Wednesday, September 21, 2011



DEAR EDITOR: I am around 8 years old (give or take 60 years). Some of my little friends say that there is no evidence against Amanda Knox. Barbie and Andrea say, “If you see it in the Daily Mirror, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth; is there really evidence against Amanda Knox?

Seattle, Washington

PEGGY, your little friends are wrong. There is evidence against Amanda Knox. And she is guilty. Your little friends have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they know to be factual. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds, or proven through science and reliable testimony. All minds, Peggy, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, PEGGY, there is evidence against Amanda Knox. It exists as certainly as hate and greed and avarice exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its greatest illicit thrill. Alas! How dreary would be the world if Amanda was proved innocent. Can you imagine if decisions had to be based on reality and truth? Shudder. There would be no blind, irrational faith then, no injustice, no quick, expeditious solutions to complex problems to make profitable this short existence. No wild, inaccurate headlines, no paychecks for byline articles, no book sales, no huge legal fees, no big ratings, no air time, no ego inflation and no promotions. No lynchings, no torch-bearing mobs. We should have no satisfaction, except in alcohol and laughter at the misfortunes of others. The eternal equation in which denigrating others makes you feel good about yourself would be null and void.

Not believe in Amanda’s guilt! You might as well not believe that you are superior to others! You might get a “negotiable” prosecutor to hire men to say any and all manner of falsehood against her, to stage false evidence, and to destroy exculpatory evidence, but if that was all uncovered and exposed, what would that prove? Nobody has ever seen any real evidence against Amanda Knox, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t guilty. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the evidence there is unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the best real science that ever existed, could tear apart. Only fantasies of sexual games gone wrong, imagination, internet threats, hate, slander, can push aside that curtain and view and picture all the sick hatred, avarice and jealousy that put Amanda in prison. Is it all real? Ah, PEGGY, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. 

Amanda Knox innocent? No! She’s guilty in your little mind and ours; and you and your little friends can believe it as long as you like, regardless of the truth.