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The bulk of his book was a recap of all interviews taken in the case, from witnesses to GZ's. He does not, however, mention anything about inconsistencies in GZ's statements nor does he raise the issue about the discrepancy between GZ's falling straight back from the punch and the 40 feet migration of Trayvon's body. He also does not compare GZ's statements to his walk-through and his NEN call and present the multitude of contradictions and impossibilities contained therein.
As he reported the interviews, he also inject his own commentaries in support of GZ, something he promised not to do in his introduction.
Someone with a strong knowledge of forensics needs to read this man's book and write a detailed book on the forensics of this case while pointing out the massive amounts of forensics that Knox leaves out of this self-published book. Yes, he does throw in a few obvious comments about GZ's timeline issues to say that he is objective, but the entire piece is written as an expert testimony for the defense.
In his recap, he even refers to W6's initial statement, says that the only explanation to the intermediate/close range discrepency is the sag in Trayvon's clothing, which proves that Trayvon was on top, and says that it was a fact that GZ had a broken nose. In contrast, there are several explanations for the intermediate/close range discrepancy, GZ's medical report said "likely broken nose" with a caveat for GZ to see an ENT, and W6 recanted his original statement.
Knox makes no mention of his own May 2012 statement about the possibility of Trayvon's clothing being grabbed and pulled by GZ.
In my opinion, many players in this case have committed professional suicide because of unprofessional and unethical conduct. Knox has just placed himself on tht list. He had no business publishing a book on his biased spin on this case before the trial has taken place. If he has been used in the past as an expert witness by the state and various other levels of government, this attempt to either make a quick buck on this case, appease someone who pursuaded him to publish such a publication, or both, has called his credibility as a professional in the field into question
How dare he use his respected professional position to push an agenda of further adulterating the potential jury pool. This man needs to be brought before his superiors and repremanded severely!
This is not a trivial mistake for a forensic examiner, as the watermelon drink is one of the ingredients, along with Skittles (the other being over-the-counter cough medicine) for Trayvon Martin's favorite street drug: Purple Drank. Proper identification of the drink he was carrying that evening is corroborating evidence for the other circumstantial indicators of Martin's propensity to use drugs, and of course was consistent with the state toxicologist's determination that Martin had enough THC in his blood to alter his behavior and indicate recent illegal drug use (also supporting Zimmerman's observation that "he's on drugs or something").
The second glaring indication of a profound lack of evidentiary objectivity or even basic forensic knowledge on the part of author Michael A. Knox is in the opening section, in which he uses as examples of ignoring evidence and objective research methods the thoroughly-researched and extraordinarily well-documented grassy knoll shooter in the JFK assassination (seen by more than a dozen witnesses) and the controlled demolition of the WTC towers on 9/11 for which there is hard physical proof detailed in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
It remains to be seen if Knox maintains anything approaching either factual accuracy or evidentiary objectivity in the rest of the book, but with such a beginning the reader should remain highly skeptical.
Edit: Update after finishing the book - rating revised from one star to four stars.
There are two other glaring problems with a book of this type: no table of contents and no index. As what might be the definitive "reference manual" for the Zimmerman-Martin incident and trial, these omissions are unforgivable, and it is for this reason (and the mistakes and bias mentioned above) that I give the book four, rather than five, stars.
However, and in spite of those not insignificant failings, this is likely the first and only truly objective analysis and evaluation of the physical and forensic evidence, witness statements and police investigative procedures regarding this incident.
Just as importantly, Knox offers the same kind of dispassionate and thorough analysis of the media coverage of the event and its role in misleading the American people about the facts, as well as the role played by the Martin family attorney, Ben Crump, in propagating some of that disinformation to the public.
Ultimately, what Knox is able to demonstrate is that, though there are reasonable questions about some of the discrepancies in Zimmerman's account of the event, the overwhelming majority of both evidence and witness statements either supports Zimmerman's story or fails to adequately refute it.
Knox concludes with what we "do know" from the evidentiary trail: that Zimmerman noticed Martin and judged his behavior to be suspicious, that he called the police to report this, that he tailed Martin in his vehicle and then on foot but did not appear to chase or pursue him, that Martin ran but did not go to his destination where he would have been safe from harm and either hid in the darkness or doubled back, that Zimmerman spent more time outside his truck than his story accounts for but apparently never left the upper cross of the "T", that Martin accosted Zimmerman at the T and a physical confrontation occurred that had Zimmerman on the ground and getting pummeled and left him with a broken nose, black eyes and scalp lacerations, that Zimmerman repeatedly yelled for help, and that Zimmerman ended the confrontation with a single fatal shot to Martin's chest approximately one minute after it began.
The other relevant conclusion from this forensic crime scene reconstruction expert is that the state of Florida has little to no case sufficient to prove criminal activity or intent on Zimmerman's part and the trial outcome will very probably be Zimmerman walking as a free man.
Of course, we know that the trial ended exactly as Knox predicted, however the freedom of a man whom the media turned into the most hated man in America is the only element that remains in doubt.
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