Surprised, Sophie let go of her after a couple of seconds and stepped back. There was no trace of emotion on Amanda's face. Burleigh suggests such interviews represent hindsight in a scramble to distance themselves after Amanda was crucified in the press: Amanda's chief accusers - the British girls - shared different memories before and after the arrest.
In their first conversations at the questra, none told police that Meredith disliked Amanda. Six weeks later, interviewed in Bergamo in northern Italy, with Amanda's confession widely disseminated, the British girls first began recalling Meredith's unease about Amanda's bathroom habits and her weird boy friends. They also talked about their own impressions of Amanda in the questura, hours after poor Meredith was murdered, about watching her making out with Raffael at the questura, her curious callousness. Their testimony was so similar that observers thought they seemed robotic or coached.
They repeated exactly what they had shared with police in Bergamo in , when they described Meredith's annoyance with Amanda's strange male visitors, guitar playing, and hygiene, and Amanda's callous behavior at the police station After a few weeks in Perugia, I saw that there was something very wrong with the narrative of the murder that the authorities and the media were presenting. There was almost no material evidence linking Knox or her boyfriend to the murder, and no motive, while there was voluminous evidence -- material and circumstantial -- implicating a third person, a man, whose name one almost never read in accounts of the case.
It became clear that it wasn't facts but Knox -- her femaleness, her Americaness, her beauty -- that was driving the case. As for the rest, Bruce Fischer writes Injustice in Perugia, pp With the help of the media, prosecutor Giuliano Mignini's fictional character - the satanic, ritualistic c sex-crazed killer Foxy Knoxy - was born. The press declared [her] "a devil with an angel's face. Her MySpace page was dissected. Photos that would normally be found on any twenty year old's MySpace account were perceived as sexual.
The prosecution successfully used the media to assassinate Amanda's character.
“Out in town drinking with the murderer from Perugia”
She was found guilty in the court of public opinion long before her trial began. The above helps to explain, for example, why the British girls later remembered things differently. And why witnesses -- like the woman who heard a scream in the night, and the grocer who reported sold her bleach -- were unearthed not by the police but the media.
Follain modestly omits his role in this saga as a reporter of the many false stories and salacious lies about Amanda released by the police. Headlines which appeared under his name include: The recent acquittal in Italy of two of Meredith's accused murderers has not really put the media speculation to rest- many commentators are utterly convinced that two killers have now managed to evade justice, while others believe the convictions should never have happened in the first place.
Unsurprisingly, there are a great many books about this case on the market, but this appears to be one of the less sensational ones and is about the only one to include the most recent developments. Death in Perugia feels thorough and for the most part balanced. I would question, though the amount of weight given to the victims' friends opinions regarding the personality of accused killer Amanda Knox, and the book also does seem to lean fairly heavily on some now discredited prosecutorial theories about the crime.
Still worth reading for it's lack of hysteria, a refreshing change from the shrill takes on this case that focussed more on the titillating notion of a beautiful wanton murderess than on actual provable fact. Frankly, reading this has made me even more devoutly glad not to be in the suspects' shoes, if the effects of failing to have the "correct" emotional response to a crime can be so catastrophic and long reaching.
I was left wondering what the future now holds for all the players in this tragedy, that like it or not is probably not over yet, at least in the eyes of a thrill hungry media.
I must confess that prior to reading this book, I had little knowledge of the case. American reporting of this crime and the criticism levelled at the Italian Justice System turned me off. Essentially this book tells the story of the murder of Meredith Kercher, a 21 year old British exchange student studying International Politics in Perugia It 3. Essentially this book tells the story of the murder of Meredith Kercher, a 21 year old British exchange student studying International Politics in Perugia Italy.
