I don't know how many of you have been keeping up with the Amanda Knox case, but if you aren't, your missing out! It's quite the fascinating story involving lies, sex, drugs, and beautiful faces. If you want the whole background - do a wiki search for Amanda Knox and you can see for yourself how intricate the details of the case are. Long story short, she was released from an Italian prison this week after being exonerated from the murder charges that led her there. I will attempt to break down the details of the case, and provide my own opinion of what happened, and why I think Amanda Knox is totally innocent.
Background : In the fall of 2007, Amanda Knox, then 20, flew overseas to Italy to partake in a study abroad program. She found a cheap flat to split with Meredith Kercher (An exchange student from the UK) and one other female roommate. Amanda Knox had met a boyfriend in Italy at the time, while also working at a local bar. The night of the murder...which was on Halloween, Amanda claimed to be with her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito. Meredith retired from the night early, around 9pm, when she returned to the flat. And that's when the debate on what actually happened really begins.
Meredith Kercher - 21, A British university exchange student from South London. She was found dead, locked in her room, stabbed repeatedly and sexually assaulted. Items such as cell phones and credit cards were also stolen from her room. It was speculated the crime season was made to look like a break in gone wrong.
Amanda Knox - 20, A U.S exchange student from Seattle, Washington. Claimed to be with her boyfriend, Raffaele, that night at his flat, where they had sex, smoked marijuana, and went to bed. Rumors following the murder quickly painted Amanda to be a 'she devil' due to her modest number of past sexual partners and likeness to marijuana. Rumors claimed she was involved in the murder as part of a satanic ritual. No physical evidence directly ties Amanda to the crime scene.
The Crime Scene:
Amanda first stated she was with her boyfriend that night, but interrogators pushed her to think harder and claimed her boyfriend said otherwise. After a few hours of intense interrogation she initially implicated her boss from the bar, who had a solid alibi. She told other variations of what could have happened as interrogators pushed her further, sending her down an increasingly suspicious path. She claims she was encouraged to tell 'what could have happened', and rewarded with food and restroom breaks when she did so. Bizarre behavior such as handstands in the police waiting room added to the suspicion, as well as lingerie shopping, despite the fact that her flat was a crime scene and she was not permitted access. Amanda claimed the handstands were a form of stress relief.
(Stolen from wikipedia because I am lazy).
Guede elected for a "fast-track" trial that began in October 2008, presided over by Judge Paolo Micheli. By doing so, he exchanged the right to challenge the evidence in a full trial for a more lenient sentence, if found guilty. In October 2008, he was convicted of murder and sexual assault but acquitted of theft, and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Guede's appeals, which concluded in December of 2009 and 2010, upheld his conviction but reduced his sentence to 16 years.
. Knox and Sollecito filed for their first appeal in April 2010, which began in November 2010 and concluded on 3 October 2011 with the overturning of the murder conviction
What I think happened:
First of all, Amanda's reputation may have been the biggest injustice in this whole case. Italian press immediately painted her suspicious and deemed her the nickname 'Foxy Knoxy'. It was suspected by police and Italian press that the she was involved in the murder as part of a satanic ritual to take place on Halloween. Her past number of sexual partners, rather modest in my opinion, 7, was also made public after interrogation officials lied and told Amanda she had HIV, to get a listing of her sexual history. Her reputation may have been the biggest victim in this case (besides Meredith s death of course), as she was portrayed as a liar, whore, and drug user given her very occasional social marijuana use. Amanda was really portrayed guilty before she even had a chance to prove her innocence.
My opinion is, there is no way she did it. Why? First off, there is absolutely no motive. Why would a young, college age girl, with favorable upbringing, randomly kill her roommate? It makes no sense. Some tried to claim she may have been jealous of Meredith, but, all girls are jealous of each other for one reason or another it seems, is that a reason enough to kill? I highly doubt it, and the jealousy theory still holds no weight, as there isn't any evidence to support the theory.
Second, it was claimed the killing was part of a satanic ritual. First, the prosecutor who suggested this has a history of using this as a motive for other cases, sounds like he's a little satanic happy. Why would a young woman with no prior ties to satanism take part in a satanic killing. Seems a bit far fetched. And again there is no evidence pointing to this. Well what about this, maybe she was on a marijuana fueled drug high which led to the killing! Anyone how would buy this theory has obviously never tried it. Enough said.
So if she didn't do it, then why did she lie? That's easy, I think anyone would be inclined to lie if it would get them out of an all night interrogation with no food, water, bathroom, or translator. She didn't know what she was agreeing to when she signed the forced confession, written entirely in Italian. And if she was responding to the question. 'what could have happened, Amanda, think, what could have happened', is she really lying or just talking? The fact that who she implicated was nowhere near implies to me she had no idea who was at the house that night. If she was there, she would have implied Rudy killed her -- because he definitely was there, and that would have been the end of it. She never once implicated him, nor does she even know him, and never blamed him because she honest to god was not there.
What about the bloody shoe print? Amanda was the first person to arrive at the crime scene the next morning, so it's not surprising her bloody shoe prints were found as she walked through the house investigating what happened. She also immediately called Meredith's phone at 12:20 pm that day, if she knew Meredith was dead - why would she bother calling?
All in all, it appears to me the Rudy followed Meredith home, or was already hiding in the flat when she came home, where he raped her, and killed her. Then he panicked and made it look like a break in, before he fled the country. The fact that he fled implies guilt in itself. Additionally, hes the only one with true evidence tying him to the murder.
Evidence against Amanda and Sollecito is really non-existent, and largely based on Amanda's forced confessions during her interrogation. Therefore, I think she (and Sollecito) is completely innocent. I'm not saying I know all the facts, but evidence favoring her guilt just doesn't add up, and is so minimal I can't force myself to buy into it. I was relieved when she was released and came back to the U.S because I would hate to think an innocent young person loses their life to a life behind bars. Justice was realized and I hope she can make an adjustment back to normalcy in the years to come, and I CAN NOT WAIT FOR HER BOOK!