Amanda Knox’s release this week brings me mixed feelings….On one hand, I don’t believe the prosecutors proved that she was guilty of what they charged her with –murder and sexual assault but on the other hand I do believe she and her boyfriend Rafaelle Solecito were present in the house after the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher which would contradict her official story/alibi.
I have my own theory on that happened which I will get to later.
So I think if Amanda Knox had been tried in the US, Accessory would have probably been the proper charge. What do I base this opinion on?
1.) THE FOOTPRINTS – The defense contradicted the evidence that bare feet imprints detected by luminal were those of Knox but I’ve read what they say and there is reasonable doubt here to assume Knox was in the apartment. Both sides made a good argument.
2.) THE DNA EVIDENCE ON THE BRA – Again severe chain of custody problems as well as the fact it had lain on the floor for a long time prior to collection. Was Knox’s boyfriend’s DNA really discovered on Kercher’s bra? Taken by itself, it is flimsy.
3.) THE BUYING OF CLEANING SUPPLIES AT A NEARBY STORE – A shopkeeper testified that Knox had purchased cleaning supplies in his shop the morning after the murder.
4.) KNOX’S CONTINUALLY CHANGING ALIBI – In the early stages of the investigation, the story of what Knox was doing at the time of the murder changed several times. This has been blamed on the interrogation she received from Italian police (more on that below). One thing that is clear - Sollecito’s original claim about being on the computer all night did not stand up to investigation.
So what am I saying? What do I think happen?
First off, I believe Rudy Guede committed the murder of Meredith Kercher. I don’t believe there is enough evidence for the story that was this was some kind of Satanic ritual and that Knox and Sollecito helped hold her down and participated in the crime
But I do think there is a prima facie evidence that they were in the house sometime before (or even during the murder) which contradicts both their alibis and their timelines.
In fact, I will go as far as to theorize that they both participated in a clean-up after the murder. That is where the evidence leads.
Bu why? And here is where everyone (the media especially) dropped the ball.
Much was made of “Foxy Knoxy’s” sexual activities, her promiscuity, her wildness but the truth is the even bigger story was her drug use. The night of the murder she admitted smoking hashish with Sollecito. Guede the murderer was apparently her drug dealer. I think her confused and odd behavior the next day is directly attributable to this fact.
In fact, the weakest part of her defense is when her supporters try to explain away many of the odd things she did the next morning and the next day or two. There is no way to explain these things except if she was very high and in fact had been high for a number of weeks before abusing various narcotics.
This also might explain why she would have gone along with a clean-up perhaps in a paranoid state she and Sollecito were convinced by Guede or perhaps they just did it on their own suffering under some drug-induced delusion that they were responsible.
Knox’s promiscuity and problems with impulse control could also be blamed on the overconsumption of narcotics. It also explains her pointing the figure at an innocent man originally and also her performance during the initial interrogation.
I believe this in the end was the underlying factor.
Anyway, Amanda Knox has a lot in common with Casey Anthony (Obviously guilty of something but prosecutorial overkill) and OJ Simpson (Obviously guilty but helped by investigator error. I have as much of a hard time believing the conspiracy theories about Knox’s set-up by Italian law enforcement as I did about Simpson being set-up by the LAPD ) . Let’s see how she reacts to her new freedom coupled with fame. If she jumps in when the chat shows and reality shows beckon, she will not be as sympathetic a figure.