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Foxy Knoxy

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If you think Amanda Knox is guilty, you're an idiot.

I'm not going to waste time pandering to idiots with that whole, "There's two sides to every story," bullshit. Nope. There aren't two sides. Sometimes there's just one. Sometimes there's 37. That type of thinking leads to a lot of morons going, "Well, I have to look for the other side." Sometimes there isn't any other side, but we have this idiotic false equivalency mindset where the two sides things seems elegant and logical and fair somehow. It's ridiculous the lengths people will go to to find that supposed 'other side.' There's facts, and then there's morons who think their every little thought is precious. It's not. It winds up giving credibility to a lot of self indulgent bullshit that always seems to involve shadowy conspiracies by omnipotent figures who never ever make a mistake.

Knox was a student in Italy when her roommate, Meredeth Kercher, was murdered. The local prosecutor, Guiliani Mignini, might be familiar to some people as the prosecutor in another case nearby: the Beast of Florence. When American writer Douglas Preston came to Florence to do a book about the case, he hooked up with local writer Mario Spezi, who'd covered the case extensively, which began in 1974. However, the first murders in 74 weren't connected to the case until 1981, when another set of murders took place. When both writers ran afoul of Mignini---who blamed the case on a Satanic cult------Preston was hauled in and interrogated, threatened, and accused of being the Beast. He finally fled Italy, never to return.

Let's ignore the fact that Preston was born in 1956 and the first Beast murder took place in 1974. He could have secretly traveled to Italy and committed the crimes and returned home, right? Well, sure, he could have---anything is possible. However, possible and actual are not the same things. It's possible Rush Limbaugh is actually a really sweet guy who puts on a horrendous persona to get ahead in the world. However, if he does this while promoting hatred, could he actually be described as nice?

The thing is, the public's vision of killers as these complicated creatures with high IQs is not accurate. Hannibal Lector is not the common serial killer. Even Ted Bundy was not the boy next door he was presented as. In reality, Bundy was not an original thinker or a great student, he had a foot fetish and picked his nose obsessively. He was clever and lucky and women of the day were perhaps more naive and trusting than they are now. He was not very intelligent, though,and as far as these guys go, Bundy was the cream of the crop. It's odd that we want our crooks to be brilliant while our heroes have to be kind of everydude to appeal to the lunkheads out there.

Preston fled Italy, as mentioned, and Spezi was eventually released. Several people were accused and arrested and presented as the killer but thanks to Mignini's Satanic theories, the case is so messed up to this day that the killer likely remains free. Mignini is the prosecutor who cries Satan at every opportunity. How does he still have a job?

In Perugia, some American and British students rented a house together. Amanda Knox was spending the night with her first boyfriend----an Italian boy named Raffaele Sollecito-----when Kercher was murdered. Knox and Sollecito returned home, discovered something was amiss, and called the police. They did not see the body or much blood. While they waited, stunned, in the garden, the cops traipsed all over the house, and someone took video of Sollecito giving a stunned Knox a peck on the cheek. This turned into stories of Knox and Sollecito making out lasciviously mere feet away from the body of Knox's roommate.

A thread runs through the case that cannot be missed. Knox is slut shamed at every opportunity. It's funny how when a man is accused of Satanic cult crap people automatically call foul thanks to the sheer outrageousness of it but from the witch trials to today, an outlandish charge brought against a woman seems to actually convict her. Merely being accused is enough to besmirch her forever. The worse the charge is the more people want to believe it. You can see it in the Woody Allen accusations, where years ago, Allen's team of paid sleazeballs promoted the usual "hysterical lying bitch" tropes in the press against Mia Farrow. Kobe Bryant did the same thing---before admitting that he could understand why the girl in the case 'felt like' it was rape. Any time a man who is accused of some crime against women or girls does one of these slur campaigns, it gets forgotten that it came from him. All that gets remembered is the accusations----which are believed.

Well, frankly, I think it's time that these slur campaigns get taken for what they are: an admission of guilt. Remember how, in the Haidl case, where they had an actual videotaped rape, and the defense attorneys canvassed for people to say shit about the victim? The defense attorney actually posted fliers in the victim's neighborhood looking for people to say shit about her. Shockingly enough, he found people willing to do this. It's funny how rape victims and other women have 'friends' who are willing to say horrible things about them. When it's men, it's a tragedy. When it's women, it's the 'bitch is finally being exposed for the liar she is.'

