I’ve started this blog to write about crime stories that are in the news, with the idea that some people might read it.
My first posts will be about the murder of Meredith Kercher. This took place in Perugia, Italy, in 2007 and two of those convicted of the murder, Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito are currently appealing the sentence. Discussing the case on the Internet seems to be quite a popular pastime, so I’m hoping that there is room for one more blogger on the subject.
Although the evidence against Knox, Sollecito and their co-accused Rudy Guede (whose appeals have already been unsuccessful) seems pretty strong on the face of it, there are a fair few people who feel that Knox, in particular, is the innocent victim of a prosecution that has somehow gone wrong. And there are, indeed, questions that could do with answering about some of the evidence on which the convictions of Knox and Sollecito were based. Significantly, some of the DNA evidence in the case is currently being re-examined in Rome. The results of that re-examination could end up confirming that the earlier guilty verdicts were sound. But, if the original testing is placed in significant doubt, it could change the dynamics of the whole case.
The defendants in the case have each given their own account of what happened around the time of the murder and during its aftermath. But none of these accounts seem satisfactory and each gives the impression of hiding something. What makes the case so perplexing and interesting is that there doesn’t seem to be any motivation for the crime – assuming it took place in the manner in which prosecutors contend – which most people would find comprehensible. How three seemingly normal and non-violent young adults could come to commit a violent sexual assault upon one of their peers and then stab her to death, if that really is what happened, is a mystery whose solution seems lost far off in the mist. You get the feeling that the only people who will ever understand what took place in the room where Meredith Kercher was killed are the people who were there.