Casey Anthony makes bombshell claims about daughter’s death in new Peacock docuseries
It’s been more than a decade since Casey Anthony’s name made headlines across the country. Now, he’s finally speaking in his first on-camera interview Famously acquitted in 2011 Murder, manslaughter and child abuse followed the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.
“Casey Anthony: Where Truth Lies,” a A three-part limited document, The Peacock premieres on November 29. Peacock is owned by NBCUniversal, the parent company of NBC News.
In the series, Anthony maintains the same claims his legal team made in his defense all those years ago — including that he was sexually abused by his father, George Anthony, and that he lied to cover up Kelly’s death. George Anthony Courts previously denied both of those claims.
Caylee was last seen on June 16, 2008, investigators said. Cindy Anthony, Kelly’s grandmother, Report a missing child July 15, 2008 – 31 days later. The next day, police arrested Casey Anthony on charges of child neglect. At the time, she told investigators the child had been taken by a babysitter.
Six months later, Kelly’s skeletal remains were found less than a mile from her grandparents’ Orlando home.
In her bombshell interview with Alexandra Dean, showrunner and director, Casey Anthony revealed a few more.
He lied to investigators
Anthony was eventually convicted of four misdemeanors for lying to investigators in her child’s disappearance in 2008.
She falsely told investigators that her daughter had disappeared with a babysitter, whom she later said did not exist, and said she worked at Universal Studios in Orlando when she did not.
“It was the right guilty verdict. I lied to law enforcement, I admitted I lied to law enforcement, so I’m a convicted liar. It’s true,” he says in the new series.
In an attempt to explain why she lied, Anthony said it was because she was abused as a child and still followed her father’s orders – even after seeing her daughter’s limp body.
“I lied to everyone because I had my whole life up until that point,” he said in the series. “It wasn’t right to act like everything was fine but know nothing. I’ve been in therapy for years and I’m trying to analyze my own behavior and try to explain my own behavior, all of which is a response to trauma.”
“I made myself look crazy. And gave law enforcement no reason to believe or believe what I said,” he continued.
“I can understand why from an outside perspective all of this seems like…” he trailed off. “Because even for me, it still feels that way. As far as I’m concerned, there’s no justification for my actions or behavior, except to say that I was doing what I was forced to do.”
She alleged that she was abused by her father
In the documentary, Anthony reiterated his earlier complaint that her father molested her between the ages of 8 and 12, which her father denied.
“When I was 8 years old, my father started coming to my room at night,” she said. “I was physically hurt, scared because I was physically hurt and I ‘couldn’t tell mom what happened (or) she’d be mad at me.’ That’s what I was told.”
George Anthony Peacock declined to be interviewed for the series. He did not respond to TODAY.com’s multiple requests for comment.
He alleged that Kylie was the product of rape at the age of 18
In the documentary, Anthony said her family told her to keep the fact that she was pregnant at 18 a secret.
She said that she was raped at a house party after consuming drugs.
“(I had) a few beers, my memory was completely gone because I was on drugs,” he said. “I woke up with my top on, my jeans on the floor with my underwear and my bra still inside my shirt but over my breasts.”
He added that she was “lethargic” and “extremely disoriented” from the drug and “looked like (she) had forced sex.”
She said she initially claimed the child was her ex-boyfriend’s but eventually took a paternity test and discovered he was not the father.
“I lied to everybody,” she said. “That’s what I’m saying, it’s so f—-d up, it’s just years of feeling that I needed to live a certain life or show people that I lived a certain life, because I didn’t want people to feel sorry for me. And I didn’t want my kid to grow up thinking he was the product of something so bad and I didn’t want him.”
What he remembers about that fateful morning: ‘It’s not much’
Anthony explained in the morning that his daughter probably died for the cameras. She said she woke up that morning to make her daughter breakfast but “didn’t feel so good.” He went back to bed, turned on the TV and Kelly got into bed with him.
“I’ve been a light sleeper my whole life,” he says in the documentary. “Because I’m used to someone opening the door while I’m asleep. I’m used to being careful, especially with a child by my side. That’s part of the reason she’s in bed with me.”
She said she knew her father was home but he fell asleep and “slept for a while.”
The next thing he remembers, he said, is his father shaking him, asking where Kelly was. She said it “didn’t make sense” to her because she thought her baby was next to her in bed.
Anthony added that her daughter “wouldn’t even leave my room without telling me, even if she had to go to the bathroom.”
“He knew he wasn’t allowed to be home alone,” she said.
Anthony said he began searching around the house and then in the yard for his daughter. When he returned from searching around the house, he said, his father was “standing there with him.”
“He’s getting wet,” she said tearfully. “I see her standing there with her arms around her and handing her over to me and telling me it’s my fault. That is what I am. That I made it happen.”
He said he “collapsed” with Kylie’s body in his arms, which felt “heavy” and “cold”.
Instead of calling 911 or trying to revive Callie, Anthony said her father took Callie and told her it was “going to be OK.”
“I don’t know how long I sat outside, I don’t know where he went, he took him from me and he left,” she said. “I don’t know where he went and I don’t know what he did.”
Why didn’t she call 911?
Anthony said he understands people will question why he didn’t call 911 or wait to tell his mother.
“I know people will question why I didn’t make a phone call, why I didn’t call 911, why I waited to tell my mom, but I didn’t tell her, why lie?” she said. “I know that I failed to protect my child and I continue to fail him. I failed him time and time again. Because I still protected the person who hurt me.
“It was my brainwashing. And it wasn’t until much later that I really began to understand why,” he said. “It was like I had Stockholm syndrome.”
Anthony believed his daughter was fine until he found her body
“At 31 days, I truly believed that Kelly was still alive. My dad kept telling me that Kelly was still okay,” she recounts in the new docuseries. “There were no threats, I just knew I had to do what he wanted me to do, the same reason I’ve known since I was 8 years old. Just do what he wants, it worked before, do it now. I’m living. I did what I needed to do.”
She added that her father would tell her Kelly was “good” and just “keep doing what I’m telling you to do… you’ll be back together soon. That’s what sticks with me — at one point he told me we’d be back together soon.”
Anthony said she was “conditioned” by her father and wanted to believe her daughter was alive.
“I really wanted to trust him, and maybe that’s the disconnect. Maybe it’s trying to protect myself from the pain of knowing, deep down, that something happened and I didn’t want to face it,” she said. “I wish that was an easy answer and an easy explanation, but nothing about trauma or abuse is ever easy because you just Trying to survive
“The whole time he told me he was going to be fine. It was something I chose to accept, because there was that little girl inside of me who wanted to believe that she wouldn’t hurt him the way he hurt me.”
Anthony says he still doesn’t know ‘what the truth is’
In the new Peacock series, Anthony never directly states what happened that morning and states directly that he “doesn’t know what the truth is.”
“This is why all this is so difficult. I live with the guilt of feeling like I failed her and didn’t keep her safe and protect her. I’ve always wanted the truth because I’ve lived so long without it,” he said. “But I don’t know if I can handle it all. I don’t know if it’s better to know or not to know. Because I don’t know what the truth is. I just I know something happened.”
In the years since his trial, Anthony has been working for his defense attorney, Pat McKenna. He also said in the documents that he lived in his home with his family after his trial when he got back on his feet.
She said she will always wonder what could have happened if she had handled her daughter’s death differently.
“It’s a hard thing to live with every day, because nothing will bring him back,” she said emotionally. “Even if I do get the answers I need someday, it will never be enough. It will never be enough.”
This article was originally published Today.com
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