I watched a special the other night about the Amanda Knox case. For those who don’t know, Amanda Knox is an American student who was studying in Perugia Italy when her British roommate Meredith Kercher was murdered on November 1, 2007. A jury of 6 people and 2 judges found her guilty of murder in December with pretty much no evidence whatsoever.
Here’s the main “evidence” against her:
1. She “confessed” and implicated an innocent person after being questioned for 40 hours without an interpreter by police who mistreated her (the woman questioning her was being investigated for striking other inmates as well). She later retracted the statement, for obvious reasons.
2. She doesn’t have a solid alibi because the ex-bf she was with is also being charged, so they obv don’t believe him.
3. Police reports claim that Knox’s DNA was mixed with Kercher’s in various parts of the house, though Knox had none of the wounds one would suspect given the defensive wounds on Meredith. In fact, the fingerprint and DNA of Guede (who was also convicted of this crime) were the only real evidence. Police claimed that Knox’s DNA was found on a bra strap which was collected two months after the killing, and after it had been moved by police several times.
4. Police also claimed to find the murder weapon in her ex-bf’s apartment, with Knox’s DNA on the handle and Kercher’s on the blade. Damning evidence, right? Not so fast. Forensic experts say the so-called murder weapon is inconsistent with at least one of the wounds (to which police replied that there must have been two knives then), the amount of Kercher’s DNA was miniscule, and the method used to test for it is highly disputed. The fact that the police refused to let an independent analyst test the knife and the above-referenced mixed DNA should tell you something about how sure they are of their findings…..
5. Meredith’s body was covered by a duvet, which only a woman would do, so clearly Knox did it. Not kidding, this is literally an argument the prosecution made.
6. She and her bf turned off their phones that night, so they clearly were murdering someone.
7. She acted strangely after the murder, allegedly doing cartweels in the police station. Yes, that’s very odd, but maybe that’s her way of coping with the fact that her roommate was just brutally murdered…..
Now here are some more of the issues I have with this whole thing:
1. No one can seem to find a motive. The prosecutor, who is known for making up extravagant tales (and who was found guilty of abusing his office in January 2010….), changed his theory from a satanic orgy killing to revenge against a “prissy” roommate to a sex game gone bad. The jury decided there was no motive, but that she just did it in the heat of the moment under the influence of drugs and alcohol…..you know, the drugs and alcohol not found in her system. And doesn’t it just make perfect sense that someone with no history of violence would randomly decide to murder?
2. Media claimed that her Myspace name Foxy Knoxy proved that she was a sex addict, when it was actually a name given to her by her soccer teammates when she was a tween for her style of play…..
3. The prosecution claims that Knox was the mastermind of the whole thing and convinced Guede (whom she had been introduced to once, briefly) and her bf of 6 days to murder Kercher. Yeah….that seems likely.
4. The jury meets only twice a week or so, meaning the trial is incredibly slow, and they’re not shielded from outside events. So when the Italian media was painting “Foxy Knoxy” as a vicious sex killer, they were exposed to it all. She was considered guilty before the trial even started, so what chance did she have?
Apparently convictions of innocent people are the norm in Italy, and many convicts succeed upon appeal (which Knox’s lawyers just filed on April 22). For her sake, I really hope she is successful. It’s one thing if I can see how she might have been found guilty, or see how she might have done it, but there’s literally no viable evidence against her here. The media decided she was guilty within days of the crime, and the police made it happen. And that really just ticks me off.