CASE FILE: Amanda Knox
Overview of the Case:
In the Fall of 2007, 22-year-old British student Meredith Kercher and her 22-year-old American roommate, Amanda Knox, were studying in the sleepy town of Perugia, Italy. On November 1st, Kercher was found brutally stabbed to death in their apartment, and Knox and her Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito were accused of the crime. Although there was considerable evidence against Knox, many believe she was an innocent girl unjustly convicted of murder by a corrupt system.
The murder was committed in Kercher and Knox’s rental apartment which they shared with two Italian students while attending classes at the University for Foreigners at the University of Perugia. In a community comprised of 34,000 students, 3,000 being foreign students, the surrounding neighborhood is full of bars and inexpensive restaurants for students.
On the night of November 1, 2007, Kercher was found on the floor of her bedroom, strangled, stabbed in the neck and partially unclothed with 47 cuts and bruises on her body (Kington 1). Blood was found at the scene and in the bathroom. According to the London Guardian, the window was broken from the inside, suggesting an attempt to fake a robbery. Footprints were also found under the body. The murder weapon, a bloody knife, was left at the scene.
Amanda Knox was the prime suspect in the case. Originally from Seattle, Washington, at the time of Kercher's murder, Knox was a 20-year-old University of Washington language student. She was in Perugia attending the University for Foreigners for one year, studying Italian, German and creative writing. It was at University that Knox met the victim, as well as Raffaele Sollecito, who later became her boyfriend, and another suspect in the crime. Sollecito is from Giovinazzo, Bari, and was 23 years old at the time of the murder. He was pursuing a degree in computer engineering at the University of Perugia when he met Knox. He is from an affluent family, the son of a urologist from Italy (Rizzo, 2009, p.1).
A third suspect in the case was Rudy Hermann Guede. Guede was aged 20 at the time of the murder. He was originally from the Ivory Coast, and had come to Perugia at the age of five with his father, who worked as a laborer in the 1990s. At the age of 16, when his father left Italy, Guede was informally adopted by the family of a local businessman. Guede had acquired joint Italian nationality and studied accounting and hotelkeeping. He also played basketball for the Perugia youth team in the 2004–2005 season. He often stayed with his aunt who lived in Lecco, near Milan, and sometimes worked in Milan bars, returning occasionally to Perugia. According to Nadeau (2007), Guede had no criminal record at the time of the murder, and was the bouncer at the bar where Knox and Kercher spent much of their time.
There was considerable evidence against all three suspects, who were...