Monday's intriguing people
January 3rd, 2011
12:02 PM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Amanda Knox

Amanda Knox, jailed in Italy after being convicted of murdering a college classmate, thinks the celebrity status she’s gained because of the case is “ridiculous,” according to media reports.

Knox’s stepfather, Chris Mellas, says the attention focused on his step-daughter is “absolutely bizarre,” KOMO-TV in Knox’s hometown of Seattle, Washington, reported.

"She thinks it's ridiculous. There are nine books (about her), with another four or five that I'm aware of in the works; two movies in the works right now; seven or eight documentaries that I'm aware of," Mellas is quoted as saying.

Hayden Panettiere will star as Knox in a movie for cable’s Lifetime network, according to the KOMO report.

Knox, who was sentenced to 26 years in prison in the 2007 murder of Meredith Kirchner during what prosecutors called a drug-fueled sex game, is appealing the conviction.

Gao Zhi Xiang

Gao Zhi Xiang, a 19-year-old from China, is pleading with Canadian immigration authorities to allow him to stay in Toronto to care for his 8-year-old brother, left orphaned when their mother died of cancer more than a year ago.

Gao traveled to Canada on a tourist visa in late 2009 to visit his dying mother, who had been given legal asylum in the country after fleeing religious persecution in China for being a member of an underground church, according to a report in the Toronto Star.

When Lin Mei Zhang fled China, she took her younger son, Zhi Xin, along, and Canada awarded the boy permanent residency status last year, according to the Star report.

But Gao, who traveled to Canada on a tourist visa that has long since expired, is not entitled to permanent residency.

Zhi Xin will become a ward of the state when Gao is sent back to China as the boy’s other current caregiver is an uncle who is also facing deportation, the newspaper reported.

Gao is to meet with Canadian immigration officials on Tuesday to arrange for his departure. He’s hoping they have a change of heart.

"We just hope that immigration officials will open their hearts and not separate me and my brother. We were abandoned by our father. We have lost our mother. It is just he and I now,” the Star quoted him as saying.

Harold Camping

Harold Camping says the end of the world begins on May 21.

The 88-year-old Christian radio network boss from Oakland, California, says he’s applied a mathematical formula to biblical prophecies and that’s what the numbers say: Get ready for the end times this spring.

And what about the Mayans and their calendar that puts the end of the world in 2012?

"That date has not one stitch of biblical authority," Camping told the San Francisco Chronicle.

The paper points out that Camping has been wrong before, once gathering followers on September 6, 1994, to greet Christ upon his return to Earth. Camping told the paper he messed up the math on that one.

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  1. HarryRag

    If you don’t think Amanda and Raffaele were framed, what do you call this? The following is commonly referred to as perjury and with-holding evidence. Dr Stefanoni is employed by the Italian authorities.

    NOTE: Dr Stefanoni is employed by the Italian authorities.

    (page 64 hearing Sept. 26, 2009). "Dr. Stefanoni confirmed that to prove that blood is present, you have to test for it. Dr. Stefanoni claimed that no testing was done. In July 2009 the test records revealed otherwise. The luminol findings were tested using tetramethylbenzidine, and the tests were negative for all tracks. The luminol findings tested negative for blood.

    January 3, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • HarryRag

      Where are my post? I keep trying over and over to post and nothing shows up. Why are you doing this?

      January 4, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. iH8u4ever


    January 4, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • TonydelBalzo

      Congratulations. You win the 2011 award for most immature post of the year. You shocked the judges.

      Go play Halo

      January 4, 2011 at 4:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Rhonda

      Who cares how good she is in bed. She delighted in butchering another human, I hope she rots in prison.

      March 13, 2011 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. Michaelsmth

    It is amazing that anyone still thinks Amanda and Raffaele are guilty. Even the Italians have finally changed their minds. Acquittal is on the way, and Amanda can go back to being an ordinary, innocent student.

    January 4, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. HarryRag

    Massei report page 256-257: “With respect to the Luminol-positive traces found in Romanelli's room, in Knox's room and in the corridor, she [Dr Stefanoni] stated that by analysing the SAL cards "we learn, in contradiction to what was presented in the technical report deposited by the Scientific Police, and also to what was said in Court, that not only was the Luminol test performed on these traces, but also the generic diagnosis for the presence of blood, using tetramethylbenzidine, and this test, gave a negative result on all the items of evidence from which it was possible to obtain a genetic profile" (page 64 hearing Sept. 26, 2009).” what is wrong with this picture?

    January 4, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. HarryRag

    SEE INJUSTICEINPERUGIA: "During the trial, assistant prosecutor Manuela Comodi, presented the footprint evidence to the court. As expected, her job was to defend the police work of police forensic biologist Patrizia Stefanoni. She claimed that Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito's bare footprints, made in blood were found throughout the apartment. These bare footprints were not visible to the human eye. These footprints were detected with a chemical called luminol. Luminol is an investigative tool that can help investigators find blood that has been cleaned up. When applied, luminol glows for a few seconds when it reacts with blood. Luminol also reacts with many other things. Luminol reacts with various household cleaners, different types of soil, rust in tap water, and many other substances. When luminol glows, investigators can pinpoint the area and then test to see if the stain does indeed consist of blood. Stefanoni claimed these stains were never tested for blood, however in July 2009, Stefanoni's notes confirmed the stains were tested with tetramethylbenzidine which is extremely sensitive for blood. All of the stains detected with luminol tested negative for blood. Patrizia Stefanoni and Manuela Comodi chose to ignore the test results during the trail. What is wrong with this picture?

    January 4, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. TonydelBalzo

    Believe her or not, Amanda Knox is still a frightened, somewhat naive young lady who choose to stay in Italy to comfort Meredith's father and stayed in Perugia to help the police rather than seek shelter with relatives in Germany.

    Let’s flood her cell with Valentines on February 14 (after Saint Valentine whose feast is on February 14.) Please mail by February 1 and packages will NOT be allowed into the prison.

    Miss Amanda Marie Knox
    c/o Casa Circondariale
    Strada Pievaiola
    06100 Capanne (PG)

    Bless you!

    January 10, 2011 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Rhonda

      You are blind sighted by the innocent look. Look into her "homemovies" where she dressed up and mocks murder and mayhem and goes into a frenzy of delight about it all. She is one sick little witch.

      March 13, 2011 at 6:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. Rhonda

    Amanda Knox is the devil in disguise. I hope they keep that evil wench away from society forever.

    March 13, 2011 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  8. Alyx

    Quando uno é colpevole ci sará una giustizia! I vittimi e gli accusati non possono usare sempre l'influenza della media per ottenere perdone.
    When one is guilty there has to be fair judgement and justice. Victims and the accused cannot always use the influence of media to obtain pardon.
    There has to be just trial and not biased by many wagging media blah blah (books, tv series or film)... would you have imagine what the dead one Meredith would have said on all these media talks? If only dead people can testify and truly point out who killed her.

    March 14, 2011 at 2:14 am | Report abuse |
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