My commentary and thoughts on Netflix’s “Amanda Knox”

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If I had to choose a favorite murder mystery, it would be Meredith Kercher’s. The fictionalized version starring Hayden Panettiere will always be my favorite for personal biased reasons, but the documentary was one of the best ones I’ve ever seen…but then, perhaps it wasn’t boring because Amanda Knox is one of my favorite accused murderers of all time.1

This is my commentary, as copied from my notes in most parts and detailed during typing:

  • judged for her response and version of grief
    • Her story spoke to me a lot, because of how my autism has me react to some things
  • Is she allowed to return to Italy?
    • Why would she WANT to?
  • Who killed Meredith? Whomever did got away with it.
  • Suspected based on stereotypical behaviors of women murderers.
  • What about TRAUMA?!
  • There was a great language barrier the police failed to acknowledge.
  • Police = pressured by press, thus the public
  • Media assumes from photos, vids, etc. despite truth
  • Guiliano, leading prosecutor in case: “Why did she falsely accuse him? … The only answer would be to divert the investigation away from her.”
    • ?! What about false memories/etc. from badgering the witness?
  • There was a diary? How do people know it wasn’t made up?
  • Police and prosecution played mind games, e.g. telling her she may have HIV when it was false
  • Rudy Guede
    • Said Knox had nothing to do with murder; later changed story
  • Guiliano is full of himself.
  • Dr. Stefano Conti
    • DNA confirmation: easy to leave traces, even if find pieces of dust; crime scenes must remain completely sterile, and this case wasn’t
  • Dr. Carly Vecchitti
    • There was contamination; DNA must be objective
    • Contamination in lab: Meredith’s DNA was too scarce, thus inconclusive; knife was not analyzed alone
  • TF @ Trump up in this thing: “I think the president should get involved; people should boycott Italy and shouldn’t go to Italy.”
  • Walter Biscotti, attorney of Guede, in response to Americans furious with Italian justice system: “In America in 1308, they were drawing buffalos in caves.”
    • This feels racist.
    • He should get his facts straight, because does he not understand who came over and colonized the states out of their own selfishness?
    • Like, this argument is shit because colonizations came from the EU?!
    • Argument for why he’s bothered by Americans lecturing about law in Italy
    • Needs to take a history lesson himself and get off his high-ass horse
    • “America” existed not in 1308 💁
    • Made a kiss-like face toward the camera after?!
  • Guiliano = vendetta?
  • “These are my eyes. They’re not objective evidence.” ~Knox
  • Cicero: “Any man is liable to err, but only the fool perseveres in error.”
  • Biscotti always answers questions with others. Also full of himself?
  • Knox found guilty again on account of circumstantial evidence
    • Verdict: exonerated
  • Evidence still points guilt to Rudy Guede
  • Journalism = all about being first
    • (A great reason I told it good riddance.)

Everyone has their own opinions, but only those who were there know what truly happened. It is cases like this, when no one can know for certain, I feel justice systems are flawed and a way to play God without blaming oneself for any ill outcomes.

I felt like the odd girl out in the midst of this case, because the media is convincing and has a way of portraying people in whatever light they think will land them more attention. I’ve been a victim of doing things that seemed like the opposite of what it was, so I empathized with Knox.

I never thought she was guilty, but at the end of the day it doesn’t matter: the damage has been done.

The thing that saddens me most about her story, however, is how quick the police were to judge her, a potentially allistic person, because it reminds me how dangerous the world can be for people who are different. I used to want to go to Italy, and parts of me still do, but a larger part tells me, “No.”

Knox’s story is one of my favorite murder mysteries, because while murder mysteries are mysterious, intriguing and captivating already, this one felt like much of a conspiracy.

I mean, after seeing this documentary, it’s not too far in left field for me to think perhaps something greater was at play, like Guiliano was in on it or something, and he’s smug as hell because he got away with it.

But then, I wouldn’t be the first. Freeform made a show greatly inspired by this case, entitled Guilt.

  1. YES, because of HayP’s movie, moving on.

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