“Forget everything you know about the Amanda Knox case.” That is how Drew Griffin started out Sunday’s documentary “Murder Abroad: The Amanda Knox Case”. And that’s really the way this case should be approached. There were so many lies and distortions leaked to the press and inaccurately reported in the media, it is simply mind boggling. There was no bleach, no attempt at a clean up, no bloody footprints of Amanda Knox, no confession that she was at the scene, no blood or clean up of the so-called murder knife (which was plucked at random from a drawer of dinner knives in her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito). The DNA recovered from the knife (which didn’t match the wounds on the victim Meredith Kercher or a bloody imprint of the real knife at the scene) was so low that it met criteria for “low copy number”, if it was “there” at all. The forensice expert, Patricia Stefanoni, “dialed up” the machine, even her lab didn’t follow international standards for this deviation from normal procedure. A DNA expert from Idaho commented that this should never have been allowed in court. Independent experts in Rome are currently reviewing the DNA evidence and are probably waiting for Stefanoni to fork over the original data.
Following the arrest of Amanda Knox the tabloid press engaged in a smear campaign to make Amanda look like the Whore of Babylon. This included lies published in books and newspapers that she had 7 sexual partners in the past two months. The source of this lie was that the police lied to her and said she was HIV positive. They then stole her diary where she listed seven sexual partners and leaked it to the press, saying this was from the past two months. It was actually in her entire lifetime. Then they lied and said it was a laboratory error.
They also lied to her and told her that her boyfriend wasn’t backing up her alibi and that they had evidence that she had been at the murder scene (they didn’t). Then they hit her on the head and tag team interrogated her over night without a lawyer or interpreter and said she would never see her family again until she “imagined” a scene where her employer was at the scene of the crime. When she retracted her confession the next day they kept up the “she confessed she was there” lie indefinitely. The fact is that she wasn’t there because it simply wasn’t physically possible. What they did to get this forced statement is no longer relevant, unless we are trying to figure out how to prevent more victims of the Perugia police force in the future.
Drew Griffin characterized the prosecutor, Giuliano Mignini, who organized this lynch mob, as “rambling and confused.”
You can see the video of the interview here:
As the husband and father of Italian citizens, I can tell you that this is not about anti-Americanism. The Italians actually love Americans. I think the anti-Americanism thing came from.. how could they do this to one of our own? The truth is that this is just about a crazy prosecutor… named Giuliano Mignini. It may also be about a forensic system that needs to be re-examined.
When Mignini continued to make ridiculous statements, like that he knew Amanda was guilty just by looking at her, without the need for any evidence, CNN had to double and triple check the translation because they couldn’t believe their ears. Yet those who follow this case closely know this farce has been going on for a long time. Mignini’s supervisor, Edgardo Giobbi from Rome, said he knew she was guilty because her saw her eating pizza with her boyfriend (this is after she had been held by the police for hours).
Guilty because you eat pizza? But the judge in the case, Massei, wrote in his report that the victim was a nice girl who liked pizza, while Amanda was a bad girl who wouldn’t flush the toilet (here’s news, in Seattle not flushing the toilet when there is only pee pee is seen as environmentally conscious, it’s called “mellow yellow”).
Here’s to pizza!
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