Monday, January 10, 2022

Correcting NY Times 17: How Jessica Bennett Lied By Omission About Knox’s Book #1

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[Book managers Curt Knox, Ted Simon, Robert Barnett, and late David Marriott]

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This very detailed fact-checking of Knox’s April 2013 book is accessible via our left column. All posts were exclusively by Chimera, a Canadian legal expert, writing between 2014 and 2018.

These first excerpts focus on the book’s timing and legal context. Seemingly in uncritical thrall to the book Jessica Bennett made no mention of the intense factual dishonesties, self-aggrandizing, and trashing of others, weaponized against the looming repeat of the corrupted 2011 appeal.

1. Judicial Context Of Knox’s Book

Knox’s bizarrely-titled Waiting To Be Heard was released in the US in April 2013, right in the middle of her judicial process which was still alive. 

Curt Knox’s and David Marriott’s intention was to steamroll out this inflammatory work, only in English, long before (1) Italians could catch on, and (2) translations into English of court documents could reach critical mass.

And in particular (3) before the Knox and Sollecito appeal of 2011 they helped corrupt could be repeated, honestly and legally this time around. 

Perfectly obviously to any watching Italian and to objective members of the foreign press, and complained about publicly by prosecutors, Knox’s and Sollecito’s first-level appeal in 2011 was bent.

It was bent via (1) illegal judge shopping by defense teams for an ill-qualified renegade judge, (2) illegally expanded scope of the appeal, (3) illegal appointment of external DNA consultants, in theory neutral but with illegal ties to defense teams and a pro-Knox American academic, and (4) frequent flouting of judicial law.

In such contexts of illegalities, Italian law requires that chief prosecutors file a complaint with the Rome Supreme Court. This was done in February 2012. From then on, the two appellants and their families and legal teams absolutely knew a complete reversal was in the cards.

So with the very obvious intention of bending opinion against a rerun of their first-level appeal, the Sollecito (late 2012) and Knox (early 2013) teams raced two inflammatory books into print.

Sollecito’s book is analyzed by others here on another TJMK page. Sollecito & Gumbel were taken to court in Florence by prosecutors for diffamazione. [They later lost.]

The Knox book was written in Seattle in 2012, ostensibly by Knox, with Linda Kulman as shadow-writer. Several of the Knox PR hoaxers were heavily involved. As this series will show, their work is riddled with false claims, more than one on every page.

The Knox publication sale, for a price up to $4 million, was organized by Knox’s US lawyers Robert Barnett and Ted Simon. We see no sign either they or the publishers did due diligence.  Waiting To Be Heard was published (and reissued in 2015) only in English, and initially only in the US. Very few Italians are aware of the lies that Knox has published about them, even now.

The book seems to have received zero editorial or legal vetting by anyone in Italy, not least by Knox’s own lawyers in Perugia. The extended version in 2015 received not one correction of the myriad wrong claims, and all of the demonizations remained intact.

Bear in mind Knox was found guilty of criminal lying by all courts, and rightly served three years for framing an innocent man. She is a felon for life.

Bear in mind throughout the judicial process Knox was monitored by (1) her lawyers, (2) her family, (3) the US Rome Embassy, (4) the Italian Member of Parliament Rocco Girlanda, and (5) media insiders weaponized by the Knox public relations.

Bear in mind not ONE complaint was ever put before a judge - a felony by the lawyers if they were hiding abuse claims. In fact in contrast Knox’s own lawyers instead publicly complained that Knox was lying all the time, and requested that she be stopped.

“Lies” in this series refer to any attempt by Knox in her book to deceive the reader or the court, ranging from the very frequent embellishments of Knox herself to the very frequent denigration of others, and to statements of evidence and timelines that are shown to be incorrect. 

All dialogue in the book, of which there is a lot, is simply invented by Linda Kulman and bears little resemblance to how Knox herself spoke or those around her spoke. Typically the real Knox was brasher and more unpleasant, and those around her smarter and more classy.

