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  • 1. Amanda Knox Murder Trial
    • Culture Clash in Italy
  • 2. Mammismo
  • 3. Hand Gestures
    • Meanings from left to right
    • Money
    • Past times
    • Affirmation
    • Stupid
    • Good
    • Wait
    • Walk Backward
    • Steal
    • Horns
    • Ask For
  • 4. La Bella Figura
  • 5. How does this ingroup/outgroup mentality affect Amanda Knox?
    • Prejudices already exist.
    • American abroad students are a “wild card” in Italy. There is a definite separation of “us versus them”. Many students treat a semester abroad like a semester long spring break.
    • An Italian blogger writes “So, here we have another case of a 20-something naughty girl, or Veline as they are commonly called here, basically ‘eye candy’, flirting around with yet another overdressed septuagenarian man.”
  • 6.  
  • 7. A case of same form, different meaning?
    • Form: Amanda’s boyfriend kisses her and rubs her arms
    • American meaning: a boyfriend comforting his girlfriend who is distraught and in shock.
    • Italian meaning: They seem to be collaborating. “There’s the image of them, of the two of them, kissing outside the murder scene. One’s expectation would be for them to be in shock, in tears. Instead, they seem to be sharing a little secret between the two of them.”
  • 8. Guiliano Mignini
  • 9. Giuliano Mignini - Italian Prosecutor with a Grudge?
    • A case created on the prosecutor’s desire to save face?
    • Monster of Florence case in the 1980’s is one of the longest running and most expensive cases in Italy today.
    • Seven couples killed while making love in the Tuscan hills. Mignini was a prosecutor in the case and tried to prove the killings were a part of a crime spree by a cult of satanists.
    • His theory is that Meredith Kercher’s murder was the end result of a satanic sex and drug “orgy”.
    • Mignini himself is on trial for abuse of power in office and for wiretapping and threatening witnesses during his Monster of Florence investigation.
  • 10. Culture Clash Can Lead to Criminal Incarceration
    • Prejudices exist in this collectivistic, high context, low trust culture. Amanda is part of an “outgroup” that has done nothing to earn the society’s respect.
    • Italians hear and see what you say. Amanda’s reserved demeanor is interpreted as cold and unfeeling by the public. Her body language is interpreted to show her to be deceptive and conspiring.
    • Prosecutor trying to “save face” by getting a conviction
  • 11. Evidence?
    • “ Amanda ’s attorney Theodore Simon stated that there is no question of her innocence since the police did not find any forensic evidence, such as DNA, hair, fiber, blood or skin, directly indicating that Knox had been in the bedroom where Meredith Kercher was sexually assaulted and murdered” (Entertainment and
  • 12. Guilty!
    • Amanda Knox is found guilty and sentenced to 26 years in an Italian prison.
    • She owes $7.4 million to Meredith Kercher’s family.
    • “ It appears clear to us that the attacks on Amanda’s character in much of the media and by the prosecution had a significant impact on the judges and jurors and apparently overshadowed the lack of evidence in the case.”
  • 13.
    • Works Cited
    • &quot;Amanda Knox's Parents Hope Acquittal is Near in Murder Case.&quot; . Cable News Network, 16 Oct. 2009. Web. Nov. 2009. <>.
    • American Girl, Italian Nightmare . CBS News. CBS, Apr. 2009. . 48 Hours Mystery, Apr. 2009. Web. Nov. 2009. <;contentBody
    • Bachrac, Judy. &quot;Perugia's Prime Suspect.&quot; Vanity Fair . 12 May 2008. Web. Nov. 2009. <>.
  • 14.
    • Byron, Linda. &quot;Investigation: King prosecutor defends charges 2 years after murder.&quot; . King5 News, Oct. 2009. Web. Nov. 2009.
    • Costantino, M., and L. Gambella. The Italian way: Aspects of behavior, attitudes, and customs of the Italians . New York: McGraw-Hill, 1996. Print.
    • Egan, Timothy. &quot;An Innocent Abroad.&quot; Web log comment. . New York Times, June 2009. Web. Nov. 2009. <>.
    • &quot;Knox Trial Continues.&quot; . Cable News Network, Nov. 2009. Web. Nov. 2009.
  • 15.
    • Parker, Liz. &quot;Italians and Americans.&quot; Personal interview. 22 Oct. 2009.
    • Poggioli, Sylvia. &quot;Study Abroad Students Gone Wild in Italy?&quot; Online posting. . NPR, 23 Mar. 2008. Web. Nov. 2009. <>.
    • Preston, Douglas. &quot;The True Monster of Florence.&quot; Web log post. The Wrap . Apr. 2009. Web. Nov. 2009. <>.
    • &quot;Unveiling The Veline.&quot; Web log comment. My Life In Italy ., Aug. 2007. Web. Nov. 2009. <>.
  • 16.
    • Addition to Works Cited:
    • Amanda Knox parents swear by their daughter 痴 innocence on Oprah. (2010, February 24). Retrieved from 痴 - innocence-on-oprah-2010022437969
    • Newton, P. (n.d.). Amanda Knox sobs as guilty verdict read. Retrieved 2010, from