After George Anthony’s 25 minute video where he reached out to Fox 35 in Orlando to describe what his life was like over the past year living under a microscope, I came away with a lot of observations based on his body language, his voice tone and the content of what he actually said.
My first thought was, Why is George coming out now? Why is he doing this interview now, instead of doing it earlier or later? It is in my belief he did this now, in order to garner some public sympathy and to put a more human spin on his daughter Casey, as she goes through her first criminal trial in a few weeks. Perhaps his presence would sway some potential juror to not look at Casey as a Monster, but rather as a loving father’s daughter, which would make Casey seem like a more sympathetic character.
GEORGE AS THE VICTIM
As he proceeds to read his letter, his body language shows that he is embarrassed. He shrugs his shoulders like a school boy would do when he had to read his book report in front of the classroom. He makes the same facial expression which he does throughout the 25 minute tape, especially whenever he feels like he is a victim.
Vocally, whenever he plays the victim role, his tone sounds breathier and softer. It also occurs when he purses his lips together raises his eyebrows, protrudes his chin, and shrugs his shoulders. He waves his hands as a gesture of embarrassment as he says “Its called Living Under a Microscope by me, George Anthony.”
During the first half of the tape George appeared angry and portrayed himself as the VICTIM to the hilt. He is of course a victim of Casey’s egregious behavior and the fallout that resulted because of it. As he reads his letter we hear a lot of depersonalization. That appears to be an effort to detach emotionally, by referring to himself in the third person “you” even though it is about “him” and his feelings about living under a microscope.
Then his VICTIM stance immediately shows as he smacks his lips and we see his shoulders raise as he asks”is this is fair!” He uses phrases designed to elicit guilt in many places throughout his diatribe as he asks “Does it hurt?” and then answers his own question with “ More than you can realize.”
He continues with his guilt producing language as he says “Your family is talked about in hurtful ways” and “ People stand in front of your house as a modern day lynch mob, I ask what would you do? Then in “guilt eliciting form,” he says “I ask people would you like to change places with me, walk in my shoes only for a minute.”
THE BLAME GAME
In his tape, we can now see where his daughter Casey must have learned how to blame everyone else but herself as her father plays the BLAME GAME here. Here is who blames:
THE MEDIA (whom he mentions numerous times throughout the tape)
BLOGGERS “who sit on the sidelines to get their 15 minutes of fame” EMAILERS
THOSE WHO PROTEST IN FRONT OF HIS HOUSE
PEOPLE WHO TAKE PHOTOS OF HIM
MEMBERS OF CINDY’S FAMILY WHO HAVEN’T HELPED
PEOPLE WHO POINT THE FINGER AT HIM
PEOPLE WHO TOOK PHOTOS OF HIM ON THE CRUISE SHIP AND SOLD THEM TO THE TABLOIDS
PEOPLE WHO DON’T KNOW THE FACTS
PEOPLE WHO ATTACK HIS FAMILY AND SAY MEAN THINGS ABOUT THEM
THE 1 OUT OF 9 PEOPLE WHO SAY SOMETHING BAD TO HIM
THOSE WHO STATE GEORGE IS UNFIT.
GEORGE’S PART IN THE CASEY EQUATION
These people George blames for saying negative things about him are letting him know that they disapprove of how he has allowed Casey to run roughshod over his life with no boundaries. Perhaps if he would not have allowed her to get away with all the crap she pulled in her life, she would not be in the situation she is in now.
The fact that he and Cindy had no idea she dropped out of high school, didn’t have a job when she said she did, stole money, and got pregnant speaks volumes. The fact that Casey said to him “Stop acting like a cop and act like a father for once,” after she came home from being arrested early on, speaks volumes.
It speaks to George being unfit, which he said really bothers him. He is a huge part of the equation as to why Casey is so messed, He needs to face up to that fact. Perhaps he needs to listen to what these people say, instead of being so defensive, being in denial and playing Mr. VICTIM.
BLAMING THOSE WHO DON’T KNOW THE FACTS
He then goes on to BLAME people who don”t know the facts of the case who make assumptions. Well here are some facts we ALL know.
1.Casey lied to police and sent them on a wild goose chase.
