Some West Seattle Neighbors Still, Secretly Think Amanda Knox Did It
Even after verdict, beliefs kept quiet because social pressure demands Knox is innocent
West Seattle-Still shocked by the acquittal, they whisper at the local library branch, nod to each other in line at the Morgan Junction Starbucks, and even occasionally email their true feelings to each other. What is this secret society? It’s not the Masons, Scientologists or even the wily Northwestern Republicans.
No, this fearful group is West Seattleites who still think Amanda Knox did it. By “it,” they are referring to the 2007 murder in Italy of which she was convicted and now acquitted. Knox was raised in West Seattle and the community has rallied around her claim of innocence with a fervor that straddles the militant/cult divide.
Resistance is Futile
But some in the community are not so sure and not so talkative about their doubt. One resident who demanded anonymity told the Seattle Salmon, “It’s like a police state out here. You have to go to the legal defense fundraisers – like six last month alone- or else you are ostracized at the Westcrest Off-leash area.”
Another said, “The groupthink is terrifying. You step outside of it and you’re like the stupid Normal Seattleite who jaywalks through the all-way crosswalk at The Junction – you’re all alone and danger could come at you from any direction. Plus they’d light your ass up on the West Seattle Blog. You’d have to move.”
Is it just the fact that she is from West Seattle that creates such a fervor? Dr. Ursula Ordonez at Seattle University’s School of Psychology says yes and no. “Of course, West Seattleites are a shifty bunch. What are they hiding from out there? But, there is a deeper matter. They all know it could just as easily been one of their kids. Seattle is full of over-lenient parents raising dangerously self-entitled millennials. The trouble really starts when we export our handmade train wrecks to undefended countries like Italy,where they know how to parent.”
Although none of the adults interviewed for this story could ever imagine a time when they would feel comfortable going public with their doubts, some are talking about forming a support group, anonymously and online.
If the usual obsessive people who post 3 million times to every damn Amanda Knox story want to do so here, at least have the common decency to click on our ads a few times.
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