In numerous places the book and afterword contradicts what Knox has said previously, including on the stand at trial in mid-2009.

Numerous people were demonized by Knox throughout, often in proximity to utterances of how amazing Knox thinks she is. These demonizations have only ever been published in English and even now are often unknown to Knox’s targets in Italy.

They include diffamazione false accusations - similar to the calunnia felony Knox served three years for, but intended to sway the judicial process still under way.  For example: Knox describes at length an illegal interrogation by Dr Mignini on 5-6 November 2007. He was actually at home in bed.

A key false claim in the 2015 Afterword was that Knox was “exonerated” or “found innocent” by the Supreme Court. That court, though provably bent, in fact ruled that Knox was present at the scene of the crime with blood on her hands. The ruling was a mere “insufficient evidence” (as that court ignored most of it) which can be appealed.

UK and Italy editions were withdrawn at the last moment for fear (correctly) that they were defamatory. The US edition was released again in 2015, unamended, with an equally untruthful Afterword (also analyzed in this series). It is available on Amazon Italia, significant for legal reasons.

Sollecito accepted that he had no choice but to admit publicly to diffamazione - that key passages are invented and defamatory. He wrote an apology, and paid a fine and court costs. The same is expected to happen for the Knox book, and the statute of limitations still has several years to run yet.

2. Dueling Screenplays

(a) Consider this screenplay for Star Wars III, Revenge of the Sith

Fiction: Anakin Skywalker is a hero of the Republic, Jedi Knight, and well respected warrior.  He fought for the forces of good, risking his life many times in the process.

Without much reason or plausibility he becomes the evil Sith Lord, Darth Vader.  He then departs from his good self, and goes on a homicidal rampage through his old home, slaughtering many, and helping destroy the Republic.

Reality: Skywalker had many emotional and anger issues, was power hungry, controlling, and had gone on a previous murderous rampage.

(b) Consider this screenplay for Waiting to be Heard by Amanda Knox.

Fiction: Amanda Knox is attending school in Seattle, with ambitions to travel, discover herself, and work professionally as a translator.  Without much reason or plausibility, she is convinced to start engaging in casual sex, throwing all her ambitions away for some thrills.

It ends with the coincidental murder of her roommate, and the misery and destruction it would bring down on her family, and Italians who would rather rely on prejudice than admit they were wrong.  And of course, there was never any evidence against her.

Reality: Knox was known in Seattle for a stormy childhood, casual sex, drugs and alcohol before going to Italy.  Knox could be controlling, narcissistic, and show a mean streak. 

She got arrested for a rock throwing riot, staged a prior break-in as a ‘‘prank’‘, and published a rape story on MySpace.

She went to Italy without a plan or direction and her drug use increased further. Police knew that she slept with one drug dealer in return for free drugs and because of her trail to him she caused his incarceration.

Her behaviour was not received well in Italy, especially by the women she lived with, and she felt herself shut out and isolated, with no real friends.  Knox was upstaged by a roommate who was far more serious, driven, and likeable.

In 2007 Knox floundered. She was clearly headed toward a confession or self-incrimination when her lawyers stopped the 17 December interview she herself requested with Dr Mignini.

Through 2008 Knox’s tendency to lie was increasing and her lawyers held her back and distanced themselves from certain statements.

In mid 2009 she seriously escalated. Adopting a hard sarcastic voice on the witness stand, she did not appear truthful to most of watching Italy, and Judge Massei bought into very little from her.

In 2010, 2011 and 2012 Knox’s dishonesties continued to escalate, even as the Hellmann appeal court refuted some of them, and the Supreme Court hit a new level of disbelief toward them.

In April 2013 in the book Waiting to be Heard the volume and scope and nastiness of Knox’s lies really peaked - even though prior to publication the book had nervously been slightly expurgated.

And ever since Knox has tried to sustain that peak, rendering her unable to face the Nencini appeal court, unlike Sollecito who was backpedalling.

