Interesting piece from World of Psychology examining the Amanda Knox trial as a ritual scapegoating:
Knox’s original conviction — with the Italian courts reflecting the bias of a worldwide media-blitz — is now back on the books. There is no concrete forensic evidence. It is a classic police-induced false confession. The actual murderer, Rudy Guede, was tried, convicted and is now serving a 30-year sentence (reduced to 16 years for implicating Knox and her boyfriend).
How and why did this happen? Why is everyone so much more interested in this young woman than in the man who confessed, was tried and convicted, and is serving time?
Nina Burleigh, an American journalist who was present at the trials and wrote The Fatal Gift of Beauty, says she felt she was present at a session of the Spanish Inquisition.
The lead prosecutor, Giuliano Mignini, is alleged to be obsessed with satanic rituals, Masonic occult practices, and sex cults. Before taking on the Amanda Knox trial, he was charged with prosecutorial corruption in another case. Looking at the vile and misogynistic comments about Knox that still race around the Internet, it’s obvious something regressive is going on that needs to be named. It’s as primitive as our ancestors’ instinct to drive evil from our midst.
The phenomenon of this modern-day witch trial brings together the “viral” quality of an Internet lynch mob with something as old as the ancient Greek practice of stoning or exiling selected slaves, cripples or criminals at times of disaster, in order to “purify” the community and protect it from cosmic punishment. As soon as Amanda Knox became associated with archetypes of female evil, the so-called trials become a way to purge the sins of those downloading the very heart of darkness onto the universal girl next door.