Amanda Knox did it. She is 100% guilty.
She brutally attacked and killed British student Meredith Kercher in 2007 when they were both studying in Perugia, Italy, and Amanda’s Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecitto, and another guy (who’s he?), helped her. After all, Amanda’s a sexual deviant, a lying psychopath and, quite frankly, just plain weird. You can just tell. And now she’s out of prison and has got away with it.
At least that’s what I had surmised from reading headlines in the papers – and I’m pretty sure a lot of people thought the same. So I was ready for Netflix’s new documentary, Amanda Knox, to confirm what we all suspected.
A psychopath in sheep’s clothing
The 90 minute documentary, which was released on 30th September, pulls no punches right from the start. It opens with harrowing video footage of the murder scene and then cuts to a tired-looking Amanda. She gets straight to the point. And it’s quite chilling.
“There are those who believe in my innocence and those who believe in my guilt. There’s no in-between. If I’m guilty it means I’m the ultimate figure to fear because I’m not the obvious one. But on the other hand, if I’m innocent it means everyone’s vulnerable and that’s everyone’s nightmare. Either I’m a psychopath in sheep’s clothing or I am you.”
Throughout we hear from Amanda and Raffaele, who separately give their accounts of meeting each other five days before (at a concert), describe what they were doing on the night in question (watching Amelie and having sex) and recount how Meredith’s body was discovered.
Amanda claims she returned to her apartment the morning after and found the front door open – yet thought nothing of it. There were spots of blood in the bathroom – yet she still thought nothing of it and took a shower. It was only when she found faeces in the toilet and Meredith’s locked door much later, she called Raffaele and they both raised the alarm. I am somewhat dubious just half an hour in.
Who’s the real criminal?
But then comes the ruthless questioning and manipulation from the Italian police, leading to Amanda’s false confession. And the god complex and wild theories of Italian prosecutor, Giuliano Mignini, who was leading the case. And the fact the Italian police were so desperate to quickly find the murderers, if only to appease the people of Perugia. And Amanda’s misdiagnosis of HIV in prison. Not to mention the absolute lack of DNA linking Amanda or Raffaele to the murder.
But most shocking of all – yet sadly predictable too – is the media’s part in the eight years that followed Meredith’s death. Former Daily Mail journalist, Nick Pisa, talks candidly in the documentary about the press feeding frenzy throughout the arrests, trials and convictions. He based himself in Italy to get all the ‘breaking news’ first and readily admits a lot of it was fabricated, and that painting Amanda as the sex-obsessed she-devil who killed her roommate made a great story. He even likens landing a front page about Knox to the buzz of having sex. You can tell he’s a nice man, right? But let’s not forget he wasn’t the only member of the press responsible for the crude sensationalism in the media and the sheer influence the reports had on everyone’s view about the murder, even before the trial had started. They were all at it.
And so I start to think there is much more to this case than I first thought. Perhaps Amanda’s not guilty after all. Besides her questionable obliviousness to the open front door and blood spots in the bathroom the morning after, what really links her to this crime?
Only her, really. As a suspect of murder, she was so un-self-aware and had very little idea of what’s socially acceptable or appropriate. Everyone remembers the tales of the kissing and the cartwheels. In the documentary there’s no denying she still comes across a little strange and I certainly wouldn’t describe her as likeable. But then again we learn she was actually incredibly immature and naive when she moved to Italy, and she’s always been a bit of an odd-ball. I’ve met plenty of people in my 32 years who, like Amanda, act a bit bizarre – but are they all capable of murder? If only the documentary continued exploring her background and who she is. But for now, I am closer to believing her than not.
Netflix’s Amanda Knox is a fascinating watch and if it doesn’t confirm your suspicions one way or the other, it’ll certainly throw up a whole load of other questions you’ll want answering. Me? I suddenly realised Amanda Knox got the grilling of her life for eight years from the justice system, the press, and from the people of Italy and across the world, and had a documentary made about her. Yet the other suspect, Raffaele, and Meredith’s convicted killer, Rudy, seem to have fared better in the circumstances. Why’s that?
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