I now give examples from the forthcoming series of just some of what Knox falsely claimed in the book and 2013 book interviews. Knox’s strident mainstay claim was “There is no evidence.”

3. Knox’s Endemic “There Is No Evidence” Claim

Examples Of Claim Made

In American TV book interviews Knox claims over, and over, and over, and over again that “there is no evidence against me”, rather than, as many note here, directly saying she did not kill Meredith.

    Click for Post:  1. The interview with Diane Sawyer, right when this book was released.

    Click for Post:  2. The first interview with Good Morning America, a book tour stop, listed here.

    Click for Post:  3. This interview with a radio station in New Zealand.

    Click for Post:  4. This interview with an Australian radio station.

    Click for Post:  5. This Canadian interview with Anna Tremonti of the CBC.

    Click for Post:  6. A family interview on Good Morning America.

    Click for Post:  7. The first Chris Cuomo interview, May 2013, listed here.

    Click for Post:  8. This promotional piece with Amazon editor Neal Thompson.

    Click for Post:  9. This one with Seattle journalist Linda Bryon.

    Click for Post:  10. This video that went on the air in Germany.

    Click for Post:  11. This piece on NPR with Jackie Lyden, here.

    Click for Post:  12. This live interview with the Today Show, Knox says she won’t return.

    Click for Post:  13. Her email to Judge Nencini.

    Click for Post:  14. This cringe-worthy appearance with Simon Hattenstone before appeal verdict.

    Click for Post:  15. This interview after the Florence Appeals Court confirms the 2009 trial verdict.

    Click for Post:  16. This one supposedly at UW, after Nencini confirmed Massei’s verdict.

    Click for Post:  17. This press release comes out after the Nencini Report is issued.

    Click for Post:  18. This May 2014 interview with Chris Cuomo on CNN.

    See also the British interviews with Knox here and here.
Zero evidence??? But Knox’s own words contradict

  • (Chapter 13, Page 112) you mention a LONG list of what you and Raffaele talked about, but don’t remember if you read or had sex?

  • (Chapter 17, Page 136) you reference the missing sweater (Filomena saw you wear that day), but it still was never found.

  • (Chapter 17, Page 139) you mentioned the writings (you said you would kill for a pizza).

  • (Chapter 18, Page 143) you claim the blood on the faucet was from your pierced ears.  (According to Barbie Nadeau, your mother said the blood was from your period).

  • (Chapter 18, Page 143) you acknowledge Raffaele took away your alibi.

  • (Chapter 19, Page 151) you claim that Guede backs your alibi, but refutes Sollecito, which doesn’t make sense if you were together.

  • (Chapter 19, Page 152) you acknowledge the knife with your DNA on the handle, Meredith’s on the blade—the infamous double DNA knife.

  • (Chapter 20, Page 155) you say you were there. (You claim it meant RS apartment), yet you let PL remain in prison.

  • (Chapter 20, Page 156) you admit writing a letter (you claim it was misinterpreted), claiming that Raffaele killed Meredith and planted your fingerprints.

  • (Chapter 21, Page 164) you reference RS DNA on the bra clasp but saying it does not implicate you directly.

  • (Chapter 21, Page 165) you admit (and I believe this), that much of your knowledge comes from crime TV.

  • (Chapter 21, Page 165) you sarcastically admit you were the last person to wash up in a bloody bathroom.

  • (Chapter 21, Page 169)—the Matteini decision—you say that the prosecution had stacked so much evidence Guede’s testimony wouldn’t have mattered.

  • (Chapter 22. Page 173) you mention the police arresting the wrong people, but hypocritically, omit your false accusation of PL.

  • (Chapter 22, Page 178) you reference Meredith’s DNA on the knife (which RS claimed was during a cooking accident).

  • (Chapter 22, Page 178) you reference your bloody footprints, and mentioned Raffaele’s

  • (Chapter 23, Page 183) you reference the bra clasp having Raffaele’s DNA

  • (Chapter 23, Page 184) you acknowledge claims of a partial crime scene cleanup.