Sadly, from my recollection, the identity and fate of Kercher seemed to be lost amidst the sensationalist reporting that followed the murder. After reading this account by Mr. Follain, I have come to the following conclusions: All in all, this is a well researched book and the information is relayed to the reader by what appears to be an informed, neutral, and objective third party. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in understanding this case. View all 6 comments. Nov 27, Rachel rated it liked it Shelves: This case and investigation is a complete cluster.
I don't think we will ever know the truth about what happened to Meredith Kercher, which is an awful shame for her family. My personal opinion about Amanda Knox given the thorough evidence stated in the book is that she wasn't involved and my guess as to why her recollection of the night of the murder is so poor is a mixture of stress and drugs.
She was convicted again earlier this year. A weird, maybe kind of unlikeable or attention- This case and investigation is a complete cluster. A weird, maybe kind of unlikeable or attention-seeking person does not a murderess make. View all 20 comments. Oct 06, Ildy rated it really liked it. Such a complicated story Amanda Knox and Rafaele Sollecito never seemed totally innocent to me. A detailed and balanced account of the murder and the subsequent trial. Don't believe any of the nonsense that this book is slanted to the prosecution side.
The fact is, there is an abundance of evidence against the accused. Btw, the Supreme Court has yet to rule on the legitimacy of the appeal. Aug 27, Aimee rated it liked it. The Amanda Knox story gripped Americans with its perplexing heroine or anti-heroine, if you believe her to be guilty locked in the grip of the slow-moving Italian judicial system, and the book borrows these traits.
At times "A Death in Italy" was both perplexing and slow-moving -- yet I couldn't quite put it down. The reason stems from Amanda's mysterious personality. I came to the book hoping to get a better understanding of her character, as well as the events of the murder, and the book did The Amanda Knox story gripped Americans with its perplexing heroine or anti-heroine, if you believe her to be guilty locked in the grip of the slow-moving Italian judicial system, and the book borrows these traits.
I came to the book hoping to get a better understanding of her character, as well as the events of the murder, and the book didn't entirely clarify either issue. Why did Amanda perform cartwheels and yoga moves while she was questioned by police? Why did she engage in inappropriate PDAs with her Italian boyfriend?
It's not clear whether these odd behaviors were expressions of her guilt or extreme naivete, so a heads-up to readers seeking illumination: You won't find it here. The author apparently wasn't given an interview with Knox as far as I can tell , so the account uses Knox's trial statements, journals and remarks retold by other people.
What you will find is a meticulously detailed account of the days leading up to Meredith Kercher's murder and its aftermath, including an explanation of the Italian legal system. The author knows his stuff and the characters involved, but the book would have benefitted from tighter editing.
Some of the details left me scratching my head, wondering why exactly the writer thought his readers needed to know every banal comment that left the prosecutor's mouth, for example. But for a reader, this kind of kitchen-sink reporting grows tiresome. Otherwise, the writer delivers a comprehensive overview of the murder, with useful insights into the Italian legal system. View all 4 comments.
Sep 25, Merritt O'Boyle rated it it was amazing. I was fascinated by the Knox trial from the start and read just about everything I could get my hands on however , google translate was not sufficient for reading court transcripts! I read this in 3 days and despite already knowing everything that it contained, it was a great read. I don't think anyone should go into this book thinking that having the facts of the trial will show them what really happened, or who is really guilty.
I've always thought Amanda was involved and knew much more than she let on, but never thought she was the one actually inflicting the wounds.. I still know Rudy was part of it, but I still think that Amanda and Raffaele know the full truth--and their books probably won't shed any more light on that truth than this one. It focused a lot on Merediths friends who were convinced Amanda is the killer, which was biased, and I laughed out loud when the prosecutor currently being investigated for his own crime is described as "respected", but so be it, it could've been an accurate description of how people in Italy viewed him despite his trial..
That being said, read it because you're interested in the case and it's a great read. Don't come into it with high expectations to get a clear cut verdict or the absolute truth. All we have is the evidence presented, and that's what Follain gives you. Aug 31, Stacie Wilson rated it liked it. Did not follow the current news about the case before. The book was helpful in telling what happened with the case.
