The real Amanda
As of March 8, 2010, supporters of Raffaele Sollecito have launched a site with photos and testimonials from Raffaele's friends:
Raffaele Sollecito – La persona reale
Chris Halkides, associate professor of
chemistry and biochemistry at the University of North Carolina at
Wilmington, has added his voice to those of other experts who believe
the "Double-DNA knife" is worthless as evidence and had nothing to do
with the murder of Meredith Kercher. His blog is called View-from-Wilmington, and he has posted several interesting articles on the case.
Mark Waterbury, Ph.D., a scientist who has been following this case, has developed a blog called Science Spheres to examine the many problems with the case against Amanda and Raffaele.
For links to current media coverage as well as commentary from an
Amanda-friendly perspective, see Ray Turner's blog, The
Ridiculous Case Against Amanda Knox and Raffaelle Sollecito.
Stay up-to-speed on the case by subscribing to Free_Amanda
on Twitter, which is run by Amanda's good friend Jessica Nichols.
Candace Dempsey's blog, Italian
Woman at the Table, offers ongoing
coverage of the case. Candace is a
freelance journalist in Seattle who has been
following this story from the beginning and has travelled to Perugia
several times to report on the trial.
Articles and videos
With the appeal under way, media interest in the case remains strong. Most reporters and news organizations now seem to understand that Amanda and Raffaele are innocent.
On December 2, 2010, seattlemet.com ran a lengthy article by James Ross Gardner, for which he interviewed Amanda's high school teachers.
– School of Knox: Why is Seattle Prep defending a former student convicted of murder?
On November 25, Anne Johnstone, writing for the Herald of Scotland, minced no words with her assessment of the case.
– It is Italian justice that should be on trial
Also on November 25, Doug Preston contributed a short article to the Guardian in which he noted the changing perception of the public and the media.
– Amanda Knox appeal: 'Italians are embarrassed by this case'
On September 25, The Christian Science Monitor published a searing indictment of the Italian court's verdict against Amanda and Raffaele.
– Never mind the Italian witch hunt -- Amanda Knox is innocent
In early June, the Independent ran two articles by journalists who are disgusted with Giuliano Mignini and the criminal slander charges filed against Amanda.
– Amanda Knox's plight has taken an even more absurd turn, by Amy Jenkins
– Knox prosecutor tainted by 'satanism' case' case, by Peter Popham
On March 1, KOMO TV's Kathi Goertzen interviewed Donald Trump, who says prosecutor Giuliano Mignini is a "nut job."
– Click here to watch the interview
Donald Trump has weighed in with a second piece voicing his disgust over the verdict against Amanda and Raffaele.
– Trump to Boycott Italy on The Trump Blog
"They should put the prosecutor in
jail, not Amanda Knox." So says Donald Trump, a man who expresses his
opinions clearly and directly.
– Free Amanda Knox on The Trump Blog
On December 10, Doug Preston
contributed an account of the trial that traces the pride and folly
that led to an unjust verdict against two innocent people.
– Not Guilty? by Doug Preston, from The Guardian
December 7, renowned Philadelphia attorney Theodore Simon and Vanity
Fair contributing editor Judy
Bachrach talked to ABC's Diane Sawyer about the verdict against Amanda
– Click here to watch the clip from ABC's Good Morning America.
December 5, CBS 48 Hours Mystery produced an outstanding program about the case.
– Click here to watch American Girl, Italian Murder: The Verdict
has published this report about a petition signed by nine US experts in
DNA profiling who doubt the validity of the DNA evidence presented in
the trial of Amanda and Raffaele:
Knox murder trial evidence 'flawed,' say DNA experts
petition was drafted by Elizabeth Johnson, Ph.D., an independent
forensics biology and DNA expert, and Greg Hampikian, Ph.D., director
of the Idaho Innocence Project and professor in the Department of
Biology at Boise State University. It was also signed by:
chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors,
systems engineer, Forensic Bioinformatics
DVM, director, Zoogen Services
professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, University of
president, Technical Associates
Ph.D., director of laboratory operations, Orchid Cellmark, Dallas, Texas
Ph.D., Lexigen Science and Law Consultants
– Click here to view the petition
On December 2, Tim Egan weighed in again with a searing indictment of
the travesty unfolding in Perugia.
