The Amanda Knox case just keeps getting weirder and weirder and now it seems the question of whether the convicted murderer is actually innocent rests in the hands of one of Italy's most notorious killers. And while Knox may or may not have been wrongly convicted, linking her name with notorious baby killer Mario Alessi, is not a great plan, either.
The Knox case has drawn international attention because of its salacious details -- beautiful American girl abroad murders Meredith Kercher, her British roommate in a sexual game gone bad. There has been a Lifetime movie and massive amounts of press on both sides of the case. Both she and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted and sentenced in the murder of British student Meredith Kercher and a third man, Rudy Guede, has also been convicted.
But now Italian baby murderer Alessi says he can clearly Knox with the confession Guede gave him saying Knox and Sollecito were innocent and that he and a friend acted alone. Alessi, by the way, broke into a family's home, kidnapped their 17-month-old baby and beat him to death with a shovel 20 minutes later. He is a reprehensible human being, one who barely even deserves his dignity and yet, we are expected to trust his word?
The answer: Yes. We are. As horrifying and despicable and evil and a-million-other-words-that- don't-exist-to-describe-it though his crime may be, he may not be a liar. Oh, I know. In our world we love to dismiss a person as entirely devoid of any positive attributes because of a single action. This is true with much more minor infractions -- cheating on a spouse, for instance -- and with much more soul-crushing, egregious ones -- killing a baby.
There is nothing "good" one can say about a man who murdered a toddler in cold blood, but that does not necessarily mean he lies about everything he says, right? Sure, he might have reasons to "come forward," but maybe his reasons are actually less selfish and more altruistic. It is possible, right? Maybe Knox IS wrongly imprisoned.
No one can say for sure if he is telling the truth and Knox probably never envisioned a world in which her very freedom rested in the hands on a child murderer. When she went abroad (according to all I have read about the trial), she was a free-spirited wanderer who marched to the beat of her own drummer.
Did she kill her roommate? Maybe. But maybe not. And if someone says she didn't, he deserves to be heard even if he is the most evil kind of killer.
Do you think his testimony should be heard?
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