Eric Renderking Fisk | October 2016
From IMDb: "American exchange student Amanda Knox is convicted and eventually acquitted for the 2007 death of another student in Italy."
The most important aspect of this documentary comes at the beginning when Amanda Knox looks right into the camera and says; "Either I'm a Psychopath in Sheep's Clothing, Or I Am You."
And that is the most chilling aspect of this whole documentary. Anyone of us could have been put in Amanda Knox’s position, and the probiblity of there being more like her who are still in prison seems more likily. The further we look into the story of Amanda Knox the more we should be looking back in situations in our own lives that could have gone way out of hand.
Much like "Soaked In Bleach" and most of the rest of the documentaries I've reviewed; this plays out like Film Noir.
One of the tropes used in many Film Noir movies is the plot line about an innocent person being wrongly accused and convicted of a crime the hero didn’t commit. In a lot of these stories, we find a character who isn’t always perfect; these people are usually flawed individuals with checkered pasts who might be guilty of something but not this specific crime.
With that, it’s not unfair to ask what exactly was Amanda Knox – the subject of this flick – actually guilty of? Bad taste? Being in the wrong place at the wrong time? Acting inappropriately during a murder investigation? Being socially awkward? If those were actual chargeable offenses then I’m also guilty.
Or, did Amanda Knox actually murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher during a horrible sex game gone wrong between Miss Knox, Miss Kercher, and Knox’s boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito?
Or, was the actual murderer of Miss Kercher committed by convicted burglar Rudy Guede was known to police as someone who had committed other crimes in the region in the past?
What exactly was Amanda Knox guilty of and could we ever trust a verdict or judgement against her?
Besides who murdered Meredith Kercher, who were the real villians? I’ll charge Prosecutor Giuliano Mignini and UK Mirror reporter Mike Pisa, equally.
When doing a search of information on Giuliano Mignini I found signifigant amount of information on this character and his reputation of blundering through cases just to get them solved quickly, truth and justice be damned. In some articles I’ve read when doing research for this review I found there have been more than a couple of charges against him abusing his position in an effort to solve cases quickly. He also tried four individual and unrelated people for an earlier crime, once one person was found innocent, I put another person on trial, then another… and another, rather than actually finding the actual perpetrator and seeking a conviction the right way the first time.
When you’re in this characters way little things like civil rights are unlikely to get in his way.
Then there’s poor, gullible Mike Pisa of the UK Mirror who would publish anything about a news story without even bothering to find out if his sources were reliable or if the story was actually true. There are countless people out there who believe in so many lies and half-truths about this story thanks to him, and there would be no way to actually convince those people that many of the things that were reported were debunked by other news organizations. Don’t let petty things like facts get in the way of a good sensational story.
But let’s never forget some of the local police and their brutality in Perugia, Italy. Nothing says “Serve And Protect” like hitting a witness in the head in the effort to coerce false confessions out of eyewitnesses and other potential victims. It was the police of Perugia who allowed others to treat the crime scene like a theater lobby where people came and went as they pleased and contaminated the evidence. Then we have a criminal investigation team who couldn’t follow simple protocals and allowed the chain of evidence to be contaminated and corrupted.
Everything in the investigation of the murder of Meredith Kercher that could have gone wrong, went wrong.
I’ll reiterate that by end of this documentary it’s hard to separate who were the actual villians in this mystery beyond who actually killed Merideth Kercher. Almost as bad is how the inept procecution and the media convicted her, ruined Amanda Knox’s life, and did irreputible damage to the concept of justice for those of us who followed this case.
While this movie is a great expose of the faults of the criminal system and the media, it’s not enough compensation for the people who had to go through this experience. It’s not enough that Amanda Knox and her boyfriend were eventually found innocent thanks to incompetence on every level after spending more than 4 years in jail. I wonder if there is any amount of money that could compensate them for having to face the emotional roller-coaster of being found guilty, than innocent, and retried again. What makes this situation worse is that the authorities had a more likely suspect the entire time and didn’t want to drop the charges against Amanda and her boyfriend in fear of negative press against the prosecutors.
Nothing is ever enough to replace what Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito lost, from their privacy and freedom to the loss of their reputations and their ability to live relatively normal lives after this.
Getting back to an earlier question of mine; what was Amanda Knox actually guilt of? The only crime Amanda Knox committed is being socially awkward and not behaving the way we expect innocent witnesses are supposed to act. She lived in the same apartment where there was a murder and spent too much time in the same apartment where the murder took place without realizing that behind her roommates' door was her roommate's corpse.
It’s not that hard to see how something like this could happen to anyone of us and how we could be persecuted by the media and by a criminal justice system that’s railroaded by the same press who demand quick, sensational answers for their ratings. It’s not hard to imagine how someone like Eric Renderking Fisk could be in the wrong place at the wrong time where someone else committed a crime and a witness becomes a prime suspect. Cause you all know I’m also socially awkward and I don’t respond well to authority figures without copious use of sarcasm.
More succinctly I can easily see myself in a similar situation. Easily.
If you need a documentary to refresh your assumptions that the criminal justice system is often flawed and the media is corrupt thanks to the everlasting pressure for ratings, then, by all means, enjoy Netflix's documentary; “Amanda Knox.”
CNN: “Amanda Knox decision explained by Italian court,” By Barbie Latza Nadeau, “Citing "glaring errors," "investigative amnesia," and "guilty omissions," the five-judge panel said that the prosecutors who won the original murder conviction failed to prove a "whole truth" to back up the scenario that Knox, Sollecito and Ivory Coast native Rudy Guede killed Kercher.”