Steve Graham, a lawyer in eastern Washington, has posted a very
perceptive article on his blog.
of demeanor raised in Amanda Knox case
On November 24, Peter Popham commented on the problems that have jinxed
this case from the beginning.
Will Knox find justice in Perugia? by Peter
Popham in The
On June 27, The
Guardian published an interview with Amanda's mother that
also looks at how public perceptions are changing as the case slowly
– Amanda will get out eventually, by Simon Hatterstone in The Guardian
On June 10, Pulitzer-Prize-winning New
York Times columnist Timothy Egan came out in support of
Amanda on his blog:
– An Innocent Abroad
On June 12, he followed up with a second piece about the case:
– The Knox Trial, Continued
On April 11, the CBS program 48
devoted another hour to Amanda, showing that she is the victim of a
flawed investigation. The entire program is
available on the
– American girl, Italian nightmare
On March 30, Steve Shay wrote a wonderful story
about the overnight
pilgrimage Amanda's friends make every week so they can listen in on
phone call she is allowed to make to her family:
family look forward to weekly calls from Knox, by Steve
Shay in the West
A March 1 story by Paul Harris in the Observer discusses
Friends of Amanda and our efforts to counter the misinformation that
surrounds this case:
back home intent on telling the 'real Amanda Knox' story
Sometimes tabloid reporters do a good job. Here is a
case overview that is detailed and factually sound:
US Gal at center of Italy 'sex' murder may go free, by
Stefanie Cohen in the
New York Post
On January 24, Amanda's supporters hosted a fund-raiser to help
offset the huge cost of her defense. It was a big success
that raised money and generated some good media coverage,
including this report:
– Friends, family show support for
Amanda Knox, by Steve Shay in the West Seattle Herald
The lead prosecutor in the Meredith Kercher case,
Giuliano Mignini, objected strenuously to a comment made about him in
the above article. He filed a criminal complaint in an
Italian court, apparently seeking to block access to the Herald within
Italy. News of this development produced a deluge of traffic
website and drew a sharp response from another local paper:
– Amanda Knox: Web conspiracy,
by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer Editorial Board
background on Mignini, read the following article, which
describes how he
treated two writers who were researching a serial killer known as the
Monster of Florence:
– The Monster of Florence
by Douglas Preston in Atlantic
Mignini ordered Douglas Preston to leave the country or face criminal
prosecution, and then he threw Mario Spezi in jail, which outraged a
human rights group called the Committee to Protect Journalists.
here to read the CPJ letter protesting Mignini's conduct.
Preston and Spezi have written a book about the Monster of
Florence, which enjoyed a run on the New York Times
best-seller list and is available for puchase online. The US
paperback edition, featuring an afterword about
the prosecution of Amanda Knox, is now available.
here to read about or order
The Monster of Florence on amazon.com.
In the pre-trial hearings last fall, Mignini suggested that Meredith
Kercher's murder may have been an occult ritual. There is no
evidence to support this
theory, but it reflects Mignini's interest in conspiracy theories and
the occult. A UK journalist wrote the following article about
Mignini's connection to a psychic named
– Masonic theory that put Knox
the dock by Peter Popham in The Independent
Many journalists following the Meredith Kercher case realize the
prosecutor's theory of the crime does not make sense, is not
supported by good evidence, and involves allegations of behavior that
completely out of character for both Amanda and Raffaele.
Here are some articles worth reading:
– The Accused, by
Sarah Horne in Radar
– Italian Murder Mystery,
by Jan Goodwin in Marie
An interview with Amanda's parents by Jonathan Martin in the Seattle
Below is a link to one of the best TV reports on the case. It
ran on April 21, 2008, as part of the UK Channel Four's Cutting Edge
program, and has been posted on youtube in a number of segments.
– Sex, Lies
and the Murder of Meredith Kercher