“That’s the form of entice I’m in, the place I’m always having to be in dialog with one thing that I’d reasonably not,” Ms. Knox stated.
“I’m always 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 had 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 will need to have talked about that blood for 10 minutes,” stated Nina Burleigh, an investigative journalist who lined the trial from Perugia. Mr. Guede was released final 12 months.
It might later be decided that there was no organic hint of Ms. Knox or Mr. Sollecito within the bed room, in keeping with court docket paperwork. However after an all-night interrogation — wherein Ms. Knox stated she was hit behind the pinnacle by police and didn’t have a lawyer or interpreter current — Ms. Knox signed a confession, written in Italian, putting 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 court docket, however Ms. Knox could be convicted of defaming Mr. Lumumba.
Any high-profile court docket case is as a lot a media battle as a authorized one. In Italy, residence of the paparazzi, juries are usually not sequestered and it is not uncommon for police and attorneys to leak info 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.)