PHOENIX – It was the case that captivated a country – the disappearance of an adorable little girl name Caylee Anthony and the trial and acquittal of her mother for murder.
Many people have wondered how the parents of Casey Anthony, Caylee’s mother, did not know what was happening. That’s one of the many questions Dr. Phil McGraw asked when he sat down with George and Cindy Anthony.
“I want to know what happened here,” he said when he checked in with Tara Hitchcock live via satellite.
He’s not the only one.
People all over the country were outraged when an Orlando jury found Casey Anthony, 25, not guilty of the murder of her 2-year-old daughter. The toddler vanished in June 2008. Her body was found a month later buried in a wooded area not far from the Anthony home.
While the jury handed down a not guilty verdict on the murder charge, the court of public opinion had a very different outcome in mind.
Even though the trial is over, there are still no real answers about what happened to little Caylee.
“I thought the best place to start was with people who knew more about it than they had said,” McGraw said. “I felt the parent were the best place to begin.”
This interview with McGraw is the first time the Anthonys have talked about their daughter and granddaughter.
“They love their daughter, yet she’s accused of doing these horrific things,” McGraw said. “They love their granddaughter who has been victimized by this other person they love. They thought, ‘This is a family dynamic that we don’t even know how to sort out so we want to talk to Dr. Phil. He will ask the questions, of course, but he also may be able to help us sort this out.’
“I think this interview was very cathartic for both of them …,” McGraw continued. “I think it helped to finally talk about all of this in a very candid way.”
McGraw specifically asked Cindy about an online posting titled “My Caylee is missing.” Her answers were interesting.
“I think she says some things that will be infuriating to people, but it’s what she believes,” McGraw said. “It’s where she is honestly and I think people need to hear this.”
With all that was in the media, McGraw said people know only a fraction of what was happening. At the time of the interview with McGraw, the Anthonys still have not spoken to their daughter. He said Cindy tried to visit after the verdict but was turned away. “A lot of what people are going to hear in these interviews … is that there was a whole drama going on behind the scenes here.
People saw what was in the media. They saw what happened on the courtroom floor, but there was a whole drama going on behind closed doors …. There was a lot going on that people didn’t know and we’re going to shine a bright light on all of that.”
While the Anthonys themselves were not paid for the sit-down, McGraw agrees to make a donation to a charity they are establishing in their Caylee’s name.
“Dr. Phil” airs on 3TV weeknights at 7 p.m., and repeats the next day at 1 p.m. The interview with the Anthonys is a three-part series airing Tuesday, Wednesday and next Monday.