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Murder in Italy: Amanda Knox, Meredith Kercher, and the Murder Trial that Shocked the World by [Dempsey, Candace]
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"Beautifully researched, well-written, and clearly organized. Dempsey was the first journalist in theUnited Statesto raise questions about the Amanda Knox case, and the first to look deeply into the facts and begin to uncover the shocking truth. If you want to know the realstory, you must read this book, reprintedafter the overturning ofKnox's acquittal with a new ending."--Douglas Preston, "New YorkTimes"bestselling author (with Mario Spezi) of"The Monster of Florence"
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Candace Dempsey is an award-winning, Italian-American journalist based in Seattle, Knox's hometown. Dempsey covered this sensational case from the very beginning on her seattlepi.com blog, featured on Newsweek.com and CNN Anderson Cooper 360, and read around the world. She'll continue to blog until the final appeal (blog.seattlepi.com/dempsey).

Dempsey has discussed this real-life Italian murder mystery on Anderson Cooper 360, CNN Headline News and many other TV and radio outlets. She traveled often to Italy to unravel the mystery, drawing upon trial transcripts, autopsy photos, crime scene videos, prison diaries, Facebook pages and interviews with the key players for the prosecution and the defense in Perugia.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1st edition (27 April 2010)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003NX7OCI
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #373,026 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I would like to start by saying that I came to this book with an open mind. I do not have any certainties on the infamous case, and I have been reading both books that believe Knox and Sollecito are innocent and books that argue they are guilty trying to make up my mind only after listening to both sides. My negative reaction to this work has not been determined by a preconceived opinion, but by the fact that it is written and researched in a terrible way. Dempsey is so partisan in her arguing that she ends up harming her own case.

Among others:

1) the author repeats several times that the police were disrespectful or morbid in immediately pursuing sexual leads into the motive for murder, despite the fact that this would be standard practice in any case in which the victim had been found naked and there was a suspicion of sexual violence;

2) she is inaccurate in her research on the case, misspelling numerous Italian words and names (Fiametta for Fiammetta, Carla for Carlo, actually changing a lawyer's gender, getting Italian translations and terms wrong), and most clamorously getting the time of the victim's last meal wrong;

3) she distorts what the courts ruled, giving her readers the wrong impression: while Knox's request for house arrest was denied because, as a foreigner, she was deemed a flight risk (again, standard practice) Dempsey suggest this happened 'because of anti-Americanism'.

4) the author pursues convincing lines of reasoning only to drop them and contradict herself when they do not suit her argument. Notably:

- Dempsey correctly underlines that before Ms Kercher's body was found, one of her Italian roommates, whose room window had been broken, visited her room and checked if her belongings were still there.
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This is an essential book for anyone interested in the case. It is easy to read, interesting, well written, and extremely well informed. It reads like a novel but there is no hint of fiction. The reader is apprised of detailed knowledge of the events at close quarters, especially with regard to Amanda. Also the reader begins to feel that she or he knows the protoganists as real people.

One learns of pertinent facts relating to the events, and the context of those events, which throws a different light from that applied by the news media. The narrative starts when Amanda travels to Europe up to a considerable time after the the verdict is announced. Abundant background information is presented where it is relevant or interesting.

The author's position is balanced. This does not mean that the reader comes away unsure about whether the verdict was correct. Since the guilty verdict was wrong, and clearly so to anyone who looks at the case impartially, the reader is made more aware of the details of this astonishing miscarriage of justice and how it came about.

There is also a 'time line' at the end of the book giving a chronology of the main events.

This is a first class piece of work and it rightly deserves the awards it has won.
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Candace Dempsey has written a thorough and in depth accounting of the Amanda Knox case. Her book will clear up much of the contrary information that has been presented in the press. She brings Perugia, the setting and the people into clarity for the reader. She explains well the relationships between the people involved and how they came into play. How Amanda Knox's behavior was seen differently depending on the country. How the police had declared the 'case closed' before they had back the forensics that would implicate local petty thief Rudy Guede. This book is very well written and a real page turner. It is a fascinating read all the way to the end.

The author also explains the interrogation in detail. The reader will be left with a haunting image of an exhausted young woman surrounded by police officers yelling at her in a foreign language. The interrogation was not taped, no lawyer provided and had police asking her to `imagine' that she was there. The lead investigator admitted that he heard her screaming from a control room. The described sound of the Perugia police dept. driving around town blowing their car horns in celebration that morning because they had `solved' the case was chilling.

The British Tabloids played a huge roll in this wrongful conviction. Vicious in their attack on Amanda Knox and feeling justified in doing so because she was guilty of killing a home country girl; except it wasn't true at all. The prosecution team leaked lies for them to spread around the world. Many people still believe these lies. Cleanup - lie, Bleach - lie, Harry Potter book - lie, Cold and never cried - lie. An actual analysis of the leaks was never done, they were happy to take them and run with it.
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This is just an awfully good book that has withstood the test of time. It has outsold by a fair margin any other book on the Knox-Sollecito Trial and the murder of Meredith Kercher. It is the only book on the subject to be honored with a prize. And all with good reason. Dempsey gets the tone exactly right and her highly reputable publisher had every "fact" double sourced and double checked. British readers will especially appreciate the fact that Dempsey never forgets that the ultimate victim of this tragedy is Meredith Kercher. Thoughtful readers will appreciate Dempsey's very humane narrative in which she never for a moment forgets that she is dealing with real human beings.

This book had its origins in the blog "Italian Woman at the Table." Dempsey took an interest in the case because it involved both Italy (she's Italian-American) and Seattle where she currently lives. The blog was in fact started as kind of a memorial to Meredith Kercher. But Dempsey also committed the cardinal sin (in the eyes of some) of arguing that Knox and Sollecito were entitled to a presumption of innocence and a fair and impartial trial. She was also quick to note that many of the journalists covering the case were ignoring the defense altogether and merely taking dictation from the prosecution and police.

Dempsey went to Perugia to research her book and attend a good many trial sessions. Unlike others who claimed to have gone through the entire case file, she actually did and uncovered a wealth of information that directly contradicts the pro-guilt fairy tale that became the main press narrative for far too long.
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