Sunday, November 28, 2021

Correcting NY Times 9: Final Fatal Sequence Proves 3 Attackers With Complete Certainty

Posted by Cardiol MD

This explains autopsy findings. It may not be an easy read. It is the ninth in a multi-part series focused on provable realities in response to an inflammatory three-page report in the New York Times almost exclusively channeling dishonest and repeatedly-refuted Knox PR.

1. Context Of This Post

In previous posts I noted my extensive court experience with forensic testimony. I have American doctorates in medicine and law.

Also that the remorseless waves of forensic evidence above all, in days of harrowing closed-door presentations of expert testimony in 2009, (1) ended the defenses’ feeble bids to frame Guede as a lone wolf, (2) caused Sollecito and Knox to react with evident stress in front of a closely-watching jury, and (3) above all caused unanimous verdicts of guilty to murder with a sex crime component.

[Massei Report] Within the crime of murder, carried out in the course of the sexual assault which Meredith Kercher was subjected to according to what has been presented, the crime of sexual assault is assimilated as a special aggravating circumstance of the former [i.e. of the murder].

2. Availability Of Forensic Detail

The forensic evidence published by the courts was in Italian, distributed between several documents, and reported-on by less than 5 percent of the non-Italian media. The BBC, Associated Press, Reuters, London Times and New York Times, made zero mention of it.

Meredith’s autopsy was performed by Dr. Luca Lalli. Though the court heard them described at length, his detailed findings are not included in Massei’s report, and they still await their full translation into English. The Massei report includes only a limited paraphrase of Lalli’s findings.

Accordingly, to fully comprehend the totality of it in English requires the reading of: (1) the early 2009 Micheli Report; (2) the early 2010 Massei Report; (3) the early 2011 Giordano Report; and (4) parts of Darkness Descending by authors Russell, Johnson, and Garofano (see more below).

Here now is a safe bet for you. Not a single pathologist anywhere who is on top of all of this evidence will ever conclude that Meredith was not the victim of a pack attack.

Contrary to the incessant bait & switch of the toxic Knox PR in the US (“but the DNA…”) which had zero effect on any jury in Italy, not even one court, including the annulled 2011 appeal and the final appeal to the 2015 Supreme Court, ever concluded to the contrary. It all still stands.

Even the Knox & Sollecito defenses stopped denying it after 2009. No TV report or article or book has ever attempted to prove that Guede or anyone else was a lone-wolf killer in light of this vast amount of material.

3. The Final Fatal Sequence

In my opinion the most decisive fact excluding the single attacker theory is all the hard proof that 2 different knives were unquestionably used to torture and murder Meredith on the night. 

There were 2 major penetrating knife-wounds into Meredith’s neck; one entering on the left-side, and one entering on the right-side, which was made by a pocket-knife of the size Sollecito customarily carried.

The latter wound could not have been made by whatever knife entered on the left-side as the size discrepancy was huge. Two knives had to have been used.

For enigmatic reasons, Massei chose to disagree with the reconstruction proposed by the prosecution’s expert witnesses, which depicted Meredith on her knees facing the floor: Massei concluded that Meredith was in a standing position facing her attackers:

Massei Page 372-373: considering the neck wounds sustained, it must be believed that Meredith remained in the same position, in a standing position, while continuously exposing her neck to the action of the person striking her now on the right and now on the left. Such a situation seems inexplicable if one does not accept the presence of more than one attacker who, holding the girl, strongly restrained her movements and struck her on the right and on the left because of the position of each of the attackers with respect to her, by which it was easier to strike her from that side.

4. Certainties re Final Fatal Sequence:

Here I reiterate the relevant certainties which I first posted in Those Pesky Certainties Cassation’s Fifth Chamber May Or May Not Convincingly Contend With #3 on Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

Meredith’s torture & murder, perpetrated by 3 people, took place in her room at Number 7, Via della Pergola in Perugia, Umbria, Italy on the night of November 1-2, 2007. This room measured eleven by nine and a half feet, contained a single bed, a bedside table, and a cupboard. The space was small but enough for Meredith and three perpetrators.

Certainty One re Final Fatal Sequence

In “Darkness Descending - the Murder of Meredith Kercher”  Paul Russell (Author), Graham Johnson (Author), and Luciano Garofano (Author) give clearer, more detailed descriptions of Dr. Lalli’s findings than Massei does.

