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Caruso 14 February 2012
Amanda Knox: International Crime Story of the Decade In Perugia, Italy on November 2nd, 2007, Meredith Kercher was found lying beneath her duvet cover with her throat slit, with a limp and lifeless body. The following material reports on all theories, media reports, evidence, investigations, accusations, and trial procedures in relation with the murder of Meredith Kercher. It seemed to all begin with a love connection between a 19-year-old American girl named Amanda Knox from Seattle, Washington and a 23-year-old Italian graduate student named Raffaele Sollecito. They had met one week prior to the murder and had begun sexual relations rather quickly. Nonetheless, they were allegedly together the night of the murder, smoking pot, watching a movie and having sexual relations. When Ms. Knox returned the following morning at 10:30 A.M., she first noticed the front door to the cottage was ajar.1 She was suspicious, but after recalling that her roommate was drinking the night before, she thought it was just due to carelessness and she proceeded with her shower as planned. After Ms. Knox finished her shower she noticed there was drips of blood in the sink.2 Here is an email she sent to her family two to three days after the murder to explain why she didn’t worry more about the blood: “There were drops of blood in the sink. At first I thought the blood might have come from my ears, which I had pierced extensively not too long ago, but then immediately I knew it wasn't mine … when I touched the blood in file sink, it was caked on already…. I
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thought it was strange, because my roommates and I… wouldn't leave blood in the bathroom, but I assumed that perhaps Meredith was having menstrual issues and hadn't cleaned up yet. Ew, but nothing to worry about.” (Rich par.16)3 The third clue tied it all together. Ms. Knox went into the cottages second bathroom and noticed feces in the toilet and instantly knew her roommates wouldn’t forget to flush.4 Ms. Knox quickly grabbed her things and ran back to Sollecito’s to let him know she suspected there had been an intruder in her cottage. Knox returned with Sollecito and they decided to call the police. “Sollecito called the carabinieri - the Italian military police - and the couple went outside to waft. Two officers soon arrived.5 They weren't carabinieri, however - they were postal police, a sleepy, junior-varsity unit of the state police responsible for investigating crimes like Internet fraud and stolen phones.” (Rich par.19) The postal police stomped through the house, leaving more then their share of fingerprints,6 and busted down Meredith Kerchers’s door diving head first into a worldwide controversy. Many wonder why this murder trial kept making news, after all, Meredith Kercher was just a college student. This was such a major controversy because it involved global politics and many global judicial systems and every country wanted their say in it. Italy had the other countries at begging at their feet because it occurred on their land, therefore Italy had the right to investigate, interrogate, and hold the trial; all points of major dispute. “There is still no clear motive, no precise time of death, and no definitive murder weapon... details have emerged in a wild series of leaks, contradictions and reversals.” (Donadio par.4) Donadio is writer for the New York Times in the USA. She does not sound pleased with how Italy was handling the murder investigation. This is a precise example of how this murder
Beth Caruso 2/29/12 4:30 PM Comment : If you take out wording and this is your ellipsis, put it in brackets to show that the ellipsis was not in the original source.
Beth Caruso 2/29/12 4:32 PM Comment : Your use past tense throughout your paper. Make sure you keep using it.
expressed the global climate at the time. There was low growth for the world economy in 2007, and this global conflict added to the tension. The following quote is written by Ian Fisher, another newspaper article writer, further proving how this case had begun a global clash: “There seemed to be a popular rush to suspect him, because he is an immigrant, and to defend him because he is an immigrant.” (Fisher par.12) This quote is directed towards Diya Lumumba7, Amanda Knox’s boss at the time of the murder. When Ms. Knox was being interrogated a few days after the murder, she falsely accused Mr. Lumumba. This was clearly a turning point in the investigation because not only did they rule out another suspect they now had a main suspect, Ms. Knox. It also didn’t help Ms. Knox’s case that she was acting particularly cheerful the next few days after the murder. She was caught multiple times by police doing cartwheels in the police station, and kissing Sollecito more then just a peck on the lips.8 The next stage of controversy usually circles around what occurred in those next few crucial days after the murder was committed. Did the Postal Police ruin the only true evidence? Why was Amanda Knox acting normal, and slightly cheerful, as if a traumatic incident hadn’t just occurred? What was the motive for killing an innocent British exchange student? These questions were all raised at press conferences but nobody knew the answers and the prosecutor in the Amanda Knox trial, Giuliano Mignini, sure didn’t. Briefly, Mr. Mignini is a native of Perugia, Italy and is notorious for making outlandish remarks in the courtroom during the Monster of Florence serial-killer case in which he was also the prosecutor. Giuliano Mignini was Amanda Knox’s worst nightmare during the four years she was incarcerated in an Italian jail. Mr. Mignini knew his reputation was riding on that of the outcome of the Amanda Knox trial. If he were to be wrong again, his name would be ruined
Beth Caruso 2/29/12 4:35 PM Comment : This paragraph could be much stronger if you use statements, rather than questions. This will allow you to pose your own view, in a way. Beth Caruso 2/29/12 4:34 PM Comment : How do they know that he was falsely accused? Beth Caruso 2/29/12 4:33 PM Comment : Rather than positioning your quotes as quotes, work to more smoothly incorporate them into the sentences.
