New evidence emerges independent investigators weren’t so independent

Dr. Hampikian, a consultant for #AmandaKnox defense and long-time innocence advocate, previously claimed his research was rejected by the Italian court. A recent news segment states the independent investigators received and replicated Hampikian’s research.

If Conti and Vecchiotti received and replicated Dr. Hampikian’s research, this raises serious questions about the independence of Conti & Vechhiotti’s report to the Italian court.

BREAKING NEWS: In an Idaho news clip, a reporter suggests research from Knox defense consultant Greg Hampikian was provided to the “independent investigators” selected by the Hellmann appeals court. The reporter states that Hampikian’s research “was relayed to the Italian lab appointed by the judge in the retrial of Amanda Knox. And that team replicated the work done by Dr. Hampikian.” (at 1:59 in the clip)

The independent investigators are Conti and Vecchiotti, who appear in the recent Nextflix film “Amanda Knox” by directors Rod Blackhurst and Brian Mcginn and producer Stephen Robert Morse. Conti and Vecchiotti are presented in the film suggesting contamination of two of the items of DNA evidence.

Hampikian previously stated that his research and previous report was rejected by the Italian appeals court, which leaves the question of how did the independent investigators obtain Hampikian’s research?

The investigators  were selected by the Hellmann court to independently review DNA evidence in the ongoing case.

If the independent lab indeed received the research done by Knox innocence advocate Greg Hampikian, and the Italian investigators simply replicated Hampikian’s research, as stated by the Boise news report, it raises serious questions about the validity of their “independent” research.


Greg Hampikian with Chris Mellas


Dr. Greg Hampikian is a professor at Boise State University, and the director of the Idaho Innocence Project (also based at Boise State). Dr. Hampikian has advocated for Knox’s innocence, but his true role in Knox’s case has not been known. News reports have claimed that he was pivotal in Knox’s acquittal and that he actually analyzed the DNA in the case. Despite his many media appearances, Dr. Hampikian’s true role and activity in defense of Amanda Knox still isn’t known.

The complication is that there is, if Hampikian’s research was rejected by the courts, there is (supposedly) no way that any of Dr. Hampikian’s own research had a role in Knox’s appeal. The Perguian court appointed what were supposed to be “independent” experts (who, curiously, cited many US state “standards” when submitting their report).


How could Dr. Hampikian’s research have led to Knox’s acquittal if, as Hampikian stated, the courts rejected his letter and research? This is a simple question that has yet to be answered.

Boise State Public Radio had an interview in 2013 with Dr. Hampikian where he claims “I was a DNA analyst with the defense team and I’ve been working on the case about three years now with them.” (Boise State Public Radio, March 2013). Hampikian actually started his advocacy for Amanda Knox as early as November 2009, when he  signed on to a letter in questioning the DNA evidence against Knox. Hampikian, in an interview, stated that this letter and Dr. Hampikian’s subsequent reports were rejected by the Italian court

The independent investigators were selected by the Hellmann appellate court in January, 2011, a year and a half after Hampikian joined Knox’s advocacy campaign.


Dr. Hampikian (C); Chris Mellas (R)

After the Hellman court acquitted Knox, the English language press reported that Dr. Hampikian had a roll in freeing her. Idaho news station KTVB has had several articles and interviews with Dr. Hampikian. Even as late as January of 2014 , KTVB reported that he “helped analyze the DNA in this case” (KTVB, Jan 2014). He frequently told crowds “I know what happened,” suggesting he had an insider’s knowledge of the case (Spokesman Review, Oct 2011). Even his own university reported that he had a “key role in analyzing the DNA at the center of the case” (Boise State, May 2011). Another source reported that it was actually Dr. Hampikian who found Guede’s DNA! (Boise Weekly, Oct 2011)

However in a later interview, Dr. Hampikian corrected the reporter that he did not testify at Knox’s trial, though he went to Perugia. He said that what he needed was on disk and paper, thus he never had any access to the DNA in the case. The reporter unfortunately did not ask him to clarify what role he actually had in Knox’s appeal.

Reporter Andrea Vogt previously filed a Freedom of Information request with Boise State University for emails and documents related to the Knox case. The lawyers for the university refused to fulfill the request, citing both attorney-client privileges AND trade secrets.

