According to one Knox’s supporters, repeatability is one of the measures of good science. Repeatability means if you repeat an experiment *under the same conditions*, it will lead to the same result. If the conditions are not the same, then repeatability is not relevant. Here, then, are ways in which Channel 5 fails at repeating (recreating) elements leading to the murder of Meredith Kercher.
Below is an analysis of the window climbing demonstration.
The experiment in the Channel 5 video is useless because they did not have the same conditions:
- The window bars did not exist in 2007. The climber uses these bars to pull himself up for the first ‘example’ (which is really a montage of clips; see below).
- When demonstrating how to climb without the window bars, the climber pulls himself up onto a window sill that does not have broken glass on it.
- The climber did not attempt to open the shutters BEFORE pulling himself up. The occupant of the bedroom reported that she closed the shutters when she left earlier that day.
- They used an experienced climber. Experience provides skills and muscles that athletes may not even be aware they’re using.
- According to reports of others, the climber wore specialized climbing shoes.
In addition, Channel 5 failed to include other elements of the crime scene from November 2, 2007:
- The window has internal shutters that were closed. Channel 5 did not show an attempt to open these shutters.
- Glass was left in the window pane.
- Glass was found on both sides of the window sill.
- Glass was NOT found on the ground outside the window.
- No evidence was found on the ground outside the window that someone was there.
When the climber in the video pulls himself up using the window ledge alone, he puts his hands in the exact same spot where glass was found.
Channel 5 does NOT show how a climber, after breaking a window, could:
- Pull himself up to the window using a ledge full of glass
- Open the window that was just PARTIALLY broken
- Open the INTERNAL SHUTTERS which had been closed by Filomena
- Then, pull himself up and over the window and the glass while leaving the glass on the window sill.
Channel 5’s video is not a continuous segment and cuts out a key part of the climb. The climber appears to jump from his spot halfway up the wall to having a foot on the upper window ledge. With a key segment missing, the video as it was released is all but useless to determine what it claims it proves. Channel 5 claims to show the climb is possible, but does NOT show a complete, unbroken clip of the climb.
Therefore, the video as broadcast is useless, not only as evidence that a climb is possible, but also as evidence that someone could climb through this window while leaving glass on the sill to be found the next morning, but not have any glass found on the ground outside the window.