Monday, March 04, 2013

Disarray And Decay In The Pro-Knox Parade: #2 Key Knox-Mellas Flunkie Now AWOL On 2 Continents

Posted by Peter Quennell



[Click the image above for Frank Sforza’s first posts in November 2007 - scroll down for English]


Foolish False Allegations Against Italian Officialdom Sparking Increasingly Tough Legal Reaction

That was the header of our post of 19 December. This is the excerpt on Perugia Shock blogger “Frank Sfarzo” who like Bruce Fischer is unwillingly outed under his real name (Frank Sforza) and found to be exceedingly mundane. 

Sforza hides behind the name Frank Sfarzo as an intemperate and rarely accurate blogger on the case. He brings no known professionals skills to the task. He is reported to be the target of criminal charges relating to alleged abuse of the sister and mother with whom he lives. His unsavory reputation and desperate finances mushroomed openly the other day, when he was reported in personal confrontations while visiting Canada and Hawaii.

Sforza now faces a defamation suit as well, for claiming to the whole world via Doug Preston and Joel Simon of the Committee to Protect Journalists in New York that he was being persecuted by a prosecutor back in Perugia. The prosecutor was not even involved. Seems to us an open and shut case.

While on the west coast of the United States and Canada and Hawaii late last year, Sforza attracted the attention of the police in three cities.

Charges in two were dropped but he was a no-show for the court case Kermit elegantly described here. The judge issued a warrant for his arrest.

Meanwhile his legal trouble in Perugia escalated. He failed to show for court hearings in Perugia in December and January and his lawyer walked. He was to face charges of violence against the police when they were called to quell a rampage. They were called by his mother and sister.

Now Frank Sforrza has again failed to show up in court, this time in Florence, and police will be actively looking for him. This case concerns one of his craziest “scoops” which was that Mignini was in cahoots with drug dealers, whereas exactly the opposite is true, Perugia drug dealers fear Mignini and he has taken a number of them down.   

Sfrorza was initially cocksure (like Sollecito) on his return to Italy late 2012 and made taunting posts on Facebook and Fischer’s Misinformation Forum (like Sollecito) early 2013 but he has since gone very quiet and fled the internet (like Sollecito) as the deep legal trouble he is in slowly seeps in.

Back in 2007 and 2008 those of us who were here then followed Frank’s Perugia Shock postings and it was only late in 2008 that for murky reasons he jumped the shark and switched his sweaty attentions over to Amanda Knox.  Read his first posts here. Scroll down for English.

They were actually at times accurate - and he clearly did think Sollecito and Knox were up to their ears in it.  Read his headline on the last image below. On 10 November 2007 he even penned this satire.

A: Shit, my roommate is dead, do you mind if I sleep at your place?
R: Sure, so we can have another couple of joints. The guy just supplied me.
A: Greaat!
R: Hey what are those cellpones?
A: Oh, it’s her cellphones. Do you think I should hide them?
R: Give them to me… Uuuuhuuuh! (he throws the cellphones away).
A: Oh my goood, what have you done? You’ve thrown them in that garden! They gonna find them!
R: Naaa, don’t worry. My sister is Carabiniere, I know how to handle such things.
A: Hey, you should throw away your knife too.
R: What? Throw my knives away? I’m from Puglia, you know? I always have a knife with me.
I can’t believe you just said that. You know what? You better sleep at your place.
A: Oh no, please, don’t make me sleep at my place. There’s blood in the bathroom. I’ve already got my sweater dirty. I had to throw it away, can you believe it? I don’t’ wanna loose another sweater.
R: Oh right, good, ok, sorry, you can sleep at my place. By the way what happened to your roommate?
A :She made everything dirty with her blood, and then she stopped moaning about one hour ago.
R :Hey I was there with you at that time.
A: Are you sure?
R:Yes, don’t remember? We were… you know?
A: What?
R: We were having sex. Did you already forget?
A: I’m not sure.
R: Actually I’m also not sure too, now, I’m too smoked.
A: We should do something than. They’ll come to take us.
R: Naaa. Are you kidding? I’m from Puglia. There’s mafia in Puglia, you know? My sister is Carabiniere! And My father is a doctor, you know? DOCTOR! He makes a call and I’m not gonna have any problem.
A: What about me? Well, if you save me too I’m gonna give you anything you want. You can have me anytime, no problem.
R: Actually I’d prefer some joints. By the way, no problem. Now we break the window and they’ll think was some thieves.
A: What if they don’t buy it?
R: Don’t worry, I know how this things go.
A: Yes, your sister is Carabinieri. Well, anyways, I’ve sent a message to Patrick so they can still think was Patrick.
R: Fine. He’s such a perfect suspect. Now let’s go to sleep. I’ll set the alarm so tomorrow I’m calling my sister.
A: Are you gonna remember that?
R: I’ll put a note on the fridge.
A: However… Are you sure that wasn’t us to hurt her with your knife?
R: To hurt who?















Comments

Thanks Peter. What is the nature of the case in Florence for which Frank was a no-show today? He has so many cases going on I can’t keep them straight.

