Cindy Anthony's hell

The peach doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Cindy Anthony proved that in court yesterday when she came within a hair’s breath of perjury.

Wonder, can a person inherit the ability to lie?

Or is that always a taught behavior?

Unless you’ve been in the hull of a submarine at the bottom of the deep blue sea as of late you know that Casey Anthony is on trial in Orlando for the murder of her toddler daughter, Caylee. Caylee went missing in June, 2008 and her mother didn’t report it until 31 days later — and only then because her mama yanked her by the scruff of her neck and told her to tell her where Caylee was before she called the police on her wild-assed daughter.

Zanny the Nanny stole her, Casey said.

But that was back in 2008, before she apparently remembered that Caylee drowned in the family’s backyard above-ground pool. Why in the world anybody would ever need to hide an accidental drowning stretches the imagination of even the most trusting of souls, but then again, denial is the family trademark.

Casey’s brother testified that he did not attend the birth of his niece because when he asked his mother if his sister was pregnant both his mom and his sister denied it. Up until the week Casey delivered Caylee.

You can tell these people aren’t true southeners. In the south, getting knocked up is a rite-of-passage of sort. It would never occur to us to hide a pregnancy. A baby is a cause for celebration. And everybody knows in the South we are always looking for a reason to kill a pig and drink some beer. Lying-through-your-eye-teeth is definitely a trait the Anthony family carried with them to Florida when they moved off down South.

I was feeling pretty sorry for Cindy Anthony up until yesterday when she got up before that judge and jury and told those people that even though her time card said she was at work, she wasn’t at work. She was at home doing a Google search for the terms Chlorophyll and Chloroform.

The prosecutor liked to have had a stroke. Much of their case is built upon those Google searches, conducted in the months preceding Caylee’s death. Shortly before Casey’s first arrest in July 2008, her cell phone and laptop were handed over to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office computer crime squad. On Casey’s laptop was a cartoon drawing of a little girl starting at a teddy bear hanging from a noose, with the caption:

Why do people kill people, who kill people, to show people that to kill people is bad?

The image was in a folder last saved on July 8, 2008 — one week before her daughter was reported missing.

Did you type in the search bar: How to make Chlorofoam? the prosecutor asked Cindy on redirect.

I don’t remember, Cindy hemmed and hawed.

Did you type in the words: neck-breaking?

No. But there was a pop-up of a skater with the words neck-breaking, Cindy added, unprompted.

Why do people who are lying always do that? Give you more information than you asked for? And rarely, if ever, the information you are seeking?

It may very well be that the prosecution will lose this case. They have not been able to determine how Caylee Anthony died. Her body buried in the heat and humidity of south Florida was too degraded by the time it was recovered that following December.

The only question the jury really needs to consider is why would any mother wait 31 days before reporting her toddler daughter missing, unless she had killed her and knew why she was missing.

That’s the bottom line.

But trials aren’t always about truth, and juries are often denied access to a lot of the truth that would aid them in making reasoned decisions.

So perhaps Casey Anthony will indeed get away with murder.

Maybe she will come home, jubilant.

The Anthony family is caught up in a hell of their own making.

Cindy Anthony knows the depths a mother will go through to protect her children.

She also knows that if only Caylee Anthony had had such a mother, her granddaughter would still be alive.

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About Karen Spears Zacharias

Author. Speaker. Journalism Instructor. Four kids. Three dogs. One grandson.

  • http://koinepdx1.blogspot.com AF Roger

    Truth is routinely stranger than fiction, and we don’t even know half the truth yet. Makes me appreciate even more the Lord’s Prayer: Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done. Our kingdoms and our wills are pretty messed up.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Amen, Roger.

  • Janice

    Absolutely disgusting. Cindy Anthony needs to be charged for perjury, can there be anyone who actually believes this pack of lies?
    Thanks for this post Karen, you have eloquently expressed what I have been thinking/feeling about this mess.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Guess we still have to wait to see if the jury is buying it. I suspect not.

