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Trial By Fury: Internet Savagery and the Amanda Knox Case (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Douglas Preston
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The Amanda Knox murder case generated one of the most savage outpourings of commentary the Internet has ever seen. There are countless statements calling for the murdering, raping, torturing, throat-cutting, frying, hanging, electrocution, burning, and rotting in hell of Amanda, along with her sisters, family, friends, and supporters.


Trial By Fury explores this dark netherworld, identifying the people involved, and investigating their motives. It documents the real-world damage caused by these anonymous bloggers, including how they managed to get a much decorated ex-FBI agent fired from his job. It also recounts the story of the Wikipedia entry about the case, which triggered a spectacular brawl among top wiki-editors, leading to outings, rants, bannings-for-life, and death threats, requiring the intervention of Jimmy Wales himself.

The author, Douglas Preston, is one of the foremost authorities on the Amanda Knox case. He lived in Italy for many years and is an expert on the Italian criminal justice system. He has spoken about the case on the Today show, Anderson Cooper, 48 Hours, Dateline NBC, and Fox. He is the coauthor with Mario Spezi of The Monster of Florence, a nonfiction account of Italy’s most notorious serial killer, currently being made into a movie starring George Clooney.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 158 KB
  • Print Length: 23 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CDU1H98
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By Truman
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The Meredith Kercher case is still headline-worthy news, and continues to provoke heated debate. Just read the reviews of any book concerning the main protagonists - victim Meredith, convicted killer Rudy Guede, accused-then-acquitted Amanda Knox and Raffaelle Sollecito - and you'll see a barrage of comments with everybody putting in their own tuppence worth of analysis.

This Kindle short is not about whether Amanda Knox is guilty or not, although from the outset the author is clearly in the Not Guilty camp. It's an essay on the extreme nature of Knox's treatment by Internet users - some anonymous, some more than happy to put their name to their outpourings - and the utter bile and venom that some have been happy to direct toward a person they fully believed was guilty of a horrendous murder on the basis of very early speculation.

Without even hearing all of the evidence or allowing the court process to be followed, many felt justified in engaging in vitriolic abuse of Knox. She garnered far more attention than Sollecito, her co-accused boyfriend, as is often the case where women are involved in crime cases. It may well be the case that Knox was somehow complicit, but the point is that several years down the line nobody really knows with absolute certainty, and yet still people were / are happy to pass down judgement.

Don't get me wrong, I find the case as fascinating as anyone else, and this prurient interest is partly to blame. We all like a good murder mystery, and everybody wants to pick a side, to identify the culprit, to solve the case. Some people however just take it too far.

It's a fascinating, disturbing analysis of how Internet campaigns work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read 12 Jun. 2013
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It was an interesting read but lacks detail of the case I look forward to a fuller account in due course.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful expose` of Internet Trolls and haters 17 Jan. 2015
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I hope I do not get abusive messages from the anti-Knox brigade for giving this five stars!! Desperately tries to understand the "Trolls" who has been (and still is) spitting venom at him but fails in the end, as do we. Don't feel sorry for him though- feel sorry for the perps. The author handles all that hatred with a quiet dignity his haters (hated because he defends Amanda Knox) are unable to understand. My take- Trolls troll because they like trolling and because they can. People who did not have anywhere to go before, had no one recognize them, no one to respect them, now have found a voice. United in hatred and stupidity, they are the toxic byproduct of the expansion of the web and social media. May God have mercy on their soul.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars superficial page filler 31 Oct. 2013
By Law Doc
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OK as a Sociology 1.01 term assignment but hardly worth the read. The writing suffered from many of the criticisms levelled by the author at his targeted "offenders".
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Doug Preston makes a well argued case for the reasons behind the viscousness of the attacks on Amanda Knox on the blogosphere. It makes for depressing and sad reading. I have an involvement in the coverage of the case and can confirm that the uncontrolled ramblings of many of the deeply offensive posters on the various websites run by various busybodies had a direct influence on the ability for well-researched truthful investigation to gain coverage on mainstream print and broadcast media. This phenomenon needs wider airing and Preston's short introduction should serve as a powerful spur to start to address this troubling issue.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Different perspective s 2 Nov. 2014
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Opened my eyes and shows that humans have this innate need to involve themselves in something completely unrelated to themselves
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting! 11 Jun. 2013
By Richard
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an interesting and well written piece. Tha Amanda Knox case is still fresh in the minds of most of us, and this short book looks at the hate campaign that spread on the internet and sets it against some facts that I,for one, was not aware of. It does not take long to read this piece, and it is well worth doing so.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing 18 May 2013
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More of a waffle on general ideas about the internet than anything to relate to Amanda Knox. Not as good as I expected.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Internet trolls abound in this salutary tale of our times.
Published 5 months ago by BobMay
2.0 out of 5 stars comfort reading for the Knox is innocent!! Beastly italians!! brigade
This text is an exhaustive treatise on every possible form of beating about the bush. If you are interested in the Knox case, there's only one thing for it: read the evidence... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Liam Farrington
1.0 out of 5 stars Another puff-piece from Team Amanda
The essential premise of Preston's essay is that Knox is a much-maligned innocent and that those who dissent from that view must be mad, bad and terribly dangerous. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Review
This is just a long rant and doesn't contain any facts. If you want to make up your own mind about the case read informative books which lay out the evidence.
Published 11 months ago by Harry
2.0 out of 5 stars minor contribution to the debate
Preston's account of his experiences in investigating and writing about the Meredith Kercher case are interesting as far as they go, and the internet reaction (who are these guys? Read more
Published 17 months ago by A. C. Dickens
3.0 out of 5 stars Too short
Interesting but not much to read - I didn't realise it was just a leaflet. Is there to be a book on this?
Published 18 months ago by J. O. Hooper
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking Journalistic Balance
This is not a balanced view of the Internet response to Knox's trial. I am fully prepared to believe the detail here, that anti-Knox campaigners obsessively attacked all those who... Read more
Published 20 months ago by K. Hodge
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