Friday, May 10, 2013


It's a nightmare -- jailed for four years, finally set free, and now this 25-year old girl must return to Italy and be on trial again for murder -- what would I do if I were Amanda?

She can't run and hide, change her name, her looks, and disappear. That she's got a book to sell right now is oddly, I thInk, wrong timing. The thought crosses my mind that the book keeps her name hot -- keeps her crime, her dilemma big news. Amanda Knox will make a lot of money because of the re-trial. The bad news about this, is also good news for author Amanda.

Her guilt or utter innocence in the death of her roommate (I remember the victim's name was Kercher, and the sexual implications of the way the girl was murdered) -- all that is still in my mind. Oh yes, I have read, nodded, agreed with reliable sources that prove that Amanda is innocent, but the media's huge, full-blown, detailed, repetitious focus on what happened keeps this crime very vivid, very real.

Do I think she was (is) in some way involved in the murder? 

No, but I wonder again what I wondered about before -- why she and the boy (also tried and jailed for the murder) were kissing, celebrating -- the loving sexual overtones in the "kiss" photos that were taken the day after the murder. It made me uneasy -- that so soon after the murder, they were so involved with their feelings for each other. And there were other photos that bothered me -- expressions on her face, in her eyes, the tilt of her head -- her general demeanor -- that suggested a capacity for lust? evil?  There's an I come first, I get what I want element in her that I've seen. Could it transform an otherwise very intelligent, creative, young girl into a murderess?

Oh no!  Oh yes!  Yes -- it's possible.

I hope Amanda and her family and lawyers and her connections can somehow change the ruling of the Italian courts that demand she return for another trial. I don't know how she's managing to handle what's hanging over her now -- returning to a foreign country -- speaking their language -- convincing a jury again that she is innocent.

Maybe, because I couldn't handle it -- because I am amazed at her courage, I am packing up my questions, my uneasy feelings about how and why she was involved in the murder of her roommate. I'm.just airing my thoughts, because ... because if I'm thinking them, I know other people think them too.  


Poet_Carl_Watts said...

I could not advise her on second hand information or electronicly transmitted data. I would need to talk to her in person.

In person, I could get in communication and determine if she's telling the truth or not. From that point, I could advise her to help her make the best of her situation, regardless of her actions.

Everyone makes mistakes. All people can get better, improve for they are basically good regardless of past actions.

From the video clip, it would seem the media has convicted her and convinced some of the putlic before the trial. That is the on-going crime of the media. They lie and create fear and chaos.


Anonymous said...

Regardless of her innocence or guilt, it seems to me this second trial brings to my mind: Double Jeopardy," something for which the European Union—of whom Italy is a part—have signed the "European Convention on Human Rights," protecting against double jeopardy, or being tried twice for the same offense. I strongly doubt something like this would occur in the US.

Stan said...

In my thinking the entire process was botched from the beginning. In their attempt to hang this crime on Amanda they've allowed the real killer to roam free, whoever that may be. This seems to be show boating by the Italian judicial system. Totally unnecessary. Whatever leads and evidence they think they have is not worth a replay of a trial that never should have happened in the first place. Great article Em

Louise Sorensen said...

A nightmare for any normal person. People grieve in different ways. And yet, once the seed is planted, there is always doubt. Is she a socio or psychopath who really did have a hand in it?
I would question the legality of a second trial. What was wrong the first time. How many chances do they get to get it right.
A terrible thing for all involved.
Louise Sorensen
louise3anne twitter

Maureen Jacobs said...

I am saddened by the story. I cannot say if Ms. Knox committed this heinous crime, but what has happened to her since is more than heinous. In America, we seem to think the world is just like us. In other countries, the legal and justice system can be much different than ours. As a US citizen who is rather aware of many things, I cannot criticize other countries' systems. Since Ms. Knox is a citizen of the US, we need to ensure she gets the best treatment as humanly possible. Furthermore, we also need to realize that while she is a citizen of the USA, we cannot dictate to another country how to run their legal and justice system. If, and this is a huge if, she did commit any crime in another country, she should be held responsible. Again, let me preface that I don't condone some practices in other countries, and also that I do not feel Ms. Knox is guilty, I cannot ask another country to bend their rules for us.