  • (Chapter 25, Page 209) you acknowledge Filomena testifies you brought other ‘‘friends’’ to the house.

  • (Chapter 25, Page 211) you acknowledge the cut on your neck, which you claim was a hickey.

  • (Chapter 25, Page 216) you acknowledge telling the police Meredith always locked her door, though you try to spin it.

  • (Chapter 25, Page 217) you acknowledge your cellphone and Raffaele’s were turned off, though you give different reasons why.

  • (Chapter 26, Page 220) you acknowledge Quintavalle claims he saw you in his store the morning after, looking pale, and checking out cleaning products.

  • (Chapter 26, Page 221) you acknowledge Nina Capezzali testifies she heard a scream at about 11:30pm, something you put in your statement.

  • (Chapter 26, Page 223) you acknowledge Curatolo saw you in the Piazza, but claim it provides you an alibi, whenever it happened.

  • (Chapter 26, Page 226) you acknowledge that phone records contradict your own account.

And we still haven’t really gotten to those three pesky statements you insisted on writing and signing framing Patrick and hinting at Sollecito.

So. Were you lying in all those media appearances? Or lying throughout your book? Or both?

4. Knox’s Trouble Keeping Details Straight

When Exactly Did Patrick Text You?

1.  (Chapter 5, Page 44, 45) Knox says she got text not to come to work BEFORE cooking dinner, washing dishes, having the pipe burst.

2.  (Chapter 13, Page 113) Knox wrote a letter to police, saying she got the text not to come in to work AFTER cooking dinner, washing the dishes, having the pipe burst.

Why Did you Turn Your Phones Off?

1.  (WTBH, Chapter 5, Page 44) Knox says she turned your phone off so Patrick couldn’t text her in case he changed his mind.

2.  (WTBH, Chapter 25, Page 217) Knox sarcastically says the phones were turned off so they could watch a movie undisturbed.

3.  (Honor Bound, Page 22) Sollecito says the phones were turned off so you two wouldn’t be disturbed doing ooh-la-la.

4.  (December 2007 Interview with Mignini) Knox says she turned the phone off because it only had a limited charge.  Knox also claims she doesn’t know if Raffaele turned off his phone.

5.  (At trial) Defence lawyers contested that the phones were never shut off.

The Pipe-Leak at Raffaele’s Apartment?

1.  (Chapter 5, Page 44) Knox says Raffaele had already had a plumber come once

2.  (December 2007 interview with Mignini) Knox claims it is the first time the leak ever happened.

Harry Potter in German?

1.  (Chapter 5, Page 44/45) You make dinner, wash dishes, have the pipe leak, then go read HP in German

2.  (Chapter 13, Page 113) You say you read HP in German to Raffy before Amelie, and before dinner

How Many Partners in Italy?

1.  (Chapter 2, Page 16) Cristiano, the man she met on a train (actually a drug dealer named Frederico).  The first.

2.  (Chapter 3, Page 23) Mirko, a man she met at a cafe.  The second.

3.  (Chapter 4, Page 35) Bobby, a man supposedly introduced by Laura and Filomena.  The third.

4.  (Chapter 5, Page 38) Raffaele, who she met at a music concert.  The fourth.

5.  (Chapter 18, Page 142) Knox claims of 3 partners in Italy (4 in Seattle, so 7 total).  This is her ‘‘HIV-hoax’‘.  Well, she lists 4 just in Italy in the book.

6.  Laura and Filomena complained of Knox bringing MANY strange men home.

A Hypocrite In Knox’s Own Words?

(Chapter 18, Page 142) Knox complains about being characterized as a sex obsessed slut.  She frequently complains about how she is perceived.

(Chapters 2, 3, 4) Sure sounds sex obsessed there. Read for yourself.

Meredith’s Time of Death?

(Chapter 26, Page 221) Stomach digestion analysis is not an accurate way to determine a person’s T.O.D.

(Chapter 26, Page 222) Stomach digestion analysis is an accurate way to determine a person’s T.O.D.

