Friday, March 18, 2011

Monster of Perugia on youtube

I've set up a Youtube channel for readings of excerpts from The Monster of Perugia and other news coverage and appearances. The readings are of the first sections of each chapter, about a page or so, to give a preview and overview of the material.

The MoP youtube channel now includes the entire Seattle University Forum presentation in "bite sized" segments, each less than 15 minutes long. This allows direct access to the speakers without trolling through very large files.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Little Dictator and Frank Sfarzo

Giuliano Mignini, the prosecutor of Amanda Knox, has a record of filing charges against people who criticize him. I list some of Mignini's targets in The Little Dictator, Chapter 13 of The Monster of Perugia. Well, Mignini may be at it again.

Frank Sfarzo, writer of Perugia-Shock and based in Perugia, has been writing some very frank and hard hitting columns about the behavior of the polizia, prosecution, and courts Perugia, and in Italy in general. These columns, which can be read at, may be triggering another attack in Mignini's prosecutorial rampage. As described in Frank's latest post, "A Bus Named Desire," Frank first heard of rumors that he would be arrested, and now has been summoned to appear in Mignini's office on Monday, March 14, 2011.

Many of us are observing this situation and are prepared to do what we can to make it very well known should this represent a continuation of the outrageous and ongoing prosecutorial misconduct of Public Minister Giuliano Mignini.

Our concerns are not only with Amanda and Raffaele, but with all of the victims of the Monster of Perugia.  It must be brought to a halt.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

West Seattle Herald coverage

Here's a nice article in the West Seattle Herald about my interview on the Marty Riemer show. The reporter, Steve Shay, was one of the first people threatened with defamation charges by Giuliano Mignini in the current trial (he accused many people before this). Mignini said that he wanted to see the WSH shut down because of the article. What terrible things were in it? Shay quoted people as saying that Mignini seemed to be mentally disturbed... Perhaps those people had a valid point.

WSH Article