Helen’s journey into the world of true crime book writing started with Killer Debate; born out of a fascination with the world of true crime forums.
She asks- who are the forum members? What is their motivation? What do they hope to achieve? The fact is that only the defendants in each of these cases know what happened. For the rest of us, all we can do is think or believe in guilt or innocence based on what we’ve been told. We can’t know. So, what’s the point in discussing it?
Following on from her research on this she is now writing a book based solely on one very controversial case; that of the infamous Amanda Knox.
We all know the old saying that there are two sides to every story, but what happens when the stakes run as high as a possible murder conviction? Who do the jury believe? Who do the public believe? And more importantly, why?
The unnerving fact is that no-one, apart from the people or person in the room when Meredith Kercher was murdered know the truth. The rest of us can postulate, examine, discuss and in some cases ‘prove’ what happened using DNA or eyewitness evidence, or even confessions. But surely, we can never actually know.
Confirmation bias can be described as ‘the tendency to search for, interpret, favour, and recall information in a way that confirms or supports one’s prior beliefs or values’ and is a major factor in explaining why this case still causes such controversy 14 years on. Believing one version of events and dismissing others which don’t back up a particular theory is a key theme running through this case.