I am always fascinated by these types of documentaries. If you remember, I did a post on “Making of a Murderer” when it first aired on Netflix. Now, I have watched “Amanda Knox.”
Everyone is probably familiar with the media frenzy surrounding the brutal murder of Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy. The bright, promising English exchange student was found sexually abused and stabbed in her apartment in November, 2007. She shared the apartment with Amanda Knox, another exchange student from Seattle, Washington.
Amanda discovered the suspicious scene and called her new boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito. After attempting to break down the locked door to Meredith’s bedroom, they called the police.
The police investigation uncovered the grisly scene, as well as a broken window. Early on in the investigation, they ruled out the break-in, showing there was no evidence of anyone having scaled the wall outside the girls’ apartment. There was blood everywhere, and the body had been covered with a bed spread.
From the beginning, there were issues with the investigation. Forensics were bungled. The lab testing the evidence was also testing several other objects with Meredith’s DNA on it at the same time as testing the murder weapon.
Then, the police narrowed their sights on Amanda and Raffaele. The media went WILD, calling her “Foxy Knoxy,” and publishing stories about her lewd sex games. The consensus was she forced her boyfriend and another man, Rudy Guede, to torture and murder Meredith Kercher.
Rudy Guede’s fingerprints had been found at the scene and he faced trial in October 2008. He was convicted of murder and sexual assault, and imprisoned for thirty years. After appeal, his sentence was reduced to twenty-four years.
Amanda and Raffaele were put on trial for the murder in January 2009. They were both convicted, but appealed the verdict. The Appeals Court acquitted both of the crimes, and Amanda returned to Seattle. At the new trial, both were convicted again, on the basis of “behavior.” However, six years after the first trial, they were finally acquitted by the Italian Supreme Court.
Now that the basic story is out of the way, here is what I think. The Supreme Court’s ultimate decision was based on the bungled investigation, as well as the media pressure to find the killer of Meredith Kercher. Because of this pressure, the police overlooked crucial evidence.
I believe the prosecutor, Giuliano Mignini, was driven by his sense of divine purpose. Amanda was the most likely suspect due to her story changing. He didn’t trust her “personality” and was willing to put that above the evidence. BIG no no. Amanda stated in the documentary they were trying to find the answer “in her eyes.” This is no means to base a criminal case.
I believe the media really did another disservice here. Are we surprised though? The media is FOREVER inflating the facts in cases, trying to get the scoop first. Hell, reporter for the The Daily Mail (ick) Nick Pisa said it himself in the documentary: “scoop before facts.” Something to think about in this age of social media and inflated news reports, hmm?
Also, on a personal note, the attorney for Rudy Guede is a straight up dick. He criticized the American media for commenting on the lack of legal due process in the case with how the courthouse was the birthplace of law for Europe since 1308. He goes on to say Americans were still painting buffalo on cave walls in 1308. Wow. Ego, much? Maybe it was the dislike of Americans which pushed the Italian police to center on Amanda.
My conclusions are simple. The investigation was flawed from the beginning. The police did themselves a disservice by capitulating to media pressure. Did Amanda Knox murder her roommate? In my opinion, no. She was young, scared, and being accused of this horrible crime. She was far from home. Was she naive? Hell yes. She should have been provided with an attorney, but she didn’t know her rights.
In all likelihood, Rudy Guede murdered Meredith Kercher. After all, how could his DNA wind up all over Meredith’s room, and Amanda and Raffaele’s be no where to be found?
Check out the documentary, and let me know what you think!