12 Responses to What Romance in Prison Actually Looks Like

  1. Cada vez que leo comentarios suyos acerca de la vida en prisión, algo muy fuerte se remueve dentro de mí. Con frecuencia, desde siempre, suelo reflexionar sobre la vida de aquellos desgraciados que están en la cárcel, sean o no culpables, pues aunque el sufrimiento de un culpable sea mucho menor que el de un inocente, al tener aquel conciencia de que está pagando por lo que hizo, no deja también de ser un sufrimiento importante, aunque nunca podrá compararse con la inmensa sensación de abandono, desesperanza y desesperación de quien sabe que está allí por un error judicial, siendo inocente. Y creo que ser encarcelado sin culpa debe de ser la mayor de las desgracias que le pueda pasar a una persona. Por eso seguí su caso con muchísimo interés, desde que tuve conocimiento de ello, pero dándome cuenta en seguida del tremendo error judicial, de la incomprensible injusticia, de las irracionales sospechas que provocaron unas sentencias insensatas que la llevaron a la cárcel a usted y a su amigo Raffaele, con el consiguiente daño añadido a su persona de difamaciones contínuas y malintencionadas, encaminadas a crear una imagen abominable y terrorífica de usted.
    Debo añadir que contrariamente a lo que pudiera parecer, que fuimos muchísimas las personas que desde un principio estábamos completamente seguras de la inocencia de usted y de Raffaele. Hoy es usted otra persona. Podría decirse que ha remontado de sus propias cenizas, renaciendo del horror y el daño sufrido, pero con una gran fuerza que la hace capaz de superar dolor y dificultades. Yo me alegro muchísimo de ello. Sea feliz. No deje que las sombras de los malos recuerdos enturbien su presente y su futuro. Sea feliz. Consígalo. Tiene todo el derecho de serlo, no lo dude.

  2. Gilbert Baumgartner says:

    Not exactly a couple, though a pair of women, mother and daughter, now recieved a life sentence by Cassazione in Rome after nearly 7 years of trials in the Avetrana case, a kind of parallel case of the Perugia case, almost a contest of absurdity. In this regard Raffaele and Amanda were lucky.

  3. Michael says:


    I’ve just finished learning your story. After watching the documentary, you’ve got another person rooting for your success and happiness. Keep winning!

    p.s. – you actually seem pretty cool

  4. Karl Waggoner says:

    Hi Amanda, I hope you are doing well. I wanted to let you know that I read your book a few years back and have followed your story. I think you are a very brave woman and are a wonderful example to young girls. Your demonstration of perseverance, faith, and strength are truly inspirational. I am a school administrator and have implemented various empowerment programs in my school for both our girls and our boys. I have a personal friendship with Alexis Jones who founded the I Am That Girl organization (www.iamthatgirl.com) and have had her come out and speak to my girls grades 6-8. She is also the founder of the organization ProtectHer which is geared towards educating boys on how to treat girls with respect. Your story is inspirational as well and I know our I Am That Girls club has studied and discussed your inspirational story of your grit, patience, and strength. You were dealt a very bad card but handled yourself with dignity. I totally respect you and with you nothing but the best in the future—if anyone deserves a happy life from this point on, its you girl!

  5. Paul Carr says:

    There’s a screenplay inside you. Why don’t you try writing it?

  6. Klaus, Germany, Stuttgart area says:

    A truly captivating article, authentic, empathetic
    and well researched since potentially debatable points
    were underpinned with solid background information.
    (See the bold blue words that represent links to further information)

    For people aware of your story or those just googling her name
    it was clear that Kristine Bunch was not inmate in the Capanne prison.

    First I had my doubts about the numbers of the
    mental illnesses you mention, but seeing this as mean value between
    adult and juvenile inmates, it seems to be right.

    It was an eye-opener that much more people really seem to have such problems in society
    compared to what I am aware of in my direct social or work environment.
    But in contrast to a broken arm or a sprained ankle those problems of
    course are not directly visible.

    Here a link to the break down of the different mental illnesses
    Among U.S. Adults. (I compared this to Germany where in sum it didn’t look much better)

  7. Tom Zupancic says:


    What to say? Thank you for your personal account of how people quite purposefully chose to treat each other. Forget that there is no morally sustainable justification; our actions define who we are. Plain and simple.

  8. Tom Mininger says:

    Those of us who’ve never been in prison can’t fully empathize with the painful memories you had to confront in order to enlighten us on human connection behind bars. We appreciate it.

    I so wish there was a videotape of the prisoners cheering you as you came back the final time to collect your belongings. It would of been powerful. Perhaps you were appreciated inside Capanne more than you think.

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