Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Stephanie Kercher’s Open Letter In Remembrance Of Her Sister And Closest Friend Meredith

Posted by The TJMK Main Posters




For us, this has only ever been about Meredith. She had been in Perugia for eight weeks and I had moved away from home only three weeks previously. We had stayed in touch updating each other with the exciting new things we were doing.

I had just got home from a training course when Mum called me, her voice trembling, relaying news that a 21-year-old English girl had been found under a mattress in Italy.

Trying to calm Mum down I began calling Mez on her mobile. I ended up leaving a voice message explaining what had happened, telling her to be safe and to call me as soon as she could.

I finished, as always, saying “I love you”. I even emailed her the news page so she knew what I was talking about… Little did I know I was already too late.

Dad’s was the next voice I heard. Through tears he told me the name he had been given by a newspaper was Meredith. I cannot remember what I thought – it was a mixture of disbelief and sheer pain. I did not know what to think or do and then my body just sunk.

When I arrived at Mum’s the pain in my chest was unbearable as I was told the few details of what had happened – the broken window, her door locked on the inside.

Thoughts and scenarios were racing through my head faster than I could comprehend and I collapsed into my parents’ arms, filled with the fear Meredith must have endured that night.

We stayed up all night watching the news, waiting for any concrete information. The Halloween photo of Meredith was the first to appear and I spun round to Mum and said ‘That’s not Mez! That’s not Mez, Mum!’

I was adamant it was not my little sister, but Mum stroked my hair and painfully submitted that it was.

I cried all night until I could barely see or breathe, everything just felt so empty. From the moment we received the call I knew we had to go and look after Mez.

We were told she was in a room with flowers either side of her and Mum said we had to go as soon as possible because she did not want to leave Meredith on her own. I cannot begin to imagine how my parents must have felt, I just know how numb I was and how Mum’s strength pulled us together.

We began our journey to identify her and bring her home. Arriving in Italy was surreal, everything happened so quickly. I still remember looking at Meredith lying there so still, no breath to be taken, a crisp white sheet pulled up to and over her neck.

She seemed peaceful, yet she bore a look of determination, of courage marred by defeat. It was a look that let us know how hard she had fought to be with us – and for that I am eternally grateful.

From that moment we knew we had to fight for her, too, not only for justice for her, but every day for ourselves, for her.

Others have given us the strength to continue since November 1, 2007 and we’d like to thank everyone around the world who has supported us and given us hope.

This is testament to a truly special sister, daughter and friend. She really did touch so many lives with her selfless compassion and loyalty, and continues to do so now.

Nothing was ever too much trouble for her. Mez never knew how effortlessly beautiful she was or how much of an impact she had on people. This was a quality of hers, which enabled her to make others laugh, help others when they needed someone, and become someone to aspire to.

She held such an incredible presence that the void she has left us with is noticeable every day. Marking the fourth anniversary of our loss, we now live without reason. No motive was found.

It is difficult to find any reason to want to hurt her and it terrifies me to think she may have left us that night not knowing either.

We still hope justice will prevail and, in the darkest times, the support given to Meredith and us as a family reminds us of why we are still here.

We are working with friends and colleagues to start a Trust Fund in Meredith’s name to help with the case and eventually support anyone else who may tragically find themselves in our position, so that her fight may continue and help others.

On November 1 at 9pm I will light a candle for my sister, may she rest in peace.


Posted by The TJMK Main Posters on 11/02/11 at 12:07 AM in Concerning MeredithHer memoryHer family


Comments

In the Italian media a lot of nice things have been said about Meredith and we’ll translate and post a collection.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 11/02/11 at 12:36 AM | #

Keep the faith Stephanie… we are all with you and your family on this day.  Peace, determination and courage will prevail, unmarred by defeat in justice for Meredith.  My candle burns with yours.

Posted by zinnia on 11/02/11 at 01:18 AM | #

I am sure your sister would want you and your family to move forward.  My sister died not too long ago, and it has been a difficult thing, even by unsuspected natural causes… but we must keep moving forward and keep those ideals we hold dear in the forefront… we are all we have left to be an extension of our sisters, their legacy and our own… sorry, I just really care.  Much love from Northern California, USA.

