No matter what you believe about the Casey Anthony trial and the acquittal that stunned the nation, you couldn't have watched a bit of the trial and believed for a second that the Anthony family was a healthy, stable brood. But the interviews that aired this week with Dr. Phil McGraw revealed once and for all just how dysfunctional they really are.
While Cindy Anthony spent the interview time making excuses for her daughter, George Anthony was more interested in giving us -- and maybe himself -- the answers everyone wants. In his mind, Anthony used some kind of pill, possibly Xanax, as a "chemical babysitter" so that she could go out and party. But when she returned, little Caylee Anthony was dead and she panicked.
It's a plausible story and one that almost makes some degree of sense given everything else we know. And yet, Cindy Anthony was shocked. She told McGraw: "We have been dealing with this for three years and that is the first time I heard that out of his mouth." Really? That is kind of a problem.
No one could possibly make the argument that the Anthony family was a happy, average family who was dragged into this mess unwittingly. There is a long, long line of dysfunction and problematic behavior from all members of this family. But going on national television and saying something that is new to your wife that you know will crush her is pretty extreme.
In many ways, it's hard to imagine how Cindy Anthony can still defend her daughter. Certainly there is some degree of mother love, which is powerful and overwhelming. There is also likely a degree (or 10) of guilt. She must ask herself how she could raise such a monster every day. But, in the end, she should be able to admit the truth to herself and find a way to accept the truth about her child.
Maybe it's easier for George Anthony since Casey worked so hard to pin her defense on his involvement in the cover-up and disposal of Caylee's body. He must be furious.
We will never know the truth. And neither will the Anthony family. But to watch them throw one another under the bus over and over is really just depressing. Why would two people stay married when they're so clearly not actually speaking to each other about the things that matter?
Maybe they're clinging to each other because they're all they have left. Sadly, that doesn't seem like much. The dysfunction is palpable and so very tragic.
Do you think they should have been more on the same page for the interview?
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