Another chapter to the sad story of 2 year old Caylee Anthony’s death. Early this morning, Friday January 23, 2009, Caylee’s grandfather, George Anthony, was picked up at a Florida hotel after he disappeared and allegedly sent family members text messages saying that no longer wanted to live. George also left a five page suicide letter apparently; I wonder if it will reveal information that could lead to the unraveling of the mystery of Caylee’s death? He was involuntarily was taken by police to a local hospital for evaluation.
All of this pressure has built up in the last year since young Caylee was reported missing and her body was, recently, discovered. His daughter Casey was arrested for Caylee’s murder and both he and his wife has had to deal with Caylee’s death, family drama, invasive media, and his daughter’s arrest. I am sure that the death, and his family’s initial feelings of denial of Caylee’s death, as well as the realization that she is gone has led to depression and a general overall feeling of being filled with overwhelming stress.
These issues are often overlooked by many when people watch the news…the truth is, that the long arm of the law has consequences for more than just the suspect in a case of murder or criminal behavior. There is much to deal with, for the friends and family members of the victims and the suspects who are involved.
The emotional effects of just not being able to grieve properly for the loss of his grandchild is devastating. First thing, no one knew for sure that Caylee was in fact dead. She was missing and her mother Casey was telling conflicting stories. George had to give information to the police at one time that many speculated was not all positive…that had to be a horrible experience for him. There were search parties out looking for Caylee…this went on for months with little results. Then there were alledged reported sightings of Caylee which turned out to be false. In the meantime, the media was invading the Anthony’s personal space. Conflict was a daily thing.
George’s wife was giving interviews that alledgedly seemed to conflict with statements she made to the police and to her co-workers about a smell in Casey’s car…that smelled like a dead person. That must have added to interpersonal problems in their family. Their son, Casey’s brother, also was drawn into the fray with statements that he made that was reported in the media. This is a family was that under a microscope. Then came the confirmation recently that young Caylee’s body was found thrown away in a trash bag.
The details of that are heartbreaking. She was put inside of a laundry bag with a winnie the pooh blanket, with some pullups and with a knife…her little mouth was covered with duct tape that had residue from a heart shaped sticker put on the tape over her mouth; that tape was attached to her hair. Her bones were scattered in the area where she was found. This is a devastating thing to have to live with the knowledge that someone…maybe the child’s mother…could be capable of such depraved actions. I am sure it was much more than most people could handle.
The text messages that George allegedly sent to his family was an emergency cry for help from someone who is struggling to survive in a tidal wave of trauma. I pray that he will get the help and the support that he needs to be well and whole.
Many people have made hurtful comments about the family members…we don’t know the facts of what actually happened. Judging them and their actions without the full information is unwise. Who in their situation could be faulted for handling things with imperfection…they have lost their granddaughter, their daughter is in jail for the alledged murder of their grandchild, they have had their lives turned upside down…including their home and privacy invaded…their children have been under the media spotlight…and they could possibly be charged with charges if they were, in any way, responsible for covering up evidence against their daughter. That doesn’t even take into consideration yet…the nightmare that will be the trial that is coming soon.
This case has had many ups and downs. It is still in the investigative phase and the court process has begun to build it’s case against Casey Anthony. I truly hope that the grandparents are not involved in anything that could be considered a cover up by the authorities. It is horrible enough to think about loosing their granddaughter and possibly their daughter to the legal system. Let’s not forget that a child died…someone did in fact kill her, the truth needs to come out…and they will be dealing with that issue alone for the rest of their lives. These are not issues that anyone gets over….overnight!