2. Casey went out partying when her daughter was missing and didn’t look too disturbed about it.
3.Casey lied about Zanny the Nanny when she had no money to pay for a nanny.
4.George said to police that it smelled like a “dead body” in the car.
5. Caylee’s skull had duct tape over her mouth.
6. Caylee was murdered.
7. Caylee’s remains were found in a plastic garbage bag.
Just these facts alone, do not make Casey a very likable and sympathetic character, no matter how you spin it!
BLAMING THE MEDIA
George says “ The Media as it is today would rather report the wrong in the world then collectively reporting something good.”
Well George, the media is reporting something bad about your daughter because something bad happened. That is what makes it news. If Caylee would have been found and not murdered, that would have been news as well- good news!
Everyone would have rejoiced!
DOING SOMETHING FOR CASEY
When George said that he got his ears pierced for Casey, because she told him that his earlobes would look good pierced two years ago, I could see how much control Casey had over him.
What does a late conservative looking,50’s something man need with pierced ears? If he really wanted to do something for Casey and truly believed in her innocence, he would have done something for her like show up at the jail and tell her he loved her and leave.
He could kiss the glass partition or the TV Screen to show his love and leave. But he has been absent way too long.
So what if he is scrutinized! He needs to go there and show her his pierced ears and tell her that he supports her. He needs to show her the Caylee tattoo, which he spoke about so lovingly.
He says in the tape that he wants to go there more than anything. My response is GO! Show up! That would be doing something for her.
But what George really could have done for Casey was to give her a dose of Tough Love when she was out of control. Then she wouldn’t be behind bars today for possibly murdering his granddaughter.
WANTING TO APPEAR AS MR. NICE GUY
When George tells of doing something for Casey- piercing his ears, it was to no doubt, let people know that he was a nice guy, doings something nice for his daughter- things which she would appreciate.
Then he tells the story of a woman who put her hand on his shoulder and said that her husband would have done the same thing and attacked the people outside of his house. George then seems appalled that the woman could even think he was attacking those in front of his house.
He makes himself sound like Mr. Nice Guy, denying that he attacked anyone, couching it in a delicate breathy, whispery sounding voice, said in victim- like tone, “All I wanted was for them was to go away.” Then to justify his actions, he says with macho bravado, “ I know what I am capable of.”
Also to appear as Mr. Nice Guy, he says that he feels sorry for the people who have done mean things in this year and a half.
DEEP DOWN DOES GEORGE THINK HE HAS CELEBRITY STATUS?
There were way too many times that George brings up the concept of celebrity and being famous. If it wasn’t on his mind, he wouldn’t speak about it. He is trying be humble, but body language and vocally, he gives it away .
He says” I don’t want to say I’m some kind of celebrity or personality cuz I’m not.” Well George, here is a reality check, you are a celebrity based on the fact that your daughter is infamous. She made you famous, like it or not. Her egregious actions put you on the map.
He knows deep down he is a celebrity of sorts and even brings up Shaquille ONeil’s celebrity status and how he would never want to invade Shaquille’s space, to show once again he’s Mr. Nice Guy. George then has the guts to say “ would I say anything negative to him or to hurt him? , absolutely not!”
In essence George’s comparing himself with Shaquille and saying how people treat Shaquille nice as a celebrity, so they should treat George the same way.
Well here is a reality check George, “ Of course no one would say anything negative to Shaquille, not just because he is bigger than them, but because Shaquille doesn’t elicit animosity and bring out ill feelings. His daughter is not in jail awaiting trial. His daughter will not possibly be receiving a lethal injection if she is found guilty.
On the other hand, your daughter will and that is why people are not treating you like they treat Shaquille O‘Neil. He is known for doing something great and giving people pleasure. You unfortunately are known for being the father of a daughter who allegedly brought another human being pain and displeasure.
9 OUT OF TEN PEOPLE SAYING NICE THINGS IS GREAT!
If as George says, 9 out of 10 people are gracious, and only one will shout and say mean things, I don’t see what the problem is, other than to once again, sound like a “poor me victim.” George needs to focus on the 9 people who are positive and ignore the negative one.
And of course they are going to say hateful things about “your daughter.” She is a liar and a thief and possibly a killer.
