Murder in Italy: The Shocking Slaying of a British Student, the Accused American Girl, and anInternational Scandal

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The true story behind the notorious international murder—updated to cover Amanda Knox's acquittal.

In Perugia, Italy, on November 2, 2007, police discovered the body of a British college student stabbed to death in her bedroom. The prosecutor alleged that the brutal murder had occurred during a drug-fueled sex game gone wrong. Her housemate, American honor student Amanda Knox, quickly became the prime suspect and soon found herself the star of a sensational international story, ...

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Murder in Italy: Amanda Knox, Meredith Kercher, and the Murder Trial that Shocked the World

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Overview

The true story behind the notorious international murder—updated to cover Amanda Knox's acquittal.

In Perugia, Italy, on November 2, 2007, police discovered the body of a British college student stabbed to death in her bedroom. The prosecutor alleged that the brutal murder had occurred during a drug-fueled sex game gone wrong. Her housemate, American honor student Amanda Knox, quickly became the prime suspect and soon found herself the star of a sensational international story, both vilified and eroticized by the tabloids and the Internet.

Award-winning journalist Candace Dempsey gives readers a front-row seat at the trial and reveals the real story behind the media frenzy.
 
"Beautifully researched, well-written, and clearly organized. Dempsey was the first journalist in the United States to 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 real story . you must read this book, reprinted after Knox's acquittal with a new ending."-Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling author (with Mario Spezi) of The Monster of Florence

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In November 2007, visiting British student Meredith Kercher was raped, repeatedly stabbed, and left to die in her bedroom in Perugia, Italy. Within a week, American student Amanda Knox and her boyfriend were arrested for the homicide. In December, after a trial that lasted more than 10 months, the youthful pair was convicted on multiple charges. Candace Dempsey's Murder in Italy recounts the internationally publicized case, spotlighting the incongruities in prosecution theories that many American legal and forensic experts have noted. A mass-market original well worth the price.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780425230831
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/27/2010
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 788,276
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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  • Posted March 21, 2010

    Story of Amanda Knox, accused when her roommate is murdered. Great read

    Read the story of University of Washington student Amanda Knox who was accused of the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher. The author Candace Dempsey's beautifully told tale takes the reader to the old city of Perugia, Italy, and contemplates the student life of the city, placing it in juxtaposition with the culture and morals of the citizens of Perugia. Further, she observes the way in which American Amanda Knox fit into the Italian world and how her words were often lost in translation. It is an ageless story of star-crossed lovers, of inflammatory accusations played out in the press, of a judicial system at work in a claustrophobic community. Convicted, but is she innocent?

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2010

    An objective take on a murder mystery

    As a history teacher, I find Candace Dempsey's excellent book on this very disturbing case meets all the criteria for being an invaluable source. Although greatly sympathetic towards all the victims involved, Meredith, Amanda, Raffaele, and their friends and families, Dempsey maintains an appropriate level of objectivity. As an Amnesty International club advisor, I find this book to be a powerful warning on the dangers of wrongful imprisonment. As a human being, I find this gripping reading.

    In painstaking detail, Dempsey takes us through the events of Nov 1st through Nov 6th, the day of the arrest. Using interviews, documents, and police records, she separates the facts from all the misinformation, explaining how the public was mislead by police, the media, the families, and even the lawyers.

    What the reader gets is a murder mystery, a tragedy, and a detailed analysis on how all the parties involved distorted the truth for their own purposes. The book goes on to explain how the events of those five days led to conviction and imprisonment of two young people who may be innocent.

    If you have followed this case at all, this book is must reading (regardless of your current views). If it is new, you will be learning about a terrible crime - the death of a lovely young person with her whole life in front of her. In addition, Dempsey gives the reader a powerful expose of how a criminal investigation can be manipulated by all involved, with possibly unjust results.

    In either case, this is a moving and compelling account that you will want to read more than once.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2010

    Murder in Italy..excellent

    I just finished the first read and was 100% pleased with the purchase.

    This book captures the entire case in a most interesting way.

    New details and descriptions of those close to the case was so well written.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2010

    The much-awaited book on the Amanda Knox/Meredith Kercher case

    This true crime book unfolds in an Italian college town. A beautiful British victim, a stunning American suspect. Murder, mystery, Italy, drugs, lust, money, good-looking people. And it's all true! The author is an Italian-American journalist who covered the case for two years on her Seattle-Post Intelligencer blog. Get ready for huge controversy over whodunit and whether the wrong people got punished. What more could you want? I can't wait!