Posted by zinnia on 11/02/11 at 01:36 AM | #

What a beautiful letter. I wish I’d thought of lighting a candle for Mez, I’ll do it tonight instead [better late than never]. I too lost a sister [natural causes] a number of years ago, and that was bad enough. Every woman needs a sister, when my second daughter was born I felt such joy for my first girl that she has a sister only two years her junior - coincidentally the same gap between Stephanie and Mez.

Posted by Melanie on 11/02/11 at 06:27 AM | #

Take us from falsehood to eternal truth,
Lead us from darkness to light,
Wake us up from death to eternal life.

Give us the strength to bear the unbearable.

Posted by chami on 11/02/11 at 07:24 AM | #

May sweet Meredith REST IN PEACE. We trust in the LAW.

AK has had the insensitity and gall to show show her very bold face out and about for Halloween in Seattle dressed as THE THIEF. 

That is exactly what she is. A THIEF AND A LIER.

Its appalling and another example of how out of touch with reality AK and her family are. He parents should tighten the leash.

Posted by mason2 on 11/02/11 at 08:22 AM | #

I lit a candle at just after 9 also, and will continue to remember Meredith and support her family. R.I.P. Meredith.

Posted by Ann-Marie on 11/02/11 at 08:41 AM | #

A thief - how ironic [a certain fake burglary springs to mind]. She has no shame, no remorse and will never learn her lesson. By comparison I doubt if Mez’s friends will ever celebrate Hallowe’en again, that would be a much more normal reaction.I doubt if she even spared a thought for Meredith.

Posted by Melanie on 11/02/11 at 09:09 AM | #

To Stephanie and all your wonderful family - John and Arline, Lyle and John,

May you know deep and abiding peace in the knowledge that justice WILL prevail. 

We may not know at this time how or when Justice will take shape but be confident that ultimately Good always triumphs over Evil and that the wicked can never be truly at peace. 

You lost a beautiful sister and daughter and you truly grieve for her.  Know, too, that all those who knew and loved her as well as countless others worldwide who know about her and her story also support and grieve with you. 

May God bless you and give you his everlasting peace.

Posted by thundering on 11/02/11 at 09:29 AM | #

Dear Stephanie, your letter moved me to tears. I truly believe justice will prevail. It has to for all of us who wish for a better society. Meredith will be a catalyst for good intentions.  We may not know why she died, but we can learn. Those amongst us, whose desire is malevolent, will be exposed. They will always be the few, because their misdeeds are destructive to a civilised society.  Theirs is one of self-gratification, rage, destruction and death. They are predators of society, taking under false pretences, deceiving the innocent and hiding amongst the passive. We will not know why they are this way or how they become like this, but we will learn.  Meredith’s death is not in vain and nor is she alone in death. She is remembered by us all, strangers like myself, enlightened through the good work of members on this website.  Meredith’s beauty will eclipse her killers’ vanity and it is Meredith’s dignity and goodness that will weaken her killers’ lies and pretences.  Your pain will always remain, but with time and support, it will ease. Stay strong. I wish you and your family comfort and strength through this difficult time.

Posted by Wishing Well on 11/02/11 at 09:29 AM | #

Knox whooping it up on the anniversary is the downside of it.  Appalled.

Posted by James Higham on 11/02/11 at 09:51 AM | #

Stephanie, I could not stop my tears after I read your letter. I lit a candle for Meredith yesterday and prayed for her. People all over the world are thinking about her and your family. Please keep up the courage and faith.

Posted by Sara on 11/02/11 at 11:03 AM | #

I’ve just been reading some of the comments on Follain’s book on Amazon, there are some really angry people out there! There’s only one or two Knoxitos by and large they’re of our thinking..

Posted by Melanie on 11/02/11 at 11:40 AM | #

@Melanie

The one thing that disappointed me about John Follain’s book was the depiction of Amanda Knox. Meredith kercher came across as a popular, caring person. Sollecito came across as naive. Amanda, slightly confused, slightly hedonistic.

I would hate an innocent person to have to serve a sentence for a crime they did not commit. However, she is now free. John had the opportunity to show Amanda as a person of disregard.

