January 12, 2009
Casey Anthony: Family Dynamics
A pathological liar like Casey Anthony is simply not created overnight in a vacuum. It is the end result of being raised in a dysfunctional family environment. Her parents Cindy and George Anthony enabled Casey to use lying as an effective coping mechanism. For Casey, lying was how she managed to deal with an impossible situation that was created by her parents.
Lee Anthony – First Born
Lee Anthony, Casey’s older brother grew up seemingly unscathed from his childhood experience. Being a boy he was treated differently from Casey. Cindy and George treated their first child harshly, like most boys are raised and pretty much ignored him as a child as they really wanted a girl. Most certainly, they did not let Lee get away with lying to them. Since both Lee and Casey seem to be rather close, they apparently bounded with each other at an early age as a way to cope with their parents. As the older child, Lee has always tried to protect Casey.
Casey Anthony – became a middle child late in life
Upon Casey’s arrival Cindy and George immediately cuddled her, since they finally got the beautiful girl that they had always wanted. Cindy and George Anthony were both busy professionals who spent less time at home then ever before while Casey Anthony was growing up. Cindy was a nurse, while George was a police detective. Having the wherewithal, they immediately spoiled Casey with material possessions in an attempt to make up for them being absent from Casey’s home life most of the time.
Casey grew up dealing with a caretaker during the day. Since her parents were usually absent it was pretty easy for Casey to please them with lies at the beginning. And, as a female her parents gladly let her get away with it most of the the time.
In short, for most of her life Casey was the center of attention of Lee, Cindy and George Anthony. Obviously, Cindy wore the pants in the Anthony Family. As George was always at work, he simply gave up long ago and let Cindy rule the family in order to keep his marriage afloat.
But something really had to be different about this particular dysfunctional family. As Casey got older her parents always demanded too much out of Casey. And, in order to cope with an impossible situation Casey simply told her parents whatever they wanted to hear because what was true would never have been good enough for them.
With children it is never do as they say, but always do what their parents actually did. So, I would expect that everybody in the Anthony family, most of all Cindy, routinely lied to each other.
Father’s Day June 15th was originally not the last day that Cindy reported seeing Caylee. During a bond hearing in July, Cindy Anthony claimed that the home video of Caylee reading a book helped her remember that Caylee went with her to visit her father on Father’s Day. This is evidence of pathological lying on the part of Cindy. If a big fight took place on Father’s Day that resulted in the death or disappearance of your beloved granddaughter there is simply no way in the world that you are going to forget about it. I simply refuse to believe Cindy. A fight important enough for Casey to murder her own daughter over was certainly dramatic enough for Cindy to remember it.
Thus Casey grew up being the center of attention in a family of lairs. She was spoiled rotten by them. Never did well in school. And, had a hard time working real jobs where everyone expects results.
Caylee Anthony enters the picture
Then Casey had an accident on purpose called the birth of Caylee Anthony.
At first everything worked out well as she once again became the center of attention. Cindy then refused to let Casey give up Caylee. Soon Casey realized that her parents were more interested in Caylee than in her. As Caylee grew up, she started bossing Casey around. Casey had left her daughter one too many times with her mother Cindy while she went out partying. And Cindy easily convinced Caylee that she was her real mother and not Casey.
Then on Father’s Day June 15th, Cindy crossed the line too far. And, Casey outwardly exploded loudly voicing her frustrations rather than passively lying. And tragically took out her frustrations upon the most innocent of all: Caylee .
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