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Trial By Fury: Internet Savagery and the Amanda Knox Case (Kindle Single) by [Preston, Douglas]
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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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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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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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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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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?) eye-popping at times. However, this is a very short piece, not much more than a pamphlet really, and the behavioural analysis takes up too much of the text.

The stuff about Wikipedia is interesting. The Wikipedia entry on this subject is reasonably accurate now. Hats off to Jimmy Wales for his efforts.

I found the website True Justice for Meredith Kercher quite helpful when I first started getting interested in this case. I kept switching between it and the Injustice in Perugia website to see what they both said about certain crucial matters until I came to a conclusion. (which is: IIP hold all the aces).

What I'd like to see is an analysis of the media coverage of this case. I understand that polls have shown that in the UK, guilters outnumber innocenters 2-1. Yet as a convinced innocenter I have found that guilters in practice know virtually nothing about the case, and after 10 minutes discussion concede defeat, saying "I didn't realise that" and "the TV/papers said nothing about that" etc.
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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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