Thursday, May 9

Knox: The CNN Interview -

As part of her ongoing Media tour to promote her book of prison memoirs, Amanda Knox recently sat for a CNN Cable TV interview.

In a prior interview with Diane Sawyer Knox adopted a mysterious new affectation: a suddenly swish lisp. If you were one of the viewers who was wondering what this mannerism was all about, you may discover the explanation in this subsequent CNN interview.

There are three characters in this interview: Amanda Knox, Chris Cuomo, and a Big Pink Dildo.

Whoa!  Where did this Dildo come from?

Amanda Knox moved into the Pergola St cottage equipped with a Dildo which she kept in a transparent plastic toiletries kit bag and, arguably, flaunted by leaving it ostentatiously displayed in commonly used areas of their living quarters, according to the other gals who were her flatmates there.

CUOMO: So then that means, in your mind, you spent four years of your life in jail because of a perverted prosecutor?

KNOX: Yes, that's what I think.

I didn't watch this interview when it was aired.

I just read the transcript.

It wasn't the prosecutor's Dildo.


Monday, May 6

Some Staircase Thoughts -

Now that the much-touted ABC prime time interview and media blitz is over, it is an appropriate moment to reflect on what has happened here and to put some perspective on it.

The Amanda Knox book of prison memoirs is not the first time the Mainstream Media has made a big fuss about such an opus; the previous such event should present us with a cautionary tale. But has the Media learned anything from Jack Abbott and his book, In the Belly of the Beast? It doesn't look like they have.

Jack Abbott was a prison inmate; his book consists of his letters to Norman Mailer about his experiences in the prison system. On July 19, 1981, the New York Times published a rave review of it.

According to her remarks in the Sawyer interview, Knox seems to have developed an obsession with Meredith Kercher and the Kercher Family, expressing her aspirations to somehow contact them. The Kercher Family has made in very clear they do not wish to have any contact with Knox.

If Knox does not drop her obsession with them, it's bound to get her into even more trouble. When are her lawyers going to advise her to stop saying she's hoping to contact them?

Most of the young women who roomed together on Pergola St have moved on with their lives. Is Amanda Knox's life really so vacuous that Meredith Kercher's death is the only significant thing that has ever happened to her?

What will happen with Amanda Knox's case? I don't know. There are a lot of Italians who regard her as a toxic personality and they don't want her to return to Italy. Jack Abbott committed suicide. Sometimes these situations resolve themselves beyond the legal system.


Sunday, May 5

Weekend Browse -

Adam Woog reviews The Tooth Tattoo by Peter Lovesey which is set in the atmospheric city of Bath in England. Murder, string quartets, and fanatical groupies. Can Chief Inspector Peter Diamond solve the mystery?

# Red Handed: The Fine Art of Strange Crimes is a new graphic detective novel by Matt Kindt reviewed here by Doreen Sheridan.

# Ziggyology by Simon Goddard traces how David Bowie became Ziggy Stardust.

# Adam Morris reviews Cypherpunks by Julian Assange.

# An excerpt from The Annals of Unsolved Crimes.

# The 10 best magicians - in pictures.