In the six years since Casey Anthony was infamously acquitted while on trial for the murder of her two-year-old daughter Caylee, her parents, George and Cindy, have been estranged from their daughter, opting to keep an incredibly low profile in the media. While they have resurfaced over the years — often to give comments in response to news related to their daughter and late granddaughter — few interviews have been as telling as their recent one with Crime Watch Daily. During the interview with journalist Chris Hansen, retired police officer George made the shocking claim that he has been “visited” by his granddaugher, who affectionately called him “Jojo.”
“I’ve seen Caylee on a couple of occasions,” he said on the true crime program. When asked it it was an “apparition” — aka a ghost — he added, “No, no. I’ve seen her in the flesh in my house. One time she woke me up in the morning just tapping on me with her little finger like she used to. ‘Jojo, wake up.’”
When asked if it was a dream, he insisted, “It was like you and I are talking right now… That’s not an imagination. That’s love, and that’s a connection that I wish more people could have.” During the same interview, his wife said that she believed him.
Caylee’s body was found on Dec. 11, 2008 — nearly six months after she was reported missing by her maternal grandma. Her skeletal remains were found in a blanket inside of a trash bag in the woods near her family’s home in Florida. Duct tape was found near her skull, prompting the medical examiner to rule the death a homicide, though it was officially listed as “death by undetermined means” on her death certificate.
Though George was incredibly close with his granddaughter — and it’s clear the bond is still special to him today — his relationship with his daughter is beyond repair. In the same interview, his wife Cindy warned their daughter against using her notoriety for fame on a reality TV show, as In Touch first reported was possibly in the works earlier this year. Cindy said, “Casey, be true to yourself, start being honest with yourself, and own everything. Quit putting the blame on everybody else.”