Mignini, for whatever reason, took an instant dislike to Knox, probably because she was pretty and sexually active. He was not exactly hindered by the press, who turned a story of Knox being locked out of her house and away from her clothes into an orgiastic lingerie-buying spree, who turned a nickname dreamed up by eight-year-olds for an eight-year-old into slut shaming, who lapped up every nasty thing anybody could say about a woman. This is the same country where the Supreme Court once declared that rape could not happen in the presence of tight jeans, because tight jeans required 'cooperation' to take off, indicating consent, and where recently a bunch of scientists were convicted of a crime when they failed to accurately predict upcoming earthquakes. The families of the people who died in those quakes, by the way, can now sue those scientists. The country itself is gorgeous beyond comprehension, the people might be affable, but its legal system appears deeply flawed, in that I suspect Knox's case would not have gone on for so long even in the US system, which at least prevents double jeopardy. The evidence against her would never have passed muster. (In one case, the crime scene was treated with a chemical which turns surfaces pink when it detects the kinds of proteins present in blood.....and the press presented photographs of that scene as evidence that Knox showered in a bloody bathroom after Kercher's murder.)

In any event, she was eventually hauled in without a lawyer, interrogated in Italian----a language she was not fluent in at the time----and hit and slapped for 12 hours by Italian police. What her detractors claim is this: She was fluent in Italian, she accused her boss of the murder, it was only two hours, she turned cartwheels, the Italian police were perfectly professional. In reality of course, she was subjected to as harsh an interrogation as you can manage and because she was a woman, she was thought to deserve it. When she implicated her boss it was at the instigation of the police, who later charged her with the crime they led her to commit.

In the early days of the crime, Mignini ran a slur campaign against Knox, aided by the Kercher family, to whom he presented himself as a potential savior. It's like those slur campaigns run by guilty men: no one ever remembers it all came from the guilty man.

The Kercher case was actually pretty simple. A man named Rudy Guede----a burglar named Rudy Guede----broke into the Knox house, was startled by Kercher, and raped and murdered her. His DNA was all over the crime scene and her---and inside her body. The prosecution claimed that Knox cleaned up the scene----and left only Guede's DNA, somehow. There's also a fun subgroup of people who claim that "Foxy Knoxy" only got international support because she was pretty, white, and American----while Guede was railroaded because he was black. The "Pretty, white, American, female" group is particularly insightful in the way they critique Knox's facial expression and body language and shit and conclude she's guilty. If you want to wade into the comments here, you're welcome to find a buffet of women from various countries, all slut shaming and attacking Knox for having 'cold' eyes, for being 'indifferent' or a 'sociopath'. A man can be videotaped raping a woman and that's not enough evidence to convict him, not when you can just call her a 'porn star' wannabe with no evidence, but call a woman cold-eyed and it's enough to convict her of any outlandish thing. When you have a guilty black man and an innocent white woman, you're dealing with two groups who have historically been accused and found guilty despite being innocent. While women in general are still considered to be guilty lying whores who lie because they need to conceal what whores they are-----it all comes down to that, doesn't it?------black men are benefiting from male privilege, in which men are invested with every human virtue while women are steeped in every human evil. That black men are denied the full benefits of that male privilege is felt as tragedy by people who want them to share in the privilege they've been historically denied, at least when they defend such an obviously guilty guy as Guede.

According to the double standard and male privilege, men are kind, wise, intelligent, calm, logical, fair, and innocent. Women are vicious, stupid, cunning, vicious, unreasonable, hysterical, emotional, unstable, bigoted, hateful, and plotting. Black men are widely assumed to be violent and guilty by certain segments of the population, but assumed to be utterly innocent despite all evidence to the contrary by others, no what the evidence. The latter mindset comes into play in the Knox case, where the double standard is apparent. The 'all innocent, always, no matter what' mindset might be an understandable response to the unrelenting crap black men get accused of day and night, but it's still knee jerk and it's still innacurate. If you want to fight injustice, you can't do it by using other injustices against the ones you oppose. Declaring that an innocent woman is guilty because she's white and young when there are available facts in the case is sexist. You don't get a pass because you claim to fight another form of bigotry with that sexism.

