Cindy Anthony shocked the world by dining on steak strips and crab puffs with television executives, her daughter’s defense attorney, private investigators, and her husband at a posh hotel minutes away from Suburban Drive the day her granddaughter Caylee Anthony’s remains were found after months of intensive searching.
In July 2008, Cindy Anthony called 911 to report Caylee Anthony missing. She began regular appearances on local and national news media in what she claimed were attempts to garner support for the search for Caylee.
After her behavior the day Caylee’s body was found, many questioned if Cindy ever believed Caylee was missing at all. After reports of Mrs. Anthony telling police investigators she had her own private investigators search the same area of woods less than a month before, rumors swirled as to how much did Cindy know about the murder of Caylee Anthony and when did she know it?
In this article, we will look at the written statement Cindy Anthony provided to police on July 15, 2008, the day she called 911 to report Caylee missing. The document may be found at the following link.
Cindy Anthony Written Statement to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office
Date of Statement: 07/15/2008
Date of Offense: 06/09/2008
“3 weeks ago asked my daughter to bring (her) my car home along with my granddaughter Caylee. She told me she was in Jacksonville for the last 2 1/2 wks. Today we got a registered letter re: my car being in Orlando since last wk of June. We picked up the car today at Johnson’s towing co – car was abandoned @ Amscot on E-50 x3 days then towed on 06-30-08. When my husband and I retrieved the car I found a # for a friend of my daughter’s called her + she led me to my daughter at her boyfriend’s (house) apt. I took my daughter and told her to take me to my granddaughter. When I called the police she finally stated Caylee was missing. I last saw my granddaughter Sun June 8th. Casey for the last month has told me that Caylee has been with her. She refused to let me speak with her because she said I would upset her.
I found Casey with her friend Tony @ his appt. around 730P.”
“3 weeks ago” – Mrs. Anthony begins her statement with a reference to a time frame. We should note the time frame does not match the dates given as the date of offense. The date of June 8, 2008 given as the date of offense was more than 5 weeks prior to the date of the statement.
“asked my daughter” – The missing pronoun “I” may indicate deception. This is Mrs. Anthony’s statement, but she leaves herself out of the first statement, which concerns an action by her. Mrs. Anthony asked. How did she ask? By phone, in person, through another party? We do not know. Who did she ask? Her daughter, Casey Anthony.
“to bring (her) my car home” – Whose car is Mrs. Anthony asking be brought home? Mrs. Anthony first writes the car is “her” car, Casey Anthony’s car. Then, Mrs. Anthony strikes out the word “her”, replacing it with “my”. Now the car belongs to Mrs. Anthony. Where should Casey Anthony bring the car? “Home”. Casey Anthony had not lived at “home” for more than two weeks at the time of this alleged asking. If she were to bring the car “home”, where would she take it? To Mrs. Anthony’s home or to Casey Anthony’s current residence? Casey Anthony is to “bring” the car home, not “return”. Is Mrs. Anthony taking the car away from Casey Anthony?
“along with my granddaughter Caylee” – The order items are listed shows the importance the writer places on each item. Most important to Mrs. Anthony is the car being brought home. Caylee is of secondary importance. Even though this statement is being made by Mrs. Anthony as part of the police response to her request for help in locating her missing granddaughter, the car is still more important to her than Caylee. Mrs. Anthony made three 911 calls to obtain police assistance during which she spoke about the car repeatedly and Caylee almost not at all. Her verbal reports mirror her written report and reiterate the old used Pontiac Sunfire which was given for free by Lee Anthony to Casey Anthony is more important to Mrs. Anthony than her granddaughter, Caylee.
“She told me” – Who told who? Casey Anthony told Mrs. Anthony. Was this on a phone call, in person, by smoke signal? We do not know.
“she was in Jacksonville” – Who is in Jacksonville? Casey Anthony? Caylee Anthony? We do not know.
“for the last 2 1/2 wks” – Another reference to time. 3 weeks ago, Casey Anthony told her mother Caylee had been in Jacksonville for the last 2 1/2 weeks, approximately the date of the offense. Casey Anthony told her mother Caylee “was” in Jacksonville and gave a time frame. Where did Casey Anthony say Caylee Anthony was at the time of the asking and telling? It seems likely Mrs. Anthony has edited a portion of what she was “told”.
“Today” – Another time reference. Time is of importance to Mrs. Anthony.
“we got a registered letter” – Mrs. Anthony feels the need to explain why she and her husband picked up “my” car “today” from the impound lot. She has changed from speaking of “I” to speaking of “we”. A letter arrived, not just any letter, a “registered” letter. “We got” indicates the event was not within the control of Mr. or Mrs. Anthony.
“re: my car being in Orlando since last wk of June.” – More time references with “last wk of June”, which does not match the date of incident, but does match the time period Mrs. Anthony claims she “asked” and Casey Anthony “told”. The car is now “my” car without question.
“We picked up the car today” – Mrs. Anthony continues writing for “we”, who “picked up” the car. They did not “retrieve”. They did not “redeem” as we saw in a previous article Mr. Mason wrote in a court document. They “picked up”, they cleaned up Casey Anthony’s mess. “My car” is now “the car”. It was Mrs. Anthony’s car until they “picked” it “up” at the tow yard. Once they “picked up” the car, Mrs. Anthony no longer wishes to claim ownership. Could it be the smell? “Today” is another reference to time, increasing awareness of the sensitivity of time to Mrs. Anthony. Caylee has been missing for more than 5 weeks and Mrs. Anthony is only now getting the police involved.
“x3 days then towed on 06-30-08” – More time references. Time is very important, even though Mrs. Anthony waited 5+ weeks to report her granddaughter missing, time is now critical.
