Saturday, September 14, 2019

How A Lazy Gladwell Was Duped About The Case By Malicious “Strangers” He Foolishly Believed

Posted by Peter Quennell


1. What Actually is Gladwell’s Book Thesis?

It’s hard not to laugh. Gladwell’s thesis is actually: Don’t be taken in.

Strangers are not always what they seem. A mind-fail which, for some reason, he thinks happens to law enforcement all the time.

In other words: with conspiracy theorists and Russian hackers and Nigerian princes and bumbling cops all rife in the world today, do look before you jump.

That, or suffer buyer’s remorse. Don’t jump the wrong way. Really. That is what he came down to Earth to tell us.

2. How Gladwell Has Jumped The Wrong Way

See Gladwell’s take on the case in this previous post.

The dangerous shoot-from-the-hip Gladwell doesn’t actually know Amanda Knox. She is a “stranger” in his definition.

He clearly has no idea what the erratic, abrasive, irresponsible Knox 1.0 of 2007-10 was really like, the one that without question led the attack.

She was not in Perugia for serious study, everyone knew this. She was not even enrolled in a course that could earn degree credits at UW, her Seattle university.

Most of her days, she was doing drugs or hanging out with her dealer or hitting on customers in Patrick’s bar. Everybody started avoiding her.

Even Sollecito thought she was weird, after he got entangled in her Typhoid Mary wake. He blamed her from the time of his arrest, and still does. 

Nevertheless, Gladwell burbled on about her sheer amazingness thus:

“an immature, sheltered, middle-class girl from Seattle” who of course would never be “interested in engaging in murderous sex games with a troubled drifter.”

Hard to believe, but Gladwell’s best shot at framing this stranger, the real Knox, was wildly inaccurate.

Knox’s own parents and lawyers knew full well that she was a loose cannon. Everybody knew by early in 2008. Her own lawyers warned publicly that she was.

So they did all they could to adjust her default mode. She was taught to hate Dr Mignini, and try to act lovably daffy, and the PR became barbarically vicious.

But they were not exactly succesfull. Her trial was a disaster. Prosecution and experts did a brilliant job. Her condescending, callous stint on the stand shocked many. On some days, defense lawyers did not even turn up.

So after a unanimous and well-argued conviction in 2009, Knox was radically transformed. Now she was to be in “I’m the real victim” Knox 2.0 mode. No mention of Meredith’s name was to be made. Media was to be bribed or threatened. It was to be saturated with Knox happy-news. The Kerchers were to be stalked, and Italy and Italian justice were to be trashed, in the US and UK. 

Dim-wittedly uncomprehending, Gladwell jumped aggressively to the support of this faux Knox, and this defamatory, lie-based campaign, with no sign he had taken his own advice to look first.

He’s thus fallen in with very unsavory “strangers”. Shades of the professional hoax exposure Benjamin Radford similarly duped a while back.

To summarise:

  • Gladwell has chosen sides AGAINST the globally respected forces of Italian justice, which the FBI cooperates with a lot.

  • Gladwell has chosen sides WITH the looniest of self-serving conspiracy theorists, with the anti-justice mafias cheering them on.

Nice doing. And it gets worse.

3. Like Monty Python On Steroids

In Gladwell’s take, numerous highly-trained cops, and some of the world’s best crime-scene analysts well known in FBI circles, and a dozen renowned prosecutors, and the Massei and Nencini juries, and over thirty judges, all ran some kind of gigantic hoax.

It gets worse. 

Knox’s high-powered defense did not say a word about this. They had a very easy route to complain but there was not even one complaint lodged. In fact, to the contrary, it was Knox they publicly complained about. One high-powered Rome lawyer walked right off the job.

It gets worse.

The US Embassy in Rome monitored the court and the prison at Capanne, and each time reported to Washington that all was fine. An Italian MP also monitored Knox and reported nothing wrong.

It gets worse.

In Gladwell’s take this is how all Italian media and 2/3 of the Italian population that was watching were taken in. They did not REALLY see three bent courts, or the wild battle between Sollecito and Knox that went on for years, or that mountain of evidence.

So why this huge globally unique hoax?

This is how Gladwell explains. It’s all because “they” read Knox wrong. He has zero evidence for it but that really is his claim. Those daffy Italians… “Gladwell’s here, Knox, I have them on the run.”

