost threw you under the bus in “the trial of the century” in Orlando in 2011. Your life was laid bare. Your lies about you working at Universal Studios were exposed, you’ve been convicted of lying to the cops about the police report and you’ve stolen from family members and now this.

what the hell?

Girlfriend, get the ducks in a row. Jose Baez may not have been perfect and he may have been a thorn in the side of Judge Perry and prosecutor Jeff Ashton but he was all that kept you from perhaps becoming the most famous woman to die in Florida by lethal injection since Elaine Warnos. And now this? Really, Casey? It’s time to grow up, love. You’ve been called a lot of things.

Cold.

Callous.

Liar.

Aloof.

Thief.

Bitch.

You’re not a murderess. A jury of your peers (granted, that jury came from Clearwarter after the citizens of Orange County could not get their ducks in a row and give the fair trial that you deserved) said you didn’t kill your daughter and you got to go home. Chill. It’s time to get the ducks in a row. You’re not getting any younger and for that matter, neither are your parents. You’re not perfect. We get that. But right now, this alledged self-destructive behavior is not boding well. If you haven’t told your story yet, it’s time. Be straight forward with us. Tell your story, even if only one person hears it. The stage is yours, Casey. Lose the tatoo. It makes you a somewhat easy target. As far as having any more kids, I’d tie the tubes. You’ve probably become the most hated woman in America since Mary Mallon (Typhoid Mary). Dating or marriage? Sure. Motherhood? Nope. You’ve been there, done that and didn’t do all that good a job.

Get the ducks in a row. Make peace with the parents, while they’re still above ground. If you brother Lee is still in the picture, have him as part of your support system. You’re not perfect, Casey. This is probably your best chance to get your house in order. Lawsuits are messy but compared to a criminal trial, it’s Disney World.

Tell your side of the story. Be honest. Tell it in your own words. Jose Baez was the best thing to come into your life.

Don’t blow it now.