And people wonder why the word "xenophobia" keeps coming up in this case. Sheesh.
That's a "tiptoe" mark? Interesting how most people tiptoe on the ball of their foot only, not the arch and/or side of foot...
(link to picture: http://www.salem-news.com/gphotos/1291492341.JPG )
Last edited by JBean; 04-05-2011 at 09:17 PM. Reason: removed comment
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As I have said before, I give you all a lot of leeway in this thread to post because you all seem to be on the same page in terms of mutual combat, so to speak.
But when the topic and posting becomes about each other more than the topic at hand ,it has to stop.
where this post lands is random because it applies to the whole thread.
Paragraph 2 in link ... approximate translation:
Official Statement regarding DNA Re-Test
Experts announced today, at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, that there is too little material. This is due to the fact that genetic material on the knife block is very low and can not be retested (it would give inaccurate results). The experts had already said this in previous meetings, but the decision has now been made official. The hook, however, was too deteriorated to be retested.
This means that the test methods will now be reviewed, and the question of contamination will be addressed. Dr Stefanoni's results have already been reviewed by others, and I expect the test results will again be upheld. Even if the bra clasp is omitted due to corrosion and/or contamination, Amanda is not free and clear. I understand that there is material on the handle, but not enough to test with accurate results. The DNA on the blade was completely used during the first DNA testing.
Raffaele still has the problem of the bloody footprint on the mat, lack of alibi, unusual statements/diary remarks. Amanda has bigger problems.
I guess the most crucial DNA is from the blade of the knife, and whether it was a result of contamination. I can't see it being a faulty result ... the results are simply too similar to Meredith's DNA for it to be someone else's DNA. Contamination in the lab looks like the only argument left to be made ... in my opinion.
Last edited by otto; 04-06-2011 at 02:45 AM.
Since some believe that "there is no evidence", I should probably elaborate on what I mean with Amanda has bigger problems.
Because broken glass was found on top of Filomina's ransacked clothing and laptop, it was concluded that the break-in was staged. Who had a reason to stage a break-in? Who would want to hide the fact that she came in through the front door? Who was the only person that could have unlocked the front door at the cottage during the time that her roommate was murdered? Why would someone else stage a break in after the murder, and why not stage it at an obvious point of entry: the patio doors or kitchen window? Laura and Filomina were away that night, Amanda had no alibi (claims that she was watching a movie, eating ... and so on at Raffaele's were proven untrue). Amanda had a key, and motive to stage a break-in. That's a big problem.
Only someone that had a key and wanted to give the impression that she was not home would stage a break-in ... and her declaration about being at the cottage at the time of the murder doesn't help.
I'm new to studying the case. I agree that the POE would be strange for a burglar to use when there were better windows to break to gain entry to the house. However, I read somewhere, and who knows where after all I've looked at, that it was RG's MO to use rocks, break windows and carry knives to his crime scenes. I'm exploring all theories, but the one I've started with is RG acting alone or with an unknown accomplice. So my question right now is why is it a problem for the broken glass to be on top of the roommate's clothes? I think I read somewhere that it's because said roommate claims she left nothing on the floor. I don't really take her word on remembering that, and it might be possible that Merideth or even Amanda went into the room and used some of the clothes and left them on the floor. I don't know, so can you bring clarity to me about this? Sorry if you've had to do it before in the other 8 threads.
One article I read also said he'd stolen a flick knife in a crime. Weren't they supposing a flick knife was used with merideth? Same article claims that a recorded jail call picked up him saying that amanda hadn't been there that night. Here's this link
Filomina was not a slob that left her clothes on the floor or shared them with her roommates. She was a professional, as was Laura ... no, Filomina is not mistaken. As for Amanda going into Filomina's bedroom and playing with her clothes ... she has not claimed that to explain the clothes on the floor or her DNA mixed with Meredith's blood in Filmina's bedroom.
Rudy does not have a criminal record. I don't know anything about any criminal activites except he was found sleeping in a daycare, and he stole a laptop from a laywers office (think it was a lawyer). He was found with a knife in his pack, one that he stole from the daycare (I believe) but did not use it as a weapon. Instead, he left the building voluntarily.
Raffaele had a knife fetish, and was known to carry a flick knife. In fact, he had one on him when he was arrested.
So four years after the murder of a British woman in Italy, the case has grabbed your attention? ... and yes, Raffaele does not provide Amanda with an alibi.
Thanks, Otto, all this stuff is So, so convuluted to me because of so much hearsay and different versions of events. It's so hard for me to get the story straight. Earlier today, I was thinking it was Rudy's DNA and stuff in Filomia's room, so you'll have to forgive me in the future if I write conflicting information. I'm just reading too many different things.
Ah, I heard about it when it came out, but I just never got into it. I stumbled into the threads by happenchance while looking for a case to subscribe to since my Jody and travis case is so slow and a couple others I was following kind of whimpered away in the threads and in the press.
I just got through rereading that article and I don't see that RG was arrested, either.
Oh, and I was referring to Rudy when I said a taped phone call in jail recorded him saying Amanda hadnt been at the cottage that night.
