Casey Anthony’s father, George Anthony, recently agreed to take a polygraph test about the death of his granddaughter Caylee in an attempt to clear his name. The test was filmed as part of an upcoming television documentary showing on A&E. George became emotional and choked up at multiple points during the intense questioning.
Background on the Casey Anthony Case
In 2008, Casey Anthony’s 2-year-old daughter Caylee disappeared in Orlando, Florida. After over a month of lying to detectives, Casey eventually admitted that Caylee had been missing since June and led police to remains that were later confirmed to be her daughter.
Casey was charged with first-degree murder but controversially acquitted in 2011. The prosecution alleged that Casey chloroformed Caylee and suffocated her with duct tape, but they could not provide concrete proof of how she died.
Casey’s parents George and Cindy Anthony have always publicly supported their daughter but questions have swirled about how much they really know about what happened to Caylee.
Leading Up To the Polygraph Test
Documentary “Casey Anthony: Where The Truth Lies” obtained exclusive access to Casey’s parents, including their consent to take a polygraph test on camera. The special will premiere on A&E on January 9th.
In a preview, George Anthony tearfully answers questions about whether he was involved with Caylee’s death or moving her remains. At one point the polygraph test administrator asks “Do you regret lying to police about searching for Caylee?” causing George to break down crying.
The test results have not been revealed but the preview shows George struggling to maintain composure, raising speculation that his answers may show deception.
Recapping George Anthony’s Answers
According to early accounts of George’s polygraph test:
- George denied having anything to do with Caylee’s death when asked directly
- He reacted emotionally to a question about regretting lying to police
- He denied moving or hiding Caylee’s remains
- He denied that Casey told him details about Caylee’s death
- He gave unclear answers regarding potential sexual abuse allegations
Table summarizing key questions and reactions:
|Involvement in Caylee’s death
|Lying to police
|Broke down crying
|Moving/hiding Caylee’s body
|Casey confiding details
|Sex abuse allegations
George was specifically asked whether he knew details about “the ladder, the pool, [or] chloroform” regarding Caylee’s death. His reaction to these questions has not yet been shown.
Cindy Anthony Also Questioned
The television special contains footage of both George and Cindy Anthony answering questions related to Caylee under the watch of a polygraph test administrator.
During her segment, Casey’s mother Cindy is seen having an emotional breakdown and panicking when asked for more specifics about the details of Caylee’s death. At one point when asked if she believes Casey knows what happened to Caylee, Cindy replies “I’m not sure what Casey knows.”
What Happens Next
The question of whether George and Cindy Anthony passed or failed the lie detector test looms large heading into the release of the full documentary on January 9th. Their results could shift public perception of their honesty and complicity.
For Casey Anthony herself, she has lived in relative seclusion since her infamous trial. It is unknown if she is aware of her parents’ participation in the televised polygraph tests and documentary interviews. Casey rarely makes public statements so she may choose not to respond.
Nearly 13 years later, the death of Caylee Anthony remains surrounded in mystery and controversy. As more evidence and insight comes to light, perhaps eventually the full truth will emerge regarding this infamous unsolved true crime saga.
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