A Cautionary Tale

You know how when you watch 20/20 or Dateline about a murder and you can usually tell in the first five minutes if someone is guilty or innocent? Diane Sawyer’s interview with Amanda Knox profiled so many obvious flaws in the case that it makes us wonder why this is still a story. Join us for a little amateur detective work…

Amanda Knox

Lost in translation

In an interview with Diane Sawyer on Tuesday night, Amanda Knox — an American exchange student living in Italy who was convicted and later acquitted of her roommate’s brutal murder — struck terror in all our hearts. As Amanda’s story unfolds, we learn of how a young college girl’s thirst for adventure in a foreign country can change the course of her life forever — if she survives it — which poor Meredith Kercher did not.

Amanda told Diane Sawyer in the interview that she was heavily interrogated after Meredith’s murder, in Italian, a language she was just beginning to learn after being in Italy for five weeks. Amanda was also told that getting a lawyer would only make things worse for her, and there is no recording of the interrogation. There are three red flags right there — translation errors, no legal representation, and no proof of what was said during the interrogation. We’re not detectives, but that seems a bit suspect.

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Sexual deviant and drug user?

Amanda was persecuted in the Italian media for the sex crime she had allegedly committed because she was perceived as promiscuous. While she was serving time in jail after being convicted of Meredith’s death, she was told she had tested positive for HIV. She put together a list of boys she had slept with, which totaled seven. Seven? College girls everywhere just rolled their eyes at that. Amanda also admitted to smoking pot with her new boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, on the night of the murder.

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Amanda comes across as a bit strange in the interview (who wouldn’t be after what she’s been through), but being strange, sleeping with seven guys, and smoking pot while in college does not a murderess make. If it did, the incidence of college murders would be through the roof. As it turned out, Amanda was not HIV positive, which was just one of several blunders (red flags) committed in this bizarre story.

Stand by your gal

Raffaele Sollecito, the Harry Potter-like boyfriend that Amanda had known for seven days (seven days!) never sold her out to police. Amanda and Raffaele told police they had spent the night together at Raffaele’s on the night of the murder. When Italian police offered to let Raffaele off the hook if he told them that Amanda had left his apartment that night, he refused, which seems like another red flag. He had known Amanda for seven days. What did he have to lose by selling out an American girl he may never see again if it got the police off his back?

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Tragic loss

If you take all the “he said,” “she said,” “the media said” out of this, one undeniable fact remains: There was no reliable DNA belonging to Amanda Knox found at the crime scene. The crime scene was contaminated and handled in a way that reminds us of Barney Fife’s detective skills from The Andy Griffith Show. Police found a bra clasp fragment that allegedly contained Amanda’s DNA, but it was collected six weeks after the murder, by a guy wearing dirty gloves!

This story plays out like a really bad version of the game Clue. One poor college girl, Meredith Kercher, lost her life in a despicable way that strikes horror and fear in the hearts of mothers everywhere. Another college girl, who was living a carefree life with a new boyfriend and whose biggest crime seems to be her inability to speak Italian on that fateful night, also strikes terror in the hearts of college moms everywhere.

The Diane Sawyer interview played out like a cautionary tale for college girls, and an embarrassment for the Italian judicial system.

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Comments on "The red flags in Diane Sawyer's interview with Amanda Knox"

Rachel Thomas February 16, 2014 | 1:35 PM

I think she was holdong Meredith down while the men stabbed and molested her. So she's an accessory.

C.Grant January 31, 2014 | 7:33 AM

She may not have wielded the knife but she was there, probably urging the killer on! All this 'Dressing Down' and 'Geeky, Butter Wouldn't Melt In Her Mouth Look' ain't fooling anyone! Typical sociopath behaviour, She's as guilty as hell!!

conan December 03, 2013 | 4:06 PM

hello all. Amanda Knox is a Psychopath .

mandy October 08, 2013 | 9:30 AM

hey you lot who are summizing she s guilty. look into it further before you judge her. she is innocent 100 per innocent. so don't you dare judge her. you will all see she s innocent after the trial. none of you av a clue what she s going throu. I would nt be so sure of your comments if I were you. SHE IS INNOCENT NO DOUBY WHAT SO EVER

mangymutt September 22, 2013 | 3:32 PM

Amanda Knox just outed herself as having been present during meredith's murder!!! Watch the video when diane sawyer asks her point blank if she killed meredith. Amanda shakes her head no and says no. This is what the truth looks like when you are telling the truth. Your body is re-affirming what your verbal response was. Then Diane sawyer asks her if she was present when meredith was killed and now watch the body clues...Amanda verbally says no but her head nods affirmative yes. GUILTY! Then when asked if she has any information that the police should know about she swallows and takes a tad too long to answer. Again these are the actions of a person lying.

Stella September 20, 2013 | 6:10 AM

While I doubt Knox actually committed the act of murder, I am for damn certain that the girl was peripherally involved, knows something, and just isn't telling. I made sure not to pay attention to too much of the news media hoopla when the whole thing was happening, so as not to risk becoming swayed by its influence. But from the legitimate accounts that I did follow, I never was under the impression that she is totally innocent. However silly it may sound, there is just something about her that stinks of guilt.

Lizzie August 21, 2013 | 11:13 PM

After watching the interview, i noticed that she doesn't tear up at all thinking about her dead friend. There is no emotion or remorse or grieving in recounting that. However, she does tear up when talking about her family's sacrifice to free her. To me, if she can be emotional about one she should be emotional about the other. It raises an eyebrow for me.

Mike August 18, 2013 | 6:37 PM

Did Amanda Knox kill Merideth ? Probably not. Does she know who did and why? oh hell yes !

Linda May 23, 2013 | 2:39 PM

@Stacy, Your claim about the bra clasp is incorrect. I've read C&V's testimony and they don't say that. Further, what you are attributing to them is scientifically incorrect so had they stated that they would have been lying or incompetent. Knox is guilty, The evidence is overwhelming and undeniable. She will be recovicted in the fall and hopefully we'll do the right thing and send her back to Italy to serve her time.

Stacy May 21, 2013 | 1:07 PM

It was not Amanda's DNA that was found on the bra hook, but Raffaele's. The two independent forensic scientists, Prof. Conti and Prof. Vecchiotti, both said it was "highly indicative of environmental contamination" due to the improper methods of collection which broke numerous anti-contamination procedures. Additionally, the DNA of two other unidentified men was also found on it indicating contamination even more.

kat May 02, 2013 | 9:11 AM

Yikes! Right you are Ali! I knew it was five weeks, that's what I thought was so compelling about that point -- being interrogated in a language she'd only been using for a few weeks! Can you imagine? I'd be scared to death! Anyway, thank you for the catch!

Ali May 01, 2013 | 4:00 PM

In the second paragraph you write that Amanda had been in Italy for 5 months. She'd only been there for 5 weeks when she was interrogated.

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