Was a Fraud Perpetrated Not Just by Casey but by George and Cindy too?

I begin this article being very clear that I am not a lawyer and I do not look at cases or tragic situations within families from the perspective of evidentiary evidence. As a Clinical Psychologist I observe behavior, actions and narrative to get underneath the story that is unfolding before me whether in my practice or as a media psychologist. I have been working with victims of trauma and sexual abuse for over 2 decades. My experience and clinical intuition told me as early as September 2008 that there was something deeply and characterlogically wrong not only with Casey Anthony but also with her parents George and Cindy Anthony.

Many solid clinicians have been able to see that Casey Anthony meets all the characteristics of someone with Borderline Personality Disorder. Which is a chronic personality disorder that impairs functionality and has a negative impact on all relationships. These individuals are manipulative, charismatic, lack empathy and create chaos in their lives as well as those around them.

The question is HOW did Casey Anthony become the person she is today. For some by simply asking this question we clinicians are seen as terrible evil people blaming the poor parents of this crazy psychopathic person/murderer. This is the problem with the media and the sound bite culture that really doesn’t want to hear the long tragic truth of how a vulnerable innocent child becomes the Casey Anthony we have seen in the courtroom. We want to only pity George and Cindy who of course are in pain and have tragically lost their granddaughter Caylee.
What we know as psychologists is this about BPD:

The most critical factor in developing this disorder is poor or uniformed parenting. These include repeated emotional, physical or sexual abuse by someone within the family or outside the family itself. Also, inconsistent care and unsupportive care or early separation from one or both parents can contribute to the formation of this personality structure. We also find a parent who has failed to protect the child from repeated abuse by the other parent, another family member or an outsider.

In watching George and Cindy in front of the media they seemed coolly detached from their daughter Casey or ragingly connected in a defensive posture. I had no doubt that Casey Anthony had severe emotional problems when she lied about her daughters disappearance and her strange and immature responses around where she was during those notorious 31 days. I also noted odd behavior by her parents that felt to me there was more that they knew about Caylee’s disappearance than they were revealing.

The facts that came out in the case regarding George and Cindy’s denial of Casey’s pregnancy as well as the “Perfect Persona” that Cindy Anthony seemed to want to show to people around her as well as her undercurrent of rage which bubbled to the surface on many occasions showed me that she was a narcissistic mother who was self-involved and lacked empathy.

The jailhouse letters in which Casey began to reveal the possibility of sexual abuse made sense in the reporting of the incidents and also her hedging around them as well. Often with victims of sexual abuse when they begin to reveal the shameful family secrets it is let out a little bit at a time to see how they will be responded to before they keep going on to say what the whole truth is for them. What really made it clear that something was not right in the Anthony home was Cindy’s response to h Casey, “So that is why you are a whore.”? This is sadly a classic response by a mother not wanting to face what she may actually already know herself. This was also reinforced by Lee Anthony’s testimony about the extremely confictual relationship between Casey and their mother. Lee’s testimony also reinforced to me clinically that this was a deeply disturbed family with each person struggling for power and control wrapped with rage, anger and confusion.

George and Cindy Anthony when I reviewed their various interviews in the media while “looking” for Caylee felt contrived, confusing and strangely self-focused (but not on their granddaughter) with a martyrdom quality that didn’t sit right with my clinical gut. In watching the interviews with Tim Miller, who investigated Caylee’s disappearance early on in August 2008, his reactions appear to be the most convincing that something was being covered up and not only by Casey but by George and Cindy as well.

It is my impression that George did know that Caylee was dead close to when either the “accident or murder” occurred in June 2008. His actions around deflecting Cindy and her brother seem odd and show me a consciousness of knowledge and also a desire to keep distance from the truth of her being dead. His actions when her car that smelled of a “dead body” at the tow yard which he testified under oath that he did believe it smelled like a human decomposing body also seemed suspicious to say the least and guilty of trying to hide evidence at it’s worst. George a seasoned former detective did not call the police worried and sick that something has happened to his daughter or grandchild. George drove that car home and parked it in the garage. It was Cindy who called the police hysterical. George had gone into work.

It seems to me from the variety of interviews before and after Caylee’s remains were found in December 2008 that George, Cindy and Casey were all possibly spinning a variety of stories to try to keep themselves and “The Anthony name” clean of any wrong doing. George and Cindy appear to be in part fighting for the “image” of themselves and their family. As with narcissistic and possibly an incestuous family dynamic within the Anthony home they are doing just what that type of family does, which is to deflect the obvious (like Casey’s pregnancy), protect their own image as “good” parents all the while trying to maintain that they are actually looking for a live Caylee.

