The Truth Behind the Door of Entertainment

DISCUSSION POST I

Cora Valdres

Knox Konx: The Truth Behind the Door of Entertainment

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What do you get when you mix a messy murder, beautiful and well known women, and alleged international prejudice? You get the cash cow of true crime stories. This is blatant in the case of Amanda Knox, a convoluted case that is still fresh in the minds of the public today due to all of the unique and shiny traits of the story. The long and short of the case was that Amanda Knox, a well off and pretty American studying in Italy, was accused of killing her British roommate Meredith Kercher, another rich and pretty woman in Italy. What ensued was a maddening case of misused evidence, language barriers, and a potential intent to pin the blame on Knox because she was foreign. The case remains turbulent even as Knox has been tentatively acquitted, but the beginnings of her trial were fraught with miscommunication and blame games which likely led to deadly diversions from the truth of the case. Knox was repeatedly called “Naive” (Rich). She went as far as to trust some postal police into the crime scene that was her home. Her naturally trusting self may have allowed for others to spin the story against her, making it much easier for an interesting story and as a way to soil her nationality. It was no longer about the murder, but how much they could make off of Knox’s misplaced trust.

Rich, Nathaniel. “The Neverending Nightmare of Amanda Knox”, 24 June. 2011, RollingStone, https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/the-neverending-nightmare-of-amanda-knox-244620/.

Discussion Post II

Week 4: 21st Century Crime and the Inner Look at Due Process

Gavin Wall

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Something that bothers me about 21st century crime writing is cases where innocent people are stuck with crimes and charges that the powers that be know they did not commit. One example is the case of Michael Morton, who was falsely convicted of his wife’s murder. The “evidence” of this, if it could be called that, is only a vague understanding and misinterpreting of events prior to the crime. The truly disappointing and disturbing nature of the conviction is that the officers and prosecutors handling the case intentionally ignored evidence that would both exonerate the innocence of Michael and point the police in the direction of the actual killer. Throughout the many years of battling one piece of crucial evidence was repeatedly marked as not suitable as proper evidence. “’I couldn’t understand why he was opposing testing that we were paying for, especially if he was so certain that Michael was guilty.’” (Corloff) The theme that seems to have arisen in many of the readings is that there is often a gross and lowly view given by law enforcement. In the crime writings of the 21st century, criminals are often the victims of the system that is in place to protect them. The law enforcement in Michael’s story willingly and knowingly disregarded valid evidence and the result was the false imprisonment of an unfortunate soul. The crime in this story isn’t just the atrocious murder, it is the despicable actions of the people working the case, who through either arrogance or laziness, would rather an innocent man be punished and have his life ruined than follow a simple lead that could have proven without a doubt that he did not commit this crime. It is sad that this is too often the process with many cases. People are quick to judge that the easiest answer is the answer, even when the proof saying otherwise is clear for all to see. The readings of 21st century crime seem to all have this common theme of a flawed system and unfortunately it is true. It begs the question, how many poor, unfortunate souls are locked up while the criminals roam free?

 

Coloff, Pamela, “The Innocent Man, Part Two,” Texasmonthly.com, December 2012, https://www.texasmonthly.com/articles/the-innocent-man-part-two/, July 27, 2020

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