On pages 72-74 of DD it emerges that the cut (Stab A) made by a large knife in Meredith’s neck was on the left-side, ran obliquely from left-to-right, almost parallel to her jaw, and slightly upwards.

Certainty Two re Final Fatal Sequence

DD does state that the knife entered 8cm vertically below her left ear, 1.5cm horizontally towards the front of her neck, but does not specify the cut’s length.

Certainty Three re Final Fatal Sequence

A large knife created a gaping wound, visible only through the opened-skin of the left side, continuing its travel under the skin, traveling across the mid-line plane, towards the right-side, exposing the oral cavity, fatty tissues and throat glands. Important jaw muscles were also severed.

Certainty Four re Final Fatal Sequence

As DD states, there was another stab wound (Stab B) on the right-hand side of Meredith’s neck, 1.5 cm long, penetrating 4 cm subcutaneously.

Certainty Five re Final Fatal Sequence

Stab B was made by a knife smaller than the above large knife.

Certainty Six re Final Fatal Sequence

The wound was shallow, did not create a gaping wound, did not cut important subcutaneous structures, but did create a route to the exterior through which blood from Stab A, then created by the large knife on Meredith’s left side, could also exit to Meredith’s right side.

Certainty Seven re Final Fatal Sequence

The large knife had damaged no significant vessels of the left side.

Certainty Eight re Final Fatal Sequence

Blood also flooded the subcutaneous tissues around the breech in the right-hand side of Meredith’s airway caused by the knife-stab on the left-side of her neck.

Certainty Nine re Final Fatal Sequence

This resulted in Meredith’s inhalation of her own blood.

Certainty Ten re Final Fatal Sequence

Meredith stops screaming, but now her blood seems to be everywhere, including over her attackers, and they quickly abandon her, already evading the accountability they are fully aware is theirs.

Certainty Eleven re Final Fatal Sequence

As DD comments, during Meredith’s autopsy, surprise was expressed that the Jugular Veins and Carotid Arteries (of both right and left sides) were intact.

Exzperts who read about this murder concluded from this that the killers must have known about the major blood vessels (MBVs), but not about branches-of-Carotid-branches such as little RSTA.

5. Beyond Any Reasonable Doubts re Final Fatal Sequence:

Beyond Any Reasonable Doubt One re Final Fatal Sequence

Accepting Massei’s conclusion, Knox and Sollecito were standing-up and facing Meredith in Meredith’s room. Knox, Sollecito and/or Guede, were participating in the restraining of Meredith.

Beyond Any Reasonable Doubt Two re Final Fatal Sequence

Sollecito (or possibly Guede) was holding the smaller Knife, probably in his right hand. This smaller knife made Stab B.

Beyond Any Reasonable Doubt Three re Final Fatal Sequence

Stab B preceded Stab A, and caused Meredith’s scream.

When Meredith screams Knox plunges Knife36 into Meredith’s neck in the above long-axis direction, from left to right, transecting Meredith’s Hyoid bone, first opening Meredith’s airway to the atmosphere, then transecting Meredith’s Right Superior Thyroid Artery.

Beyond Any Reasonable Doubt Four re Final Fatal Sequence

Knox was holding Knife36, probably in Knox’s right hand, against the left side of Meredith’s neck with Knife36’s point directed slightly upwards toward the right side of Meredith’s neck, the blade-label facing towards Knox, the palm of Knox’s right hand also facing towards Knox and the long-axis of Knife36 angled a few degrees above horizontal.

Beyond Any Reasonable Doubt Five re Final Fatal Sequence

When Meredith screams Knox plunges Knife36 into Meredith’s neck in the above long-axis direction, from left to right, transecting Meredith’s Hyoid bone, first opening Meredith’s airway to the atmosphere, then transecting Meredith’s Right Superior Thyroid Artery.

Beyond Any Reasonable Doubt Six re Final Fatal Sequence

A thin stream of bright-red blood spurted from this artery to its exterior environment, probably through the cuts made in her skin to the outside by both knives.

(Consistent with bleeding from both cuts, Follain, in his book “A Death In Italy” states that Guede saw that blood was coming out of the left side of Meredith’s neck. Follain also states that Francesco Camana of the Rome forensic police, in Camana’s written report, notes that spurts of blood in the middle of Meredith’s chest made her sweatshirt more bloody on the right side than on the left side)

Beyond Any Reasonable Doubt Seven re Final Fatal Sequence

The large knife was Knife-36, which had been brought to the murder room from Sollecito’s kitchen.

