Orlando, Fla. – On Friday, body language expert Susan Constantine examined the reactions of several members of the Anthony family as they took part in the Casey Anthony murder trial. Her observations led her to believe Cindy Anthony, Casey’s mother, was less than truthful on the stand, while Casey herself was actually showing true sadness.
Casey, 25, is charged with the first-degree murder of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony. If convicted, she could face the death penalty.
During HLN’s ‘Special Report,’ Constantine compared Cindy’s testimony from Thursday and Friday, saying, “What I have seen from her… compared to yesterday [Thursday]… she came in with her power look on… she had the purple dress on, she had her heels on. She was prepared, she was already groomed and prepared what she was going to say.”
To see Cindy Anthony’s testimony at the Casey Anthony trial on June 23, 2011, click here.
She continued, “Today [Friday], walking into the courtroom she wore the flower dress, she played it down, she was more the whimsical person. But what I noticed was Cindy Anthony always gives more information than you need to hear… She only gives a lot of information if she needs to qualify something… she’s being very careful and methodical as she answers her questions.”
Further, Constantine noted that Cindy showed deception just by the manner in which she held her hand when being sworn in to testify.
“…she bent her wrist back…. I’m going to bend the story if it’s going to get myself out of hot water if I need to,” Constantine said.
She also detected self doubt in Cindy’s mouth.
“…when she’s speaking, she doesn’t even believe her own words and at often times yesterday, she had this really awkward smirk, and that awkward smirk… was ‘duping delight,’” Constantine observed.
She stated Cindy is actually asking with her body language, “Do you believe what I’m telling you to be true?”
Constantine also observed signs in Cindy’s mouth indicating deception.
To see photos of Cindy Anthony helping Caylee into the family pool, click here.
“Pulling her lips in together with a smirk at the same time… that means am I fooling you, am I convincing you?” she said. “And there is delight that comes along with it… She doesn’t believe her own words that she’s speaking…”
To see Cindy Anthony’s testimony at the Casey Anthony trial on June 24, 2011.
Constantine surmised, “In my opinion, Cindy Anthony… she’s trying to save her daughter and take the bullet for her.”
As far as Casey Anthony, Constantine found on Friday, she displayed real sadness.
“This is the one moment… where she really had true sadness… And what we saw in her, the first time… her skin became very flushed, her eyebrows came together and pulled up into the center – kind of in a swirl – that is true sadness. There’s something that’s going on that we don’t see behind the scenes,” she said.
She also studied the testimony of Lee Anthony and said, “When I look over at Lee, he leans back, he’s taken aback, he’s distancing, he has emotion. So somewhere in there… he is removing himself from the situation, but the emotion is trapped inside and that’s where the tears are coming from – and they are felt.”
She said it was very easy to determine what Lee was projecting with his body language, as she’s been able to observe him for several years as the case has progressed.
To watch the Casey Anthony trial, click here.
“…I know what his baseline behavior is because… I’ve seen him for three years in and out of that courtroom, so I know his baseline behavior… Shoulder shrugs and rubbing the neck and the face becoming flush. There are numerous different gestures that he was popping… so he’s hiding something. There’s massive anxiety there,” said Constantine.
To see Lee Anthony’s testimony at the Casey Anthony trial on June 24, 2011, click here.
Court is slated to resume Monday morning, as Saturday ended early with legal argument and no testimony. Legal pundits have speculated that the early recess was due to a fundamental issue in the case.
To keep up to date with the Casey Anthony trial and view jury selection, court proceedings and testimony videos, click here.
To revisit Casey’s case, find links to pages and pages of evidence, including transcripts of law enforcement interviews, court documents, letters, and forensic evidence, by clicking here.
In addition, links to a multitude of videos and photos released in the case including the many men in Casey’s life, party photos, and evidentiary images can be found by clicking here.
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