In 2007, American student Amanda Knox was accused of murdering her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, while the two participated in a college study abroad program in Perugia, Italy.
I didn't know all the details of the crime, but I heard that while Knox and her Italian boyfriend of one week, Raffaele Sollecito, waited outside as the police examined the house that she displayed strange and inappropriate behavior. The police said Knox laughed, talked, jumped around, kissed Sollecito . . . Who acts that way when a roommate's corpse lies nearby?
Some kind of sexual activity was supposed to be part of the murder, too, and allegedly Sollecito joined Knox in a sex "game" that resulted in Kercher's death.
Knox and Sollecito were arrested, tried, and convicted in 2009, with twenty-two- year-old Knox sentenced to twenty-six years, while Sollecito received twenty-five years.
|Amanda Knox on trial.|
I didn't hear about Knox again until several years passed. She had been released, but accusations lingered. I didn't understand the case.
I learned much more when I watched the documentary Amanda Knox (2016) on Netflix Streaming.
The documentary features Knox herself talking about the case, backed up by evidence used to exonerate her. And all that talk about her being a she-devil? It came from the police and was blown up by tabloid reporters who learned that Knox's Facebook name was "Foxy Knoxy"––which they didn't hesitate to use. Later they called her "Knoxy."
I also learned about alleged abuse by the Italian police. The laboratory that tested items for DNA mishandled them. The list goes on and on. Sollecito and Amanda Knox were acquitted by Italy's highest court, but not until prison time and media accusations––she feels, and understandably so––destroyed her life.
And Foxy Knoxy? It's a name she probably used in jest. Knox is attractive, but at least in this film, not charismatic. Even after a murder conviction and prison time, she seems young and naive.
Now what about you? Do you remember this case? Did you think Amanda Knox was guilty?
If you want to learn more about Amanda Knox and her unfortunate run-in with the Italian Police, Amanda Knox is an excellent documentary, but we mustn't forget Meredith Kercher. Her family has suffered. They lost a family member. Later, they lost what they believed to be justice because they remain certain that Knox is the murderer.
Infinities of love,