She disregarded her own family, her neighbours in Seattle, her family in Germany, Meredith, Merediths friends, Patrick Lumumba, her italian flatmates.

She continues to have disregard, knowing that any public representation of Halloween by her, will be offensive to a lot of people.

I will wait until I have read John’s book a second time before I write a review of it. John is a reporter and reports the facts as he sees them. The facts are that people lied!

There should be no complaints from the pro-Amanda lobby, Amanda got a more than fair account of her part.

Posted by starsdad on 11/02/11 at 12:17 PM | #

Hi Melanie. The wasps in a bottle phenomenon. They have failed to convince the broad middle due to their hard line and now AK sure isnt helping.

This comment appeared on the TMZ post about Knox’s jujitsu:

“Amanda: What are you doing??? You should be working at a soup kitchen or helping out with disabled kids, anything but what you are doing now. Don’t you have any common sense???”

Their websites are declining in readership and now they realize how very few their hard line has converted. In Italy, where it matters, virtually no-one.

Comments on the media threads are running against them, their book sales are low, they are not getting on TV, and legal action against Knox could continue for years if Cassation orders a retrial.

After the verdict they thought they were all winners. But winners dont flash-mob Amazon.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 11/02/11 at 12:33 PM | #

@starsdad: I was looking forward to Follain’s book, I’m sorry if what you say is true. I guess no book can tell the whole story…

@Melanie and mason: Amanda as thief has been a common theme here and on PMF. Here’s a quote from Othello that I find particularly apt:

The robb’d that smiles steals something from the thief
He robs himself that spends a bootless grief.

It reminds me of the dignity of the Kerchers.

@Wishing Well: Your comments made me cry. Thanks.

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Knox is now showing her true colors. The pics of her practicing her jujitsu (or whatever) were particularly offensive. What a loser of a human being.

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I only wish I could be as eloquent as some of you, such as Wishing Well. I cannot express myself well in words (I used to try to write poetry like Hopeful but gave it up eventually), so I suggest music such as the Adagio in the youtube video in the post below.

Stephanie’s letter is very beautiful and moving. You can tell how much love radiated between those sisters and in that family. I hope that the Kerchers find comfort in each other, their God, their friends and family, as well as music and art and nature.

Posted by Earthling on 11/02/11 at 12:36 PM | #

I hope the Kerchers know how supported they are - I understand that they probably don’t want to venture onto forums due to some of the graphic discussions [i.e. her wounds etc] but I hope they know that they have such wonderful supporters from day one [gathering in numbers by the day]who will support them to the end.

@starsdad I must agree, had I supported her I would been so distraught at her recent escapades. Marriot had want to rein her in fast!!I’ll bear in mind your comments on the book, mine arrived yesterday. I would suggest that the reason he portrayed Knox the way that he did was so that he didn’t appear biased? As I say I’ve only been reading the reviews I expect to start the book at the weekend. Some of the reviews are really impressive, I don’t recognise many of the names so they are either using different names on Amazon or don’t post here but they are seriously well read - quoting Massei like good disciples!!Mad Michelle is on there stirring it up “he is bias [sic], everyone who was there knows who he’s [Follain] aligned with” surely even she cannot condone her disgraceful ‘disguise’ and her junket to [no doubt] some drug fuelled partay??

RIP Meredith - you will always be loved and in the words of your wonderful mother “they killed her because she was all that they are not”.

Posted by Melanie on 11/02/11 at 12:49 PM | #

Hi Peter, I just looked at her ‘disguise’ TMZ, maybe she thought nobody would recognise her!! Then I looked and the jujitsu piece. Some of the posters aren’t too bright but there are a few gems like this:

“Dear Amanda, if you can afford million dollar lawyers who managed it that you get away with a murder, you do not need any other self-defense technique!”

...oh my!!

Posted by Melanie on 11/02/11 at 01:01 PM | #

Meredith looks very pretty in this picture with her sister. I can perfectly understand why Knox was jealous of her. I guess I should be glad I´ve never been a pretty girl. At least I have no vanity or jealousy in that regard, to feel or to inspire.
Stephanie is wearing a graduation hat in this photo and I´d like to repeat a question I already asked a while ago but which no one has answered so far : Does anyone know what the Kercher siblings are doing professionally ? Their father is a journalist but I know nothing about them.