And it gets worse.

This was a hoax not only against Knox. It was also against the Italian, Sollecito, as well, who came from a well-connected and quite wealthy family who could pull strings (well, in theory; in practice they were forced to put their campaign on ice, and Sollecito’s sister got booted out of the Carabinieri for polluting the jury pool).

And even worse.

This hoax happened in a country which hosts 3 of the UN’s 10 apex crime institutes, which has a murder rate and prison incarceration rate only 1/7 that of the US, and which does not have even ONE Innocence Project case.

4. Posts To Open Gladwell’s Eyes

Here is a short selection of educational posts. They are each backed up by dozens more.  Do please read all of the headlines, and if possible some of the posts.

1. The Real Italian Justice System

Click for Post:  The Almost Unique Carefulness Of Italy’s Justice System

Click for Post:  Why Numerous American JUDGES Favor The Supremely Neutral Italian Kind Of System

Click for Post:  Compared To Italy, Say, Precisely How Wicked Is The United States?

Click for Post:  Italy’s Advanced, Effective, Humane Law & Order System Also Adopted By City Of New York

Click for Post:  Italy’s Unpopular Politicians And Mafia Fellow Travelers Against Italy’s Popular Justice System

Click for Post:  So Where Would YOU Want To Go On Trial? In Italy Or In The U.S.?

2. The Real Amanda Knox

Click for Post:  Questions For Knox: Why The Huge Lie About Your ZERO Academic Intentions In Europe?

Click for Post:  Questions For Knox: Why So Many False Claims In Accounts Of Your Visit To The House?

Click for Post:  Questions For Knox and Sollecito: Why Claim Rudy Guede Did It Alone When So Much Proof Against?

Click for Post:  Questions For Knox: Why Does Book Smear Others On Drug Use, Severely Understate Your Own?

Click for Post:  Master Manipulators, Masks, and Murder: Parallels Of The Amanda Knox And Scott Peterson Cases

Click for Post:  Is The Raffaele Sollecito Defense Team About To Separate Him From A Radioactive Amanda Knox?

Click for Post:  The Amanda Knox Book: Good Reporters Start To Surface Amanda Knox’s False Claims In Droves

Click for Post:  Demonizations By Knox: Book Claims About Prison Traumas Contradicted By Many Solid Sources

Click for Post:  Omitted - How Amanda Knox Falsely Accused Dr Mignini Of A Felony

3. The Real Strangers To Mistrust

These mafia poodles seem the most likely to have duped Gladwell. Some of them wrote the crackpot “Forgotten Killer” (amazingly still on sale), a xenophobic, racist book which framed Guede as the sole killer, trashed many reputable Italians, and misrepresented the case.

Click for Post:  Exposing Peter Gill: An Opportunistic Expert Never At Trial and Never At Either Rome Police Lab

Click for Post:  New Mignini Interview Makes Doug Preston Look Increasingly Incompetent And Vindictive

Click for Post:  Disarray And Decay In The Pro-Knox Parade: Bruce Fischer’s Epidemic Of Malicious Claims

Click for Post:  How Greg Hampikian Abuses Two Positions of Trust In Serially Misrepresenting The Hard Evidence

Click for Post:  Netflix Hoax Producers Morse, Blackhurst, McGinn Commited Stalking Crimes

Click for Post:  How With Myriad False Claims John Douglas Pushes To Forefront Of Pro-Knox Crackpots

Click for Post:  How With Myriad False Claims Steve Moore Pushes To Forefront Of Pro-Knox Crackpots

Click for Post:  After 6 Years Heavey Is Still Heedless Of His Errors Pointed Out Again & Again & Again


5. Best Advice For Gladwell At Any Price

Gladwell is a dangerous menace, inciting such hate. He can expect strong push-back. He should be in career-saving mode.

Best advice would be to bite the bullet, and belatedly learn from each of those posts. Then apologize and withdraw the misleading and insulting book, and try hard to get the Knox case right next time.

Next posts: hard and unshaken evidence that Gladwell has swallowed the conspiracy theories about. And more about the REAL Dr Mignini and Rudy Guede who he so demonized in his quixotic attempt to refurbish Knox.


Posted by Peter Quennell on 09/14/19 at 02:03 PM in


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