More about…is Amanda Knox on the psychopathic spectrum?

26 Oct

The subject is worth further study,  I suggest.  The question has been asked recently but it was given serious airing two years ago by a senior psychoanalyst.



Here’s some of what psychoanalyst Coline Covington wrote about Knox after the December 2009 verdict. How easily the media forgets…

Note: Covington Credentials:
Covington is a Jungian psychoanalyst in private practice in London. She is former Chair of the British Psychoanalytic Council and a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology, of the British Association of Psychotherapists, and of the London Centre for Psychotherapy. She is co-editor with Barbara Wharton of Sabina Spielrein: Forgotten Pioneer of Psychoanalysis, published by Routledge in 2003 and co-editor with Paul Williams, Jean Arundale and Jean Knox of Terrorism and War: Unconscious Dynamics of Political Violence, published by Karnac in 2002

About Amanda Knox:

…But do her unexpected responses in various situations belie what may be a more profound psychological disturbance?

Much has been made of the fact that Knox was caught giggling and seen performing a cartwheel during her first visit to the police station following the discovery of her housemate’s brutal murder.

When she was arrested, her manner was described as cold and detached. During the police investigation, a friend expressed the hope that Kercher had not suffered.

Knox exclaimed: “What do you think? They cut her throat… She fucking bled to death!”

During the next few days, Knox was seen to repeatedly press her hands to her temples, a gesture interpreted as trying to get rid of what was in her mind.

A short story, entitled, Baby Brother, written by Knox when she was at the University of Washington in Seattle, also prompted suspicion. In the story, Knox writes about a young woman, drugged and raped by another young woman, and describes the victim’s pain in lurid detail.

However, it was Knox’s behaviour in court that was most bizarre. At no point – until the (original 2009 )verdict – did we see Knox protesting her innocence or fraught with anxiety. Instead she seemed disconcertedly dissociated from the gravity of what was going on. During the initial period of the trial, she appeared relaxed and cheerful, light-heartedly talking to her lawyers and guards while gesticulating, Italian-style, with her hands.

After her behaviour was unfavourably commented on in the press, she became more serious, nevertheless very conscious of the media attention she was receiving. She seemed to play up to it. This was most apparent when Knox appeared in court on St Valentine’s day wearing a large T-shirt printed with the Beatles’ lyric, ‘All you need is love’.

Knox’s narcissistic pleasure at catching the eye of the media and her apparent nonchalant attitude during most of the proceedings show the signs of a psychopathic personality. Her behaviour is hauntingly reminiscent of Eichmann’s arrogance during his trial for war crimes in Jerusalem in 1961 and most recently of Karadzic’s preening before the International Criminal Court at the Hague.

The psychopath is someone who has no concern or empathy for others, no awareness of right and wrong, and who takes extreme pleasure in having power over others. The psychopath has no moral conscience and therefore does not experience guilt or remorse.

Most psychopaths are highly skilled at fooling those around them that they are normal by imitating the emotions that are expected of them in different circumstances. They are consummate at charming people and convincing them they are in the right. It is only when they reveal a discrepancy in their emotional response that they let slip that something may be wrong with them. 

The psychopath is the conman, or in the case of Amanda Knox, the con-woman par excellence. Her nickname ‘Foxy Knoxy’, given to her as a young girl for her skills at football, takes on a new meaning.

Whether or not Knox, who is appealing her verdict, is ultimately found guilty, her chilling performance remains an indictment against her. Her family’s disbelief in the outcome of the trial can only be double-edged.

More on the subject at 

Over at Perugia Murder File there is a discussion about psychopathic traits.


PassingBy » Fri Oct 28, 2011 12:49 pm
She [Amanda Knox] does express herself in an odd way…a very odd way, in fact. Statement analysts have a lot to say about it; they say she writes in an evasive and lying mode and, with her use of specific words and phrases, coupled with an inability to mention Meredith Kercher by name…puts herself forward as a partner in the murder of Meredith Kercher. It would be interesting to compare her style of expression with that of disturbed or psychopathic types.

Interesting link: He writes: “This is an attempt at doing what Psychopaths rarely do: Tell my Readers The Truth. ”

‘Zhawq’ writes, tellingly: “I can mention one thing that I noticed. When I met a psychopathic individual, and if circumstances spoke for it, we would use it to undertake actions in a quick and effective manner… actions which – when I undertook them with non-psychopaths – always require discussion and debating and lining up and agreeing on all the details in advance so as to not misunderstand the behavior or the intentions of someone else. With another psychopath things often happen almost without any talk at all, except for the most fundamental details that can’t be ‘intuitively’ understood (locations’ names, f.x.). Today I am fully aware when I spot someone else, and I can tell if they’re [a psychopath] aware as well.” 

Unquote at source

Bea replied at that link: “Very interesting. AK & RS & their families like to say that they had ‘just met’ and ‘barely knew each other’ but their observed behavior was of a long-time intensely in-love couple.

“The instant understanding of psychopaths described above would explain both the quick escalation of their romantic relationship and how they were able to ‘undertake actions in a quick and effective manner’ on that fatal night in November.”

This blog, ‘A Death in Perugia’, is written/produced by a professional journalist who is also a media expert, and who feels the appeals court judgement was a miscarriage of justice. No money will be earned from this blog.

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