Related: Hampikian talks on the radio days after the independent investigators were appointed describing that there is only evidence of Rudy Guede.



#AmandaKnox producer Stephen Morse recycles claims from her innocence advocacy campaign


“Hopefully, when Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito are acquitted, it will be the architects of the Foxy Knoxy myth who will have to finally answer some tough questions of their own.” -Bruce Fischer, Injustice in Perugia, Sept 2011

According to Stephen Morse and Rod Blackhurst, they and Brian McGinn first started the “Amanda Knox” project in 2011. It’s an odd coincidence coincidence that their film parallels a 2011 post written by one of Knox’s most outspoken advocates: focus on Prosecutor Mignini and Nick Pisa as being responsible for the conviction of Knox and Sollecito. From early reports its hard to say how the film diverges, if at all, from views expressed in that 2011 post. Even more striking is that producer Stephen Morse’s own twitter attacks directed at journalists and the prosecutor are almost identical to the views expressed by one of Knox’s most outspoken and activist advocates (Fishher runs the website Injustice in Perugia.) While Netflix has claimed Morse’s title of “producer” is only honorary, Morse and Blackhurst are clear that this was a joint project between the three of them.morse-film-2

On September 16th, 2011, Bruce Fischer, who runs the Knox advocacy site “Injustice In Perugia,” published a post on GroundReport. Fischer attacks Nick Pisa, Mignini, and two other journalists, Andrea Vogt and Barbie Latza Nadeau. He blames them for creating the media image of “Foxy Knoxy”:

“The Architects of “Foxy Knoxy: While the common wisdom is that the tabloid media played a major role in spreading lies and misinformation, the reality is that a trio of yellow journalists have been the worst offenders. Those journalists are Nick Pisa, Barbie Nadeau and Andrea Vogt. These three journalists were the chief architects of the Foxy Knoxy myth and have fueled the Anti-Knox fervor working as mouthpieces for Giuliano Mignini, the corrupt and convicted prosecutor that secured the convictions against Knox and Sollecito.

Media coverage of this case played a role in the wrongful conviction of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito. Knox was mistreated horribly by the media with disparaging headlines that were endless. These disparaging headlines and salacious articles were not confined simply to common tabloids, but to well known magazines as well, such as Newsweek.”

(Bruce Fischer, Injustice In Perugia, 2011)

Shortly after Fischer’s post appears on GroundReport, Morse, Blackhurst, and McGinn arrive in Italy for Knox’s first appeal. On September 15th 2011, Stephen Morse flew to Italy. On September 19th, Rod Blackhurst was in Florence with Mario Spezi for the day, likely with co-director McGinn. Spezi is the journalist that previously had a run-in with Mignini and charged with obstruction of justice for the Monster of Florence case. Morse tweeted during the appeals hearing, and from his tweets at the time its clear he believed Knox to be innocent.

In Perugia and shortly thereafter, producer Stephen Morse echoes many of the same sentiments that Bruce Fisher expressed on Sept 16, 2011. While in Perugia, producer Morse confronted Nick Pisa about his reporting in Daily Mail. On twitter Morse called Pisa a “shit journalist”:


A year later, Morse continued his attacks on Nick Pisa and the Daily Mail:


In 2014 (during a time he was apparently ‘producing’ the movie), Stephen Morse wrote a blog post describing his trip to Perugia and expressing his belief in Knox’s innocence. The now-deleted post stated:

“In the narrative of Amanda Knox, Amanda has been portrayed as the bad guy, especially for people in the United Kingdom, who saw the trashy, headline-driven press in The Daily Mail, The Sun, and The Daily Mirror that target “working class” citizens of that former empire…

I booked a flight to Perugia, Italy, with an open mind, determined to find out what actually happened to Meredith Kercher on November 1, 2007. Very quickly, I learned that the narrative in British media, the one detailed by prosecutors, was preposterous and false. In essence, the prosecutor, Giulano Mignini, overstepped his bounds and basically created a theory that Kercher was murdered in a sex game gone bad, a theory that he learned about from his trusted psychic who’s now, thankfully, dead.”

