By: Kendra Thornton
I recently watched Netflix’s new documentary, “Amanda Knox”, and it definitely gave me a lot to think about. For those who don’t know about this infamous case, or it has been a while, I’ll give a simple overview. In 2007, a British exchange student named Meredith Kercher was found dead in the house she had been staying at in Perugia, Italy. Her throat had been slit and she was lying in a pool of blood. Her roommate, Amanda Knox, called the police after Meredith was not responding to knocks on her locked bedroom door.
This is an extremely interesting documentary because viewers get to hear the perspective of every major player involved in this case. This documentary includes interviews with Amanda Knox herself, Raffale Sollecito, Italian prosecutor Giuliano Mignini, and journalist Nick Pisa.
I don’t think that this documentary was made as an attempt to sway viewers to believe their innocence, but rather points out how the media took advantage of this case for their own gain instead of reporting the facts. There is a moment in the interview with journalist Nick Pisa when the interviewers asks him how the contents of Knox’s diary was leaked to the press, and Pisa responds “a good journalist never reveals a source”. Excuse me? Any good, upstanding journalist with a moral compass always reveals their source. It’s called being transparent. It is scary to think that we are being fed all of these ridiculous stories from sources that we trust, but this documentary sheds light on this ongoing issue of the media breaking this trust.
I honestly think that Knox’s decision to share her story only hurt her because after watching this documentary I am convinced she is guilty. She may have not committed the actual murder herself, but she was definitely involved. I know that there wasn’t enough DNA evidence to pin her at the scene, but how could someone’s story change so much that they end up mistakenly accusing someone of an extremely heinous murder?
For those who have seen this I’d love to know your thoughts!