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Feb 11, 2014

Death in Perugia: Meredith Kercher, Amanda Knox and the new global class war

Seven years ago, Meredith Kercher was murdered in Perugia. Last month, an Italian court reconfirmed the conviction for her murder against Amanda Knox and her then-boyfriend. The evidence is overwhelming, so why is the world convinced of Knox's innocence? The Kercher murder is a story of new global class divisions and who benefits from them, says Crikey's writer-at-large.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle

Correspondent-at-large

When private legal matters become public, it is usually wise to avoid forming a judgement. Usually, but not always. For every trial whose fascination is merely lurid, shocking and voyeuristic, there is a Dreyfus affair, in which all the prejudices and assumptions of a civilisation are compressed into a single courtroom, a single case.

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  1. Peter Hayward

    Hhmnn “gone to take a dump” .. and “he would fuck her” (without quotes in the story) now that’s an interesting although very clear style of reporting.

  2. Christina Elisabeth

    Very interesting take, quite different to this article I read in Saturday’s Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/08/who-is-amanda-knox-interview

  3. Mark out West

    Thanks, great round up.

  4. Wynn

    Tsushima is very much at odds with other things I’ve read about the state of the evidence, and on its face raises questions. Lack of DNA from Knox and Sollecito indicates a clean-up, but Guede’s DNA was found on the body? Did they manage to clean up selectively? DNA evidence was found in a bra clasp collected six weeks after the crime?? What about the history and reputation of the prosecutor? And I would’ve thought we’d all have learned the dangers of making assumptions about guilt on the basis of an “inappropriate” affect after the crime.

    Hard to know what to make of this with no reference to sources, other than media reports.

  5. Wynn

    Good grief. “This is very much….”

  6. Lisa Nicol

    Excellent coverage.

    The MSM are guilty of paying scant regard to the facts of this case and presenting Knox as removed and incapable of such a crime.

    Just five minutes of independent research will reveal the opposite. eg…her penchants for the occult and various dark arts to begin with would fill volumes.

    Now that she and Sollecito have finally been found guilty, again, it remains to be seen whether the US will allow her extradition back to Italy to face sentencing.

    Don’t hold your breath. The MSM will continue to muddy the waters of this case and present Knox as Miss Snow White to the gullible American public.

    The facts are she is as guilty as hell. Kercher did not die by misadventure. It was a planned thrill kill homicide in a town, Perugia, itself a hotbed of Satanic activity.

  7. William Bowe

    Guy, you have been gravely misled here by the obsessive pro-guilt websites. I’d doubt anyone wants to read the comprehensive fisking I could certainly conduct on all this, so I’ll pick out a few key examples:

    [Phone records would later suggest that Sollecito’s call to the police to report a break-in occurred after, not before, the first cops arrived, investigating the dumped mobiles.]

    Wrong. The basis of this was a garage camera timing the arriving of the police car which proved to be 10 to 12 minutes slow. This was accepted even at the first trial which convicted her.

    [Police had searched Sollecito’s apartment, noticed a strong smell of bleach, and found a knife matching a bloody print on Kercher’s sheets.]

    Wrong. The knife is far too big to match the outline on the sheet, which obviously belongs to whichever knife Guede used.

    [The scene was consistent with the rock being thrown from inside, using the shutters as a buffer.]

    This, among other things, is debunked pretty thoroughly by a recreation conducted for a Channel Five documentary, partly done at the scene. The break-in could easily have been done with one climb, and the pattern of glass inside the room is entirely consistent with the rock having been thrown from outside.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsQLKWDskhA

    You would do well to watch the whole thing if you can get around the geoblock:

    http://www.channel5.com/shows/amanda-knox-trial-5-key-questions/episodes/amanda-knox-trial-5-key-questions

    [Police also found ample DNA for another person on Kercher and in her bedroom, which they traced to Rudy Guede, an unemployed kid from the Ivory Coast, whom both Knox and Kercher had befriended and who had been at the apartment before.]

    They may have met there, but there is no basis for saying they “befriended”.

    [The prosecution initially assumed this would be a formality, and had it been, there things might have ended — had the appeals court not — to everyone’s surprise vacated the judgment.]

    The appeal court ruling surprised nobody, including the prosecution.

    Occam’s razor: The break-in wasn’t staged. Rudy Guede broke into the house and made himself at home, following an MO he had established at multiple other break-ins over the preceding weeks. While he was in the toilet, the victim arrived home and proceeded to her bedroom. Needing her key to get out, he proceeded to the bedroom to confront her, and promptly lost control of the situation.

    Knox was thereafter the victim of the prosecution privileging its hypothesis, sweating an investigation out of her and destroying her reputation for weeks after with lurid leaks to a ravenous media, many of them patently false. By the time the physical evidence came in and all of it pointed to an unrelated fourth party, they had dug themselves in too deep to withdraw from the original theory.

    So it was that they bolted together the bizarre tale of a motiveless crime conducted by people who knew each other barely if at all. This involved an entirely unknown series of events which played out at most over two hours between Knox and Sollecito been witnessed behaving perfectly normally at Sollecito’s apartment, and a time of death which the contents of Kercher’s stomach suggests to have been considerably earlier than the 11pm — notwithstanding what one witness (not several) thinks she may have heard at that time.

  8. William Bowe

    [Just five minutes of independent research will reveal the opposite. eg…her penchants for the occult and various dark arts to begin with would fill volumes.]

    “Her penchants for the occult and various dark arts” would fill nothing. They simply don’t exist.

  9. Wynn

    I’ve never seen it suggested that Kercher died by misadventure. Guede, whose DNA was found on her body, killed her.

    The satanic ritual stuff is sensationalist garbage.

  10. William Bowe

    My lengthy response to this is stuck in moderation, so I’ll repaste the conclusion:

    Occam’s razor: The break-in wasn’t staged. Rudy Guede broke into the house and made himself at home, following an MO he had established at multiple other break-ins over the preceding weeks. While he was in the toilet, the victim arrived home and proceeded to her bedroom. Needing her key to get out, he proceeded to the bedroom to confront her, and promptly lost control of the situation.

    Knox was thereafter the victim of the prosecution privileging its hypothesis, sweating an investigation out of her and destroying her reputation for weeks after with lurid leaks to a ravenous media, many of them patently false. By the time the physical evidence came in and all of it pointed to an unrelated fourth party, they had dug themselves in too deep to withdraw from the original theory.

    So it was that prosecutors bolted together what they had told everyone had happened with what actually did, to produce the bizarre tale of a motiveless crime conducted by people who knew each other barely if at all. This involved an entirely unknown series of events which played out at most over two hours between Knox and Sollecito being witnessed behaving perfectly normally at Sollecito’s apartment, and a time of death which the contents of Kercher’s stomach suggest to have been considerably earlier than the 11pm  —  notwithstanding what one witness (not several) thinks she may have heard at that time.

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