A list of books and documentaries about the Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito case.
“48 Hours” – A Long Way From Home (April 2008) – Not Available
Amanda Knox Trial: 5 Key Questions (2013) Not Available – “The police conducted a Mickey Mouse investigation based on presumption, conjecture and intuition and it frightens me to death to think that you can go to jail for a very long time based on that evidence.”
Amanda Knox Panel – The Case for Innocence April 4, 2011 – A forum of forensic experts and authors gather at the James C. Pigott Pavilion on the Seattle University campus.
Justice On Trial – Italy (2011) – Looking back at the Amanda Knox murder appeal and whether Italy’s legal system made a serious lapse in even putting her on trial.
True Stories: The Trials of Amanda Knox directed by Garfield Kennedy (2010)
Murder Abroad: The Amanda Knox Story (2011) – CNN investigative correspondent Drew Griffin reveals new details that cast doubts upon controversial blood, knife, DNA, and other evidence presented in Knox’s original trial.
CNN Crimes of the Century: Amanda Knox (2013)
ABC 20/20 Amanda Knox: Guilty. Again (no longer available)
Why Amanda Knox was innocent with retired FBI Steve Moore March 2014 – CrimeTime with Jim Clemente
Amanda Knox Trial & Media Fiasco with Jim Clemente March 6, 2014
Amanda Knox – 100% Innocent, Presentation by Judge Mike Heavey Issaquah Rotary on April 2, 2013
L’omicidio di Meredith Kercher February 2014 – Ospite in studio Raffaele Sollecito che risponde alle domande di Roberta Bruzzone e Vittorio Feltri
Meredith: i segreti nella casa del delitto January 2009 – Porta Porta has a short interview with Marco Quintavalle starting at 40.10
Quarto Grado March 27, 2015
La gabbia – Quale giustizia? Puntata March 29, 2015
Sollecito, confessions of an ex monster October 2015 – Raffaele Sollecito, Gherardo Colombo (former judge) and Paolo Crepet (psychiatrist) guests of Lilli Gruber
Van Sant’s Notebook April 12, 2009 – Peter Van Sant previews his report on the Amanda Knox case and how a 48 Hours investigation reveals disturbing evidence, questionable witnesses and a satanic conspiracy.
Background of Knox Case – Paul Ciolino talks to Peter Van Sant
Amanda Knox: Fighting for Freedom Elizabeth Vargas, ABC News, June 12, 2009
Digital Age-Did the Social Media Help Convict Amanda Knox? – Journalist Nina Burleigh followed the media saturated Amanda Knox case from start to finish. She concludes that Knox’ Italian murder conviction, later overturned on appeal, was a total miscarriage of justice.
Parla Raffaele Sollecito December 2010 Rai.tv
Meurtre à Perouse April 2014 Swiss TV – Jacques Secretan analyses the case: “Two lives are at stake and this is a miscarriage of justice.”
CrimeTime July 2014 – Jim Clemente discusses the continuing controversy over Amanda Knox and takes a look at the case for her innocence and Italian prosecution misdeeds.
CrimeTime August 2014 – Amanda Knox Evidence & False Confessions with James Curtis.
Professor Peter Gill on Porta a Porta – March 12, 2015
Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir by Amanda Knox
The Fatal Gift of Beauty: The Trials of Amanda Knox by Nina Burleigh
The Monster of Perugia: The Framing of Amanda Knox by Mark Waterbury PhD
The Forgotten Killer: Rudy Guede and the Murder of Meredith Kercher by Douglas Preston, John Douglas, Mark Olshaker, Steve Moore, Judge Michael Heavy, Jim Lovering and Thomas Lee Wright
Trial By Fury: Internet Savagery and the Amanda Knox Case by Doug Preston
Law & Disorder:: The Legendary FBI Profiler’s Relentless Pursuit of Justice by John Douglas & Mark Olshaker
Single Attacker Theory Of The Murder Of Meredith Kercher by Ron Hendry
Misleading DNA Evidence: Reasons for Miscarriages of Justice by Professor Peter Gill
The Forgotten Killer: Rudy Guede and the Murder of Meredith Kercher by Steve Moore
As I began to delve into the case, I learnt to my dismay that the investigation was botched at a level I have rarely seen outside of totalitarian or Third World countries. The forensics, “interrogation”, and conclusions of the detectives were at best completely and nightmarishly wrong, and at worst, intentionally corrupted. The conclusions and prosecutions in the Kercher murder investigation were based solely on (flawed) intuition, profound ignorance about the science of investigation, social and religious bias, superstition, corruption, and self-preservation.
Law & Disorder by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker
I have never seen a judge’s ruling so bizarre or nonsensical. It defies reason that it could have been conceived and written by an adult with any logical capacity whatsoever, much less an experienced jurist. To think that these two young people would be sentenced to spend a quarter of a century each in prison based on such a flight of fantasy is nothing less than sickening.
Violent crimes aren’t that elaborate or far-fetched. Never. A few basic things happen that lead to tragedy. Convoluted, counterintuitive scenarios are what happen in fiction. Given a certain set of evidence, which is a more coherent narrative— one of the explanations the prosecution or judges bought into, or that a local disco guy without a job, with a history of burglary and drugs, broke into a house he already knew, stole money, found one of the women residents home, began to sexually assault her, panicked and killed her, then escaped?
That scenario is clear-cut and logical: Rudy needed money. He went to the house on Via della Pergola, didn’t see any signs of habitation, so he broke a window with a rock and climbed up and in Filomena’s room. He was a lithe, athletic basketball player so this was hardly the feat of herculean skill the police and prosecutors seemed to think. It was the beginning of the month so it was likely rent money would be lying around. But first, as he had done on other occasions—past behavior predicts future behavior— he helped himself to food in the kitchen. His DNA bears this out. He then had to use the bathroom, and was probably surprised when he heard someone enter the house. This explains the toilet not being flushed; either he rushed out suddenly to see who it was or didn’t want to alert the other person that she was not alone.
He then had to neutralize the other person, who turned out to be Meredith. It could have been any of the four women— the scenario and outcome would have been the same.
It is clear from the crime scene that Meredith did not submit meekly. There is blood all over the place, which indicates she bravely fought like hell. Once she was rendered helpless, he could have had his sexual way with her, or even masturbated on or over her body as she was dying. The scene also tells me that he didn’t even leave right away then. He probably continued to look around for anything he might want to take, and threw the blanket haphazardly over her body so he wouldn’t have to look at her and confront what he had done. He was sophisticated enough to lock Meredith’s bedroom door, delaying discovery of the body. He went home through a circuitous route so as not to be spotted, and along the way ditched the two mobile phones he had stolen. When he got to his room he cleaned up and changed clothes. Anyone involved with this scene would have been covered with blood. Perhaps he even broke into the downstairs and took clothing belonging to one of the men. Then from home, he went out to the clubs to dance the night away.
Douglas, John; Olshaker, Mark (2013-02-26). Law & Disorder (pp. 369-370). Kensington. Kindle Edition.