Cindy looked like a woman who had been through an emotionally exhausting ordeal and knew the worst was yet to come. She cried when she described her granddaughter Caylee’s bed. Her tears seemed sincere expressions of grief not the acidic tears of self-pity we’ve seen so often from her daughter.
She broke down again when describing Caylee’s playhouse. Her uncontrollable anguish prompted Prosecutor Linda Drane-Burdick asked if she needed a break. The judge granted the request. During that time of no audio, we witnessed tears of rage from Casey Anthony. We could not hear what she said, but her ire was apparent. From the hostile and sullen looks she’d cast at her mother, it was obvious the target of her anger was her mother.
When court resumed, with Cindy back in the stand, Linda Drane Burdick asked, “After June 15 of 2008, did you see your grandaughter Caylee again?”
Cindy’s voice quavered as she answered: “No, Ma’am. I did not.” Cindy swayed in her seat and looked as if she might pass out,
The state later asked her how long she continued to search for the real Zanny. Cindy admitted she never stopped looking until six weeks earlier. I know it sounds ridiculous, on the surface, that she had continued tilting at that windmill; but I could understand the desperation of a mother wanting to avoid the ugly truth about her own daughter.
The looks Casey gave her mother were the thing that really elevated my empathy for Cindy. I put myself in her shoes and imagined my daughter looking at me the way Casey looked at Cindy. That thought was nauseating and disturbing. The hatred shooting from Casey’s eyes in Cindy’s direction is the stuff of every mother’s nightmare.
And as Dr. Lillian Glass wrote: “For the first time, when Cindy walked off the stand without looking at Casey,she literally walked away from Casey and her lies forever ”
Perhaps now, Cindy Anthony has her focus in the right place–on finding justice for her granddaughter Caylee.