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Amanda Knox and the Missing Library Book - a short story

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How would Amanda Knox's trial testimonies, interviews and other statements be interpreted if she were to use them to explain another crime? This story is fictional but the quotes are taken verbatim from court documents and interviews Knox has given regarding her involvement with the murder of Meredith Kercher. These are Knox's own words modified in brackets [] to fit the story.


It seems that Foxy Knoxy cannot keep out of trouble these days. Recently Miss Knox forgot to return a library book that she had borrowed. The library pressed late dues and cost of the book charges before she would be allowed to take out any more materials.

Miss Knox denied losing the book and refused to pay the fines. Then she sat down and wrote a confession to losing the book with someone else –Marriott. She blamed her PR agency Gogerty Marriott for losing the book and felt they should pay.

Things became quite convoluted and contentious as Miss Knox argued to deflect blame for the missing paperback. The police were called in to settle the dispute. Below is the transcript of what happened.

The police entered and separated the two parties to inquire about the dispute. An officer then asked Knox what was going on between her and the librarians. Knox curtly stated, "I was doing the best I could, and they wanted to see evil in me and that is simply it.”"[i]

When she was asked to clarify what she meant by that, Knox continued, "It doesn't make sense. It's impossible for me to have participated in a [book loss] where I would be the one who [lost] my own [book]. It's impossible -- . . . so how would I have done that?"[ii]

The police then asked Knox if the librarians had become physical with her.

"I was hit twice in the back of the head," said Knox. "I'd never even been spanked before by my mom, and so to be smacked by someone -- especially when people are yelling at me and calling me a liar. ... I was scared out of my life.”"[iii]

The police then reminded Knox that she did write in her confession that she participated in the loss of the book. Knox replied,”[The librarians] took it and they ran with it. . . to them a confession was a confession was a confession. And that is not the case. When you berate someone and push them and confuse them and lie to them and convince them they're wrong, you're not finding the truth."[iv]

Police:Did you . . . ask the [librarians] . . . for paper to write on?
AK: Yes.
Police: Did you also spontaneously ask for a pen?
AK: Yes.
Police: When you wrote it [the confession], were the contents suggested to you by the [librarians]?
AK: No. It wasn't. I wrote it to explain my confusion to the[librarians]. Because when I told them that I wasn't sure, and that I didn't want to sign their declaration, and that I thought it was all a big mistake, they didn't want to listen. When I told them that I wasn't sure, they said that I would remember everything later, that I should be patient, and keep trying to remember. I was feeling uncomfortable about these declarations that I had made, so I asked for paper to explain my confusion, because I really wasn't sure."[iv]

The policeman began to suspect that Knox was under the influence.

Police: On the occasion of this [book loss] Miss Knox, was hashish smoked?

AK: There was a spinello that was smoked, yes. [v]

Police: At that time . . . did you use drugs?

AK: Every once in a while with friends. [vi]

Police: Yet you have the number of a known cocaine dealer on your cell phone with calls made in the days leading up to the book loss and after. . .

Police: Why did you write in your spontaneous confession:

“I'm trying, I really am, because I'm scared for myself. I know I didn't [lose the book]. That's all I know for sure. In these flashbacks that I'm having, I see [Marriott Gogerty] as the [thief], but the way the truth feels in my mind, there is no way for me to have known because I don't remember FOR SURE . . . I also know that the fact that I can't fully recall the events that I claim took place . . during the time that [the book was lost] is incriminating. And I stand by my statements that I made last night about events that could have taken place in my home with [Gogerty Marriott], but I want to make very clear that these events seem more unreal to me that what I said before. I'm very confused at this time. My head is full of contrasting ideas and I know I can be frustrating to work with for this reason. But I also want to tell the truth as best I can. Everything I have said in regards to my involvement in [the missing book], even though it is contrasting, are the best truth that I have been able to think.”[vii]

Police: So then what happened when the librarians questioned you?

Knox replied, “It was a complicated situation. I can explain it if you want me to go into it.” [viii]

He made himself comfortable and nodded for her to continue.

Knox: “Yes. Um, the interrogation process was very long and difficult. Arriving in the [library], I didn't expect to be interrogated at all. When I got there, I was sitting on my own doing my homework, when a couple of [librarians] came to sit with me. They began to ask me the same questions that they had been asking me days...all these days ever since it happened. For instance, who could I imagine could be the person who [lost the book], and I said I still didn't know, and so what they did is, they brought me [to the circulation desk]. Once I was in there, they asked me to repeat everything that I had said before, for instance what I did that night. [They said that the library automatically texted me a reminder that my book was overdue.] They asked me to see my phone, which I gave to them, and they were looking through my phone, which is when they found the message. When they found the message, they asked me if I had sent a message back, which I didn't remember doing. That's when they started being very hard with me. They called me a stupid liar, and they said that I was trying to protect someone. *Sigh* So I was there, and they told me that I was trying to protect someone, but I wasn't trying to protect anyone, and so I didn't know how to respond to them.

. . . they continued to call me a stupid liar. And then, from that point on, I was very very scared, because they were treating me so badly and I didn't understand why. *Sigh* While I was there, there was an interpreter who explained to me an experience of hers, where she had gone through a traumatic experience that she could not remember at all, and she suggested that I was traumatized, and that I couldn't remember the truth. This at first seemed ridiculous to me, because I remembered that [Marriott lost it.] For sure. I remembered doing things [with Marriott.] . . . *Sigh* [ix]

The investigator began to close the interview with Knox when she jumped up and exclaimed, “I haven't explained what I needed to say.” [x]

The experienced police officer patiently asked her to finish her story.

Knox continued her laborious tale, “So what ended up happening was, that they told me to try to remember what I apparently, according to them, had forgotten. Under the amount of pressure of everyone yelling at me, and having them tell me that they were going to [ban me from the library] for protecting somebody, that I wasn't protecting, that I couldn't remember, I tried to imagine that in some way they must have was very difficult, because when I was there, at a certain point, I just...I couldn't understand why they were so sure that I was the one who knew everything. And so, in my confusion, I started to imagine that maybe I was traumatized, like what they said. They continued to say that I had [lost the book], and they continued to put so much emphasis on this [late notice] that I had received . . . and so I almost was convinced that I had [lost the book] But I was confused. [xi]

Police: But – so you did lose the book?


Police: Then how could you be convinced that [Marriott Gogerty lost it]?

AK: I was confused.

Police: When you said this, how many [librarians] were present?

AK: I don't know how many were [librarians or staff] but there were lots. . . The declarations were taken against my will. And so, everything that I said, was said in confusion and under pressure, and, because they were suggested by the [head librarian]. [xii]

Police: Excuse me, but at 1:45, the [head librarian] was not there, there was only the staff.

AK: Ha. They also were pressuring me.

Police: I understand, but were they telling you to say that, too, or did you say it of your own free will.

AK:They were suggesting paths of thought. They were suggesting the path of thought. They suggested the journey. So the first thing I said, "Okay, [Marriott]". And then they said "Okay, where did [he lose the book]? . . At your house? Did you meet [Marriott] near your house?" "Euh, near my house, I don't know." Then my memories got mixed up. From other days, I remembered having met [Marriott], so I said "Okay, [my house]” It wasn't as if I said "Oh, this is how it went." [xiii]

The police officer stuck his pen into his notebook holder and folded it up. He then informed Knox and the librarians that they would have to settle this matter in court.

“Good luck!”

Leaning towards Knox, the Head Librarian growled, "No more books for you!"