In the aftermath of the acquittal, self-named “supporters” are now asking, nay demanding that the Kerchers now unite with the Knox family and accept this final verdict.
Why is it time, especially now, for the Kerchers to perform this act of so called responsibility? Why not after the 2011 acquittal? Why not after reading “Waiting to be Heard”?
I will make myself clear here. The prolongation of this whole sorry saga called justice is in nobody’s interest. No more retrials, no more appeals.
But the Kerchers, having believed strongly in the guilt of the co defendants, cannot suddenly do a volte-face in a few days. We hear so much about confirmation bias, and we are all guilty.
Long ago, opinions polarised; lines were drawn and battle commenced.
I have never witnessed a case which has fuelled so much fury, hatred and bigotry. It spawned Facebook support and guilt pages by the score. Twitter “wars” ensued which insulted both young women in almost equal measure. Raffaele became an irrelevant sidekick and the spotlight shone on Amanda alone. Now so called “haters” are verbally abusing Knox and even threatening her person.
In revenge, pornographic photoshopped images of Meredith have proliferated on the internet.
Is Knox responsible for this? No of course not. Are the Kerchers responsible? No, they neither.
These crazy people who have directed their hatred at Amanda, and threatened her are the responsibility of law enforcement agencies, not the Kerchers. These are sick people who project their own inadequacies, venom and anger onto Knox, and nothing the Kerchers can say or do will change this outrageous, despicable behaviour.
We have not yet heard what the Italian judges have to say for themselves in their Motivation Report. This may well be sufficient for the Kerchers to accept the verdict and move on. On the other hand, it may not.
However what they DO need right now is time out of the limelight, to ask the relevant questions of themselves and others, and ultimately to grieve, mourn and heal privately.
It is Italian justice which has so badly let down all three families, and it is they who should be held to account for the long years of suffering for all.
I read that both Knox and Sollecito are being counselled for PTSD. Their pain will turn to joy in time, and hopefully they will lead full lives.
But for the Kerchers, there are questions but no answers. Only one thing is certain: their beloved daughter/ sister died in the most brutal of circumstances. Leave them alone to heal.