forever. “JUDY BACHARACH ("VANITY FAIR") Because in Italy, the most important thing you can do is save face.”(Vargas) 2009 was an important year for the Knox family. Ms. Knox and her ex-boyfriend Sollecito were on trial for murder, illegally carrying a knife, staging a burglary, and sexual assault. The outcome was not looking good and the media wasn’t being optimistic either. This is when the nickname, “Foxy Knoxy” became popular. Amanda Knox was not known for being particularly shy or modest when it came to sexual relations, so when the tabloids heard of this childhood nickname, they went wild. December 6, 2009 was a devastating day for both Sollecito and Knox. They were both convicted of all four charges and Sollecito was given 25 years in prison and Knox was given 26 years. “Amanda Knox's first night as a convicted murderer was spent under surveillance from Italian authorities fearful that the devastated American student might hurt herself, her lawyer said yesterday.” (SUCIDE par.1) Amanda and Sollecito immediately asked for appeals to their cases. Almost two years after their original hearing, their appeal trial had arrived. On October 3, 2011, both Amanda Knox and Raffaelle Sollecito were released and their four appealed convictions were overturned. In all, Ms. Knox and Mr. Sollecito were incarcerated for a total of four years, and with a final verdict of innocent in the murder of Meredith Kercher. As one can imagine, Ms. Knox’s parents were furious. They had spent their life savings flying back and forth to Italy to be with their Daughter and to pay for a lawyer. 9 Amanda is now living in the United States with her family trying to get use to life as a free woman again. Ms. Knox and Sollecito no longer associate with each other. The prosecutor is appealing the trial, but Ms. Knox’s lawyer states, “We are not concerned about this appeal as Amanda's innocence was clearly and convincingly proven in her appeal trial. This is simply
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another example of harassment by the prosecution against Amanda and makes this terrible, painful incident continue to go on for Amanda, Raffaele and their families.." (Associated, par.3) Amanda’s family may be in extreme debt as of now, however, Amanda has already signed a four million dollar deal to publish a memoir about the nightmare that was her life for four years.
Beth Caruso 2/29/12 4:37 PM Comment : Work to give a conclusion that concludes your ideas, rather than one that just ends with the last idea you wrote about. Beth Caruso 2/29/12 4:40 PM Comment : Francesca, You have a great paper, and your transitions have certainly improved since last semester. In this paper, however, I’d like you to focus on the two distinct tones you use and work to make them more similar. In the first part of the paper, you give the story, but it sounds very much like a police report or a similar style newspaper article. Although the language you use is strong, the tone does not seem to match up with the tone you use in the rest of the paper. Work to give more information (such as the information you give in the second part of the paper) in the first part to dilute the tone. Your paper is quite strong, and I can certainly see you growing as a writer! Endnotes: Although you use your endnotes to talk about your story, use them to detail more of your ideas. Use the endnotes as brainstorming. Elaborate upon some of them and even add endnotes so you can allow your concept to come together.
I’m looking forward to seeing what you’ll do in your concept! -‐Ms. C
The Associated, Press. "Knox Family Not Worried About Appeal In Italy." AP English Worldstream - English (2012): Newspaper Source Plus. Web. 19 Feb. 2012. Bowman, James. "Sex, Lies & Amanda Knox." New Criterion 30.3 (2011): 60-64. Literary Reference Center. Web. 8 Feb. 2012. Donadio, Rachel. "Details Only Add to Puzzle In Umbrian Murder Case. " New York Times (1923-Current file) 30 Sep. 2008, ProQuest Historical Newspapers The New York Times (1851 - 2008), ProQuest. Web. 8 Feb. 2012. IAN FISHER. "Grisly Murder Case Intrigues Italian University City. " New York Times (1923Current file) 13 Nov. 2007,ProQuest Historical Newspapers The New York Times (1851 - 2008), ProQuest. Web. 7 Feb. 2012. RICH, NATHANIEL. "The Neverending Nightmare Of Amanda Knox." Rolling Stone 1134/1135 (2011): 86. MasterFILE Complete. Web. 8 Feb. 2012. 'SUICIDE WATCH' FOR FOXY KNOXY." New York Post (NY) 06 Dec. 2009: 005. NewsBank. Web. 19 Feb. 2012. VARGAS, ELIZABETH. "Amanda Knox Trial." 20/20 (Abc) (2011): 1. Newspaper Source Plus. Web. 8 Feb. 2012.
1 I was thinking the video game could begin, of course through the perspective of the dog, but seeing Amanda Knox finding each clue. This could be the first clue. 2 This would be the second clue in the video game 3 This quote is from Amanda, which is rare during this entire ordeal. This would be the types of thing I would like to pop up on the screen while playing the video game to give clues to the player about where to go next. 4 This would be the third clue in the video game. 5 My idea for this is to have the police in the upper left hand corner of the video game screen so the dog can know where the police are at all times during the investigation. This is an important component of the video game because the dog cannot be on the same track the police because obviously the police weren’t in the right places at the right time. 6 I would like to use this piece of information in the video game by having the dog go back into to time to stop the postal police from ruining the evidence. This will be an important element in the murder. 7 Diya Lumumba will be another possible suspect for the “dog detective” to follow in the video game. The dog detective will have to remember to use his time wisely. 8 All the more reason for the dog to stay on the Amanda and Sollecito the whole time... or is it… 9 Although, the trial and appeals won’t be recognized in the video game until the end, it is important to recognize what happened in reality in order to play the virtual game. Therefore, before playing the game, it will be encouraged to become familiar with the case and trials.
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