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The Fatal Gift of Beauty: An American Girl and a Murder in Italy

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    Keen analysis of the cultures and personalities which clashed in Perugia

    This isn't as much about the crime specifically and all it's details as it is about how the players' cultures and backgrounds came together in the aftermath of a horrible tragedy to, in my opinion, put two innocent people in jail for 4 years. It's about the characters involved- who they were, where they came from, mistakes they made, beliefs which shaped interactions and decisions. Such background and appraisal was exactly what I was looking for. The book is well written, detailed but a quick read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2011

    Read this book! Great author.

    Great, great book: Some thing just don't add up...
    If she killed the girl with her boyfriends kitchen knife why bring it back home yet ditch the keys, cell phones, money, etc. And, how did she get it home without getting DNA and blood anywhere on their clothes, purse, etc? Yet, there was blood on the tip of the knife only? Truly impossible.
    If she did clean the crime scene, how did she remove every single spec of her and her boyfriends dna and or bodily fluids, fingerprints, etc. yet leave all of Guede's DNA, fingerprints, footprints, etc. along with a minute bit of dna on the bra? Astounding.
    How did either of them not get any of Merediths DNA on them or get their DNA under her fingernails, isn't that the first thing CSI checks?
    Why didn't Guede flush the toilet if he was there to have a satanic sex orgy with Amanda and her boyfriend? If they had the frame of mind to wipe down the apartment, and remove all DNA, surely they would have checked the toilet...
    Why go through the trouble, as the prosecutor says, to remove all DNA of themselves with bleach yet leave drops of blood in the sink?
    Why didn't Amanda or her boyfriend have any unusual scratches or bruises anywhere on them?
    why would Amanda and her boyfriend go the the police station at all? Why not head straight to the embassy or immediately get a lawyer? His dad was rich, he could have gotten him a great lawyer if he was guilty.
    Why doesn't the 'murder weapon' match the bloody knife print on the bed?
    Why didn't the prosecutor want the defense to review the DNA evidence?
    Facts and opinions aside, this book was very well written and captivating, couln't put it down.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2011

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    Great Overview of the Case!

    I was very excited that I got to read this book. I've been very interested in this particular case. We all know the ending to the story by now but this book was still very interesting nonetheless.

    This book is still a 'true crime' book but Burleigh really delves into so much more than the crime itself. She looks at Perugia and Italy and the factors in those environments that added to the fervor with which this case was watched from the very beginning. This was interesting in some places but in other places, it was hard to get through because it was just so much information and didn't seem to really be adding to the overall understanding of everything that happened.

    Still this book did give a little insight into the various players in this murder case, which helped me to better understand some of the possible motives behind what happened with not only the accused but those for and against the accused.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    309 pages that could have been said in 150 or less. Perhaps the

    309 pages that could have been said in 150 or less. Perhaps the author was being paid by the word. Went into great detail with many pages of writing about items that weren't relevant to the actual case. Not a good read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

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    better than I expected

    this book is more about Italy than Amanda, the author doesn't attempt to solve the crime, but analyzes how the historical, social and political context of this case determined the outcome.

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    Not enough case details

    The author goes into a very indepth history of the town, the house, and the characters. Details of the crime and case are lacking. Too many irrelevant facts and quotes

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

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    Very good!

    Very good!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2011

    I do not like its horrible.

    Oh and since you cant rate zero stars that one star means zero stars. It was soooooooooo horrible.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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