Posted by aethelred23 on 11/02/11 at 01:42 PM | #

@peter

Thx for this great website! I am from Germany and here the case was nearly ignored by the media. I was told about it by a friend and have been reading here since. Sometimes it is hard for me, because by now I think that AK must be a truly sick person. To read about her behaviour, her lack of respect and empathy is hard to bear. Four years after the murder a thief for Halloween???? She makes me sick.

Posted by Isa01 on 11/02/11 at 01:47 PM | #

Pete. Please do let us know when Meredith’s trust fund is up and operational, and has John’s blessing.

All this waiting and doing nothing is driving me a bit nuts.

Posted by Spencer on 11/02/11 at 02:17 PM | #

Hi Athelred. The family and friends are wisely discreet in what they put out and we make a point of never asking questions of anyone and never posting all we might come to know. The sharp focus on the qualities Meredith represented is a good one and was very much reflected yesterday in the many mentions of Meredith in the Italian media. She was ignored by Hellman and his daffy jury but things may well come full circle now.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 11/02/11 at 02:21 PM | #

@Peter Quennell,

Unless she is certified sane by a competent psychiatrist, I would not trust her in a “soup kitchen or helping out with disabled kids”. I know it is not your comment, but still… Perhaps with supervision.

@Melanie,

I love the quote

“Dear Amanda, if you can afford million dollar lawyers who managed it that you get away with a murder, you do not need any other self-defense technique!”

And she got away with “I am the victim” card.

The world is a stage but the play is badly cast

Posted by chami on 11/02/11 at 02:35 PM | #

This is a lovely letter and a wonderful picture. Thanks to the family for sharing it, and thanks to the fair number of media who published it. I will be honored to contribute to Merdith’s justice fund in whatever small way I can. Meredith will not be forgotten, and the truth will prevail.

Posted by brmull on 11/02/11 at 02:49 PM | #

Nice having you Isa01. After the US and UK and Italy our biggest readership is in Germany and India. Readers from there often post.

Readership in Russia too is high. In the early days a Russian aggregating service linked to TJMK and for days the site was tottering under the sudden load.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 11/02/11 at 02:59 PM | #

.....and in the words of her wonderful mother “they killed her because she was all that they are not”.
That is totally it!

Posted by chrrypi on 11/02/11 at 03:47 PM | #

Once again, you can only admire and be inspired by the incredible courage, dignity and grace shown by The Kerchers.

Posted by elgrego on 11/02/11 at 04:50 PM | #

@aethelred23

Your question is very valid- but before you ask them we should ask ourselves whether we are using our real identity on this forum (I am not; I am not required to).  As and when it becomes relevant (it is not at this point as far as I can guess), they will come out with the information.

Internet (and the anonymity it offers) can make people inhuman, cruel and vicious; perhaps their true self comes out. Well, I am battle-scarred!

Posted by chami on 11/02/11 at 05:01 PM | #

What a moving letter by her sister, and how terrible to imagine the family’s feelings at the time of the tragedy.  The letter is so well written.  I have always thought Meredith’s siblings were so attractive and elegant in their behavior.  How senseless and cruel was their loss.

Posted by believing on 11/02/11 at 06:59 PM | #

Still more irony: “Of course jiujitsu isn’t used for the purposes of athletic competition. The nature of the thing makes that impossible. It is fighting of the most desperate kind, used by a people that have never indulged in fighting with any other purpose than to kill. The greater number of jiujitsu tricks are called “dangerous tricks” by the Japanese, and all are intended to cause severe injuries or death.”
(source: http://ejmas.com/jcs/jcsart_edgren1_0300.htm)

@Stephanie Kercher: My tears join and flow with the others around the world, for your beautiful sister and her family.

