In the West Seattle basement home studio of The Marty Riemer Show's live podcast is, L-R: Riemer's technician, Yaz, Riemerat the mic, co-host on Wednesdays is musician Kristen Ward, and guest, Seattle area author, Dr. Mark C. Waterbury, who discusses his new book, "The Monster of Perugia, The Framing of Amanda Knox".
New Amanda Knox book released, author visits Marty Riemer Show
West Seattle icon and longtime radio host Marty Riemer invited Seattle area resident and author, Mark C. Waterbury, Ph.D. onto his morning podcast Wednesday.
They discussed Waterbury's new book, The Monster of Perugia, the Framing of Amanda Knox, and his theory of why, in his view, the West Seattle-raised 23 year old convicted of murdering her college roommate, Meredith Kercher, was framed for a crime she did not commit.
Riemer, who recently returned to his post at The Mountain, KMTT, 103.7, after being fired there Sept., 2009 without warning, continues his daily 9:30 a.m. podcasts from his basement studio, southeast of the Admiral Junction, which we reported here:
While the 262-page self-published softcover guides the reader through the chronology of the horrific murder and the players involved, it walks us through DNA, forensics, and the scientific method, the author's areas of professional expertise. The book's title is a play on words from the New York Times best-seller, The Monster of Florence, authored by Douglas Preston, who endorses this book on both the front and back covers.
Waterbury told Riemer that he has no family connection to Amanda Knox, and does not represent her family, public relations firm, or get paid by anybody involved. He has been reporting on the case on his blog, sciencespheres.com
"Just out of the gates (...) you thought something was fishy?" Riemer opened.
"The satanic sex cult conspiracy (...) was so implausible," Waterbury responded. "In science if a claim is extreme you need a lot of proof." He mentioned that the head prosecutor of the case, Giuliano Mignini, was indicted for prosecutorial misconduct in Florence in his previous case, and, "in the U.S. there's no way he'd be allowed to practice."
Mignini continues to assist the prosecution in Knox's appeal.
"Are you walking on thin ice saying this in public," asked Riemer. "Don't the Italians levy charges against anyone who speaks out against them?"
"I would never go to Perugia," Waterbury responded. "If I went there, there would be a good chance I'd be arrested.
"To me the issue isn't really the murder," Waterbury said, referring to the unresolved issues of the case. "The strange thing isn't how (Ms. Kercher) was murdered by a guy named Rudy Guede. The strange thing was how he was allowed to go free even though he was caught in the act of breaking into three different places a month before the crime."
"I understand your claim that she was railroaded by the Perugian justice system, but they already had Rudy Guede," said Riemer. He asked why the prosecution therefore needed to convict accomplices if they simply needed a guilty party to arrest.
"A lot of what my book is about is the theory for why they went after her," Waterbury answered. "They were covering something up. To me one is the fact that they repedetly released Rudy Gude who'd brandished a knife in those three break-ins (...) He may be out as soon as one year from today. They cut his 30 years to 16 years. He could be out in parole in 9 years, and out on work release in four and a half years from when he was sent to prison." That was almost three and a half years ago.
"He (Guede) has changed his story completely to agree with prosecution," said Waterbury, suggesting Guede did this to get soft treatment from the prosecution. "He said in monitored phone calls that Amanda wasn't there (at the murder scene). Then he said, 'I heard them commiting this murder. I tried to save her.'"
"He didn't call the police. He went out to a discotheque. Outrageous. Mignini has been doing this kind of thing for years. Had been listening to (Gabriella) Carlizzi, a blogger claiming to channel dead people in a massive satanic sex conspiracy.
"I'm hoping to shine a spotlight and to point to the framing," said Waterbury of his book's message (...) These people are as corrupt as hell. The mental gymnastics (to convict Knox) is like a Rube Golberg apparatus for establishing guilt.
"They invented this 'Luciferina' and they turned Amanda Knox into this she-devil who could manipulate and control men's minds. It was absolute nonsense."
Earlier, referring to Knox's appeal, Riemer said, "Im guessing it doesn't look good for Amanda. If conspiracy runs so deep in the justice system over there it behooves them to cover up."
"We tend to be hopeful because she's clearly innocent," said Waterbury of Knox supporters. "But then again, she was clearly innocent in the first trial."
The book The Monster of Perugia, the Framing of Amanda Knox is available on Amazon.com and other online outlets.