A best selling book written by journalist, Fionenza Sarzanini, could have been a cause for the relentless prosecution and final verdict of Amanda Knox, a foreign exchange student from the U.S. Found innocent once before for the killing of Meredith “Mez” Kercher, Knox has been sentenced to almost 29 years. Most surprisingly, Knox has been in America during her entire retrial; Laura Smith-Spark and Hada Messia with CNN. Despite her once-established innocence and the prosecution’s questionable supporting evidence, or lack thereof, prosecutors alleged Sollecito, Knox, and a man from the Ivory Coast, Rudy Guede, who is serving a sentence of only 16 years now, were all involved in this murder.
There had been much heated debate over the years since the early questioning and interrogations of Knox and then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito. During preliminary investigations, friends of Kercher reported seeing Knox acting inappropriately at the police station, but details were unspecified. Knox reports being treated cruelly and having a hard time understanding the translator who was brought to aid in the investigation. Knox claims she was not given access to food, water, or the bathrooms. She has said that she was beaten and manipulated by the detectives until eventually she signed a statement, naming herself as an accomplice to Kercher’s murder. She later wrote a letter stating the events which led up to her statement, which she claims was only signed under duress. For this reason, the confession was thrown out of court.
Journalist Sarzanini was ordered to compensate Knox $55,000 for damages on the civil grounds of invasion of privacy. Knox’s father, Chris Mellas, says the notes, which were used in the best-selling publication, were Knox’s private property. These school notebooks were never entered into evidence.
Referring to Knox as “Foxy Knoxy,” the book that influenced Knox’s outcome consisted of private diary statements she had written regarding past experiences with lovers. These personal notebooks were believed to have been on her person during the time of arrest, and it is still in question how the journalist received these personal items when only the jail employees had access. Fionenza Sarzanini led readers on to believe that Knox was somewhat of a sex fiend or deviant monster, possibly influencing a traditional public and judge.
After serving four years in prison, Amanda Knox’s first conviction was overturned, but Italy’s Supreme Court was convinced Kercher’s death was due to a “multi-person sex game.” Some sources indicate since the court pursued so relentlessly and convicted Knox so harshly, there is question to whether or not this case was tainted by anti-American sentiment. Media has been blamed for influence over court procedures. For a journalist to publicize such a biased and untimely narrative, there leaves little room to doubt the influence the book had on Knox’s outcome.
Rudy Hermann Guede, who is known as a petty thief and small-time drug dealer, had been found guilty of sexual assault on Kercher in her home, and he was convicted of Kercher’s murder. The only DNA and fingerprint samples found at the crime scene belonged to Rudy Guede. Not only were they his fingerprints, but they were coated in Kercher’s blood.
Friends of Kercher claim items, such as credit cards, were missing from the victim’s room. Connecting Guede’s thieving character to the scene, Kristal Hawkins with Crimelibrary reports Rudy had been in a knife fight once before. It just so happens the murder weapon is believed to have been a knife as the victim was cut across the throat. The coroner’s report says the cause of death was dually blood loss and suffocation.
As the matter of Knox’s extradition comes to the public awareness, David Harding with New York Daily News reports that the “Amanda Knox-Meredith Kercher” house is currently for sale.
By Lindsey Alexander