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. Corrupt Perugian prosecution and the British tabloids; it made the perfect storm to cause a wrongful conviction.
It is disturbing the court actually convicted Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito with such poor and manipulated evidence considering the most damaging pieces of evidence do not stand up to analysis. For example the kitchen knife, bra clasp and park bench witness. The Forensic team completely botched the investigation. Hopefully their appeal will be successful in turning over this wrongful conviction. Meredith Kercher was a lovely girl and her murder horrific. Convicting innocent people will not bring her justice. Candace Dempsey has provided the clearest and most important book written on this case to date.
'The Monster of Perugia' and 'Injustice in Perugia' are other very informative books on the case. Injustice in Perugia has a great support site by the same name as well.