Episode #25: Amanda Knox and the Murder of Meredith Kercher
Summary of the Case:
In 2007, American student Amanda Knox moved to Italy to study college abroad. She shared an apartment with several girls, including Meredith Kercher. She began dating a local, Raffaele Sollecito.
On November 1st, Amanda and Raffaele claim they were at his apartment all night. When Amanda came home the next day, she would find that her roommate Meredith had been brutally murdered. Immediately police were suspicious of Amanda and Raffaele because they were acting in a way police found suspicious, such as kissing.
After being interrogated in Italian (which she did not understand) and not given proper breaks, Amanda signed a confession to the murder, but immediately recanted the admission. The damage was done, and Amanda and Raffaele were put on trial for the murder.
Meanwhile, police began investigating another person, Rudy Guede. Rudy had a history of burglary, and his DNA was inside Meredith. He had fled the country after the murder, and on Skype confessed to a friend he killed Meredith, and that Amanda and Raffaele had nothing to do with it. He was extradited back to Italy where he was found guilty of the rape and murder of Meredith.
The trial began for Amanda and Raffaele. The prosecution alleged that Amanda was a sexual deviant, and had convinced Raffaele and Rudy to help her rape, torture and murder Meredith in a type of sick sex game. Amanda and Raffaele were found guilty, and sentenced to 26 years and 25 years, respectively. They appealed, and 2011, they were both found not guilty after the courts determined there was not enough evidence to connect Amanda and Raffaele to the crimes.
Sources for this Episode:
Meredith’s Wikipedia Article
Amanda Knox Wikipedia Article
Sky News Video
**All though this book by Amanda Knox was not directly used, both hosts have previously read it and probably referenced it
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