Amanda Knox

I cannot imagine being on the other side of the Italian judicial system.

Some of you have asked my thoughts on the case regarding Amanda Knox. I feel our situations are truly worlds apart and nothing I say has much relation to the situation she finds herself in. But I will admit that when the carabinieri came to my hotel room just an hour after the attack in Nov 2008, I was thinking of her and how she was interrogated by police without an Embassy-assigned interpreter. I remember seeing that video of her being interviewed and remember reading how she was interrogated for 53 hours (see Police Interviews). It made me resolute to stick with the advice of the US Embassy officer on duty who had told me I could wait until I got to the Embassy to begin the process of filing a report and that the Embassy could get me an interpreter. So, strangely, Amanda Knox’s case influenced my decision on when and how to make my report.

After having been through the filing of a police report – with an interpreter – and experiencing first-hand how easily things I said were misunderstood and/or inaccurately recorded after repeated attempts to explain, I must say, I don’t think the case against her started on fair ground. I just find myself not quite believing many of the things the media report that the prosecutor claims she said during that initial interrogation. When I take you through the errors in my police report in a future post, you will see how just a handful of misunderstood facts can change the meaning and veracity of one’s statement. I still get angry when I think of the errors made in my police report, that if I had not cleared up, could have ended my case prematurely.

Also, the way the Italian media dubbed her “Foxy Knoxy” and made every last detail about her seem so sensational and tabloidesque made me, at times, ill to think about what they’d do to me once I found myself at trial against one of their beloved citizens. In those early days especially, every time the news came on about her trial, I’d have a visceral reaction. I still do because I had, in comparison to her, mere flirtations with the Italian police and judicial system. And, strangely, Marco is originally from Perugia, the same city where she was tried, convicted and is being held in prison.

3 thoughts

  1. Amanda Knox was not interrogated for 56 hours. Amanda Knox’s family has been misrepresenting the facts. The truth is that Knox confessed because her boyfriend told police that he had lied at Amanda Knox’s request and the truth was that Knox had gone out the night of the murder. It was when confronted with the fact that Sollecito had thrown her under the bus that Knox confessed. The questioning was less than an hour and there was no abuse. See for documentation.

    Also you claim that the Italian media dubbed her Foxy Knoxy but that isn’t correct either. Knox choose that nickname for her MySpace page. Her family claims it was from when she was young and played soccer but that seems dubious. Regardless of the origin of the nickname by the time Knox was in her late teens she knew what it implied and she choose to use the name on social media accounts. While I do agree that the focus on the sex rather than the evidence was unacceptable that is what the media does. The Jodi Arias trial was much worse where we got 4 hours a night of coverage of her sexual history and a few minutes of what happened in court.

    1. The evidence in the case did NOT support the charges. There was no reasonable motive for such an absolutely brutal slaying. An immature nickname, no matter what its origins or what you THINK it implies, does not explain the horrific nature of the crime. Not at all. Italy made it a three-ring circus when they already had the murderer in jail: Rudy. He fled the country within 24 hours of the crime and is directly linked to the crime and had motive. And yes, she was interrogated for more than the hour you claim. For many hours, actually. And without an interpreter. Unless you personally have experienced the Italian police and judicial procedure, you can merely sit on the outside and cast aspersions.
      My main argument remains: The bar for MURDER should be quite high regarding evidence. And this case did not have that where Amanda was concerned. The Italian courts are a disaster. We should all demand a high bar for the loss of one’s liberty or we are all at risk.

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