“When my husband and I retrieved the car” – “We” is now defined as “my husband and I”. Now, they “retrieved”. “The car” is no longer “my car”. The husband is hers, but not the car. They still have not “redeemed” the car. Mrs. Anthony told us one sentence ago “we picked up the car” and now tells us again, indicating extreme sensitivity to claiming the car, an event which changed the car from Mrs. Anthony’s car to “the” car.
“I found a # for a friend of my daughter’s” – This event occurred “when” they retrieved the car. But we know from other documents and statements, this did not occur until much later in the day when Cindy Anthony returned home from work. Factually, the time frame is a lie, but the statement about finding the number is true.
“called her + she led me to my daughter at her boyfriend’s (house) apt” – Cindy Anthony utilized the number she found to contact the friend, who “led” Mrs. Anthony to the apartment of Tony Lazzaro. Mrs. Anthony does not use the name of the friend, Amy Huizenga, or of the boyfriend, indicating she does not know the names of either the friend or the boyfriend. Mrs. Anthony writes “house”, then crosses it out and writes “apt”. Mrs. Anthony is not familiar with where the boyfriend lives and may not approve of her daughter dating a man who lives in an “apt” instead of a “house”.
Mrs. Anthony does not know who her daughter dates. Mrs. Anthony does not know her daughter’s friends. Mrs. Anthony is unaware Casey Anthony is unemployed. Mrs. Anthony never met the babysitter or nanny. Mrs. Anthony is not aware of the dollar amounts her daughter stole from Mrs. Anthony’s mother or herself. Mrs. Anthony knows virtually nothing of Casey Anthony’s life outside of the Anthony home.
“I took my daughter” – Mrs. Anthony indicates she was in control of the situation, she “took my daughter”, the daughter who belongs to Mrs. Anthony. Cindy Anthony acts, her daughter is acted upon.
“and told her to take me to my granddaughter” – Now, Mrs. Anthony turns the tables and does the telling. She “told her”. Again, order is noted for importance of events to the writer. Most important for Mrs. Anthony is stating she commanded her daughter to act, Mrs. Anthony was in control. Second most important is what she said, take me to Caylee. Again, Caylee is of secondary importance to Mrs. Anthony’s desire to control. When the car was “my” car, it was more important than Caylee. Why? Because taking the car back from Casey Anthony gave Mrs. Anthony power over her, it put Mrs. Anthony in control. Power and control are of the utmost importance to Mrs. Anthony. The 911 calls were about Cindy Anthony gaining power and control over Casey Anthony. Telling Attorney Morgan she would no longer answer questions and would not wear a microphone was a bid to establish power and control over the deposition process. Telling George Anthony and Brad Conway not to tell her she could not pray was Cindy Anthony stating she was in control.
“When I called the police” – Another reference to time, one which allows Mrs. Anthony to skip over a myriad of events.
“she finally stated Caylee was missing” – Why did Mrs. Anthony call 911? To secure help in the search for Caylee? No, to force Casey Anthony to “finally” state “Caylee was missing”. Casey “finally” states, indicating more went on beforehand, other statements were made, there was an expectation on the part of Cindy Anthony this statement would be the outcome.
“Caylee was missing” – The most important word in this phrase is “was”. Caylee “was” missing. Mrs. Anthony is writing this statement because the police are at her home responding to her three 911 calls and her plea to find her missing granddaughter, yet she writes “Caylee was missing”. At the time this statement was written, Caylee was not missing in the mind of Mrs. Anthony. Something happened between the time she made the third hysterical 911 call with the excited utterances of a dead body smell in the car and of her granddaughter being missing, and the writing of this statement which moved Caylee from missing to “was missing” in her mind.
“I last saw my granddaughter Sun June 8th” – Strong statement with no extra words, yet this is a factual lie. Another reference to time which tracks back to the time frame Mrs. Anthony claims Casey Anthony “told” her Caylee was in Jacksonville, but not to the last date Mrs. Anthony saw Caylee.
“Casey for the last month has told me that Caylee has been with her” – More time references. Sensitivity to time is overwhelming in this statement. Casey is named for the first time in the statement. She is no longer “my daughter”, but “Casey”. The use of “that” indicates sensitivity to where Caylee has been. This may not be what Casey Anthony told Mrs. Anthony.
“She refused to let me speak with her” – Casey Anthony would not let her mother speak with Caylee by phone. Cindy Anthony was not in control. Casey Anthony was in control. Cindy Anthony attempted to force Casey Anthony to bring the car home in order to reverse this situation and re-establish control.
“because she said I would upset her” – Would Mrs. Anthony upset Caylee? We don’t know, but Mrs. Anthony claims this was the reasoning given by Casey Anthony for exercising her control over Cindy Anthony. Or does “her” refer to Casey Anthony? Cindy Anthony speaking to Caylee Anthony would upset Casey Anthony.
“I found Casey with her friend Tony @ his appt. around 730P” – Earlier in the statement, Amy Huizenga led Mrs. Anthony to Tony Lazzaro’s apartment, now Mrs. Anthony “found” Casey Anthony there. Tony Lazarro is no longer Casey Anthony’s boyfriend, but just a friend. It is important to Mrs. Anthony to let the police know she found Casey Anthony with Tony Lazzaro instead of just where she was found. Another reference to time is noted.
We have learned Mrs. Anthony knew nothing of Casey Anthony’s life away from the Anthony house.
We have learned Mrs. Anthony considers the car and her control over Casey Anthony to be more important than the welfare of Caylee Anthony.
We have learned Mrs. Anthony did not believe Caylee Anthony was missing at the time she wrote this statement late in the day on July 15, 2008, the same day Caylee was first reported missing by Cindy Anthony.