Posted by brmull on 03/04/13 at 10:50 PM | #

Hi brmull.

Sure. This Florence case is the one initiated by a Florence judge for Sfarzo’s media allegations against an officer of the court (Mignini) for being in cahoots with drug dealers. The “scoop” was crazy even by Frank’s standards. Mignini’s role in the case is that of a potential witness.

The charge he faces if they can nab him is legally similar to what Sollecito will probably face as an outcome of the wave of contempt of court complaints against false charges in his book now being investigated by the chief Florence prosecutor.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 03/04/13 at 11:02 PM | #

Skeptical Bystander kindly helped Sforza when he was THE blogger on Meredith’s case and tried hard to keep him on the straight and narrow and his English fluent from some point after these posts, but posted this long expose of his “scoops” in September 2008.

http://truejustice.org/ee/index.php?/tjmk/comments/the_perugia_shock_blog_coming_clean/

Candace Dempsey and Ann Bremner both met with him in early days and Dempsey moved on to her book and Bremner to forming the FOA.

He appeared to gain financial advantage from his increasingly pro-Knox “scoops” some time later in 2008. He claimed to be channeling Knox even to the extent of offering to sell the media images of her stark naked.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 03/05/13 at 06:57 AM | #

I wasn’t around before Frank got recruited, but looking at his old posts, I’d say that the red flags were there.

For one, I believe that he’s had a creepy fascination with Amanda from the very beginning.  Financial gain was probably his primary motivation for latching onto this case, but I suspect that he also harbored a certain admiration for Knox.  Granted, we know a thing or two about his standards by now, so no wonder he considered her a good writer at the time. 

Secondly, his attitude towards Lumumba is absolutely bizarre (you can pretty much sense that he wishes he were in Lumumba’s shoes, to be honest).  He mentions that Lumumba should thank Knox for making him very rich, and also alludes to Lumumba looking at being paid tens of thousands of euros for interviews.  As we know, poor Patrick ended up closing his pub and was awarded a measly 8,000 euro or so, of which I’m sure he hasn’t seen a cent to date.  Considering the trauma Patrick and his family suffered, you’d have to be crazy to imagine that anything good came out of this affair.  But that shows how financially desperate and how morally corrupt Frank was from the beginning.

I’m sure there are other things too, but I got sick of reading his drivel.

Posted by Vivianna on 03/05/13 at 11:32 AM | #

Hi viviana,
Frank is all about the money…

I asked him why he could not find happiness and he trembled there was “no money”.

Thanks TJMK for the work. Bettina

Posted by Bettina on 03/05/13 at 01:51 PM | #

With friends like these…

So, this Florence case…wasn’t it Frank’s false allegations of Mignini conspiring with Perugian drug lords that originally brought down Perugia Shock?

It certainly wasn’t a gag-order associated with blogging about the Knox case as the likes of CPJ and Candace Dempsey still contend, to their complete discredit.

As I recall, the order to shut down the Shock came from this same Florence court and had everything to do with a defamation charge.

With all the “high profile” support Frank has garnered one would expect Frank to be shouting his familiar complaints of “official” abuse and harassment from the rooftops right about now.

Instead, he’s turned himself into a fugitive - either because he is a complete idiot, or “the pay” for keeping his mouth shut has become much better than the pay for speaking out.

Posted by Fly By Night on 03/05/13 at 01:57 PM | #

One of the reasons why Hellmann dismissed the testimony of Quintavalle was because he said Amanda Knox was wearing a grey coat on 2 November 2007. Galati pointed out that it is incomprehensible how the court could have been able to affirm that Knox never owned such a garment. You can see from the photograph of Amanda Knox on 2 November that she is wearing Sollecito’s grey coat. Has there even been a more incompetent judge than Hellmann? I’m looking forward to the case going before the Italian Supreme Court later this month.

Posted by The Machine on 03/05/13 at 03:15 PM | #

Let´s hope Knox and Sollecito will be re-convicted this spring and this whole parade of ill-informed nitwits defending their innocence will simply vanish along with them.
And let´s hope that the next time Knox and Sollecito step of jail will be the day Meredith Kercher leaves her grave !

Posted by aethelred23 on 03/05/13 at 04:32 PM | #

Another example of Soul for sale.

Posted by chami on 03/06/13 at 12:20 PM | #

I’m looking forward to the case going before the Italian Supreme Court later this month.

Hang on - I thought the verdict came up later this month.  Has it not actually been considered by them yet?

Posted by James Higham on 03/18/13 at 09:34 AM | #

Hi James. Yes it has been under consideration for a year. The lead judge formally takes it before a panel of judges next monday. The decision may be announced the same day.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 03/18/13 at 12:29 PM | #

@Peter

Can you please explain a bit more? Will there be presentations, arguments, hearings? Will defense and/or prosecutor be there?

Do you mean that the judges have been reading the file and have already decided? Does it mean that AK and RS also have filed their counters? We of course do not know what is there in the affidavits of AK /RS.

I was thinking that it is going to be a high-octane drama!

Posted by chami on 03/18/13 at 02:30 PM | #


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