(Stephen Morse, 2014)

Also in 2014, producer Stephen Morse attacks the other two journalists Bruce Fischer claimed were responsible for the “Foxy Knoxy” myth, Andrea Vogt and Barbie Latza Nadeau:


In their closing comments to their articles, Fischer wants to see retribution for what Mignini and Pisa supposedly did to Knox; while Morse wants to address Knox’s media image:

Knox advocate Bruce Fischer, September 2011:

Hopefully, when Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito are acquitted, it will be the architects of the Foxy Knoxy myth who will have to finally answer some tough questions of their own.

“Amanda Knox” producer Stephen Morse, 2014:

Amanda has responded with strength and intelligence to the people who have created hateful Facebook groups against her, like Perugia Vi Odia (Perugia Hates You), and it is my hope that one day her world will be free of the misplaced hatred that has already been lofted upon her for years.

Given the similarity in sentiment between Morse and Fischer and the way the film presents Nick Pisa and prosecutor Mignini, we’re left wondering if its just a coincidence that the film made by Morse, Blackhurst, and McGinn so very closely follows a blog post published by a Knox advocate while the trio were in Perugia, Italy? Or is this film simply the retribution against Nick Pisa and Guiliano Mignini that Bruce Fischer wanted to see happen in 2011?

Director Rod Blackhurst described how he, McGinn, and Morse were on a “filmmaking journey”;


There are a number of decisions the directors could have made to have presented a more balanced picture of the trial.

  • Patrick Lumumba was falsely accused of a crime. If it is indeed Knox’s purpose to shine a light on exonerees, the exclusion of falsely accused Lumumba is curious. Lumumba’s life was forever changed due to Knox’s false accusation, yet the filmmakers left him out of the film with the flimsy excuse that he was in Warsaw and they were in Perugia.
  • The filmmakers could have done the work to look at the media in the country the trial was in, but they chose the lazy way and only looked at the British tabloid media.
  • Prosecutor Mignini had nothing to do with the Florence appellate court which upheld Knox’s original conviction. There was a separate prosecutor that the filmmakers could have included but didn’t.
  • The filmmakers seem content to let the US media continue to report the ‘salacious’ (and totally false) headline that Knox was “retried” and “reconvicted.”
  • The filmmakers reportedly mistranslate a portion of Mignini’s statement that appears in the film, leaving out the statement “why would an UNKNOWN man cover up the body.”
  • The filmmakers chose to only present Conti and Vecchiotti without presenting the subsequent court findings that negated Conti and Vecchiotti’s unsupported assertions. Conti and Vecchiotti only were charged to look at two items of DNA evidence, yet the US reporting has always presented them as if they undermined the totality of DNA evidence in the trial.


See “Amanda Knox” producer Stephen Morse’s shocking comment about the Kercher family

Here’s what we know: Sometime in late 2010 or early 2011, “Amanda Knox” directors Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn hooked up with Stephen Robert Morse and decided to create a documentary on Knox. Morse and Blackhurst went to Perugia in September of 2011 when Knox’s first appeal was heard. It appears that McGinn may have been with them, and that they connected with journalist Mario Spezi (who had previously been arrested by prosecutor Mignini for interfering with an investigation).

The Kercher family was represented at trial by their lawyer, Francesco Maresca. In Italy, the civil suit happens at the same time as the criminal suit, so Maresca was there to represent the Kerchers in their civil suit against the defendants for Meredith’s death. As a part of the original conviction in 2009, the Kerchers were awarded damages.

Knox’s defenders frequently attacked the Kercher family and their lawyer, Maresca, for the damages awarded to the Kercher family. Knox’s defenders claimed Maresca and the Kercher family were driven by the monetary damages awarded to the Kerchers.

Producer Stephen Morse, while covering the appeals, joined in these attacks on Meredith’s family, claiming the Kerchers were blinded by money.  While covering the appeals, Morse stated his belief the DNA evidence would result in an acquittal. Three days later, while waiting for the verdict, Morse claimed the Kerchers were ignoring evidence. In a tweet (still available Sept 2016), Morse charged the Kercher family with being driven by money:

“i feel for the kercher family but they cannot ignore dna evidence simply because they were awared an 8 figure civil victory. ” –Stephen Robert Morse, 3-Oct 2011, 7:57 am.

For US readers, this is similar to claiming the Nicole Brown family was only out for money when they filed their civil suit against O.J. Simpson.

