Murder in Perugia

A Fictional Tale of a Failed Action Figure

This is a mini-presentation, well, really just one photo, of Filomena’s window. It’s worthwhile to study it just to see how unbelievable is the “break-in” through her window. The situations presented here are related to ideas or event relationships which have arisen from the excellent multi-point-of-view, multi-timezone, and multi-cultural discussion resulting from Steve Huff’s True Crime Weblog on this tragedy: http://truecrimeweblog.freeforums. org/the-murder-of-meredith-kercher-f1.html (While you’re at it, visit Steve’s current blog, published by Village Voice Media: http://www. Any irony or sarcasm which may be encountered in the presentation or our discussions is not meant by any means to trivialise the pain and suffering, and butal senseless murder that the victim experienced, nor to reduce her memory. (Since the victim has no means to reply to any comments herein or scenarios described in other presentations, and the repeated use of her name in this context would only further hurt anyone close to her, I refer to her simply as “the victim”.) As we go through the scenarios of what may have happened in the crime, the only moment which is truly important is the day when the evidence is presented in court, like in any other serious crime case. I can only hope that there will be one single ending, that justice is served to those responsible for each of the crimes which have been determined by the Italian judiciary. I am buoyed by the fact that the victim’s family has continued to express confidence in the Italian justice system. - Kermit (15 September 2008) email:

Here we have Filomena’s trashed bedroom. Let’s focus in on the famous window.

Upper locking point for rotating rod hook Latch on vertical rotating rod

Blackout panel (behind glass)

Latch for blackout panel

Window frame with glass pane

Lower locking point for rotating rod hook

Upper and lower hooks on vertical rotating rod

Outside shutters

Blackout panel

Latch for blackout panel

Window frame with glass pane

Upper and lower locking points for rotating rod hooks

Rotating rod with upper and lower hooks

Only the lower third of the pane of glass on the left is broken, the right pane is not. That space is not big enough for anyone to squeeze through, especially a guy like Rudy. Even if it were big enough, the burglar would risk being guillotined if the upper remains of the glass fell on him. Potentially, perched on the narrow window sill, not being able to enter through the hole in the glass, he could put his hand through and open the latch. However, the latch on the left window frame isn’t to open the window, but rather to secure the blackout panel (which - for the Spiderman scenario to work - has to be open … if it’s closed then all that work and perching on the window sill is for nothing!) Now’s the ridiculous part - if the Spiderman scenario hasn’t been ridiculous up until now… Spiderman has to put his wrist through the dangerous angle of broken glass and …. well I don’t know what he has to do next, because the latch on the vertical rotating rod is what locks the window closed, and that is higher than the broken glass, and on the other window. This type of latch requires a movement which wouldn’t be impossible to do from an outside perch, but it would only be logical for Spiderman to break more glass to properly access the latch on the rotating rod. Otherwise he would risk slicing his wrist open. Nope. I can’t see it. Without more glass broken, even Spiderman wouldn’t have entered that window.

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