Read & Reading


Last week I read Faulkner’s As I Lay DyingIt was excellent!  I loved it!  I think because it reminded me of the way I write.  I loved that it had multiple narrators, and we were hearing their thoughts as they thought them.  I felt like it had to be taken as a whole.  I didn’t try to construct or deconstruct any of the narrative.  I just read on, and questions I hadn’t asked were answered.  I didn’t have that many questions.  It was the first Faulkner I’ve read!  Now I want to read something else.  Any suggestions, anyone?

Yesterday I was having a true crime craving, and had none to read.  Tim and I went to Barnes & Noble and I chose 3 books.  There isn’t a lot of choice in true crime, but I found what appeared to be a balanced, comprehensive account of the Amanda Knox case called Murder In ItalyI’ve wanted to get all the scoop on this story for a long time, and I am amazed at how misleading the media coverage has been.  I found it all confusing, but definitely possible, before I read this book (which I have not completed, by the way), but I’m convinced of her innocence already.  The prosecutor was under investigation and has been convicted of serious wrongdoing in another famous case.  3 people were convicted of murder.  The guy who did it, whose DNA was found there.  He had been caught during burglaries (several) in the weeks/months before this crime and was a police informant, so he had a relationship with them. 

Knox & her Italian boyfriend, who were made out to be these kinky, deviant people in the press were just two people who had known each other for a week, and spent the whole time together before the murder, in a honeymone phase of a young relationship.  He was pretty introverted, she was outgoing, a free spirit. 

I think what bothers me a little is something like this could have happened to me at that age.  I write my emotions down all the time, and she did also.  Everything she did was criticised, even if one thing she did was opposite the next thing garnering criticism.  She was talkative, open and friendly with everyone, and horribly naive.  After days of intense questioning about the victim’s sex life which she found stressful, she was made to believe that maybe she was there and had forgotten it, and she named a person who was not there.  He is now suing her for slander. 

No doubt anti-American sentiment played a part in this ridiculous excuse for an explanation.  Even in Knox’s coerced, false connection she didn’t say anything about being involved in sexual assault of the victim, Meredith Kerchner.  What she said, under duress, was maybe she & the other fellow, Patrick, had gone back to the house and she was in the kitchen & heard Meredith scream.  The police told the press that it was a sex orgy gone awry.  It is pretty unbelievable to me that a jury was convinced of her guilt.  She & her Italian boyfriend (who was never implicated as being at the scene, at least not so far) were convicted & sentensed to 26 & 25 year sentences.  The man who the forensic evidence implicated was given a 30 (or about) year sentence and it has already been reduced to 16.  he was quietly tried & convicted during the noisy, media crazed lead-up to Knox & Sollecito’s trial.  His was separate, theirs was together.  It’s quite nuts!

I also got 2 more books at B&N.  One is called The Forever War by Dexter Filkins.  Filkins is one of the most respected war correspondents in the world.  He’s been in Afghanistan and Iraq since 1998, and the book is about the rise of the Taliban, 9/11 and the “war on terror”.  I found it interesting when I saw it, because at the same time I looked at a book about the Crusades, and the efforts of the Christian church around 1100 C.E. to destory Islam.  Amazing, isn’t it, that the same thing is happening almost a milennia later?  Or vice versa.  I’m sure many would say Islam is trying to destory Christianity, but I take it more as Islamic extremists (and there are, admittedly, many) trying to destroy the West, rathern than Christianity.  It should be interesting. 

The last books is a memoir by Julia Scheeres called Jesus Land.  It’s about being brought up by a very religious family, reform school with her adopted brother, David.  (oddly, my real name is Julia and I have a brother named David!)  Anyhow, looks kind of sad.  Fundamentalism is in my face for some reason.  I watched a film called Jesus Camp.  It was very scary.  What they are teaching children is criminal.  And it’s a whole generation of kids who have grown up hearing this crap.  They bring the kids up with games, fun, dancing, etc., then the next moment they are in tears, full of shame and fear.  It’s striking, and I recommend it.

