|Amanda Knox leaves the prison in Perugia inside a car with Corrado Maria Daclon, secretary general of the Italy-USA Foundation, 3 October 2011. Photo by Scott335. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.|
A few days ago I put out a poll question on Twitter:
The question immediately brought swooping down upon me a dozen people armed with "facts proving Knox's guilt." I told them that experts more knowledgeable than they had not been able to prevent the Italian Supreme Court's ultimate settlement of the case, and they said, Look at this chart. I told them that the case was settled and all the charts in the world were a moot point, and they said, See how this proves she was in the room. I asked them what motivated them, and they said, Why was Sollecito's DNA on Kercher's bra clasp? They do not listen but monomaniacally recite their litany of overwhelming pseudo-science based on extremely sloppy police work herded into the service of a sensationalistic prosecuting attorney with a taste for Russ Meyer films, tawdry slasher movies, and political ambition a la Italiana.
I told them that the minute there's the slightest whiff of blood they show up like a mob of zombies with charts. The walking dead, or, really, more like the dance troupe from Michael Jackson's Thriller, all in well-choreographed lock-step. I call them "guilters," but they're probably better called trolls and haters. If their shark-like olfactory nerves for blood are somehow aware of blogs, they'll probably show up here as well, especially if I promote this aspect of today's blog on Twitter. And by the way, I wouldn't pay much attention to the survey results: I got only three votes, and two of them likely came from the guilters who were tweeting at me for several hours afterwards.
We're in a season now of (supposedly) true crime dramas. CBS just reviewed the The Case of: Jon Benet Ramsey in a two-part special. FX's The People vs OJ Simpson stood just behind Game of Thrones in the 2016 Emmy awards. Netflix's documentary on the Amanda Knox case premieres tonight (30 September).