When Knox Becomes A Suspect?

(Chapter 7, Page 54) Knox claims that she and Raffaele were already suspected, and the police decided to tap their phones.

(Chapter 7, Page 54) Knox claims ALL the people in the house were detained: herself, Laura, Filomena, Giacomo. the other men downstairs.

(Chapter 8, Page 69) Knox says she is staying behind to help the police

(Chapter 8, Page 69) Knox thinks running away would be seen as a failure as an adult.

(Chapter 9, Page 76) Supposedly, British tabloids are reporting that one of Meredith’s female roommates was a suspect.

(Chapter 10, Page 81) Despite the ‘‘50 hour interrogation’’ Knox still finds time to attend class on Monday

(Chapter 10, Page 83) Knox says the police suspected them, and were trying to separate her and Raffaele.

(Chapter 10, Page 83) Knox says she had to beg the police to let her into the police station while Raffaele was being questioned.  Some suspect.

For some context please see this post.

5. Stuff That Is Outright Disturbing

(Chapter 2, Page 16) Knox meets a drug dealer on a train, and ditches her sister to be with him.

(Chapter 2, Page 20) Knox goes with her Grandma to get medications for her STD (and writes about it)

(Chapter 2, 3, 4) Knox has her ‘‘campaign for casual sex’’ and writes about it.

(Chapter 8, Page 73) Knox publishes personal details about Meredith, including questions about whether she like anal.

(Chapter 10, Page 82) Knox skips the memorial of her ‘‘friend’’ to go strum a ukulele, and is annoyed it paints her as cold.

(Chapter 12, Page 104) Knox seems to enjoy the false detail with which she describes being strip searched.

In fact disturbing that this book was ever written.  Hello?  Son of Sam?

For all the bad feelings Amanda claims to have about Lumumba’s false arrest, she still blames it on the police.  Either she can’t (or pretends she can’t) see that her statements are what caused it to happen.

6. More Very Obviously False Claims

(Chapter 6, Page 49) Knox claims that Raffaele reported the break in before the postal police came. This was proven false.

(Chapter 10, Page 80) Knox claims to be assaulted by Officer Ficarra.  Never happened.  She also claimed to not have an interpretor.  But see here and see here.

(Chapter 10, Page 89) The ‘‘interrogation’’ with Mignini.  Detailed, but total BS.  It never happened.

(Chapter 11, Page 95) Knox claims she was told she was being held for ‘‘bureaucratic’’ reasons.  She knew why she was arrested.

(Chapter 11, Page 96) Knox sends her 3rd statement.  Read it and tell me that this is not total junk.

(Chapter 11, Page 100) Knox describes a search that would qualify as sexual assault, if it were actually true.

(Chapter 18, Page 142) Knox herself released the positive HIV test, and used it to try to gain sympathy.

(Chapter 20, Page 155) Knox misrepresents the grilling from Mignini, and who her lawyers were. See the transcripts here and here and here and here.

(Chapter 22, Page 180) Knox supporters claim Guede got his sentence reduction to testify, but here Knox admits Guede went ‘‘short-form trial’’ for the 1/3 reductions.

Knox had another attorney, Giancarlo Costa., who was present with Luciano Ghirga at Knox’s December 2007 questioning from Mignini.  He left shortly after this, likely due to frustration.  In the book Knox lists Ghirga and Vedova (who was not yet retained).  In fact, Costa is not mentioned at all throughout the book.  Probably to his benefit, as Ghirga and Vedova are ‘‘quoted’’ as saying many false and insulting things, including being credited with helping to write this ‘‘memoir’‘.

Knox also adds stories about other people engaging in drug use and casual sex, but I disbelieve just about everything she says.

7. Examples Of Knox’s Tortured Logic

Myth: There is no evidence, and what there is, is unreliable (mantra of Knox US lawyer Ted Simon)

Fact:  For there to be unreliable evidence, there has to be evidence in the first place.  Is this moron really a lawyer?

