In 2009, two years after murdered UK student MEREDITH KERCHER was found half-naked, her throat slashed, and following a year-long trial, a Perugia judge and jury convicted AMANDA KNOX, and RAFFAELE SOLLECITO and RUDY GUEDE of MURDER At MEZZANOTE—(MURDER At MIDNIGHT)!!!
With a cold fog snaking over the cobbled piazza, they rendered their verdict in a medieval courtroom while seated beneath a peeling fresco of the Madonna, which may explain why all the lawyers in the room made appeals to God in their final arguments. Italian, British and American TV reported the denouement in breaking-news alerts, while outside, a mob shouted, “ASSASSINA AMERICANA" (AMERICAN ASSASSIN)!!! and surged toward the doors of the courthouse, lacking only torches and pitchforks to make it a clip worthy of a Boris Karloff movie.
AMANDA KNOX languished in an Italian prison for four years before a judge overturned her conviction. When she was released, she immediately fled back to her hometown of SEATTLE, WA, where her family lives and where she resides today.
But how long she’ll be able to stay there, or even whether she’ll be able to marry her fiancé, is suddenly up in the air. With an appeal hearing set for March 25, Italian judges are expected to issue a final ruling on whether Knox murdered her roommate in Perugia almost eight years ago. The ruling might baffle those who thought the tabloid-soaked case was resolved, but the palazzo of Italian justice has many rooms, and the CORTE SUPREMA Di CAZZAZIONE (SUPREME COURT Of CASSATION)—Italy’s highest court—is expected to reinstate the conviction and make Knox a fugitive from justice.
In 2009, NEWSWEEK Journalist NINA BURLEIGH went to Italy to cover the case, and returns to bring us additional insight into MURDER & JUSTICE: The NEW TRIALS Of AMANDA KNOX.