Fitzgerald: Knox seeks sympathy where none deserved


It seems the more outrageous you are, the better your chances of widespread media exposure, which probably makes this morning’s column part of the problem.

Amanda Knox is a repulsive wannabe newsmaker, not averse to hotly pursuing the spotlight even if it means splashing in the gutter.

Do you remember her? It’s obvious she wants to make sure you do.

She’s the Seattle exchange student who spent four years in an Italian prison for the brutal murder of her roommate before having that conviction overturned by Italy’s highest court two years ago.

Now, unwilling to fade from public view, she’s stumbled onto a surefire way to retain attention, urging sympathy for Michelle Carter, the merciless young woman who mocked and goaded Conrad Roy into taking his own life.

There is no disputing Carter’s role in Roy’s demise.

It was evil, cruel and despicable.

The infatuated Roy, 18, responding to Carter’s cold-blooded commands, was persuaded to get inside a truck where carbon monoxide poisoning killed him.

Though conceding Carter “may not be innocent in a moral or philosophical sense,” and that “it’s hard to feel sympathy” for her, Knox has the audacity to suggest “we have to try,” contending Carter was “ill-equipped to manage her own social anxiety and body dysmorphia.”

What garbage.

A lovestruck 18-year-old boy who never got to see 19 was just a malleable kid, buried more than three years ago because the heart he wore on his sleeve rendered him totally vulnerable to the lethal instructions of the ruthless Carter.

She wanted him dead and she got what she wanted.

Now along comes Knox, maintaining, “(Carter) deserves the same sympathy.”

It’s bad enough for Roy’s family that, typical of justice in Massachusetts, the unrepentant Carter was sentenced to 2.5 years of incarceration, but ordered to spend just 15 months behind bars, which she is now appealing while living at home.

Imagine, a judge regards 15 months as the commensurate worth of a life that was still unfolding.

And now the headline-seeking Knox, who just turned 30, pleads with us to realize that “by holding her accountable for Roy’s death we increase the tally of victims in this case.”

Heaven forbid we hold anyone accountable for a death that did not have to happen; indeed, a death that never should have happened.

That’s not how we do things here.

Right, Ms. Knox? Right, Judge Lawrence Moniz?

It was a death desired by a heartless manipulator who shows no remorse.

But this is Massachusetts, so enjoy your morning at home, Amanda.

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