The Amanda Knox trial is one that had the whole world watching a few years ago. And now it seems the series is set to return to our screens. The tragic story of the death of a British student who was on exchange in Italy, has caught global attention – mainly because of the accused killer, Amanda Knox – who looks like anything but what you’d imagine a ‘murderer’ to look like.
But as the case is now set for a retrial and the prospect that Knox could be returned to prison in Italy grows stronger, let’s do a quick re-cap of what’s happened.
Let’s break it down.
1. What’s the case all about?
– On 1 November 2007, the body of English student Meredith Kercher was found on the floor of the Italian apartment she shared with her roommate, American, Amanda Knox. Kercher’s throat had been slit.
– Five days later Amanda Knox and her the Italian boyfriend were arrested by police. The print and TV media in Europe went berserk; images of Knox and her boyfriend Raffaelle Sollectio were splashed on the front page of every newspaper.
– The European media speculated that Knox was some kind of sexual deviant who had hosted a sex party in her home that went wrong. Several support groups began to form in the United States, protesting Knox’s innocence.
– A man from Ivory Coast, Rudy Guede was then arrested in connection with the same murder. After his DNA was found at the crime scene, the Italian courts sentenced him to 30 years in prison (the sentence was reduced to 16 years following an appeal).
– In December 2009 Knox and Sollectio were convicted of Kercher’s murder and sentenced to 26 and 25 years in prison respectively.
– Knox and Sollecito both appealed their convictions, which were then overturned in October 2011 mainly due to the way the prosecution had recklessly handled vital DNA evidence.
– Knox was released from jail (where she had spent more than four years) and returned to Seattle in the United States.
– The Supreme Court of Italy ruled late last month that Knox, now aged 25, would be retried for the murder of Meredith Kercher. Knox’s tell all biography is due for release in the United States next month.
2.Why did the case get so much media attention?
The media coverage of Knox’s arrest and the trial itself was on a scale not seen before. European press worked themselves into a total frenzy over the case as it became number one in tabloid news. The fact that the two women at the centre of the case (the victim and the accused) were young and attractive was central to the coverage. Some media outlets would even refer to the defendant as ‘Foxy Noxy’.