The Fatal Gift of Beauty: The Trials of Amanda Knox!By Nina Burleigh
This book is not what I expected. I expected it to be about Amanda and the trial. It is so much more. Yes the book discusses Amanda and some of the things she went through before the trial. Just a few things were said about the actual trial. Most people followed it while it was happening so you do not need the play by play of the trial.
This instead is a look at all the players in the case. The Judge,Amanda, Raffelle, Rudy, Meridith, the roommates, the Magistrate who serves as prosecutor and investigator even though he had no formal criminal investigation training. It also looks at the main police members involved. It tells of their backgrounds what kinds of family they came from.
As you read about the players and how the Italian court system works you can see how someone can be railroaded. Any member of the press whose story did not math those of the prosecution can be jailed. Also anyone who speaks out against the police can find themselves with a slander charge.
It also shows how things can be taken out of context and twisted to match what the police theory. Foxy Knoxy a nickname was all over the place, Rafelle was said to be used. One of the main reasons for the police believe this was a sex-game gone wrong was not only the positioning of the body but because there was a jar a vasailne near the body. In Italy vasialine is only used for one thing, which means if it is present there was some sort of twisted sex game going on. There was everything to this story to make it interesting and have a following. Two pretty girls were the at the center. Meridith the British victim and Amanda the she-devil. There was also sex, drugs, jelousy, errors in evidence gathering, problems with the DNA, the list goes on.
Take Amanda’s behavior. To many it suggested guilt. She was a forgener in a land that she may not have known how to act. There was a article writen in Time that suggested she may have autism. When you read the descriptions others gave of her it could possably fit. The public will probably never know but it is a sorce of speculation. You can read the Time article here. http://healthland.time.com/2011/06/30/could-amanda-knox-have-an-autism-spectrum-disorder/ The book talked about here needing social ques explained to her, that she was rather loud, and frequently smacked herself in the head. The police wrote off the smacking her head as a masonic rite.
It was a interesting insight to the courts and how they are run. How others view Perguia and what it is really seen as. The books makes it out to be kind of a seedy place. Not necessarily unsafe but a lot of drugs and prostitution. I think the author said it best when she said The Italian court system is not wrong it is just different. Anyone facing a court system that they do not know the customs of would not know what to expect or how to behave appropriately. No matter what you feelings on Amanda’s guilt or innocence this is an interesting read. You get the sense that the author believes she is innocent but yet she never comes out and directly says it, so you can make your own decision based on the players and how the case was handled.