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NINA BURLEIGH EXPLAINS THE BEWILDERING AMANDA KNOX CASE
In the wake of Amanda Knox's stunning post-acquittal reconviction of murdering British student Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy, Nina Burleigh is out with an enlightening piece on CNN.com explaining why the decision is so baffling to Americans.
Full story at CNN.com.
The Fatal Gift of Beauty
The Trials of Amanda Knox
Broadway Books, 2011
On November 1, 2007, Meredith Kercher, a British student at the University of Perugia, was found sexually assaulted and murdered in an apartment she shared with American student Amanda Knox and two other women. Knox reportedly returned home the following day to find the door open and bloodstains on the floor; police later found Kerchner's body in her locked room. Knox, along with boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, was eventually convicted of helping a local named Rudy Guede murder Kerchner when she resisted his advances. Amid a firestorm of media coverage, allegations were made that the investigation was botched; counter-allegations said the trial was fair and that portrayals of Knox as a victim were unwarranted. Here, journalist/author Burleigh reconstructs a murder case that has proved to be about much more than murder. There will be interest.