“That’s the type of lure I’m in, the place I’m continually having to be in dialog with one thing that I might moderately not,” Ms. Knox mentioned.
“I’m continually informed that I ought to simply disappear.”
The Making of a Caricature
What occurred that night time in Perugia could also be debated without end. However there are some primary information — not rumors, not wild theories from the prosecution, not tabloid spin.
The physique of Meredith Kercher, a 21-year-old scholar on the College of Leeds, was found in her bed room in the home she shared with three roommates, together with Ms. Knox, on Nov. 2, 2007.
Mr. Guede, whose bloody fingerprints have been discovered on the partitions of the room, and his DNA on her garments and inside her vagina, was tried individually from Ms. Knox and Mr. Sollecito and convicted earlier than their trial started. He testified that he sat with Ms. Kercher as she died, didn’t name police and was nonetheless unable to get the river of blood out of his thoughts. “He should have talked about that blood for 10 minutes,” mentioned Nina Burleigh, an investigative journalist who lined the trial from Perugia. Mr. Guede was released final yr.
It will later be decided that there was no organic hint of Ms. Knox or Mr. Sollecito within the bed room, in keeping with courtroom paperwork. However after an all-night interrogation — during which Ms. Knox mentioned she was hit behind the top by police and didn’t have a lawyer or interpreter current — Ms. Knox signed a confession, written in Italian, inserting her on the home and accusing Patrick Lumumba, a Congolese bar proprietor who had been her boss, of the crime. Ms. Knox recanted inside hours, and the confession was later dominated inadmissible in courtroom, however Ms. Knox could be convicted of defaming Mr. Lumumba.
Any high-profile courtroom case is as a lot a media battle as a authorized one. In Italy, residence of the paparazzi, juries usually are not sequestered and it is not uncommon for police and legal professionals to leak data to the press. Which might assist clarify the leak of Ms. Knox’s jailhouse journal, which included a listing of sexual companions, written after jail authorities informed her she had examined constructive for H.I.V. (She had not.)