In part what the Anthony’s may fear the most at this point is an investigation into the fraud that there daughter perpetrated in keeping the “Caylee is Missing” story going until her remains were found and identified in December 2008. If my clinical observations are correct about George and Cindy and what seems to be their own knowledge of and active participation in this enormous lie and manipulation upon the police, investigators and the country maybe, just maybe they will be held accountable financially and morally as much as Casey is at this point in the eyes of the public.

43 Responses to “Was a Fraud Perpetrated Not Just by Casey but by George and Cindy too?”

  1. scott hislop says:

    I often thought what your take on the Anthonys would be. Quite interesting, cinematic, and, of course, sad. The Greek tragedy of it all makes one feel very blessed to have had the loving family they did/do.
    Love your blog. Read it every week.
    Scott Hislop

  2. Carolyn Farris Hoar says:

    Dear Dr. Michelle, Thank you for your recent blog. I continue to agree with you. Years ago I related very well with a book “People of the Lie.” by Dr. Scott Peck. I am sure you are familiar with it. There are reasons why I found it so interesting and seemed to understand it. When the Anthony’s came upon the scene,
    I said to myself, “these are people of the lie, like Dr. Peck spoke of.” Confusion, lies and most of all scapegoating. Symbiotic relationships that that have many unhealthy components, the stronger member(s) and the weaker, which are often the children. Jesse Grund told the story pretty well and the verbal abuse he heard. When I look at the picture of Casey when she was pregnant, she looked like a very young and almost angelic girl, but of course pics can be deceiving. I believe a case study of this particular family could be a fascinating follow up of Dr. Peck’s “People of the Lie.” It is complicated, and some, like you, see deeper matter that weaves not only in the psychological but the spiritual realm of the human being. I am a believer that some who do terrible things are in God’s eyes less guilty than the person(s) that have had responsibility for that person as a small child. These may be those “People of the Lie,” more evil in their coverup and narcissism, that is often missed by most. I am not trying to whitewash Casey Anthony, evil can abound in all different forms and levels, even to the point where the original people of the lie become the servants to the now bigger evil. I appreciate your courage and views about this real life story. I know there is a reason for the fascination of it all.

  3. Bill says:

    I feel your perception is 100% right on. You are one smart lady. And drop dead gorgeous too. Keep up the great work.

  4. Rick Alwine says:

    Wow! Thank you so much for this article, I am 48 now and was molested as a child for numerous years as was 3 of my siblings. I have been seeing a Psychologist now for 6 months trying to get through the lack of emotions I grew up in. My mom asked me 2 times if molesting was going on in which I said yes. Yet, to this day my parents are still married. So I clearly see what you are saying and that has been my opinion since the sex abuse allegations came out. My family too, still to this day acts the same way, they put on display such a great family atmosphere while we family members know it was hell for a long time. Thank you so much for this article. Rick

  5. Eden says:

    It’s easy to judge Casey as a “horrible mother”, while forgetting that she was never prepared to BE a mother. Thanks for this well-reasoned analysis which reminds that she was also never prepared to be a responsible, compassionate human being.
    That doesn’t mean I’m on the Oh Poor Casey side; at a certain point as adults we face the choice to be only what our parents made us or to rise above and deal with our stuff so we can move on. But, I remember as a teacher every so often meeting the parents of a student and thinking, “wow, that kids really doesn’t stand much of a chance…” Wonder if I’d have felt that way meeting the Anthony family when Casey was a kid. Bet I would have had Caylee made it to grade 6.

  6. angela says:

    I respectfully disagree michelle. I think casey did this all on her own, and while george may have not wanted to beleieve that she killed caylee, I think he suspected it all along. Casey did this all on her own, and she should have been held responsible!

    • Phyllis says:

      I disagree with Angela. While Casey is responsible for the final act that ended Caylee’s life, that family had numerous opportunities to keep Caylee safe so it did not end as it did. A family full of selfcentered childish adults who are not fit be be parents or grandparents are equally responsible. Everyone says they are suffering. Yes they are But because their false “Perfect Family” fantasy has been exposed. Caylee was a possession to everyone in that family that is all. If she was more then she would still be alive.

