Media The New Crime
posted by November 23 at 11:51 AMon
The samples below show that the investigation of Meredith Kercher’s murder has three domains. Domain number one is microscopic—the space for events that are extremely small, tiny, invisible to the naked eye. This is the DNA domain.
The next domain is that of discourse. This is the narrative area, the human space of words, testimonies, accusations, and confessions. For the cops, the DNA domain is the light of truth that penetrates and clears the chaotic darkness of the discourse (human) domain.
But there is another domain of truth and light: the third domain of digital technology. Here we have blogs, email, text messages, cell phone calls, web chats, and web communities. It is this domain that makes Meredith’s murder exceptional. The digital domain, which has been with us in a significant way since the late 90s, has a larger than usual presence in this investigation. It is the large size of the third domain that broke the crime and its investigation from the past. We are witnessing something that is fully new. Full in the sense that it fully engages three domains. This new monster walks on three legs: one is shaky; two are sturdy.
The 90s saw the expansion the DNA domain. The 00s are witnessing the expansion of the digital domain. We may eventually see the death of the discourse (human) domain.
I asked her about the rather decisive evidence of the DNA on the knife, and she said, ‘Fine, but I’m innocent. Let’s see what the police do with that’.
One of the suspect’s lawyers, Vittorio Lombardo, said the test results did not mean his client was guilty. “Rudy has not denied being in Meredith’s house, and the tests do not say that the sex was not consensual,” he said. Rudy maintains he was in the bathroom when Meredith was killed, and these tests do not show anything which contradicts that.”
One of the earliest clues in the probe was a text message from Kercher’s American flatmate Amanda Knox, 20, to Congolese bar owner Patrick Lumumba Diya on the night of the murder, reading “See you later.”
A British newspaper said a Web chat involving a recently-arrested suspect in Meredith Kercherís slaying may reveal new insight into the case and possible exonerate Amanda Knox, the Seattle woman who is a suspect in the Perugia, Italy, killing of her British roommate.