Posted by jen200 on 11/02/11 at 10:53 PM | #

Still more irony: “Of course jiujitsu isn’t used for the purposes of athletic competition. The nature of the thing makes that impossible. It is fighting of the most desperate kind, used by a people that have never indulged in fighting with any other purpose than to kill. The greater number of jiujitsu tricks are called “dangerous tricks” by the Japanese, and all are intended to cause severe injuries or death.”
(source: http://ejmas.com/jcs/jcsart_edgren1_0300.htm)

@Stephanie Kercher: My tears join and flow with the others around the world, for your beautiful sister and her family.

Posted by jen200 on 11/02/11 at 11:13 PM | #

Another ‘unbiased’ article in CBS news today:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20129016-504083/amanda-knox-prosecutor-giuliano-mignini-back-in-court-as-a-defendant/

Posted by believing on 11/03/11 at 12:41 AM | #

@Peter

What has happened to the link to the full translation of the Massei Report on the ‘Front Page’?

Posted by starsdad on 11/03/11 at 06:22 AM | #

I’m reading the reviews of Follain’s book on Amazon. The Knoxitos never cease to amaze me - up until the verdict of the 1st appeal the Italian justice system was the worst in the world, and any verdict should be discounted. Anyone who paid any credence to the evidence was branded a ‘guilter’ or a ‘hater’. Now with the acquittal it’s the best system in the world and we should all have paid better attention to the Godsend that is Judge Hellman!!

Posted by Melanie on 11/03/11 at 06:59 AM | #

@ believing - yes, another vapid article from a non objective media source [another media outlet that’s chasing for more readers from among its US base…so, to hell with facts and the truth]], but at least some reader responses are spot on.

Posted by nopassingby on 11/03/11 at 10:21 AM | #

More news on the proposed trust fund. It is being organized from the UK and will be launched in about four weeks.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 11/03/11 at 01:35 PM | #

http://www.tgcom.mediaset.it/cronaca/articoli/1026750/raffaele-sollecito-a-quarto-grado.shtml

Sollecito, will be giving his first T.V.
interview tomorrow. “Quarto Grado” on Rete 4.

He will be talking about the murder, time in jail,
and his relationship with Knox.

I’ll be taking notes. If I remember to watch. Lol

Posted by Miriam on 11/03/11 at 03:16 PM | #

Beautiful and heartbreaking sentiments in Stephanie Kercher’s letter. Four years later, I hope the Kerchers know that there are people who care, and that Meredith, along with all the women who are victims of violence, will not be forgotten.

I look forward to the details of the trust fund in Meredith’s name, and how we can contribute.

Posted by giustizia on 11/03/11 at 03:43 PM | #

The letter is really heartbreaking, but it’s definetly worth to read it.
And it is just sad to see that so many people think that Amanda Knox is the victim in this case!
And that she can wear whatever she wants on Hallowenn, and don’t have to be respectful to the real victim. Unbelieveable!

to Isa01:
I am from germany too! Du hast recht, in Deutschland hat man fast gar nichts mitgekriegt von dem Fall. Hab neulich gelesen dass Edda und Curt mal bei Johannes B. Kerner zu Gast waren, hab es nicht gesehen, kann mir aber denken was die da erzählt haben.

Today I read about the Erika de Nardo case, and I just can’t believe that she is free after just 10 Years in prison!!! She stabbed her Mother and her little brother and is free now. Okay, she was seventeen, but she killed two people in a very cruel way.
I asked my mother if she heard something about it because she is italian. but she didn’t. I told her a bit about it and I was very suprised because of the 10 years. But she was very cool and said: “Come on, she was only 17, a kid, she don’t really understood what she did”.
I’m sure that a lot of italians think the same, the don’t believe that their little girls do something like this without a reason.
Just unbelievable.

Posted by Terry on 11/03/11 at 07:06 PM | #

11/3/11

@Miriam.  I hope you do take notes on Raf’s interview and share them with those of us who have no access. Many thanks.

Posted by Hopeful on 11/03/11 at 07:50 PM | #

Hi Hopeful,

I will share everything I can get out of the
interview as soon as it is over.

Even if I have to stick a post it on my forehead
to remember to watch it!

Good night all, until tomorrow.

Posted by Miriam on 11/03/11 at 08:04 PM | #

The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD.

May She forever rest in peace and ou LORD provide her family and friends with confort and hope.