Two of the Kerchers- Meredith’s father John and her brother Lyle- have previously spoken about the symbolic nature of the damages, and that they do not care about the money awarded. In 2009 Lyle told the Guardian “It’s not the case that this has ever been about us seeking money, which is why we’ve been reluctant to do much media stuff throughout. That money will never really change anything in that respect.”

Meredith’s father John Kercher spoke to the Sun  after the Hellmann appellate court overturned the trial conviction. He spoke out against potential book and movie deals for Knox and Sollecito:

Kercher explained that their civil claim- and an £8million damages award made when Knox was convicted – were symbolic in Italian law. “I find it distasteful that Knox stands to make millions from what happened to Meredith. I don’t think anyone should make money out of it – not us, not them,” he said.

“How would any parent feel if their daughter’s murder was to be turned into a movie for people’s entertainment?”

“We would not take a single cent from Amanda Knox,” Kercher added.

Nobody has asked yet how much Netflix is paying Rod Blackhurst, Brian McGinn, and producer Stephen Robert Morse for the rights to add the “Amanda Knox” film to Netflix’s library on September 30th, 2016.


Shocking! Producer Stephen Morse attacks credibility of journalist Nick Pisa years before Pisa appears in Morse’s documentary!

Stephen Morse, a producer for the Netflix documentary “Amanda Knox,” has on several occasions expressed his criticism of Nick Pisa and the Daily Mail. On at least two occasions Morse accused Pisa and the Daily Mail of deliberately lying. Morse writes in one of his twitter posts from 2011 that he confronted Pisa on the “lies” published by the Daily Mail.

According to Morse and one of the directors, the three of them started on the film in 2011. Amanda Knox and her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito had been convicted at the trial level, and their appeal to the Hellmann court was scheduled to be heard in late September of that year.

Morse traveled to Italy in late 2011 to cover the trial and provided twitter updates. His belief in Knox’s innocence shows in his tweets. It seems that one of the co-directors of the “Amanda Knox” documentary, Rod Blackhurst,  was also in Perugia at this time.

During the appeal hearings, Producer Stephen Morse provided the first evidence of his criticisms of Pisa and the Daily Mail. He claims that citations to ‘fraudsters’ would be better than citing Nick Pisa and the Daily Mail:


Several days later, Morse confronted Nick Pisa in Perugia. While the details of this confrontation are not known, it is clear what Morse though of Pisa. His tweet uses the hash tag “#nickpisashitjournalist”; which reads “Nick Pisa Shit Journalist.” Morse writes the he confronted Pisa on the “lies” in the Daily Mail, which Pisa denied:


A year later Morse repeated his claim that the Daily Mail and its reporters printed lies:


In 2014, three years into working on the “Amanda Knox” documentary, Morse continued his criticism of the Daily Mail on his blog. Morse wrote that Knox was innocent, which he found out upon arriving in Perugia in 2011. Morse wrote of his desire to see Knox “free from the hatred that has already been lofted upon her for years.”

“In the narrative of Amanda Knox, Amanda has been portrayed as the bad guy, especially for people in the United Kingdom, who saw the trashy, headline-driven press in The Daily Mail, The Sun, and The Daily Mirror that target “working class” citizens of that former empire.” -Stephen Morse, 24 Feb 2014

In a now-deleted blog post, while in the middle of working on the film, Morse describes his desire for a rehabilitation of Knox’s image in the media:

“Amanda has responded with strength and intelligence to the people who have created hateful Facebook groups against her, like Perugia Vi Odia (Perugia Hates You), and it is my hope that one day her world will be free of the misplaced hatred that has already been lofted upon her for years.” -Stephen Morse, 24 Feb 2014

In recent reviews of the documentary, its clear Nick Pisa does not come across as sympathetic in the documentary. The Guardian writes that Nick Pisa becomes “a one-man symbol of how shameful that coverage became.” (Guardian, 15-Sep 2016). The Daily Beast writes “The filmmakers put much of the onus on tabloid reporters like Nick Pisa” (Daily Beast, 18-Sep 2016).

It leaves the question: did Nick Pisa know that this documentary was being produced by the person who confronted Pisa in Perugia in 2011 and accused Pisa and the Daily Mail of lying?

