Gray Matters: Thoughts Inspired by Casey Anthony - Op-Ed Part 2
It’s possible in this scenario that George killed Caylee on purpose after some sexually inappropriate perpetration upon her. It’s also possible, and more likely in my mind, that he killed her by accident. Maybe he held that chloroform rag over nose and mouth just a little too long this time.
Have you reviewed the jailhouse videotapes? Have you watched the police interviews with George? He seems more like a 10-year-old who got called into the Principal’s office than a man being questioned about his missing grandchild.
He also appears to be actively trying to project a boy-like innocence to anyone he speaks to. This doesn’t seem like a man confidently giving his statement of facts under stressful circumstances. This seems to be a man, who seems to carry an almost debilitating sense of shame and he’s shaking in his boots.
So why would Casey not tell from the beginning? Because that too would be classic. It is classic for children to protect their abuser, especially when it’s one of their parents. As the recently released psych evaluation reports, Casey says she still loves her dad. “I wish I didn’t, but I do.” Again, classic.
But perhaps the single most powerful moment that shifted my focus from Casey and planted my suspicion on George was his comments last month on The Dr. Phil Show. This is a man whose 25-year-old daughter is out there alone somewhere, with no protection, nowhere to go and not a friend in the world. She just barely escaped the death penalty and is now the most hated woman in the country. The blood thirsty masses have been calling for her head on a platter, and her loving and supportive father goes on The Dr. Phil Show and says that he “believes Casey is involved” in the death of his grandchild. I ask you, why would any father purposefully fan the public flames of seething hatred for his daughter unless it behooved him to see her eliminated. Even if he believed she was “involved”... why? Why would a father say that to an angry, blood thirsty mob about his daughter, what is there to be accomplished in that?
The only truth we can be sure of, the only black and white fact in this case, is that we still don't really know what happened or why. No one does. All any of us have are theories. Theories are what you come up with when you sit in objective thought on a thing and allow your consciousness to expand.
What’s fascinating to me is how many theories there are that are just as feasible as the one most people insist on, that she’s a narcissist who killed her baby. There are several theories that include that, but also expand to include some of the why or how she got that way. So few feel that’s important, which is baffling.
I'd like to think the good citizens of our country have the wherewithal to challenge their fears of the unknown and their fantasy that evil can be pinpointed, identified and systematically eradicated. In this case there is no justice in convincing ourselves otherwise. There is a vast amount of gray that still calls out for our comprehension. It’s the only option we have left to achieve any justice for Caylee’s life at all.... the option to grow.
Read Gray Matters: Thoughts Inspired by Casey Anthony Part 1 here.
Cathy DeBuono is a Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist; her online practice is at Cathy Is In. Tune in live to Cathy Is In: The Cathy DeBuono Show Tuesdays at 12:00 pm PST on LA Talk Radio, Transformation Talk Radio and WBLQ 1230AM RI.