Myth:  There is no evidence against Knox and Sollecito, and the evidence is only circumstantial.

Fact:  For evidence to be ‘‘merely’’ circumstantial, it still has to exist.  And different types of circumstantial evidence together can be very compelling.

Myth:  If the prosecution actually had a case, there would be no need to drag Knox’s personal and sex life into the spotlight.

Fact:  The prosecution actually has a very strong case, it is Knox who keeps bringing up her sex life (either as a diversion, or because she’s weird)

Myth:  There is no evidence against me (Sollecito interviews), and nothing very strong against Amanda.

Fact:  You just admitted there is something against Amanda.

Myth:  The evidence against Guede is rock solid.  The evidence against Knox and Sollecito is contaminated.

Fact:  The same CSI’s investigate the whole crime scene.  Either they did a good job, or they didn’t, you can’t have it both ways.

Myth:  There is nothing to place Amanda and Raffaele in Meredith’s bedroom.

Fact:  Aside from the autopsy wound pattern, making it a sure thing three were involved, check the other “non-existent” evidence listed here:
-There is RS’s DNA on bra-clasp, and AK’s shoeprint,
-There is Filomena’s room (alleged point of entry), with mixed DNA from Amanda/Meredith.  It was ransacked BEFORE with window was broken.
-There is no trace of Guede in Filomena’s room (even though he supposedly scaled the wall, and broke in through the window).
-There is Amanda’s bedroom (lamp taken for cleanup) and wiped of prints
-There is Amanda’s bathroom (used to washup), mixed DNA from Amanda/Meredith, RS’s footprint on mat.
-There is Laura/Filomena’s bathroom (Rudy used), which Knox deliberately avoided flushing the toilet.
-There is the hallway (access between the rooms) with Knox and Sollecito’s bloody footprints, wiped away, revealed with luminol..

(Actually as the entire house is considered a crime scene, elsewhere in the book Knox does attempt to explain some of this.)

Myth:  There is no forensic evidence Knox and Sollecito were involved.

Fact:  Again, aside from the autopsy wound pattern, making it a sure thing three were involved, check the other “non-existent” evidence listed here:
-Knox’s false accusation of Lumumba to divert attention from herself.
-Knox’s false accusations of police brutality to try to get off on the charges.
-Knox and Sollecito both turning off their cellphones (then denying it, then offering different justifications for it)
-Knox and Sollecito both gave numerous false alibis.
-Knox knew inside details, such as Meredith screaming, having her throat cut, and where she died.
-Testimony from witnesses such as Curatolo, Quintavalle
-Testimony from Laura, Filomena, and Meredith’s British friends.

To this day, Knox and Sollecito cannot provide a clear or consistent account of where they were, and what they were doing. They would likely have been convicted on these facts alone, and the book does address (but dismiss), many of these points.

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Terrifying stuff, if one is Knox or her team! Chimera invariably displays a photographic memory and laser wit, making all the posts on the Knox Lies page into remorseless and telling reads.

We put the entire Knox book into Italian so that at least some of those she smeared are not disadvantaged by the Knox team’s coward’s way out.

Sollecito’s too - so he essentially rewrote his book for Italians as Knox freaks had slanted it like Knox’s to trash half of Itaiy and to falsely make it look like he and Knox were two peas in a pod (hence the “Honor Bound”).

Sollecito has done Knox far more harm in Italian eyes than Guede ever has, though the NY Times has never reported that. Jessica Bennett essentially ignored him as he is so inconvenient, a strong PR shills rule. 

(We know several of the links to sources were broken, apologies, as happened elsewhere when we moved TJMK from a Windows system to Linux to make it more robust. All above to be corrected by the end of Tuesday if work circumstances allow.)

Posted by Peter Quennell on 01/11/22 at 06:25 AM | #

The site security has been in recent years guaranteed safe to users (SSL and https).

However something accidental in the annual renewal threw a spanner in the works.

Hopefuly the site is showing correctly in all areas on all PCs and browsers now?

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