House of HorrorsHouse of Horrors
“ “ Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone …” Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone …”
Joni Mitchell, Big Yellow Taxi Joni Mitchell, Big Yellow Taxi
The house. The girls’ house. AK was ecstatic about it in her blog. And the truth is, it seemslike it was quite a neat place.In the early days of November as news seeped / filtered out concerning the Giallo, I needed tobetter visualise the house situation, both inside and out. Inside, thanks to segments of ahouseplan seen on Italian TV, we could get a feel for the general layout of the cottage (theinternal floorplan is being updated, will come out as a second part to this presentation).Externally, I wanted to relate the house to the town, something which is relatively easy, giventhe availability of on-line maps, and the timelines of key movements and locations we’vecompiled on the blog.There is another geographical dimension to the Giallo, however, which is the subject of thispresentation: the house itself, why is it there, what is it’s background, are there any particular characteristics of the house or its location which could contribute to the crime?As in many projects, I’ve had to cut off the development of this presentation. I had started toget references to mysteries, legends and “bad-vibes” in Perugia (for anything unrelated to theGiallo, it’s obligatory to google with the “-Knox -Sollecito” flag). But I think it’s better and we’llget more value out of the presentation, to get this out the door right now, having only verypartially met the initial objective, and allow the True Crime Webloggers to discuss it, andorient any further presentations on the subject.That said, Perugia, and what I’m calling the Northern Cwm, is very special. From theunderground Etruscan tombs in the area, to the pagan Roman temples, to the Templar knightpresence (just up the road from RS’s place), to Mother Nature rocking the ground on a regular basis, and many more natural and historical events.