My opinion was that Amanda Knox and her two male friends were involved. Many young lives were ruined epecially Meredith who lost her life in violent way and apparently among people she knew. This part of the story really made an impact with me For people looking for a culprit for the tragic murder of Meredith Kercher , look elsewhere. Unfortunately no one was charged with her murder even though a man was indirectly linked to it.
This book is basically a transcript of the court case which indicted Amanda Knox and her boyfriend. It includes e short appeal case that followed. A lot of Meredith 's family and friends felt let down by the acquittal but when there's a lot involved people will always want a scapegoat. A complex case from star For people looking for a culprit for the tragic murder of Meredith Kercher , look elsewhere. A complex case from start to finish Sep 21, Katie marked it as did-not-finish.
Bought this eBook because it was only a couple of dollars, and now I can see why! Having followed the case and read other books on the topic, this is a biased account that is definitely not "definitive" by any means. If you don't know anything about the case, I would recommend starting with Murder in Italy: This an absolutely atrocious book by a writer with a shocking disregard for fairness and accuracy.
Murder in Italy: Amanda Knox, Meredith Kercher and the Murder Trial that Shocked the World
The author is a close friend of the prosecutor's and presents his fairy tale with scant reference to the overwhelmingly powerful defense rebuttal that ultimately led to Knox and Sollecito's comprehensive acquittal. I have finished the book, I was stunned by the fact that the important evidences was missing! With reference on page - paragraph 3: It did not mention on DNA report I have finished the book, I was stunned by the fact that the important evidences was missing!
It did not mention on DNA report anywhere else other than page I have searched on the internet, apparently the two blonde hairs was missing and were never tested. See the comment on from the following links: The presence of the blonde hair was reported by Barbie Nadeau in Angel Face and also that it was lost. Since they were never listed in the official list of evidence samples collected at the crime scene, they were not discussed in court. I was also able to independently confirm when I was in Italy that those hairs had been lost during the rush to collect samples as soon as possible.
The worse the crimes are, the less people admit they're guilty,' one of them said. For her, the most terrible thing about it was that there was no motive for Meredith's death. Meredith died for nothing and she was killed by people who should have been their friends. My deepest condolence to Mez's family and beloved once. Rest in Peace Mez Feb 10, Lady Alexandrine rated it it was amazing Shelves: The book is very solid, based on facts. It presents the investigation and the trial that followed in an objective manner.
The crime itself was a horrible, unhuman act. There was no clear motive behind it. No reason why it happened. It is really difficult to accept. Quote from the book: Meredith died for nothing, and she was killed The book is very solid, based on facts.
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Meredith died for nothing, and she was killed by people who should have been her friends Sep 14, Melinda Clayton rated it it was amazing. Very detailed account of both trials and the evidence leading up to them. I had hoped to find a definitive answer as to guilt or innocence, but didn't. I actually started reading the book with the idea they were completely innocent.
I didn't end it believing they were guilty, but definitely had some questions. Sep 28, TC rated it liked it. This is an exhaustive chronological account of the Kercher murder, investigation, and two subsequent trials along with preliminary hearings as told by a reporter from The Sunday Times. It is culled from documents related to the investigation, Knox's personal diaries seized by police, court proceedings, and interviews he conducted with Kercher's family and friends, Knox's family, and many of the lawyers, prosecutors, and detectives involved in the case but not, it should be noted, with Amanda, This is an exhaustive chronological account of the Kercher murder, investigation, and two subsequent trials along with preliminary hearings as told by a reporter from The Sunday Times.
It is culled from documents related to the investigation, Knox's personal diaries seized by police, court proceedings, and interviews he conducted with Kercher's family and friends, Knox's family, and many of the lawyers, prosecutors, and detectives involved in the case but not, it should be noted, with Amanda, or her co-defendent Rudy Guede, the only person currently convicted of the crime. This is, for sure, an Amanda-centric book as you can tell from the subtitle. Despite the fact she was not the only defendant, and despite the constant complaints from Kercher's family that the person who seems most forgotten is their daughter Meredith, this book continues on with the endless fascination the world has with Amanda.
