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Why George Anthony Is on Suicide Watch

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His granddaughter is dead, and his daughter is in jail for first-degree murder. Is it any surprise George Anthony might attempt to take his own life?


To say George Anthony has been under tremendous stress and strain is an understatement. From July 16, when his beloved granddaughter went missing, to December 11th, when her remains where found, the 57-year-old former Ohio sheriff's deputy has had to wrestle with the possibility that his own daughter Casey Anthony was the murderer.

Today, George Anthony is on suicide watch in a Florida hospital.

Dr. Charles Sophy, Medical Director for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, says, "George Anthony is a man who is forced to come to grips to face himself."

That won't be easy for the grieving grandfather, who throughout the entire investigation has seemingly lived in a state of constant denial.

"I don't want to believe that I have raised someone, and brought someone in this world, that could do something to another person. I don't want to believe that," Anthony told detectives back in July 2008. He also confessed the smell that emanated from Casey Anthony's abandoned car was familiar to him ... the smell of death: "It's a smell that you never ... get rid of."

But over time, perhaps spearheaded by his wife Cindy, George began to backpedal and remained steadfast in his belief of Casey's innocence. At one point, he even said he believed that his daughter was "110% innocent." Were they covering up the truth or obstructing justice? Only they know the answer to that question ... at least for now.

Today, it seems, the weight of the situation has become too much for him to bear. New documents released on Wednesday served up grisly details -- the heart-shaped sticker placed on Caylee's duct-taped mouth, the Winnie the Pooh blanket buried with the child's remains in a laundry bag. These items presumably could be easily traced back to the Anthony's home, further implicating his daughter in Caylee's murder. Surely adding to Anthony's collective anxiety are the unsubstantiated reports of incestuous relationships within the Anthony's own family and that they plan to profit from Caylee's memorial.

"You don't understand, do you? You just don't understand what this is like," a despondent Anthony reportedly told officers who drove him to Halifax Medical Center this morning for evaluation.

The enormous pressure George Anthony has been under has made him at times prone to violent outbursts, especially when dealing with protesters. Anxiety, according to Dr. Sophy, manifests itself in different ways. "Often it will then spill into depression," he explains.

For George Anthony, who holed himself up in a Daytona Beach motel and penned a six-page suicide note, that depression could have easily ended his life had he not been tracked down first by police via his cell-phone "pings."  He reportedly had sent a text message a short time earlier that said he "wanted to make sure Caylee was in God's arms."

How heartbreaking.

The first step in George Anthony's recovery, says Dr. Sophy, is "to keep him safe so he can be on the path to forthright and truthful." That's why he's currently on suicide watch now.

What exactly do you think motivated George Anthony's suicide attempt?

Recently released documents in the Casey Anthony case:

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Yankee 49 February 4, 2009, 3:58 AM


Thanks for your rationale. Too few have mentioned that the grandparents were partially responsible for their granddaughter’s fate. They had been supporting her and primarily raising her. Casey had never cared for that child on her own, and had no means of support, so had could they just assume the baby was okay for a month?

It also was the enabling of their daughter which helped to turn her into the monster she became. No, Cindy and George Anthony did not murder their granddaughter, but they sure helped their daughter in ultimately committing this horrendous crime.

Supposedly Cindy confided to a co-worker that she had thought of adopting Caylee, but it was too costly. So how was it not too costly to support both her bum daughter and the baby? If she had kicked out her daughter and tried to adopt her granddaughter she might still be alive. What a cost Cindy is paying now.

sunshine February 4, 2009, 3:36 PM

I agree yankee 49. Cindy and George have know for along time that she has some sort of illness and yet still today they are covering up for her. It is complete denial. They should be held somewhat responsible for the monster they created. And, to still not have a funeral for their grandaughter. SICK

Jody February 5, 2009, 7:16 PM

I don’t believe for a second that George Anthony really tried to kill himself.

1. He said in the ‘suicide’ note that the pills were taking affect, but he late told doctors that he didn’t take any pills.

2. He had to know that his wife and son kept their cellphones on all the time, that is why he started texting them.

3. He had to also know that the police could track his phone through its pings by GPS.

This was one of three things.

1. A ploy to get sympathy from the press.

2. Try and keep the cops from arresting him on obstruction of justice charges.

3. Trying to get disability payments for being suicidal. We all know that George is a lazy ass who doesn’t like to work.

Harold February 11, 2009, 2:05 PM

George Anthony is a fake.
It’s all BS about the suicide attempt.

Lewis July 11, 2009, 1:51 PM

This is a sad story but everyone needs to keep in mind who to be sad for, Caylee. The other four of these people need to be taken out and hanged without a trial. I think we all kmow they are guilty. Also, George never attempted suicide. He is too much of a weak worm to kill himself. I think that people like these are ones we can do without and should take care of them and stop this side show.

Zach May 6, 2011, 11:09 AM

Yes, AND the poor guy is married to a liar and potential sociopath himself. Cindy Anthony is a real problem.

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