Posted by bucas on 11/04/11 at 10:16 AM | #

Stephanie’s letter seems to be moving many readers who drop by once or twice a week so we’d like to leave this post at the top for one more day Friday to give it the fullest exposure. Th poems are also being much read and the videos are resonating strongly.

Our next post will be a sample of things said and done for Meredith in Italy on this fourth anniversary. 

Then we turn with growing fascination to Sollecito. We are wondering if, with the rejection of his puppy-love for Amanda, we are looking at the early days of “Crime & Punishment” part deux playing out.

To anyone who has read that great book, would you like to send in a post summarizing what happened in the book and what might become relevant here?

Posted by Peter Quennell on 11/04/11 at 12:24 PM | #

http://www.video.mediaset.it/video/tgcom/da_assegnare/257946/massacrato-dal-fantasma-di-amanda.html

what is wrong with these 2 individuals? Have they no tact?

Sollecito “hopes Meredith’s family keeps looking for the truth. If it was him he would do everything he could to arrive at the truth.”

When asked if it was for love of Amanda what happened to him…” I have been massacred, killed by a ghost of Amanda that doesn’t exist!”

“Happy to be free, to be able to look people in the eyes, etc.

If I am going to have to hear more of the same tonight, I not sure I can take.

SCUM both of them!

Posted by Miriam on 11/04/11 at 03:16 PM | #

@ Miriam.  they are almost without doubt on the psychopathic spectrum and she is way off the scale on the narcissism spectrum. Everything is wrong with them; and they have no tact because they are incapable of having it.

One day the dam will break and the truth will come flooding out. We are all waiting…

Posted by nopassingby on 11/04/11 at 04:18 PM | #

Miriam, the link is really appreciated. Our post after next will be on Sollecito in which any translation of the interviews will be very valuable.

Would it be possible to hold further comments on this particular thread? Just a suggestion. Further tributes to Meredith may still follow here.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 11/04/11 at 04:58 PM | #

@ Peter.  You’re absolutely right. Sorry. Apologies to all.

Posted by Miriam on 11/04/11 at 05:07 PM | #

Hi Miriam. This site is itself occasionally schizophrenic at times and these disjunctions tend to happen. My suggestion was only on the comments - I quickly wrote one as the subject is of such burning interest, and then thought, better to put it on hold. Post or email any other Sollecito links here too? You might like to write the main post for us with your translation.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 11/04/11 at 05:21 PM | #

Raffaelle Sollicitto is on channel 4 right now and has spoken for the last 10 minutes. Never once mentioned the name of Meredith.

Began talking about how much he has suffered in this 4 years and how what happened to him should never have happened.

The interviewer told him that many many people believe that he did kill Meredith.

He replied that the colpolevisti(the ones who believe his guilty) do not understand the process or the facts.

Its all self self self and what a lovely person he is.

Posted by mason2 on 11/04/11 at 05:31 PM | #

Oh well! The truth will out. We’ll aim to have an all-Sollecito post up tomorrow.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 11/04/11 at 05:35 PM | #

You all really need to read this .....

http://www.groundreport.com/Opinion/Manipulation-in-the-name-of-a-murdered-girl/2942385

Can someone tell me why in Gods name ANYONE would want to attack the Kercher family? Honestly I think the world has gone mad in the last month.

Bring on the trust for Meredith and bring on the appeal. Let the fight back begin!

Posted by kcisboy on 11/04/11 at 08:05 PM | #

Hi Kcisboy. Welcome to David Anderson, the British born resident of Italy whose knowledge of the case opens and closes with his slobbering over Knox. He apparently runs a guest-house in Umbria and the Knoxes and Mellases are said to spend time there,  perhaps priming him as the red-faced nut who regularly accuses Mignini of torture. We hope he has no access to a gun.

We are warned that many of the white knights are likely to enter heart attack territory as Knox remains largely locked away and remote and incoherent, and when she goes out, it is not with them. They are in effect feeling jealous and rejected and so chest-pounding articles like that one appear. Since the appeal verdict Anderson has come out with three or four articles, each one shriller than the ones before. The sooner Knox throws him a bone the sooner we can all feel safe. 

