I woke up this morning to discover in the morning news that Amanda Knox is back in Italy for the first time since she was tried for the murder of her roommate, Meredith Kercher. I can’t believe she went back, even though the Italian Supreme Court overturned her conviction, but it was also an odd coincidence because I had earlier this week watched the Netflix documentary about her and the case.
The only person who knows if Amanda Knox and her boyfriend killed Kercher are Amanda Knox and her then boyfriend. The documentary doesn’t really come down on a crystal clear side of the case. The murder was brutal. There was all kinds of weird evidence. It garnered International headlines, propelled by those involved wanting to make a name for themselves. And while Knox and her boyfriend were young at the time, when the documentary was filmed, they were both adults who had been hardened by a few years in prison for the crime. That experience changes one’s personality. Makes it harder to see into a person’s true character at this distance down the road of time.
The documentary was good in that it detailed the events of the case, laid the evidence out so you can reach your own conclusions. There are interviews of Knox, her boyfriend, and the police, lawyers, and prosecutors involved. And a journalist who was fed scoops by the authorities. This journalist gave others a bad name. Of all the people involved in this story, (and I refuse to name him here), he probably had the least amount of moral underpinning.
Americans view all crime like an episode of C.S.I. The rest of the world is a bit more skeptical. The majority of Britain and Italy still think Knox got away with murder. It is one reason, I was surprised Knox went back to Italy. The third person convicted of this crime did years in prison. But he was a black immigrant and it is clear from statements in documentary, no one cared about his fate. Because, he was a black immigrant. If there is one failing, it is that Netflix didn’t follow that angle of the story any further than to present it so the viewer could digest that fact.
Whatever she is, Knox is an interesting character. She has become an advocate for those wrongly convicted of crimes and continues to live in the Seattle area. Her boyfriend has become a tech/crime consultant who appears on television in Italy. Like I said, I still don’t know if she is guilty or innocent. But this film is a good one and rates 5/5 on the scale.