Netflix has attempted to distance Morse from the documentary, claiming the title “producer” was only honorary. But the film that will be broadcast across America on September 30th by all reports reflects the published views of producer Morse during the time he claims he was producing the “Amanda Knox” documentary.


I think not!


Netflix contradicts Stephen Morse on role with “Amanda Knox” film


2011-involvmeentNetflix recently announced that a new documentary will be released on September 30th. The documentary, titled simply “Amanda Knox,” was shown at Toronto International Film Festival. The two directors of the film have been doing the publicity circuit. In interviews, the two directors have been careful to not take sides, claiming they started from the final supreme court decision and worked backwards. In one article they claim their access to Knox was provided by an introduction through a “mutual friend;” though they declined to name this mutual friend.

Missing from this pre-release publicity is mention of producer Stephen Robert Morse, though it appears he had more of a role than Netflix cares to admit! Could it be that Netflix is trying to distance themselves from the extreme bias exhibited by “Amanda Knox” producer Stephen Robert Morse?

Netflix’s publicity for the documentary walks the line between innocence and guilt. Two trailers for the film appear to show both sides, asking viewers whether to “Believe her” or “suspect her.”

However, the newsite HeatStreet has uncovered a now-deleted blog post written by Morse in February, 2014, where Morse states that Knox is innocent. In his now-deleted post, Morse writes “For the record, it was Rudy Guede, the man who was convicted alongside Knox and Sollecito, who murdered Meredith, alone.”

In fact, Stephen Morse was in Perugia in 2011 covering the appeals hearings. Its unclear whether he traveled there specifically to research the case or was already there, as he has stated both things. What is clear is that Morse had an interest in the case in 2011 and has been “producing a documentary on Amanda Knox ” since then.

Yes- Stephen Morse was producing the Amanda Knox documentary while he was openly declaring Knox’s innocence.

A director for the film and Morse have both stated (in publicly available posts) that Morse’s involvement started in 2011. Director Blackhurst credits Morse with shared responsibility for the film.

The silent bombshell of Heat Street’s article this morning is a closing statement from Netflix. Heat Street contacted Netflix for comment on the bias of producer Stephen Morse. Netflix disclaimed that Morse had any “creative input” into the film. As reported by Heat Street:

A Netflix spokesman said: “Stephen Morse was given an honorary producer credit for his role in introducing Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn to a family friend of Amanda Knox. Rod and Brian are the co-directors of the documentary and Stephen Morse did not have any creative input into the film.” -Statement from Netflix, Published in Heatstreet, 23 Sept 2016

Yet in a publicly available post on Morse’s facebook page he says he has been working on the documentary since 2011:

In 2011, I was a young #journalist, traveling alone around #Europe and beyond, when in #Italy, I chanced upon a story that couldn’t be topped. Since then, I’ve been producing a #documentary on #AmandaKnox. -Stephen Morse, Aug 9, 2016

Co-Director Blackhurst also says that Stephen Morse shared in the responsibility for the film:

“Six years ago,  Brian McGinn, Plus Pictures, Stephen Robert Morse and I started a filmmaking journey that I never expected to culminate with a premiere at one of the best film festivals in the world and an upcoming release on Netflix.” Rod Blackhurst, Twitter, 7 Sep 2016

Stephen Morse also talks about being a part of the “journey” and takes responsibility for the film by thanking people. In a publicly available post, Morse shared a Netflix post and wrote:

“The first public screening of #AmandaKnox is in #Toronto at TIFF tonight! It’s hard to believe that the journey to today started 5.5 years ago. Millions of thanks to the talented hearts and minds of: Rod Blackhurst Brian McGinn Plus Pictures Matthew Hamachek and so many others!” -Stephen Morse, 9 Sept 2016

Why would Netflix seek to distance the documentary from Stephen Morse? HeatStreet’s article this morning provides an answer- Morse’s bias and his openly expressed views of Amanda Knox’s innocence.

The relevant posts documenting Morse’s involvement with the film “Amanda Knox” since 2011 are below.



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Gaps in the “Burglar interrupted” theory

Amanda Knox’s advocates have long argued that Guede was robbing the place when he was interrupted by Meredith who arrived home at ~9:00 pm. The argument is that Guede killed and sexually assaulted Meredith at that time. They have repeatedly posted timelines arguing this point.