    • Elizabeth says:

      I agree with you Angela and I’m in the same profession as the writer of this blog. Anyone can diagnose a person they’ve never met. I agree with the one for the Murderer (she doesn’t deserve a name)but disagree about George’s knowledge. He said on the witness stand that Cindy told him he was “being too negative” and to “let it go” with regard to the Murderer. Wouldn’t it be great if we all did the right thing at the right time? (eg: reporting the smell in the car to the police)….but George did the right thing when it counted; being honest in his interviews (FBI and local which I’ve viewed) and on the witness stand. Cindy is self centered, yes. George and Cindy are grieving grandparents. The Murderer was responsible for her pregnancy and the safe rearing of her daughter. To be a Monday morning quarterback on someones life is easy. And for the record, I’ve followed the case since July 17, 2008; including the Check Fraud; Frye Hearings; Listened to all witness police interviews as well as reading transcripts; Looked at the evidence as it was released; Jury Selection (such as it was); Watched the trial gavel to gavel and listened to the non-verdict (fyi).

  7. Anne says:

    I just saw you on HLN today, Sept 13, commenting on the Dr Phil interview of Cindy and George Anthony. You are a rare breath of fresh air amid all the psyco-babble that continues to dominate this case. Thank you for the courage to speak on national TV and hold firm to your intelligent, no-nonsense analysis. Your presence on-air is needed more often.

  8. Patricia Schneider says:

    Problem,Cindy told George she would take care of things when car was found 2 smell.She told him 2 go 2 work. Also George went to police & talked early about the case. Lots of records you should read. George came forward with more than Cindy. CY lied MORE. STILL IS the 1 with lies. Sorry don’t think you see it Right.

  9. Kim Young says:

    Dr. Michelle;

    I agree with everything you have to say about George Anthony. How others do not see it is beyond me. Even in watching the Dr. Phil interview, one can see it in his eyes and body language. he knows more and was involved somehow. Just listening to the 911 calls, what grandfather would not react; scream or yell, something; if they were just told there granddaughter was missing? They would not just quietly say, “What?” Cindy; well, I can’t help but believe she has suffered some deep pain in her life, even before Caylee’s death. She denies and looks for alternate excuse to avoid deeper pain. I still do not believe for a minute Casey killed her child with any intent. Why did she not want GA to come back home in 2006? It certainly would not have to do with his gambling. Most daughters would want their parents together. He did something very sinister, I believe. I hope, one day, Casey is healthy enough to tell the whole truth. Her whole truth.

  10. Greg Lore says:

    Dr.Golland, I’m frustrated because we agree, up to the point that Cindy and George had an “active participation in this enormous lie”. Here’s my problem,what you described, is a serious crime. It’s a serious crime, with a serious name. It’s called “accessory to murder, after the fact”. As you say,you are not a lawyer, but I don’t know any layers that understand what you seem to see clearly. I’m a carpenter, and I don’t pretend to believe, what you believe, for the same reasons. I’m not educated in matters like child abuse,personality disorders, or anything pertaining to psychology. I am, a very old man, and I know why Cindy hired Dominic Casey. I don’t speak out much, at all, really, and now I’ve got no one to speak out to.

  11. Nick says:

    you have the best theory Dr. I agree, its the only possible explanation that makes sense…good job !

  12. Greg Lore says:

    Lee Anthony says “this family is united C-M-A”, “I love you C-M-A” , “I’m proud of you C-M-A”. Proud of you? Really?

  13. Greg Lore says:

    “C-M-A” ( Casey Marie Anthony ).

  14. nance says:

    I disagree with you so much about George. I think he had nothing to do with any of this including the lie that Jose came up with about George sexually abusing Casey. I find it so interesting that most of the country feel so sorry for Cindy and seem to blame George for everything. I feel the exact opposite. I think Casey probably had control of the family early on and that she and Cindy “danced” together for years while Cindy covered up Casey’s bad behavior. And George just did whatever those two told him to. I find it also so interesting that you were so easily swayed by Jose’s mud.

  15. Anonymous says:

    the only responsible for all caylee when through was the killer casey who druged her poor daughter to go dancing and be w her new friends. i don’t agree with u at all.

    finally her father opens his eyes and saw the reality. we as a parents love our children but when something goes wrong we have to see it too. it doesn’t means we don’t love them.

    i don’t believe the drowning at all this is the defense crook team. a matter wins no matter what. only did it for money.

    i hate the defense team,casey anthony,i hope all will burn in hell very soon.

  16. Mary-Etta Hinkle says:

    I always thought that what they did was called obstruction of justice, and I thought that was punishable in a court of law. Why have the DELIBERATE lies of this entire family been swept under the carpet, when most of the population in America would be in jail for such criminal activity? I disagree that the problem was sexual abuse. It was poor parenting, with lack of agreement between the parents, with absolutely no “TOUGH LOVE” MINISTERED in maturity by either parent, and only worthless ANGRY outbursts when things got out of hand. That left the daughter STILL IN MANIPULATIVE CONTROL, which she is still exercising over her mother, Cindy from a distance. (or so they claim).

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