Myths debunked

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Numerous myths exist about this case, some of them deliberately created by those who wish to present a particular point of view that is not supported by the evidence. Many of them have found their way into the mainstream media. Here are a few:

  • There is no evidence. Not true. Knox and Sollecito's trial lasted almost 11 months; the case file ran to over 10,000 pages; dozens of witnesses were called; the judges' analysis of the evidence is several hundred pages long. The argument that there is no evidence is patent nonsense. See The Case Against Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for a list of some of the main points evidence.
  • The prosecution case was was based on the belief of a "satanic ritual". Not true. This was first stated by one of the defence lawyers, following Knox and Sollecito's commmittal hearing in October 2008. The hearing was in camera, so we do not know exactly what was said during that hearing, but Giuliano Mignini, the prosecutor, has always denied mentioning a satanic ritual. Certainly, the motivation report, written by the judge who conducted that court makes no mention of a satanic ritual as a possible motive, so it is beyond doubt that such a motive played absolutely no part in the decision to convict Knox and Sollecito.
  • Knox's human rights were violated, because the police did not give her a lawyer or an official interpreter. Not true.
  • Knox was arrested/convicted because she turned cartwheels at the police station. Not true. Knox was arrested because gave the police a statement saying that she was present at the cottage at the time of the murder. The other people who she said were present (Sollecito and Lumumba) were also arrested. This would be standard police practice anywhere in the world. There is no evidence that Knox's strange behaviour, such as turning cartwheels, played any part in the judicial process. Judge Massei gave very detailed written reasons for Knox's and Sollecito's conviction, and there is no mention of cartwheels.
  • Rudy Guede was a convicted burglar. Not true. Guede was the only one of the three convicted of the murder who did not have any previous criminal convictions.