Now, I don’t want to run too far with this because I have to admit the guy gives me the creeps and that is not entirely rational.
Back in ’08, the FBI was on the case and George was interviewed. It comes out that he’s lost a lot of money in some online scam, and that the family has money problems. Apparently also during this period George was carrying on an extra-marital affair. And the affair began…right after Casey was arrested. Completely bizarre.
But there’s also no question that George is pointing the finger at his daughter really, really hard, as he discussed the matter with the FBI. As a cop, he knows exactly what he is doing. It’s a reserved, self effacing tone, but what he says couldn’t be much more damaging to his daughter if he just came right out and said he thought his daughter killed his grand-daughter:
George: “I miss looking at the moon and stars with Caylee every night at bedtime.”
The grieving grandfather. But supposedly, he doesn’t know Caylee is dead yet. Then again, he goes on to imply very strongly that his daughter killed her:
George: “It all boils down to my daughter knows something. She won’t say anything.”
George: “I know Casey is going away for a long time, but if she talks she can spare herself possible harm from inmates who target people who harm children.”
George:”I don’t know my daughter as well as I thought.”
“Casey’s old friends don’t know her anymore.”
“She changed after age 20.”
Why does he “know” in November of 2008, before the body of his granddaughter was found, that Casey is “going away for a long time”? Eerily, that’s pretty much the same thing the defense said he told Casey when he presented her with the body of her dead toddler.
Why would he say that Casey could be “targeted” for harming a child?
Casey “changed after age 20”? Like maybe she stopped being his surrogate wife? Or tried to, anyway. Maybe that made him mad. Maybe the way for the ex-homicide detective to get back at her is to kill Caylee and frame her for it.
A few people on this thread have criticized the defense for “going too far” in its opening statement. Maybe Baez didn’t go far enough.
Then again, George supposedly tells his mistress that Caylee’s death was an accident that spun out of control. So, at the same time he is implicating his daughter to the FBI he is exonerating her to his mistress, also in a fashion he is sure to know will come out.
So here’s another angle: Caylee died accidentally, and George has orchestrated this sensational case because he can eventually cash in and solve the family’s financial problems. He implicates his daughter to get her charged, but he plants the seeds for her acquittal at the same time. A few people get rich and nobody gets hurt.
Oops. I did run too far with it. But this is the thing: it’s often not so much the evidence, it’s how the evidence is interpreted.
Update: Whereas George Anthony is trying mightily to get his daughter charged with murder or kidnapping by the feds, it’s all peaches and cream when he talks to her in the jail, where he knows the conversation is being recorded and will be used at her trial:
Another key to Anthony’s defense is that she’d been repeatedly abused by her father, George Anthony.
But in the jailhouse tapes, the relationship between father and daughter seems anything but hostile.
George is heard saying to Casey, “Good morning, Beautiful, I love you.”
“Hi, I love you too. … I can’t say this enough to you,” an emotional Casey said. “You’ve done everything you possibly can. And you are the best father and by far the best grandfather I have ever met. I mean that with all my heart.”
“If I could switch places with you this second,” George said, “I’d do it. I would do it.”
“I know that.”
“Believe me, I would.”