Need to get to bed. Ta!

5 Responses to “Read & Reading”

  1. Zooks Says:

    Murder in Italy is a great book !!

    If you want more information go to this site and you will be even more stunned.


  2. Harry Rag Says:

    Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito repeatedly told the police a pack of lies in the days after Meredith’s murder.

    On 5 November 2007, Knox and Sollecito were confronted with proof that they had lied and were given another opportunity to tell the truth. However, they both chose to tell the police even more lies.

    Sollecito’s new alibi was shattered by computer forensic evidence and his mobile phone records.

    Knox accused an innocent man, Diya Lumumba, of murdering Meredith despite knowing full well that he was completely innocent. She didn’t recant her false and malicious allegation against Lumumba the whole time he was in prison.

    Knox’s account of what happened on 2 November 2007 is contradicted by her mobile phone records.

    Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito both gave multiple conflicting alibis. Neither Knox nor Sollecito have credible alibis for the night of the murder despite three attempt each. At the trial, Sollecito refused to corroborate Knox’s alibi that she was at his apartment.

    Rudy Guede’s bloody footprints lead straight out of Meredith’s room and out of the house. He didn’t lock Meredith’s door, remove his trainers, go into Filomena’s room or the bathroom that Meredith and Knox shared.

    He didn’t scale the vertical wall outside Filomena’s room or gain access through the window. The break-in was clearly staged. This indicates that somebody who lived at the cottage was trying to deflect attention away from themselves and give the impression that a stranger had broken in and killed Meredith.

    Guede had no reason to stage the break-in and there was no physical evidence that he went into Filomena’s room.

    The scientific police found a mixture of Amanda Knox’s DNA and Meredith’s blood on the floor.

    There was no physical evidence that Rudy Guede went into the blood-spattered bathroom. However, the scientific police found irrefutable proof that Knox and Sollecito tracked Meredith’s blood into this bathroom.

    Amanda Knox’s DNA was found mingled with Meredith’s blood in three different places in the bathroom: on the ledge of the basin, on the bidet, and on a box of Q Tips cotton swabs.

    Sollecito left a visible bloody footprint on the blue bathmat.

    Amanda Knox left a bloody shoeprint on the pillow under Meredith’s body.

    Knox’s and Sollecito’s bare bloody footprints were revealed by luminol in the hallway. Knox’s DNA and Meredith’s DNA was found mixed together in one of the bloody footprints.

    An abundant amount of Raffaele Sollecito’s DNA was found on Meredith’s bra clasp. Sollecito must have applied considerable pressure to the clasp in order to have left so much DNA. The hooks on the clasp were damaged which confirms that Sollecito had gripped them tightly.

    Amanda Knox’s DNA was found on the handle of the double DNA knife and a number of independent forensic experts – Dr. Patrizia Stefanoni, Dr. Renato Biondo and Professor Francesca Torricelli – categorically stated that Meredith’s DNA was on the blade.

    Sollecito knew that Meredith’s DNA was on the blade which is why he twice lied about accidentally pricking her hand whilst cooking.

    The defence experts were unable to prove that there had been any contamination. Alberto Intini, head of the Italian police forensic science unit, pointed out that unless contamination has been proved, it does not exist.

    Amanda Knox voluntarily admitted that she involved in Meredith’s murder in her handwritten note to the police on 6 November 2007. She stated on at least four separate occasions that she was at the cottage when Meredith was killed. She also claimed that Sollecito was at the cottage.

  3. Harry Rag Says:

    Judge Massei’s 427- page report will be published in English on Monday 9 August. It will be available for download from PMF and TJMK.

  4. The English translation of the Italian Supreme Court report which explains why Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito’s acquittals were annulled can be downloaded from the Perugia Murder File website:


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