Social media world is buzzing tonight with the freeing of Amanda Knox, as an Italian appeal court quashes her conviction for killing Meredith Kercher, from London.
It’s interesting as a UK resident to see the American reaction to this result – it seems many, many people always believed Amanda Knox to be innocent.
Even Oprah Winfrey apparently did a programme
involving Miss Knox’s parents.
In fact, the reaction suggests that Miss Knox will almost be welcomed home as a hero. All in keeping with the impression I have of this lady, an outgoing, all-American girl, confident and, to me it seems, a bit in-your-face.
I wasn’t there to hear the case in its entirety and as my Italian allows me to ask for an ice-cream and that’s all – well, it wouldn’t have made much difference any way.
But on seeing this reaction, I just keep thinking what about Meredith Kercher and her family?
What must they be feeling now? Does any one care about them? Will we ever truly know what happened to poor Meredith?
This family has kept themselves very private during this latest twist in a tale of murder and sex.
And while, it’s right that any miscarriage of justice is revealed, what about the victims in all of this?
We must not forget that at the centre, there is a family whose child was murdered in horrible circumstances and there is, to me, something grating about celebrating an all-round awful situation.
A man is serving a sentence for his involvement in the killing of Meredith. But this appeal case does raise so many questions about what happened to her.
I feel so uneasy about all of this. I don’t want innocent people to spend time in prison but let’s not forget that a young woman died here and her family don’t have the answers.
So as I see the buzz and watch the media reports, my heart goes out to the Kercher family – because for them, nothing has changed. Meredith has gone and they have to deal with that day in, day out. Tomorrow won’t bring a day of freedom for them.