Knox was brutalized for 12 hours to the point where she accused her boss----under duress---of the crime. She was convicted, ironically, of making a false accusation, despite the fact that it was slapped and shouted out of her by Italian police. This is used to discredit her, while the parts about her being deprived of counsel, translator, food, water, bathroom breaks, respite, and rest are omitted. Guede falsely accused her and was given a sentence cut almost in half---he will likely be paroled in a couple of years, having been finally sentenced to sixteen years. This is not used to attack Guede because bitchez, right? The people who claim Guede is innocent despite the evidence are what they accuse Knox's defenders of being. What's apparent here is precisely false accusations work: when a woman accuses a man of anything, she's a lying bitch; when a man accuses a woman of something, he's a courageous, if downtrodden, warrior for justice.

Knox's most recent sentence by the way? Twenty eight-and-a-half years. Guede's? In case you missed it? Sixteen years.

The police fucked up the crime scene beyond belief. In one stunning turn of events, they actually filmed themselves discovering Meredith Kercher's bra clasp forty six days after the murder. The crime scene techs were wearing already-bloody gloves when they picked up the clasp, passed it from bloody glove to bloody glove, and then finally tossed it back on the floor in an attempt to replace it where it had been. For those not keeping track, this meant that they passed blood----God knows how many types----from their gloves to the clasp, thus contaminating it. Then they placed it back on the floor, destroying its ability to be used as any kind of evidence. Got that? That was the type of evidence used to convict Knox. In another video, the tech was filmed using one swab to swab over several different areas of the room, collecting different samples with that one swab. You have to wonder who, precisely, is in Italian prisons.

Knox will likely not be extradited, due to the fact that in the US we have double jeopardy. That will not stop people----unhappy with the way feminism puts a damper on the viciousness they can attack women with-----from attacking her in the most idiotic ways imaginable. The people who believe Knox is a Satanic murderer seem to take particular glee in trotting out old hoary stereotypes that modern feminism has made problematic. If she's guilty, it's okay if they're sexist, right? Yippee! It's a chance to revert to old habits that are so ingrained that fighting them is onerous. How much fun is that?

Check your sources. There are several sites that are devoted to nothing but promoting Knox's guilt. These are not trustworthy. Retired FBI agent John Douglas has a site about it as well and his logic is usually pretty good. Do I really need to say this? Once somebody makes a Satanic accusation, can we all agree that the bullshit has gotten too deep to wade in?

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pitbullgirl65
Feb. 2nd, 2014 07:41 pm (UTC)
According to the double standard and male privilege, men are kind, wise, intelligent, calm, logical, fair, and innocent. Women are vicious, stupid, cunning, vicious, unreasonable, hysterical, emotional, unstable, bigoted, hateful, and plotting. Black men are widely assumed to be violent and guilty by certain segments of the population, but assumed to be utterly innocent despite all evidence to the contrary by others, no what the evidence. The latter mindset comes into play in the Knox case, where the double standard is apparent. The 'all innocent, always, no matter what' mindset might be an understandable response to the unrelenting crap black men get accused of day and night, but it's still knee jerk and it's still innacurate. If you want to fight injustice, you can't do it by using other injustices against the ones you oppose. Declaring that an innocent woman is guilty because she's white and young when there are available facts in the case is sexist. You don't get a pass because you claim to fight another form of bigotry with that sexism.

Jesus yes. I can't remember where I read it, but it said the same thing as you did: around the same time as Casey Anthony trial, a man murdered his children in the same manner: nothing was heard of it. I can give more examples: the asshole who dressed as Santa and killed his ex wife and a nine year old girl, and he given a pass, the bastard who murdered the Amish girls, because he "hated women", the fathers I read about who murder their children to get back at their wives/ girlfriends. WHAT THE FUCK. Of course I'm not excusing the women who do the same, I'm just amazed at the double standards. !$!
ginmar
Feb. 2nd, 2014 08:01 pm (UTC)
The day Andrea Yates killed her children after her hubby took away her support person, three men killed sixteen children and two women and made it clear that it was nothing but revenge. Do you know any of their names?
pitbullgirl65
Feb. 2nd, 2014 08:23 pm (UTC)
WHAT THE FUCK. WHAT THE FUCK. No but I'm going to look it up.
I think what Yates did was horrible of course, but her damn husband and church had a huge hand in it.
The prick remarried of course.