What it does not do is report on that fascination--much, anyway. There is a little taste of it during the trial, especially as the author describes Amanda's daily wardrobe choices and hair styles at almost every court appearance. But the near-constant din in the Italian, UK, and US press and their subsequent slants that helped divide the populations of those countries into pro- and anti- Amanda camps, is mostly ignored.
Instead what we get is a basic true-crime book, told with journalistic integrity. A little of the author's biases come through: Overall though the treatment seems even-handed, fair, fact-based, and free of both sensationalistic language and conjecture. What emerges then is an exhausting mind-pounding of the case. The key question has always been: What you believe probably depends on which country's papers you read.
This should be your chance to finally form an unbiased opinion. What I found by story's end was that I just didn't know. It seems unlikely that she and Sollecito were murderers. Our first encounter, in Perugia Italy , took place around 10 days before the murder, which occurred the 1. The surprising decision of the Appellate Court of Perugia, absolving Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito from the crime, leaves Rudy Guede the only person convicted of the murder. In the end of , two months before the murder, Guede started a friendship with the group of Spanish students from Erasmus which had just arrived to Perugia.
He lived in an old house in the style that was often rented to foreign students: An uncomfortable building which only advantage was the proximity with the 2 universities in town Degli Studi and Per Stranieri. Guede was a neighbor of 2 girls from Valladolid Spain , Marta and Carolina, who shared a place with 2 other Italians: My first contact with Rudy Guede took place in the middle of October, some 10 days before the incident.
In the celebration of the birthday of one of the neighbors of Guede I was presented to the Ivorian.
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- A Death in Italy: The Definitive Account of the Amanda Knox Case by John Follain.
- "Out in town drinking with the murderer from Perugia".
For all of us Rudy was just a funny African American, an extroverted guy who liked basketball and partying. The confidence the neighbors of Corso Garibaldi had with Rudy was unlimited. The house of the Ivorian and the neighbors was interjoined by a place for washing clothes. The Spanish girls shared the expenses of electricity with Guede. The level of confidence between the neighbors permitted Carolina to see the apartment of Guede.
It is an award-winning book about the many trials of Amanda Knox, by an Italian-American author and journalist who went to court and reported on the case for 8 years. Amanda was acquitted of the murder in See all 3 questions about Murder in Italy…. Lists with This Book. Jun 25, Michelle rated it really liked it.
In fact, Candace and I exchanged several emails about the case throughout the investigation. For anyone interested in this case, you can find a lot of background information and become familiar with one perspective of what happened. To put it mildly, the editing should have been much tighter, and I chalk that up to the publisher wanting to get this out as fast as possible. But the final verdict: In fact, I read this in a couple days, never losing interest even though I already knew the essentials of the story.
Candace has said that she wanted to write about the story as a dream turned into a nightmare, and she accomplished that. She also did a great job of painting the scene in Perugia and giving readers a little peek into this unique corner of Italy where a new crop of young foreigners pass through all the time. View all 7 comments. Jan 07, Wendy rated it liked it Shelves: Won a free copy on Goodreads!
I found this book absorbing and fascinating, despite the fact that I knew the ending! I'm convinced now that Amanda Knox and Raffiele Sollicita are innocent. The writing is good for the genre; this is not great literature but the pace is fast and readable. At times, the descriptions seemed trite, such as when she repeatedly called Amanda and her boyfriend "lovebirds". But I was impressed by the authors knowledge of the case and her attempts to present all the facts, Won a free copy on Goodreads!