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We are envisaging a new TJMK page (we could use some help on this, please email if you can help, anonymously or behind the scenes is fine) simply to be called Amanda’s “Friends” in which all the collected statements of xenophobia, bigotry, defamation and hate like Anderson’s are posted there with due crediting of those concerned.

Hopefully David Marriott and Ted Simon and maybe Curt Knox and Chris Mellas will come to be convinced by this display that rabid slobberers like Anderson are for Knox herself really bad news.

Posted by Peter Quennell on 11/04/11 at 08:54 PM | #

kcisboy,

Some people are resistant to learning.  Most of us can correct ourselves when we are presented with both logic and data.  This is what constitutes the learning process.

Some people make up their mind early and refuse to accept new information.  With some it becomes an issue of “ego” but basically it is a learning disability.  They may be good and successful in many ways but they remain intellectually handicapped.

Well, Amanda Knox may be innocent, but there is not a single evidence (that I have heard so far) in her favour.  She is yet to come clean on this matter. I do not think her own lawyers (not to mention her parents) are convinced of her innocence.  Forget about Dr David Anderson.

Posted by chami on 11/05/11 at 05:44 AM | #

What is very obvious about the interview that RS was not asked any hard questions i.e. why did you tell all those lies to the police in the beginning of the investigation.

Then on the TV interview they showed the footage of AK and RS in the Lingerie shop and acting all over each other kissing and playing in front of the camera and other shoppers. RS said poor Amanda has nothing to wear and i was kissing her all the time because she had nobody there for her at this terrible time. I was trying to comfort her.

No one said’ hey you were shopping exactly at the time Merediths Memorial Service was going on. So you were not so affected and sad to attend it’.

These interviews are a joke. Is it true the AK is out and about in Seattle with a new boyfriend http://www.lanazione newspaper is reporting.

Posted by mason2 on 11/05/11 at 05:52 AM | #

Thanks Peter and Chami for your replies. To be honest, its not the article. I mean, it is ..... obviously. But its the amount of people in the comments below that are buying this crap. Its scary. For example, her grave hasn’t got a permanent marker or stone. Now, as Stephanies says, this is sometihng they will do when they are ready. When justice is met or when the Trust is set up or when they are ready as a family to accept she is gone. Who knows what their reasons are. The point is, its none of anyones business except theirs.

The point of this is, that this person is saying basically that the Kercher family are somehow using Meredith to manipulate people somehow. And then, he does exactly the same thing, by using the fact she doesnt have a permanent marker, to “manipulate” the small minded folk who read his article and buy his bullshit!

Makes me so angry.

Posted by kcisboy on 11/05/11 at 02:57 PM | #

@kcisboy - there is an element of Amanda Knox supporters that is emotionally and intellectually dimwitted…incapable of anything resembling critical analysis or empathy/emotional intelligence. They are not specific to her; they are found in all walks of life. In essence, they are thick. On a related subject…there is an element of the Groupies™ that is also bent on dehumanising Meredith Kercher. An example is where AK and RS are mentioned by their full names, without a prefix, but Meredith is called “Ms Meredith Kercher”. Then there is the criticism of Meredith’s family, and her grave. I hope Hollywood takes due note of all this…but when one is chasing the $, morality and the ethics go out of the window, so I doubt it will.

Posted by nopassingby on 11/05/11 at 03:18 PM | #

Hi Kcisboy, very upsetting article and the comments are vile .... how can anyone say that this poor family should suffer more than they already have. Anderson is a horrid little man, he gave an interview on Sky news immediately after the verdict was read spouting this rubbish about how Maresca ‘went harder’ on Knoxito than Mignini. The interviewer interupted and said ‘but that was their lawyer not the Kerchers’ and his response was that he was working on the Kerchers instructions, he was quickly cut off. Shocking that one of their own countrymen should turn on them like this.

Posted by Melanie on 11/05/11 at 04:50 PM | #

@kcisboy

I was really shocked when I read the article!
And of course I was shocked about the cruel comments!
What kind of person says bad things about the victims familiy?!?
Are they all heartless idiots like their superhero Amanda???
I just can’t believe it! It’s disgusting!!!