Meredith’s cell phones were found in a garden north of the city the next day; they had obviously been taken from the house and thrown down the hillside. Cell tower evidence shows that by midnight, Meredith’s phones had been taken. But cell tower evidence ALSO shows that Meredith’s phones were still in the area of the cottage at about 10:00 pm. Three separate connections confirm this; the first was to Meredith’s voicemail at ~9:50pm; the last was a failed call to the top entry on Meredith’s phone list at ~10:10pm.

Additionally, a witness testified running into a black man on the stairs of the garage across the street from the cottage at about 10:30pm.

If Guede was “burglar interrupted,” he would therefore have been in Meredith’s house for over an hour after she was murdered. And in the hour and a half he remained in the house after murdering Meredith he never flushed the toilet, leaving evidence of his presence at the house that night.

Below is a visual timeline of the theory that Guede was a “burglar interrupted,” who killed Meredith when she arrived home at about 9:00pm.

8:40 pm

Guede breaks in and ransacks Filomena’s bedroom

 guede at housefilomenas-bedroom-2
8:50 PM

Guede uses the bathroom

 guede at houseLBathroom
9:00 pm

Meredith arrives home and interrupts Guede while he is on the toilet.; he doesn’t flush the toilet

 guede and meredith at house
9:10 PM

Ten minutes after arriving home, Meredith is murdered. Guede remains in the cottage.

 guede at house
9:20 pm

After killing Meredith, Guede remains in cottage. Ten minutes have passed since the murder.

guede at house
9:30 pm
After killing Meredith, Guede remains in cottage. Twenty minutes have passed since the murder.
guede at house
9:40 pm

After killing Meredith, Guede remains in cottage. Thirty minutes have passed since the murder.

guede at house
9:50 pm

After killing Meredith, Guede remains in cottage. Forty minutes have passed since the murder.

guede at house
10:00 pm

After killing Meredith, Guede remains in cottage. Fifty minutes have passed since the murder. Guede never flushes the toilet.

guede at house
10:10 pm

Meredith’s final cell phone ping from the tower covering the cottage. After killing Meredith, Guede remains in cottage. One hour passed since the murder.

guede at house
10:20 pm

After killing Meredith, Guede remains in cottage. An hour and ten minutes have passed since the murder.

guede at house
~10:25 pm

After being at Meredith’s house for an hour and ten minutes after the murder, Guede flees, leaving his excrement in the toilet.

 guede at house


10:30 pm

A witness runs into a black man running in a direction away from the cottage, on the bottom of the steps at the carpark across from the cottage. An hour and twenty minutes have passed since the murder.


Meredith’s cell phones ping in a garden located in a direction away from the city center. Three hours have passed since the murder.

2:00 am

Guede is seen dancing at a discotheque. Five hours have passed since the murder.

“Unlucky” innocent defendants

You know what they said about Adnan in Serial? Something like “If he’s innocent, he’s the unlikeliest person alive.”

Sorry- if Knox is innocent, then there’s someone unluckier than Adnan:
Forensic chemicals revealing bare footprints matching Knox’s foot size
Coincidentally, a bare foot print in the victims blood on the bathmat with no prints leading up to it
Coincidentally, Knox’s DNA found mixed with Merediths in those same bare foot prints revealed through the use of Luminol which matched her foot size
Coincidentally, only Knox’s DNA being mixed with Meredith’s blood in the bathroom
Coincidentally, only Knox’s DNA found in one of the luminol prints in another roommate’s bedroom
Coincidentally, Knox and Sollecito’s cell phones turned off during the time Meredith was murdered.
Coincidentally, only Sollecito’s DNA ending up on the bra clasp in meredith’s room, not the DNA of any of the other three individuals who lived in the house
Coincidentally, Knoxs own blood found on the tap in the bathroom that meredith’s blood was found in
Coincidentally, erroneous cell tower evidence undermining Knox’s alibi
Coincidentally, Knox’s boyfriend refusing to affirm that Knox stayed with him all evening
Coincidentally, Knox and Sollecito’s memories of this critical time period fogged by the use of drugs
Coincidentally, a rocky relationship between Knox and Meredith prior to the murder

More yet to come…