I'm guessing that Post Partum Depression can be somewhat similar to Schizophrenia? I think if someone kills based on the belief that their victim is an alien about to kill them, that they are innocent. Idk, it's not as simple as that, but there needs to be a better support system for our mentally ill. *pissed off*

ginmar
Feb. 2nd, 2014 08:30 pm (UTC)
She had post partum psychosis.
bookgirlwa
Feb. 3rd, 2014 06:51 am (UTC)
Something that could have been avoided or reduced had her fuckwit husband not ignored the drs who told him that it would be DANGEROUS for her to have more children, and had he not ISOLATED her physically and socially and not provided her with more support in looking after THEIR children.

Fucking abusive patriarchal bullshit. There has been another case here in Australia in the last week of a father killing his child - when the news came out when they first went missing, I knew EXCACTLY what would end up as the result.
actiasluna
Feb. 3rd, 2014 09:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah, psychosis is quite different from PPD. Having dealt with the PPD part, I can't even imagine how awful living in her head must have felt during that time period.

I also saw an interview where one of her caretakers in the institution she's at said that they'll get her functional enough to start to remember what happened, and it's so traumatic for her that she falls right back into full blown psychosis again. The whole thing is such a tragedy, and she and those kids paid the price for her fucking husband's aspirations of being just like the Duggars.
ginmar
Feb. 2nd, 2014 08:16 pm (UTC)
The day Andrea Yates killed her children after her hubby took away her support person, three men killed sixteen children and two women and made it clear that it was nothing but revenge. Do you know any of their names?
pitbullgirl65
Feb. 2nd, 2014 08:33 pm (UTC)
I can't find it. :( Maybe it's better I don't. The Santa story was horrendous btw. The bastard was painted in a sympathetic light too. It was a X mas party, the 9 year old opened the door, and he killed her, then killed his ex. I think he committed suicide, but I don't feel like reading it again.
amethyst_hunter
Feb. 4th, 2014 07:40 am (UTC)
I remember that story. Piece of shit blew this poor little girl away at point-blank range.

We will never remember the names of the men who commit violence...because there's too goddamned many of them.
ginmar
Feb. 6th, 2014 11:15 pm (UTC)
One guy, I remember, killed the kids with a grill of some sort, and another burned down a farm. The third called the woman in question and told her that he was killing the kids to get back at her. They appeared as blips on CNN then they just disappeared entirely, while Yates became the poster child for Evil Moms Everywhere.
idemandjustice
Feb. 2nd, 2014 09:16 pm (UTC)
I've generally felt she's probably innocent. But even if she were not, in the US they'd never have been able to convict her. So much of this has been handled so badly. I feel so awful for her.
ceebeegee
Feb. 3rd, 2014 12:52 am (UTC)
One of the worst aspects is that when Meredith's body was discovered, the other two roommates in the flat (who were British, IIRC) hotfooted it the HELL out of there. They had no faith in the Italian police or justice system. Amanda stayed behind because she wanted to "be there" for the Kercher family, she wanted to try to answer any questions they might have and try to comfort them. Just--can you imagine? Because she stayed, the PD questioned her. decided she was guilty and convinced the Kercher family, and here we are. Her decency and compassion led to her conviction and hellish aftermath. Just so, so awful. Her tragedy is practically Shakespearian.
lucretiasheart
Feb. 3rd, 2014 09:10 pm (UTC)
Love this post. And YES.
actiasluna
Feb. 3rd, 2014 09:23 pm (UTC)
This is the *best* synopsis of the fuckuppery, and vitriolic sexism, regarding that case that I've seen yet.
greeneyedkzin
Feb. 5th, 2014 01:43 am (UTC)
I wondered how many times they were going to try her until they got the verdict they wanted.
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