Then in Mr, Nice guy form he asks “ Do I wanna lash out? He shrugs his shoulder and says “ I’m not that kind of guy.”
GEORGE IN DENIAL
Here where we really see George in denial. He says, ‘ If things come about” for his daughter” people won’t think of” him.
Something tells me that the only thing that can come about for his daughter is life in prison or being sentenced to death.
George was clearly in denial when he heard the attorney speak graphically about what could have happened to Caylee at the hands of Casey. He said that he felt like asking him to stop because he “ DIDN’T THINK IT WAS THE PROPER TIME OR PLACE.” Of course it was the proper time and proper place. It was in the courtroom for goodness sakes, not in someone’s living room.
LOVING AND TOUCHING TALK ABOUT CAYLEE
Now the tone of the interview changes in the middle of the tape when George describes his tattoo, which he made in Caylee’s honor. He describes it as a heart and her looking up at the sky with rays of sunshine,as she was his sunshine.
That was so touching, you could feel the genuine love that George had for Caylee and how hard this all must be for him. His tone was loving, tender, and genuine. It seemed to give him comfort when he spoke of her.
It make you understand why this poor man is in denial about Casey. Who could even fathom someone harming someone you loved with all your heart and soul? Who could even imagine that someone could be your own daughter? I think that George knows deep in his heart what happened, but he is conflicted, and my heart goes out to him in that regard.
You could hear the leakage of reality when he talks of his suicide attempt and how he is here to stay to see this all through as it wouldn’t be fair to:
MY FUTURE DAUGHTER IN LAW
IT S NOT FAIR TO CASEY
AND SURE NOT FAIR TO CAYLEE.”
Look at how far down the list Casey is as opposed to Cindy and Lee and the future daughter in law.
He is able to quickly spout off the dates that Casey was arrested, but can’t bring himself to say the word JAIL as he says “ where Casey is now.”
GEORGE FINDS A PURPOSE IN LIFE
You can really her the sadness in George’s vocal tones as he talks about the holidays not meaning anything to him anymore and how he misses the three strong women – Cindy, Casey and Caylee in the home together. You can feel his pain and sadness as he says this.
Then in a louder voice and with a smile and self confidence he says” I HAVE LOT TO DO WITH MY LIFE YET,” as he describes his purpose and mission in life in helping abducted children. He is radiant in tone and body language.
It appears from all this bad there was a silver lining. George has a purpose in life which is to help others who lost a child as he did.. Another good thing that came out of this horrific situation for George is that he “ found out what family really is from his “parents to sisters and brother, and what they are doing things because of this.”
LOVE AND LOYALTY
George is no doubt talking about Cindy’s brother not helping, as he discusses family loyalty and says that family should always be there no matter what.
He makes it a point to say to those who asks why he doesn’t abandon Casey or turn his back on her “ THAT’S MY DAUGHTER I LOVE HER AND ALWAYS WILL.” I wonder if he will feel the same way as the trial progresses and he discovers that the daughter he loves forever may have smothered his granddaughter with duct tape.
It is clear that he is in denial at this point. I am not faulting him for it as he needs to do whatever he can do to get by. So if he is in denial at this point in time and it make his life easier, I say that’s fine.
But something just doesn’t sit right with me. I think that George is conflicted. On one hand, he does love the daughter he lived with before Caylee was killed. But I am not so sure he loves the daughter after Cayleee was killed.
The fact that he writes Casey and she doesn’t respond, speaks volumes to me. Forget about scrutiny. She can write about more superficial things like what she ate and how she is, and how she loves her parents. He can do the same. He doesn’t have to go into detail about the case.
So what if there are people scrutinizing and analyzing. His love for his daughter and expressing it should come before all of that. That is, unless he is really not feeling it for Casey, which I believe may be the case.
Actions speak louder than words as we all know. There is no action here! To me, that speaks a lot of words.
George is not a dumb man. He has been in law enforcement early in his life and you can’t be dumb being in law enforcement.Therefore, he knows exactly what is going on, but he is conflicted.
I think that not visiting Casey in jail it an excuse. Deep down he probably doesn’t want to even look at her knowing what she probably did to the love of his life- Caylee Marie Anthony. www.drlillianglass.com