Usually with DNA, I'm always thinking blood, but I was wondering if it were possible that Amanda's DNA got in Meredith's blood and got in F's bedroom because Amanda went in there to close the shutters and after taking a shower. I was thinking she could have picked up blood off the floor in the bathroom onto her feet, maybe.
Also, I am thinking the window thing has to be staged. My reasoning is that there were wooden shutters and then glass behind that, correct? So RG climbed up there, somehow unlatched the shutter and then threw the rock and kept going into the window? I guess that's possible, but again, wouldn't he have walked around to find an easier window? Know what I mean? I see no reason for RG to stage a break-in unless there was the unlikely case that Meredith did invite him there and he figured someone knew it. But I don't think she did that.
And what's this I'm reading about a shadowy figure in the garden? This is new within the three days I've been reading, too. I've been up all night each night on on this when I should be sleeping. I got scared tonight, listening to all the sounds in my house. I should put this case on in the daytime.
Last edited by wasnt_me; 04-06-2011 at 05:14 AM.
Sorry I am sure this has been posted. but how long is the appeal supossed to take? I cant believe she is still in jail ( I dont believe she is guilty)
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Anyone read this?
If so, what are your ideas?
Had I not read these people, I myself would believe Amanda guilty, as I did for a long, long time...
Last edited by JBean; 04-06-2011 at 10:00 AM. Reason: specific to member comment removed
One thing I wanted to add: IF it were proven that these "counter-experts" were wrong in their assertions, I am not so invested in innocence that I could not go back to admitting probable guilt. I am merely saying that so many questions have now been raised, which are not being answered satisfactorily, that I can no longer feel confident in the guilt of AK and RS. But I am not one of those who believes that ILE HAVE to be wrong in all.
For example, much has been made of the fact that "Giobbi saw Amanda swivel her hips when putting on protective shoe covers, and knew she was guilty". First, he only said he was suspicious, and police do use intuition. Second, there was a case in the late '70s in Long Island, where police were investigating a man's murder. The teenage daughter smiled at the detective, and asked him what brand of cologne he was wearing. He instantly became suspicious, and in the end, it was proved that she had in fact hired someone to shoot her father. So what I am saying is that I have real doubts, but am not totally against ILE in this case. Just a clarification.
Last edited by SMK; 04-06-2011 at 08:42 AM.
I also think the Case for Innocence panel did very badly by Amanda by not advertising more than 4 days prior to the event, not getting a sponsor for refreshments, not getting groups committed to attendance. I know first hand what goes into planning an event, and I was able to pack a ballroom in New York on a Monday night with 350 people. But 3 months of work went into that. Their poor showing revealed mainly poor planning, and was not good for Ms. Knox.
Now I'm not an expert in DNA, blood splatter, crime scene analysis, etc... so I leave it to experts to explain it to me in terms I can understand as to what's been found in MK's room to place AK in there at the time of the crime - so far, it's not been done... not even a photo showing marks on AK or RS...
I'm left to conclude - when in Italy, don't smooch or do cartwheels near LE - least you'll be convicted of a crime.
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As for the link I asked about with the theory of the single assailant, I was wondering if you or anyone else had read it and lent it any credibility. someone else answered that they had done both.
If I go with Hendry's story, I'd say that RG broke in, looking for a place to sleep or waiting for Amanda to get home, since we've heard rumors that he was somehow interested in Amanda. Or, he could have known that MK would be alone because he seemed to know her boyfriend from downstairs. Since much wasn't stolen, I'm guessing he was interested in a place to sleep or in the girls.
From what I read, it appears that he staked the house out a little bit. Maybe saw no one coming or going for a while and decided to enter through that window somehow. Then, he riles through Fil's room because that's the first room he entered. Then he goes to that bathroom near Fil's room because he's gotta dump. I think THAT'S when MK might have come home (as Hendry's report theorizes) and he got surprised and didn't flush the toilet. It's possible that he could have exited the bathroom right away or he could have stayed in there for a long time, trying to figure out what to do.
We don't really know if RG has ever done this kind of crime before or sexually assaulted anyone before, do we? I read somewhere that he was a creepy lurker at clubs and bars that made women uncomfortable enough to ask management to throw him out.
Anyways, maybe the night before (again just theorizing) he saw MK at the club, tried to talk to her. Gleened some info about her, which let him know that Amanda was working the next night and MK would be with friends, then go home. She might have clued him in to what her other roommates were doing the next day, too. I'm guessing she might have talked to him a little and felt a little less guarded because her boyfriend knew him. or she could have been creeped out an avoided him at the club, which pisse him off enough to go to her house.
Anyways, I agree with the surprised MK idea. And I agree with how Hendry said it happened on the bed and she got jerked to the other side of the room during the fight. I don't think it took 3 people to do that to meredith.
I read some other hearsay about a shadowy figure that had been lurking in the garden near the cottage for a few days. And I had heard that Amanda had phone calls with RG before and after the murder. Are either of these two things backed by evidence? I read AK phone records on some website but it was never made clear that RG was one of the callers.
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