But I was impressed by the authors knowledge of the case and her attempts to present all the facts, as well as the treatment this case received in the press. What a sad and strange set of circumstances. Read this if you want to know what the case is really about. Do not depend on the media reports. I was especially interested in this book because I live in Seattle. Amanda Knox was from Seattle and went to the University of Washington.
I feel for her sitting in prison for years, her youth wasted because of a corrupt and unjust legal system. Jul 27, Q. Kelly rated it it was amazing. The special, aired after Knox, her boyfriend and another man were found guilty of murdering her roommate, said that Knox claimed she was treated unfairly and that her trial was a sham.
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I did not give her claims much thought, attributing them to things all guilty people say. She probably WAS guilty, I thought. After all, I reasoned, a court would not have found her guilty. First up, the Italian justice system is very different from the American system. Jurors are allowed to talk to one another, watch coverage about the case on TV and read media and news reports. Jurors are allowed to sleep in court. No blood evidence, no DNA, no nothing. The book is well worth reading to see how events spiraled out of control. Some reviewers elsewhere have said Candace Dempsey is a friend of the Knox family and blogged on the case throughout.
Whether this is true, I do not know, but even taking this in mind, I find the way Amanda was railroaded shameful. I am going to read a few other Knox books to get other perspectives. If anything incriminating would be said, it would be then. However, soooo conveniently, the police did not record their interviews with Amanda herself. So, her confession and her allegations of police brutality—not on tape.
What a terrible book. I am very disappointed. First of all I did not know anything about this case when i started reading. At first I liked the book, the writing style was fine but then i started to notice the author was constanty telling us that one girl in the book was innocent. If there is something I hate it is a writer who is too biased.
Of course many true crime writers have feelings when they write a book, but this author, constantly she was finding excuses for Amanda Knox, so much s OMG. Of course many true crime writers have feelings when they write a book, but this author, constantly she was finding excuses for Amanda Knox, so much so that it annoyed me so much i could not keep reading. So now I still do not know what happened. View all 6 comments. Mar 25, Sarah rated it liked it Shelves: I received this book from goodreads in a firstreads giveaway and I would like to thank the author, Candace Dempsey, for hosting an international giveaway and I would also like to thank the goodreads team for providing me with the opportunity to enjoy such an engaging piece of work.
I tend to ignore newspaper headlines and newspapers in general, but for some reason perhaps the mention of my favourite social networking site- facebook , I sat up and paid attention when I came across the headline of an article about the murder of a British student in Italy. Throughout the reading of this book, I was struck by the injustice of it all. The harsh allegations made against American student Amanda Knox, who was the prime suspect and later went on to be sentenced for the murder of her roommate, were without sufficient evidence and I believe that her arrest and sentencing were as a result of prejudice due to her nationality and the need for a speedy conclusion to the case.
While I have to admit that certain aspects of her behaviour may indicate an underlying layer of pathology, especially in a country where behaviour tends to lean towards the conservative, the fact that psychological assessments conducted on both Amanda and her boyfriend, the co-accused Raffaele Sollecito, did not come up with any results indicative of pathology serves to work against this theory. However, it is quite obvious from descriptions of Amanda in the Italian media and from statements made by police officials, that she was often judged by her loud and assertive personality as they kept making mention of the fact that she would loudly complain of tiredness, hunger and thirst.
They were often referred to as co-conspirators because they were always together and when one of them was called in for questioning, the other would naturally follow. I enjoyed the descriptions of the quaint little hilltop town of Perugia with it's buzzing student life and party scene which provided an insider's view into the social customs and general attitude of Italians to foreigners. I particularly enjoyed getting to know each character involved in this case on a more personal level and found it funny how Raffaele was often described as an Italian Harry Potter.
After viewing the photographs captured by the author of the accused and deceased as well as their families, I can see why Raffaele was described in that manner and why Amanda was described as having sweet, innocent features that could easily lead lower-ranking officers to lose objectivity in her presence.