Beyond Any Reasonable Doubt Eight re Final Fatal Sequence

The 3 murderers were Amanda Knox, Raffaele Sollecito, & Ruede Guede.

6. Other Essential Facts Corroborating Roles of AK & RS

1. Amanda Knox admitted she was present at the place and time of Meredith’s murder.

2. Amanda Knox’s DNA was found on the top of the handle of Knife-36

3. Meredith Kercher’s DNA was found on the blade of Knife-36.

4. Amanda Knox admitted that Meredith had never been in Sollecito’s apartment.

5. A second sample of Knox’s DNA was also found on Knife-36, where the blade goes into the handle. This second sample was an LCN sample of mixed DNA, and was statistically determined to be Knox’s DNA. (RIS Berti & Barni 2013 report)

6. A DNA mixture compatible with Knox’s and Sollecito’s DNA was found on another stained pocket knife that Sollecito had on him.

7. Sollecito’s DNA was found on Meredith’s bra clasp. 

8. Some 7 samples yielded DNA mixtures compatible with Ms. Kercher’s DNA mixed with either Knox’s DNA, Sollecito’s DNA or Guede’s DNA.

9. A DNA mixture compatible with Ms. Kercher’s DNA and Guede’s DNA was found on Ms. Kercher’s purse near the zipper.

10. A DNA mixture compatible with Ms. Kercher’s DNA and Knox’s DNA was found in three blood traces in the bathroom: (1) on the bidet drain plate, (2) in the sink and (3) on a plastic container containing cotton swabs.

11. A DNA mixture compatible with Ms. Kercher’s DNA and Knox’s DNA was also found in a Luminol-revealed blood-stain on the floor of Romanelli’s room, and in a Luminol-revealed bloody footprint in the corridor.

12. A second Luminol-revealed blood stain in Romanelli’s room yielded Ms. Kercher’s DNA.

13. A sample of blood from the small bathroom faucet yielded ONLY Knox’s DNA.

14. Guede’s DNA was found in fewer places than Knox’s: on Ms. Kercher’s purse, the left sleeve of her sweat jacket, her bra strap, in Ms. Kercher and on the toilet paper in the large bathroom.

7. Forensic Conclusions

In Common Law Jurisdictions, such as U.S. Federal Courts, U.K., Canada, & Australia, etc, Knox and Sollecito, as well as Guede would surely have been found guilty and would have failed appeals, if any were even allowed.

There would have been no possibility of crime-scene amateurs and public-relations hired guns to contend this, for at least three reasons: (1) they very conspicuously lack anyone of status qualified to do so; (2) the extensive testimony in closed-court hearings would never be so described in a public document; and (3) Common Law juries are “black-box” and in most cases including murder do no explaining (also judges sometimes forbid jury members from talking later).

The decisions in Italy widely suggest to Italians the main influence of Sollecito’s Mafia connections, of which Knox is a very lucky collateral beneficiary.

Posted by Cardiol MD on 11/28/21 at 05:17 PM in Hoaxers from 2011Jessica Bennett

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Robinson, the husband of Amanda Knox now raging against Rudy Guede, is the son of the owner of the [former, we have just been tipped] West Seattle Herald.

This local rag was longtime the most vicious, dishonest & defamatory of any US outlet.

It smeared the prosecutor as mentally unstable which resulted in us being sought out for interviews.

The BBC reported this:

Dr Mignini actually took out a cease-and-desist order against Robinson’s dad.

Naturally Jessica Bennett got this wrong too in her burbling grovel to Amanda Knox. This is what she wrote.

Ms. Knox’s outlook changed after her exoneration. She met Mr. Robinson soon after, when she interviewed him about his novel, “The War of the Encyclopeadists,” for The West Seattle Herald [wow!!!! that must have been a hard job to get] where she had only just begun using her real name.

Mr. Robinson made the decision not to Google Ms. Knox, he said, and let her reveal to him her story on her own. He has since become her staunchest defender.

“Since”? Does he mean since late 2007 when his family’s scorched-earth defaming began?

And why would he need to Google at all? Apart from the above, Dr Mignini had sued his mentally unstable dad.

Born yesterday, were you, Jessica Bennett? Seems so.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 11/29/21 at 04:45 PM | #

Pigeons coming home to roost. Knox has stupidly been provoking Guede by demanding that he must now say that she was not part of the attack.

