Nothing Fits

Nick Richardson

  • Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir by Amanda Knox
    Harper, 463 pp, £28.99, April 2013, ISBN 978 0 06 221720 2
  • BuyMeredith: Our Daughter’s Murder and the Heartbreaking Quest for the Truth by John Kercher
    Hodder, 291 pp, £8.99, April 2013, ISBN 978 1 4447 4278 7

None of the stories we’ve been told about Meredith Kercher’s death really works. This becomes clear as soon as you start trawling the internet for details: every piece of evidence that came before the court in the trial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito in 2009, and in their successful appeal in 2011, has been scrutinised. Almost everything that has been written about the case has been disputed. It seems unlikely that Knox, a twenty-year-old American student at the University for Foreigners in Perugia at the time of the crime, would have killed her British flatmate and fellow student with the help of a boyfriend she’d known for just a week merely because they didn’t get on that well. But there’s still enough weirdness around her and Sollecito to cast doubt on their innocence. As for Rudy Guede, who is currently serving a sentence for Kercher’s murder, and who was definitely involved: he doesn’t fit the profile of the murderer either, at least not the profile of the kind of murderer he was made out to be. He was a school dropout, but had a wealthy Italian adoptive family; he had been arrested a couple of times, for petty theft and drug dealing, but had never been abnormally violent; he was also good friends with Kercher’s new boyfriend, Giacomo Silenzi, who lived in a basement flat in the same villa as Kercher and Knox. The murderers don’t fit, the date doesn’t fit: if we follow the horror movie logic of most of the press in the months between murder and trial Kercher should have been killed on Halloween, not 1 November. Her body was even found by the wrong kind of cop.

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[1] Gallery, 288 pp., £7.50, April , 978 1 4516 9639 4.

[2] Broadway, 322 pp., £11.99, July 2012, 978 0 307 58859 3.