The new Netflix documentary Amanda Knox re-explores the famous trial of its titular subject and the crime she was convicted (and acquitted) of, the murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher. There are interviews with Amanda Knox herself where she recounts the events leading up to the murder and the aftermath, as well as interviews with other key figures in the case. They include her boyfriend at the time Raffaele Sollecito (who was also convicted and acquitted of the murder), as well as investigators and journalists who were involved from the very beginning. There is a particular focus on Italian investigator Guiliano Mignini and British journalist Nick Pisa. But who is Nick Pisa in Amanda Knox on Netflix?
Pisa was a Daily Mail journalist who was very involved in coverage of the case as it was happening. He flew down to Perugia, Italy shortly after the murder occurred to find out what he could and became the first to report the details of Kercher's death, as well as the earliest theories about why she was killed. He was also responsible for publishing Knox's diary from prison. He provides insight into the case for two reasons: he was reporting on every new detail as it emerged, and he was also partially responsible for feeding into the media circus that grew in the wake of Knox's arrest.
In Amanda Knox, Pisa discusses how information was seemingly freely given from the police to the journalists (and Pisa himself, specifically), such as the details of Kercher's autopsy and reports of Knox's strange behavior in the police station. This was how stories of Knox kissing Sollecito and cartwheeling in the station got out and began to paint a picture of her as inappropriate and unfeeling – and maybe even guilty.
Pisa goes on to explain how details of Knox's past were eagerly twisted to make the innocuous seem anything but. Pictures of her laughing while posing with a gun, or the fact that she once used the nickname "Foxy Knoxy" were utilized to create an image of her in the press and bolster the idea that she could be a killer. Pisa doesn't seem to have any remorse about spreading details or exaggerating information for effect; in the documentary he often seems amused by it. When he mentions that people have asked him how he could be involved in something like this, he tries to turn it around: aren't the same people asking him that looking for every little detail?
Amanda Knox re-trial time. Nick Pisa is already itching to re-publish his 'guilty' verdict from 2011 pic.twitter.com/f0pFCIPSHX— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) January 30, 2014
There are few personal details available about Pisa online (lucky him) and his Twitter is currently private, but it appears that he now works for The Sun. His appearance in the documentary proves just how involved and important the media was to this case.