(Shades of her barbaric parents saying on national TV that they would never offer condolences to the Kercher family until the Kerchers came out with a statement that Knox had nothing to do with the crime.)

Now Guede is hitting back, and the court-established facts are certainly on his side. Here is the Daily Mail report.

See where a member of two of the cruelest families on the planet makes out that Guede is the one being cruel.

Amanda Knox’s husband has lashed out at Meredith Kercher’s ‘cruel’ murderer after he denied stabbing the British student to death and made the pointed suggestion that Knox ‘knows the truth and I know the truth.’

Rudy Guede, 34, said he ‘just wanted to be forgotten’ when he was granted early release last Tuesday after serving 13 years in prison for the murder and sexual assault of 21-year-old Kercher in Perugia, Italy. 

But the Ivorian has spoken out just days later to deny he killed Kercher, claiming the ‘(legal) documents say others were there and that I did not inflict the fatal wounds.’ ...

Knox’s husband Christopher Robinson hit back at Guede, slamming the ‘lies of Rudy Guede who without a doubt killed Meredith Kercher.’

‘This is cruel to Amanda as well as the Kercher family,’ he tweeted.

It comes after Guede told The Sun: ‘The court convicted me of being an accessory to murder purely because my DNA was there but the (legal) documents say others were there and that I did not inflict the fatal wounds.’

Asked if he was speaking about Knox and Sollecito, he told the paper: ‘I don’t want to say anything other than she should read the documents.

‘As I told you, they say others were there and that I did not inflict the stab wounds.

‘I know the truth and she knows the truth.’

Posted by Peter Quennell on 11/29/21 at 04:54 PM | #

“I know the truth and she knows the truth” is pretty damning. Hellmann said pretty much the same thing in his interview with Italian radio two days after his acquittal verdict. He said Guede knew what had happened but had refused to give evidence against Knox and Sollecito.

I suspect that Guede thought there was no need to. I also suspect that his failure to do so has rankled with him ever since.

Do the Robinsons really want to get in to a war of words with Guede?

Guede is sticking to the official line at this stage which, as it happens, includes the judicial truth that Knox was present at the cottage at the time of the murder.

A war of words will only have the result that the media will, as Guede clearly intends, turn to the official court documents and, if the media report accurately, this devastating fact will become more widely known. It has barely been reported on to date.

Posted by James Raper on 11/30/21 at 07:32 AM | #

Well, this sure is a nice coincidence, James, I was just thinking that “someone” with your great knowledge of the texts might wish to cut-and-paste every mention that Guede is referring to. 😊


Nice catch on Hellman, by the way. He didnt blink twice about being a hostage to powerful forces, like Marasca & Bruno seemed to me to do, but at least he blinked once.

The reason Guede even got to be in court in June 2011 was because a jailbird who had shared a cell with him, Alessi, looking for a break, had reported that Guede had told him that he Guede plus two others, not Knox and Sollecito, had done the crime.

Then the defense lawyers made a beeline to him in jail, eager to get him to say this again at the appeal.

And then Guede wrote to the prosecution angrily denying all of this. It said in part:

“This splendid, marvelous girl was killed by Raffaele Sollecito and Amanda Knox.

And so as a prosecution witness he ended up on the stand on Monday 27 June.

But he was immensely nervous for some reason (might the words “Rocco Sollecito” have been whispered in his ear?) and wouldn’t say very much.

So his prison letter was read out by the prosecution instead.

Bongiorno then wanted to cross-examine him on this, but he wouldn’t oblige, and she went a bit nuts. There’s a famous image of a juror grinning at this.

I don’t recall Sollecito ever getting up and making spontaneous remarks to the court as the accused in Italy can do. But Knox often did, she made long weepy speeches at the beginning and end of the Hellman appeal.

Knox stood up here. From the BBC report on events on this day:

Knox stood up after Guede’s evidence and denied his claims.

“The only time that Rudy Guede, Raffaele and I were in the same space has been in court. I’m shocked and anguished.

“He knows we weren’t there and have nothing to do with it,” she said.

Nice girl.

I’d say this rankled Guede, but I guess what really rankled was that at the end of the appeal RS and AK got sprung.

And from then on, the PR mantra became “The one & only perp is locked up, drop tools on the innocent other two.”

Posted by Peter Quennell on 11/30/21 at 09:24 AM | #

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