As pretty much everyone on the planet knows except perhaps a handful of Taliban, Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend are not going to spend the better part of 30 years in prison for the senseless slaying of her (ex)roommate, Meredith (Mez) Kircher. I've been of two minds about this whole fiasco since the start of it.
First off, if we are to believe the press - and, much mud has been slung these 4-odd years since Mez was found with her throat cut - Amanda immediately started telling tales the moment she was brought in for questioning. Her tales threw an innocent guy in prison - and she fingered the police for abuse. In both cases she was found guilty of perjury, character assassination and defamation.
But, whether or not she & her boyfriend were actually present the night Mez died was never fully proven, and certainly not beyond the shadow of a doubt. No weapon was ever retrieved, and seemingly, no motive to be found.
However, the case was being prosecuted by none other than the dubious prosecutor of Florence (don't ask), now infamous for his bizarre deployment of his 'investigative powers' and his spinning a web that ruined many an innocent life - while never truly catching the true culprit. This man, who reminds me of a character from A Confederacy of Dunces, wove a story of sex cults and dark rituals while trying to finger an illiterate farmer for crimes he probably did not commit. Crimes perpetrated by the Monster of Florence, who periodically took out young lovers while perched in lover's lane.
The case has been famously chronicled in an eponymous book by author Daniel Prescott and journalist, Mario Spezi.
Problem was, our self-styled Lieutenant Colombo then went after these very journalists as the monsters themselves, even though Prescott was never in Italy whenever the crimes were committed. Both have been under investigation, one tried, and even now one friend is defending himself from the zealous prosecution team. You can read a short article by Prescott on the case in the Atlantic Monthly.
So, applying what we know about railroad justice, even though the kids seemed to have something to hide, the prosecution needed a bit more than wild sex scenes played out in court to pin them to the murder. Rudy Guede is already imprisoned for the murder, and so, there was nowhere to go but be set free for these kids.
Sadly, whatever the sequence of events that night, those kids will most likely take to their graves. And, sadder still, while Amanda garners book deals and goes on speaker circuits, one person, practically ignored in the media, was the one who got more than her character assassinated that night in Perugia.
As Amanda enjoyed her first days of freedom, reportedly eating pizza & lasagna as during her Italian sojourn, the bartender who she falsely accused of murder had this much to say: Amanda is quite an actress. Those tears she shed upon sentencing were nothing but crocodile tears.