Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Did She or Didsn't She? The Strange and Alluring Case of Amanda Knox

I don't know about you all, but the case of the 22 year old American student, Amanda Knox, who has been convicted by an Italian court along with her boyfriend of murdering her roommate, Meredith Kercher, intrigues me.  The case has evolved into quite the imbroglio what with lurid Italian headlines and a colorful and somewhat shady Italian prosecutor, not to mention the violence of the crime itself and at the centerpiece of it all is the defendant herself,  appearing angelic while remaining  somewhat enigmatic and elusive. What's anyone to make of it all?  Although Knox is in fact in prison for the crime, many people believe she is innocent and has been unfairly treated by the Italian press and legal system.They contest that the evidence is at best sketchy and conflicting. Consequently, there have been hypotheses, theories and speculations ad nauseam about what really happened that night Meredith Kercher was murdered.  For many, it has  remained a mystery. And I'm as dumbfounded as the next person. I have no sense if this young woman is innocent or guilty.  However, the relationship between these two women, Amanda and Meredith, interests me. The fact of the matter is that innocent or guilty, Fate has deemed it so that Amanda Knox will forever remain connected in life and in death with Meredith Kercher. So let's take a look at their numbers and letters.

As always, the first thing I look for when doing a reading for two or more people is to see if they share any letters and amazingly Amanda Knox and Meredith Kercher have no letters in common except for the letter 'k' which is the first letter of their respective last names. And this absence of any shared letters tells us a lot e.g., these two women were not emotionally compatible. If one didn't look any further, one might surmise that their relationship was tenuous at best but for one glaring clue.  They share the letter 'k' which is a pretty heavy letter to share if you're going to share a letter. So, what do we know about 'k'? For starters, it's one of the two master letters of the alphabet, with 'v' being the other. The letter 'k' pops up in all sorts of places in our language and culture. 

- K is slang for a thousand dollars (it's a cardinal number that is the product of ten and one hundred).

-K 2 is the symbol for the element potassium.

-K is the 'street' name for Ketamine, a general anesthetic and tranquilizer.

-K refers to a strikeout in baseball.

-OK refers to everything is fine or cool

-KO refers to a knock-out in boxing.

'K' is also the eleventh letter of the alphabet and 11 symbolizes the visionary or the enlightened.  These are people (that is,  those people with a  in their name) that are not vested in the material world. Their goal is to illuminate others and express their ideals. They are most comfortable remaining in a spiritual realm. However, if expressed negatively an '11s' traits may include a manipulative or deceptive character which,(think a deranged preacher or demagogue) in the case of Amanda would make sense if in fact she is guilty, but would not apply to Meredith. I can't comment on Meredith as I know nothing about her other than she was a British student studying in Italy and was Amanda's roommate.

But the real attention grabber is that the letter 'k' corresponds to the eleventh card of  the Major Arcana of the tarot which just happens to be the card of Justice. Of all the twenty-six letters in the alphabet that these two women might have shared and of all the twenty-two cards in the Major Arcana that they might have had in common,  it is the card symbolizing Justice that binds them together.

There she sits upon her throne, having first sat for the ancient Greeks who worshipped her as Titaness Themis who delivered oracles at Delphi, with her iconic scales in one hand and her sword of justice in the other. Coincidence, or some kind of psychic or spiritual overlap?  Does the card's appearance which overshadows both Amanda's and Meredith's fate signify a fait accompli?  That is, was this sequence of events involving the two of them just waiting to unfold to its denouement? How much can one attribute to Chance or was this an event between the two of them destined to occur because somewhere it was written.


  1. Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito repeatedly told the police a pack of lies in the days after Meredith's murder.

    On 5 November 2007, Knox and Sollecito were confronted with proof that they had lied and were given another opportunity to tell the truth. However, they both chose to tell the police even more lies.

    Sollecito's new alibi was shattered by computer forensic evidence and his mobile phone records.

    Knox accused an innocent man, Diya Lumumba, of murdering Meredith despite knowing full well that he was completely innocent. She didn't recant her false and malicious allegation against Lumumba the whole time he was in prison.

    Knox's account of what happened on 2 November 2007 is contradicted by her mobile phone records.

    Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito both gave multiple conflicting alibis. Neither Knox nor Sollecito have credible alibis for the night of the murder despite three attempt each. At the trial, Sollecito refused to corroborate Knox's alibi that she was at his apartment.

    Rudy Guede's bloody footprints led straight out of Meredith's room and out of the house. He didn't lock Meredith's door, remove his trainers, go into Filomena's room or the bathroom that Meredith and Knox shared.

    He didn't scale the vertical wall outside Filomena's room or gain access through the window. The break-in was clearly staged. This indicates that somebody who lived at the cottage was trying to deflect attention away from themselves and give the impression that a stranger had broken in and killed Meredith.

    Guede had no reason to stage the break-in and there was no physical evidence that he went into Filomena's room.

    The scientific police found a mixture of Amanda Knox's DNA and Meredith's blood on the floor.

    There was no physical evidence that Rudy Guede went into the blood-spattered bathroom. However, the scientific police found irrefutable proof that Knox and Sollecito tracked Meredith's blood into this bathroom.

    Amanda Knox’s DNA was found mingled with Meredith’s blood in three different places in the bathroom: on the ledge of the basin, on the bidet, and on a box of Q Tips cotton swabs.

    Sollecito left a visible bloody footprint on the blue bathmat.

    Amanda Knox left a bloody shoeprint on the pillow under Meredith's body.

    Knox's and Sollecito's bare bloody footprints were revealed by luminol in the hallway. Knox’s DNA and Meredith’s DNA was found mixed together in one of the bloody footprints.

    An abundant amount of Raffaele Sollecito's DNA was found on Meredith's bra clasp. Sollecito must have applied considerable pressure to the clasp in order to have left so much DNA. The hooks on the clasp were damaged which confirms that Sollecito had gripped them tightly.

    Amanda Knox's DNA was found on the handle of the double DNA knife and a number of independent forensic experts - Dr. Patrizia Stefanoni, Dr. Renato Biondo and Professor Francesca Torricelli - categorically stated that Meredith’s DNA was on the blade.

    Sollecito knew that Meredith's DNA was on the blade which is why he twice lied about accidentally pricking her hand whilst cooking.

    The defence experts were unable to prove that there had been any contamination. Alberto Intini, head of the Italian police forensic science unit, pointed out that unless contamination has been proved, it does not exist.

    Amanda Knox voluntarily admitted that she involved in Meredith's murder in her handwritten note to the police on 6 November 2007. She stated on at least four separate occasions that she was at the cottage when Meredith was killed. She also claimed that Sollecito was at the cottage.

  2. Thank you for your excellent reportage on this fascinating and horrific crime.