FAQ: Amanda Knox

The twisty-turny Amanda Knox saga continues onward, with many questions still lingering after the most recent guilty verdict passed by a court in Florence, Italy.

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions that we’ll try to answer as best as we can.

Is Amanda Knox going to jail in Italy?

Not any time soon. The presiding judge of the court that just delivered the verdict has 90 days to provide their findings that led to the conviction, and then Knox’s lawyers have 90 days to lodge an appeal, which would see the ruling go to the Italian Supreme Court for their judgement. If the Italian Supreme Court were to uphold the conviction (which seems likely, but who knows) then Italy would request that Knox be extradited to face Italian justice. This would initiate a legal tussle that could veer into the realm of politics. Lawyers both here and abroad though claim that Knox likely would be extradited, although some are claiming that double jeopardy could help Amanda Knox avoid fulfilling the sentence.

Did Knox ever confess to murdering Meredith Kercher?

She did not, however during the course of lengthy interrogations, conducted in Italian with some English interpretation,  and without the presence of a lawyer, she implicated her then boss, Patrick Lumumba. According to police interpreter Anna Donnino Knox stated “It’s him, he did it, I can feel it” thus implicating herself by association. Knox later retracted her statement and Lumumba was eventually cleared.

Why is there a widespread perception in Italy that Knox is guilty?

From the beginning of the murder investigation widespread coverage of Knox portrayed an erratic, emotionally awkward American girl who at times behaved inappropriately for someone whose roommate had been viciously murdered. There was mention of her doing “cartwheels” in the police station, kissing her boyfriend around the crime scene, and buying sexy lingerie after the murder.

Can’t DNA clear up her innocence or guilt?

Much of the prosecution’s focus has been on a knife found at Raffaele Sollecito’s apartment which they claim is the murder weapon. In both the appeal to overturn the original conviction and in the latest trial DNA collected from the knife had no trace whatsoever of Meredith Kercher, which makes the latest conviction all the more surprising. It will be really interesting to review the Italian court’s findings from the latest trial to see what evidence and facts they relied upon to reach the guilty verdict.

Has anyone confessed to murdering Kercher?

No, but Rudy Guede, a drifter from the Ivory Coast who had lived in Perugia since he was five admitted that he was at the Knox/Kercher residence the night of the murder but denies he killed her despite his bloody foot and hand prints allegedly being found all over the crime scene. A few days after the murder Guede was tracked down in Germany where he had fled to. And apparently Guede had broken into a nursery in Milan four days before Kercher was murdered and was apprehended by police who found in his possession an 11-inch knife. Despite his claims that he was in the bathroom listening to loud music on his iPod while the murder was being committed a fast-track court found him guilty and sentenced him to 30 years in prison, which was later reduced to 16 on appeal due to his continuing, changing account of the tragic evening of November 1st.


Visit our Amanda Knox Crime Line to learn more about the tragic death of Meredith Kercher and the ongoing Amanda Knox/Raffaele Sollecito saga.

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  • very one sided article.

    • Patrick

      Kinda weird. They focus on Amanda Knox (Which could have been the partner in crime), but not on Rudy Guede, which, I’m pretty sure, is the real killer here.

  • NL

    Meredith had been undressed post-attack, her phones had been removed to stop her calling for help, and her bedroom door was locked. Cruel and barbaric in the extreme. One killer alone could not have inflicted the 43 wounds with so few defensive wounds. Late in the attack, she let out a huge scream. At the end Meredith was left lying on her back on the floor, in immense pain, with her hands clutching her neck, trying to stop the life-blood running out.

    Just let that sink in.

    • Daisha

      Um, one killer is very capable of inflicting more wounds than 43. It is sad and it is tragic for young Meredith to have been so brutally murdered, but this crime was committed by one Rudy Guedo alone.

  • Kel Knight

    It was Italian police who first implicated Lumumba. They began to focus on him after a search of Knox’s cell phone revealed texts between her and her boss. The texts were in English. The Italians, who did not have a working comprehension of or firm grasp on colloquialisms, misinterpreted Knox’s sign off text to Lumumba of “see you later” as proof positive that Knox had made plans to quite literally “see” or meet up with Lumumba the day Kercher was murdered. It was Italian police who first came up with a theory that Lumumba had raped and murdered Meredith Kercher and was somehow aided and abetted by Knox. The police believed in their theory so strongly that they typed up a statement implicating Lumumba and began harassing Knox, via a steady stream of screamed verbal threats and physical aggression and assault, to sign the statement. She resisted at first, but worn down after hours of brutal interrogation conducted in a language in which she was not yet fluent, she reluctantly signed the statement. The extreme duress under which the statement was signed and the fact that the implication of Lumumba came from the police and was not the result of any statements made by Knox herself should have rendered it irrelevant and invalid. When the police brought in Lumumba for questioning later, he was subjected to the same sort of physically aggressive, verbally abusive, completely unethical and unprofessional tactics that Knox had been subjected to earlier. He ultimately sued the police and prevailed.