For years, Amanda Knox’s strange behavior after the murder of Meredith Kercher took place concerned everyone. She giggled, canoodled with boyfriend, and had many other inappropriate actions. Now that she has been found guilty by an Italian court, her interview with Chris Cuomo of CNN shows Knox’s continuing bizarre behavior which may reflect that she is not as innocent as she claims in the death of her former roommate. Her body language shows multiple signals of behavior which cause concern.
Chris Cuomo asks her “Why do you think this judge goes further than ever? Not only does he say that this is the knife, that you had it, but because of DNA around the hilt you were the one that killed Meredith Kercher?”
One would expect a person who had nothing to do with the crime to be incensed and show anger or rage at being falsely accused. That was not the case here. First Knox is silent as she looks up as see in the photo above.
Then she actually laughs. This is extremely odd behavior and not congruent in my view with someone who is innocent. Why is she laughing? Is she laughing because she is far away from Italy and thinks she will never be extradited? Does she laugh because she feels safe? It is not a nervous laugh or smile. It is a genuine one with mouth open and cheeks raised and eyes squinted. This is not how someone should react when someone is killed if they had nothing to do with it. Perhaps she hated Meredith so much as indicated by their alleged fight over money, that she is secretly glad Meredith is dead and that she deep down feels she won’t be held accountable.
Then in a defiant tone she begins by saying “I believe… I can’t speculate what this judge’s motivation’s are personalize or other wise”. as she raises an eyebrow.
The eyebrow raise in this context is telling as she deep down is saying that she thinks the judge is out to make a name for himself. It also reflects her anger towards the judge.
Then she fakes crying in a shaky voice which recovers quickly as she says I did not kill my friend. I did not wield a knife,” It sounded to me as though it was rehearsed as world “wield” sound like something her lawyers may have said to her. The fact that she recovers so quickly from the crying voice shows me that she does not have much remorse or empathy for Meredith’s death.
Then she cocks her head to the side and opens her eyes wide as she says “I had no reason to…” said with upward inflection in a questioning tone. To me that seems like a signal of deception as she is trying too hard to convince with this type of vocalization. Also the fact that she doesn’t mention Meredith’s name. She ends the statement by saying “I had no reason to” and doesn’t finish the statement “kill Meredith” which also shows that her concern was not about Meredith. But the most telling thing is that she shakes her head No as she says this which may be the body language revealing the truth that she may have indeed killed Meredith Kercher.
She then says they were living together and “were becoming friends.” That is a very interesting statement as it means that they were “not friends” but they were “becoming friends”. Hence, the lack of emotion for someone who was not yet a friend.
Then she says something which is clearly rehearsed as she said the same thing in an earlier interview that if she would have had Meredith’s broken body on her and traces of herself.” The term broken body seems to me like a term that is lost in the Italian translation into English- a term which she no doubt got from her lawyer. No one in the US says broken body. They would say “bloody”, or “mangled”, or “sliced” but definitely not “broken.”
She once again feigns emotion as her voice cracks but then recovers immediately, which indicates insincerity. Since I have heard this plea before with the exact verbiage, there is no doubt Knox is on automatic pilot as she tries to convince the world she didn’t kill her roommate. She also says “around Meredith’s corpse” instead of Meredith’s body. which also appears to me a callous and detached description.
She looks down as she speaks instead of directly at Chris Cuomo which is also cause for concern. People who have nothing to hide look right at you and speak directly to you.
She then says she believes that it is truly possible for her to “win this”. The term “win” is of concern to me as this is not a contest or a manipulation. What she needed to say was to “show I am innocent.” But she does not say this.
Initially I wanted very much to believe that Amanda had nothing to do with Meredith’s death. So often innocent people are accused of things they did not do in foreign countries. Since foreign justice is so different from American justice, it was easy to assume this. When she came out of prison and was released and was on American soil, the tears were genuine.When her initial charges by the Italian court was that it was a sex game gone wrong, I found it hard to believe and thought she had nothing to do with that. Thus, I assumed she was innocent.
But after hearing her multiple interviews and getting more information, body language and speech and voice content wise, something does not add up. The lack of remorse bothers me as does the fake attempts at emotion. There is no doubt that Amanda is angry and that anger leaks out in her interviews. But she comes across as callous and not caring and odd ,as she laughs and smiles inappropriately. This does not endear her to the public and makes them question whether the Italian courts finally got it right in their decision about Amanda Knox’s guilt.