When Cindy Anthony took the stand and gave her testimony about the 911 call, she was articulate and coherent. She presented herself very well for the most part, until she lied that she still thinks Caylee is alive.
TOO MUCH INFORMATION MAY REVEAL DISCOMFORT ABOUT THE TOPIC AND GUILT
Cindy sounded very credible and had it together until she discussed finding Casey’s pants in the car and how she washed them because they smelled bad. That was too much information for the question asked.
When someone coughs up a little too much information it may very well be that they are feeling a bit guilty or uncomfortable concerning that information.
There is no doubt that Cindy, being the intelligent woman she appears to be, knows very well that she should not have washed Casey’s pants no matter how badly they smelled.
She needed to have placed them in a plastic bag and put them in a sealed container in the garage or some place where she would not smell the pants. She knows very well that it was wrong for her to have washed them, especially after knowing that it smelled like a dead body in the car.
Perhaps she instinctively knew Casey was up to no good and had something to do with that smell.
That may be why she was so intent on washing away that smell away as well as washing away her guilt. There is no doubt that deep down Cindy feels guilty for threatening to throw Casey out and keep Cayley. That precipitated this whole mess and she no doubt wished she had never said what she said to Casey or Caylee might still be alive .
You would think that Caylees backpack and toys ,which were in the heated car also smelled like the pants. So why didn’t she wash them as well? It was only Casey’s pants that she washed in her attempt to save and protect Casey. But what about protecting Caylee and her memory?
CINDY’S REAL TEARS
Unlike what we have seen regarding Casey’s fake non tears, Cindy cried real tears as she recalled the events and her frustration concerning Caylee’s disappearance.
She broke down a bit when she told of how she overheard Casey tell her son Lee that she hadn’t seen Caylee in over 32 days and panicked how she panicked. As she relayed this story , it was a though she was re-living the experience. She lost her composure and wipes some real tears. And unlike Casey, she didn’t have to examine her Kleenex to make sure she cried tears. She also didn’t stick her finger in her eyes or wipe away a tearless cheek as Casey repeatedly does.
THE AGGRESSIVE BLAMING CINDY FINALLY SURFACES
Cindy was actually likeable and believable until the topics of what she said to the FBI and when she said that it smelled like there was a dead body in the car. It was then the old Cindy came through- the Cindy we watched for years on television during her press junkets, outside of her home, and in depositions.
Once again we saw the aggressive angry aggressive defensive belligerent Cindy who has the nerve to blame the FBI stating that the FBI got the transcript of what she said all wrong . She complains how there were lots of errors and missing pieces.
So it appeared that Cindy couldn’t keep up her calm, cool, and collected demeanor for long. In a short period of time she was back to her unlikable self.
CINDY BELIEVES CAYLEE IS STILL ALIVE?
Then Jose Baez tries to Spin it during cross examination after Cindy the unlikable emerged. He couches it by making a statement and telling her how she felt. He says “ You wanted them to know that the smell was different from a dead body.”
Cindy is surprised to hear the words Jose has put into her mouth by telling her what she meant to say. That is why she shakes her head NO as she sheepishly says”I guess.”
She knows that isn’t true. If it was she would have said “Exactly” or “That’s right” in a tone that showed conviction.
Indicating she knows exactly what Jose is doing os ridiculous spin.
Then she realizes what Baez is trying to do by putting those ridiculous words into her mouth. It suddenly dawns on her that Jose is trying to spin it in an attempt to protect Casey.
So she adds additional unrequested information to Baez’ nonsensical statement . Cindy adds a lie. Trying to direct Cindy’s answers to make them more favorable for Casey he makes another statement to Cindy instead of asking her a direct question. Jose says “You told them this because you wanted them to keep searching for a live Caylee.”
Cindy clearly liked where this was going as hooked on to the words “ live Casey.” Jose senses tat she is getting where he is going and now asks her a question concerning his statement. He asks “Youre clear about that?”
Now here is where we see Cindy’s signals of deception. Of course she is “not clear about that.” Of course she knew after smelling the dead body smell in the car, that the cops would not be searching for a live Caylee but rather a dead Caylee.
Cindy immediately shakes her head NO as she replies” absolutely”. Shaking your head in the negative when you are speaking in the affirmative is a sure fire signal that you’re not telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing bur the truth. It may have been wishful thinking on Cindy’s part, But it was far from the truth. Deep down she knew what most likely happened.
Remember what I said about people that add too much information that is unsolicited, I said they might be feeling guilt so they give too much information, They also give too much information to explain a lie away.
The bones were discovered. The memorial service was held. The vigils were over. So there is no way that Cindy isn’t aware that Caylee is dead. But after she said “absolutely” in response to Jose’s comment that she wanted police to search for a live Caylee, she adds unsolicited information.
She adds “ I still think Caylee is alive.” Immediately after she uttered those ridiculous words, she shows a signal of embarrassment as well as deception by she pursing her lips. It as though she instinctively knew she should not have said what she did.
Then the rest of the signals of deception kick in. She shrugs her shoulders which is a definite signal of deception and cocks her head to the side indicting that she is not sure she should have gone that far and said what she did in adding such a ridiculous comment to help create a reasonable doubt.
Then she makes a very goofy looking facial expression which reflects how she goofed up by making that that outrageous statement . Her eyes pop open wide and she tightens her lower lip and her upper lip as if to seal her mouth shut/ The pressure is so tight that it looks like she is puffing out the area above her upper lip ( moustache area ) as the color of her skin above her upper lip has blanched.
She remained in that position for 10 seconds. She didn’t want to say anymore because she knows she did this for affect and as a way to say something to try and help out Casey.
CASEY’S REACTION TO CINDY
For the most part Casey’s expression was lifeless when Cindy took the stand. There was no facial reaction to Cindy as she coldly looked through her mother. It was obvious that she wasn’t thrilled to see her mother full face looking straight in her direction after a two year absence.
LOOKING PRETTY FOR MAMMA
Cindy’s presence on the stand clearly made Casey feel uncomfortable and nervous. As soon as her mother got on the stand there were numerous hair grooming behaviors which took place in succession . Subconsciously she wanted to look nice for mamma Cindy. After all Cindy has indicated in her jailhouse letters to Casey, how beautiful she looks. So Casey’s sudden repeated grooming is her attempt to “look beautiful” for Cindy.
CASEY’S FURTHER DISCOMFORT
Casey’s discomfort with seeing and hearing her mother on the stand is reflected by Casey’s swallowing more often than usual. This means that her throat is dry because her autonomic nervous system is kicking in. She’s not manufacturing enough saliva so that is why her mouth and throat feel dry. Hence, the excessive swallowing. Her gaze was not steady when her mother spoke as she didn’t look directly at her. Instead we observed constant eye shifting .Finally we saw her take many deep breaths to oxygenate herself. This is further indication of her physical discomfort. We clearly saw it when the when the topic of Tony’s apartment came up.
For the most part there was no significant emotion reflected n Casey’s face. But right after Cindy made the Caylee is still alive” comment there was a sudden change in Casey’s facial expression. It was softer and she had a slight smile as if to say “thanks for saying that and trying to create reasonable doubt so I can walk out of here, like my attorney Cheney Mason said I would.
BOTTOM LINE FOR CINDY
I think that no matter how much coaching or witness preparation Cindy gets the real Cindy will eventually leak out to jurors. Based on this little preview, it appears that she just can’t help herself. She needs to just answer the questions and not editorialize. She needs to not volunteer additional information especially information like thinking Caylee is still alive. If she pulls that nonsense on a jury they will think she is a nutcase and react even more harshly towards Casey. www.drlillianglass.com