I really thought that no one would ever write a bad thing about the Kerchers because of their huge loss.
I can’t believe that I was wrong. Damn wrong!!!

Posted by Terry on 11/05/11 at 08:50 PM | #

@kcisboy and Melanie and all. we live in an increasingly desensitising and sound-bite culture, with people living in their own little unreal world, just like their heroin or is that heroine amanda knox, happy to believe any old tosh that fits their world view and that reinforces their prejudices, which in the US are often anti anything foreign. and so, unquestioning, they become zombie-like Groupies™.  Theirs is a fascinating and very dysfunctional subculture. If I had the time I’d be tempted to write a book about them and it.

Posted by nopassingby on 11/05/11 at 09:10 PM | #

Mutability (The flower that smiles to-day…)

By Percy Bysshe Shelley


The flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow dies;
All that we wish to stay
Tempts and then flies.
What is this world’s delight?
Lightning that mocks the night,
Brief even as bright.

Virtue, how frail it is!
Friendship how rare!
Love, how it sells poor bliss
For proud despair!
But we, though soon they fall,
Survive their joy, and all
Which ours we call.

Whilst skies are blue and bright,
Whilst flowers are gay,
Whilst eyes that change ere night
Make glad the day;
Whilst yet the calm hours creep,
Dream thou - and from thy sleep
Then wake to weep.

Published 1824.

Posted by nopassingby on 11/06/11 at 07:29 AM | #

Ground Report publishes the rubbish of anyone who takes the time to write it and who wants the title of citizen journalist. It does not deserve to be and is not taken seriously. The best way to combat this kind of thing is not to click on the articles and not to read them.

Anyone so inclined could also take the time to write a thorough and objective rebuttal of this man’s attack on the victim and her family and then ask Ground Report to publish it.

David Anderson is just one of a small army of disgruntled, middle-aged to old men who have decided to work out their frustrations with life and their unfulfilled fantasies by latching on to this peculiar love object, the damsel in distress. In order to please her and as they vie desperately for attention they will never get from the love object, they will do anything, even trash the victim of this murder and her grieving family. It is best to simply ignore them, as their love object appears to be doing.

Posted by Skeptical Bystander on 11/06/11 at 01:15 PM | #

Excellent post Skeptical Bystander, sound advice:0)

Posted by Melanie on 11/06/11 at 03:24 PM | #

http://www.video.mediaset.it/video/tgcom/da_assegnare/258444/mez-parlano-la-mamma-e-la-sorella.html

Posted by ncountryside on 11/06/11 at 03:30 PM | #

@Terry and Isa01
Ich bin auch aus Deutschland ! Und gut ,dass hier nur selten über den Fall berichtet wird, wenigstens fühlt man sich so ,als würde man an etwas Besonderem teilhaben. Die deutschen Freunde von Meredith Kercher lolz

Posted by aethelred23 on 11/07/11 at 03:15 PM | #

What a beautiful photo of Meredith and yourself! The loss of your sister was a despicable crime, and the media really lost its perspective with its focus on Amanda Knox as victim. From all the descriptions of Meredith, she sounded like a wonderful girl - warm yet self-assured, not to mention a good judge of character. In addition, you and your family should be immensely proud of the dignified presence you have radiated throughout proceedings.

Don’t consume yourselves with anger at the latest verdict. I have an opinion about Amanda Knox, but it’s not a very favourable one. Whether or not she is responsible for what transpired may never be known, but one thing is certain - she is guilty of being a heartless woman who continues to show little respect for everyone concerned.

And that’s crime enough.

Posted by Aquarian_Love on 11/14/11 at 06:34 AM | #

A reminder to everyone that Meredith’s birthday is coming up on December 28. She was born in 1985, so would have been 26 on this day…

Posted by wayra on 12/12/11 at 01:55 PM | #

Let us not talk of death on 28th.  let us each do a small thing, a gesture to her happy birthday, on 28th.  Let the death not get the upper hand on this occasion. We can even propose a virtual toast!

Of course we should not talk about Amanda on that day!

Posted by chami on 12/12/11 at 03:28 PM | #


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