Written by Luca Cheli (Roteoctober)
Monday July 9, Turin, Italy
Originally posted on the Injustice in Perugia Blog.
“They wanted to pose as the greatest Sherlock Holmeses and they put two poor kids in jail for four years.”
Carmelo Lavorino, Italian Chriminologist
My work will be almost exclusively based on logic and its task is to show how Knox and Sollecito could and should have been acquitted even without the Conti-Vecchiotti Report, that is how they should have been acquitted even in the first trial and not because of but rather notwithstanding a DNA evidence review.
I will assume the reader has a good knowledge of the case and access to the main documents quoted as references (mainly the Massei and the Hellmann reports, with page references taken respectively from the PMF English translation and from the Italian original).
Guilt of the first type – Lack of premeditation
But let’s follow Massei and let’s accept for now that Knox and Sollecito, having decided not to spend the evening and the night together at Raffaele’s, as it would be expected for two young lovebirds, spent instead an hour and a half at Piazza Grimana, which they shared in a cold Perugian night presumably only with Toto Curatolo, the witness who allegedly saw them loitering around for ninety minutes in that barren square.
2) Get dressed.
3) Flee and on the way throw Meredith’s cell phones in the garden of Lana’s villa.
meantime, after having been in the small bathroom, must have put his shoes on again, went around [the outside of] the house to look for the big stone (subsequently found) to use in order to break the glass, and Amanda could, in her turn, go to the bathroom to wash her hands and feet; when Raffaele came back in with the big stone the disorder in Romanell’s room was created, the glass was broken, and the shutters pushed towards the exterior .”
They could not sleep for long, how could they have slept with such a tension in their souls? Maybe Raffaele did really wake up to listen to some music at 5.32, but it doesn’t matter. What counts is that we are now going to introduce the first really important event of the day: Quintavalle’s sighting of Amanda.
been menstrual blood.
2) Amanda calls home “when nothing had yet happened”.
3) Amanda says that Meredith usually or anyway at times locks (or closes?) her door, while Filomena denies it to the point of saying that she almost never locked it.
4) Raffaele’s attempt to knock down the door was “weak” or half-hearted .
5) Amanda didn’t show any panic at the cottage but in her mail to the US she wrote she was in panic.
6) They both stayed away from the door when it was finally knocked down and seemed uninterested in seeing what has happened inside the room.
7) Behaviour at the Questura (Police Station) on the afternoon of November 2nd.
Let’s start with Raffaele’s alleged “change of version” about the theft, which is considered by Massei further proof that the burglary was staged, so that we can also add a few considerations about the “staging”.
The famous call made “before anything had happened” was made at 12.47, three minutes before Raffaele’s call to her sister (at the time a Carabinieri officer) and so it was really made when the tension was already mounting if one believes in innocence or when it had been decided to let others discover the crime if one believes in guilt.
was not a mistake by Comodi.
As a foreword to this point I must say that most probably there were problems with translations and that in any case Filomena couldn’t say that Meredith never locked her door (as Massei has her saying except for that single occasion when she went back to England) any more than Amanda could say she always did (and Amanda probably just said that she closed, not locked and I doubt she really meant “always”).
As with the point above, a guilty duo would have had no reason at that point to delay the discovery of the corpse, but would also have had more interest in letting others discover it, since they, as a guilty party, would have been nervous at the idea of potentially leaving traces (hair, fingerprints) at a crime scene so carefully cleaned of their traces that same morning, so they would simply not have tried at all to knock down the door.
A guilty Amanda would have been in no panic at the cottage, but she would also have been particularly careful not to write anything to the contrary in her mail, especially if that mail, as it has been alleged, was written to give herself some sort of alibi or even just to buttress her cover story. On the other hand an innocent Amanda would have simply relived her memories through the awareness that her friend had been hideously murdered, so what was maybe a simple sense of uneasiness could have become panic in retrospect.
A guilty duo would have enacted exactly the opposite behavior: great bewilderment and great distress, exactly because they would have known what was behind the door and had had time to prepare themselves, especially Amanda, who is, in guilters’ lore, a great actress. This same supposed aspect of Amanda’s personality is the key to the point coming next.
Amanda the murderess, as portrayed by the prosecution, by Massei’s ruling and by guilters alike, is a devious, cunning, calculating, manipulative young woman and also a great actress, to some even a drama queen.
Much has been said concerning the night interrogation and I won’t deal with its length or the methods employed in it, nor whether there were tea and pastries or not and/or when. I will simply address the issue of calumny but from a specific point of view.
“All of the elements put together, and considered singularly, create a comprehensive and complete framework without gaps or incongruities and lead to the inevitable and directly consequential attribution of the crimes to both the accused” (Massei page 388) Goodnight everybody.
Various authors, bloggers and members of Internet forums have produced theories of the crime which, while essentially following Massei’s blueprint, have a different timeline for some important element of the story.
A scenario involving premeditation has a big advantage: it allows us to get rid of the clumsy pseudo-motive presented by Massei and by his variations (as with the heavy drug abuse presented by Nadeau) and to read details in a coherent framework where everything pertaining to the murder can be seen by definition as planned.
– There cannot be Raffaele’s DNA on the bra clasp.
– The famous luminol-enhanced footprints cannot be crime-related.
– The print on the mat cannot be Raffaele’s.
– Every trace of Amanda in the bathroom cannot be crime-related.
– Curatolo, Quintavalle, Capezzali, Monacchia and Dramis didn’t see or hear anything crime related.
It has been a game for many people for four years to play: Amanda and Raffaele guilty or innocent? It was a game that was played on TV, in the newspapers, on the Internet, and above all in Court.