The fact that both Amanda and Raffaele could not accurately remember their alibis for the night of the murder due to drug use serves as a strong argument against the use of drugs and has taught Raffaele a lesson that will remain with him, I am sure, for the rest of his life. Reading about their time spent in isolation in prison made me imagine myself in their shoes and I realised the full import of the judgement that would be made. I found it appalling how manipulative the wardens were by encouraging Amanda and Raffaele to keep journals in prison only to later turn around and use their written words against them.
The pulling of information, pictures and videos off their facebook, myspace and blog pages to prove that they were capable of murder was one aspect of this tale that just scared the crap out of me. The fact that the public unquestioningly bought it all and were just relieved to return to a sense of safety angered me. I believe that that Italian police made a hasty decision after coming under pressure to crack the case as soon as possible or risk being regarded as incompetent and that, in serving their own interests, they may have ruined innocent lives.
Aug 21, Mark Saha rated it it was amazing. Simply put, this is easily the best read to date -- a solid retelling of events leading to the murder of Meredith Kercher and conviction of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito. If there appears a slight bias toward Knox, it is perhaps inevitable because the case against her was so absurd.
Edgardo Giobbi of Italy's Serious Crimes Squad boasted on video that physical evidence was not necessary because "psychological observation" quickly allowed them to arrest the guilty parties: A Simply put, this is easily the best read to date -- a solid retelling of events leading to the murder of Meredith Kercher and conviction of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito. Rudy Guede, a serial burglar released by police only a week earlier, broke into the apartment through a roommate's window.
Kercher was murdered when she returned home unexpectedly and caught him in the act. Guede was quickly arrested and convicted. But Giobbi, Prosecutor Magnini, and the Perugia police had already paraded three innocent people though the streets of Perugia. Amanda had been slandered in the press as a "she-devil" who vindictively seduced two men into killing her roommate. Despite a lack of evidence, she was convicted and sentenced to 26 years for having masterminded the crime.
Her boyfriend received 25 years. Guede's 30 year sentence was reduced to 16 in return for implicating them, and with good behavior he will likely be released in another two or three years. Amanda and Raffaele have since been acquitted. One would hope that Perugia's police and prosecutor will face serious charges of forced confessions, falsifying evidence, and destroying evidence.
Apparently, that is not to be. Despite the acquittals, this saga is still under litigation in Italy. Those wishing to know how it began cannot do better than Candace Dempsey's chilling and fascinating page-turner. Dec 20, Christina-marie Wright rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Recommended to Christina-marie by: Candace Dempsey does a phenomenal job of sorting through the sensationalism surrounding the case of Meredith Kercher and her accused killers - specifically, Amanda Knox.
MURDER IN ITALY reads like a novel, telling the story of Kercher's last days, briefly describing the horrific scene of her murder, and provides insight to the lurid headlines that accompanied the public spectacle of the investigation and trials. Readers learn the origin of the much-broadcast nickname for Amanda Knox, "Foxy Knoxy Candace Dempsey does a phenomenal job of sorting through the sensationalism surrounding the case of Meredith Kercher and her accused killers - specifically, Amanda Knox.
Readers learn the origin of the much-broadcast nickname for Amanda Knox, "Foxy Knoxy," and relive her description of the long, taxing interrogation that ended with a confession Knox would later recant.
Dempsey describes the public and private mourning of two families who've lost daughters - one to murder, the other to an Italian prison. All the players are described in vivid detail, from the prosecutorial team to the forensic experts to the innocent bar owner fingered by Knox in her recanted confession. We're left to wonder how a murder scene could be handled so shoddily by investigators as we learn the Postal Police were the first to arrive and allowed tenants of the home to enter the crime scene to retrieve possessions.
Eyewitness accounts of police activity don't match police testimony, and in the end, it all seems to come down to "police said" versus "everyone else said. In all, the book is an excellent read and - even though many have seen the case play out in the media - sorts fact from fiction in an effort to bring reality to the mystery.
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