  • Melissa

    Cindy just does not want her daughter to die, either way, casey is going to be guilty, in or out of jail, if she is released it is not like society will ever give her a chance at a normal life…. she will be an outcast, and Cindy will have to live with the fact that she put a murder on the streets, and that her granddaughter had to pay for her and her daughters inability to take care of a child…. Caylee is in a better place either way.. she is no longer involved in that house hold

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      I suspect Cindy knows the truth but she and Casey have done this denial dance for so long they are simply incapable of facing the truth.

  • Claire

    Great article, well written insightful analysis

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Thank you for saying so.

  • lena

    Geez, this was actually supposed to be a write up from a “news source” on the case!!!??? What!? Hardly! And a godly person this is supposed to be written by? Where is your empathy for a family who obviously has many problems, of which none of us will ever know the truth who is going thru an extremely painful time? And a pregnancy or oh “getting knocked up” a right of passage for a southerner and it would never occur to us to hide a pregnancy?! Gimme a break! I don’t know what world your living in but that is so not the case! And yes, I’m from the south, born & raised for 32 years & speaking from experience there are plenty of reasons to hide a pregnancy! I question your faith and this was about the biggest waste of a few minutes I’ve ever experienced reading what someone wants to call journalism! Ha! What a joke!

    • brandi

      Well said!

      I am disgusted with the number of people that have zero sympathy for Cindy, George, and Lee. That just cast judgment after judgment on this family and blame them for everything.

      To walk in their shoes would to walk in heart-wrenching pain. I cannot imagine what they are going through…and if I were them, I’d be doing what I could do to spare my loved one the death penalty…whatever heinous crime s/he committed. They are in a situation none of us could ever imagine. And for those who think she’s going to walk….she’s not going to walk.

      My heart goes out to the parents. They are crushed and going through an unimaginable hell. The anguish they feel, the lack of support they receive from strangers, etc, is beyond the scope of what most of us will ever know.

      Shame on those who judge them. Really.

      • Debbie

        No-one can forgive what they haven’t first judged.

        • Debbie

          If Karen was being judgmental I’d be all over her butt too…yet she wasn’t. In the remark made about Karen’s celebration of getting knocked up you have shown yourself to be very judgmental of Karen’s experience of the south as compared to yours. She grew up far removed from the ‘good’ people who are ashamed of a pregnant out of wedlock woman. The truth that this mother did not report her daughter missing does not mean that this mother was mentally unwell, it may just mean she knew where her daughter was. I understand your bleeding heart club here yet you must first judge her crime and it seems that what may be ‘reasons’ for this lady doing what she did you two would like to call it an excuse…and that is unacceptable. She can never find redemption either if you excuse her behaviour, she cannot go to God with truth, just a backdoor excuse…now who is the christian?

      • Karen Spears Zacharias

        Brandi: My heart goes out to them too, but there’s a dead babe here and we have no idea what happened to her. One person in that courtroom does and she’s not talking. In fact, she didn’t talk for 31 days after her daughter “disappeared.” And it’s not judgmental to say that lying under oath isn’t going to help the case.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      This is opinion, Lena. Agree with it or not, it’s just as valid as yours.

  • http://www.eBizROI.com/ Rick Noel

    This case is better than any other reality TV because most if it seems to be based om fiction! May Caylee get the justice that deserves.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Is there such a thing as justice when we are speaking of the murder of a child?

  • debbie tyree

    No one wants to see their child get the death penalty. However, if cindy, george and Lee lie to protect Casey they are saying casey’s life is more important to them than sweet little caylee’s was. She was a sweet soul…casey is self-centered evil souless person who is only taking up space on this earth…so bye bye casey

    • Cataldo

      I know that the parents/brother want to cut their losses. A grandchild dead, but there is still hope to save the daughter. For all of the discussion about a parent’s unconditional love, does this guarantee justice for Caylee? I guess a live sociopathic daughter is worth more than a dead grandchild.

      Understandable, parents love their children. But is it justifiable to try to circumvent the truth? Remember this woman took an oath to tell the truth before God and man.

      I have mercy for the Anthony family, but Caylee ALSO deserves justice.

      • Karen Spears Zacharias

        I understand the difficult position Cindy Anthony is in but, yes, you’d think she above everyone else would want the truth, and would provide it herself.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      As has been noted, the only people speaking on behalf of Caylee in this courtroom is the prosecutor.


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