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2010

    The Truth Behind the Headlines

    A powerful and moving true story of a senseless crime and the tragic aftermath. Candace Dempsey takes the reader on a journey that is both fascinating and heartbreaking as she makes a clear and concise common-sense examination of the truth behind the sensationalist headlines. Whether you have followed the tragedy from the beginning or are hearing the story for the first time, this book will help you separate fact from fantasy. A young woman is brutally murdered and her family is devastated. But were Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito guilty of involvement in the crime or were they two innocent victims caught up and railroaded in a case of justice run amok? Was there real evidence to back up the lurid charges? Dempsey presents the allegations and gives you the background to help you decide. For me, the conclusion was inescapable. Innocent. I cried as I prayed for Amanda Knox and her family.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2010

    A well researched, extensive look at this tragedy. Great book!

    This is a very thorough analysis of this case. Candace Dempsey covers the details of the case including all of the evidence presented by the prosecution as well as the media frenzy that convicted Amanda and Raffaele before they ever went to trail. The contradictions in Judge Mignini's case are appalling as he grasps for scenarios that support his cockamamie theories. Anyone who reads this detailed account of the investigation and the evidence collection and its presentation in court can see that Amanda and Raffaele are innocent. Those who claim that the book is biased are just refusing to accept that there is no evidence on which to base their guilt. Candace Dempsey did extensive research, collecting transcripts, conducting interviews and attending the trail. She presents the facts as they are lets the reader make their own intelligent decision. Claims that she is a friend of the family are just attempts to discredit her and promote the PR team myth. The evidence of Amanda and Raffaele's guilt just does not exist!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2011

    eek

    this sounds really freaky. not reccomended

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2010

    Tremendous in Depth Book

    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 screaming at her in a foreign language. The interrogation was not taped, no lawyer provided and police asking her to `imagine' that she was there. The lead investigator admitted that he heard her screaming. 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.

    Candace Dempsey has provided the clearest and most important book written on this case to date.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2012

    Best book on Amanda Knox case

    Page-turning on the Amanda Knox case. Best True Crime Book 2010 Editor's and Reader's Choice awards.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    Jack

    Yes yes yes yes yes yes!!!!!!!! Haha! Yes!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2012

    Some What Recommend!

    It is an OK book, if you want to get a different perspective of the whole story with Amanda Knox and what happened in Perugia!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Comprehensive and Well Researched

    Easily the best and most thorough review of the case against Amanda Knox. Very well written and informative.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Fantastic in Depth Book

    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 screaming at her in a foreign language. The interrogation was not taped, no lawyer provided and police asking her to 'imagine' that she was there. The lead investigator admitted that he heard her screaming. 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.Candace Dempsey has provided the clearest and most important book written on this case to date.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Such a Boring Read for Such a Sensational Story

    I realized early on that this book was going to present a biased account of the story. While disappointed, my main complaint is that it is so poorly written. And boring! Don't waste your time on this one!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Told me the story I did not know

    I am so glad I bought this book. I learned the true story of Amanda Knox and her boyfriend and what happened in Italy. She made some original mistakes after being arrested, and I think that's what went against her. Also, I was shocked about the legal system in that country!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Seattle to Perugia True murder mystery

    U. of Washington student Amanda Knox: why was she accused of the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher? Candace Dempsey takes the reader to locales in Seattle and Perugia, Italy. Dempsey beautifully tells a story of student life and romance, and unforgettable personalities emerge from the pages of Murder in Italy. The author details the 'Meredith mystery': the murder, media storm, police investigation, accusations, prison life, trial. Learn what really happened inside the courtrooms of Italy, ending with the troubling trial and conviction of Amnada Knox. But-- is she innocent?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2011

    wish it was a lend me book ...

    Very Interesting account that "appears" to be full of facts ... I couldn't put it down ... However, it still left me with questions that made me want to discuss it with friends. I understand why it isn't a lend me book (due to proceeds going to the defense fund) However, I believe the author & the story would have a larger audience if it was. It is definitely Pro Defense which makes me wonder how the authorities in Italy could have botched it so badly yet still get the first conviction ... Very Confusing. Can't say that I was satisfied after reading it.

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  • Posted March 13, 2011

    Highly recommended!

    I read the real live version, but I LOVE LOVE digital books. I might just buy one for one of my other friends! Great book, very well written, very easily understandable and eloquent all at the same time. Highly HIGHLY recommend. Great read. Sad story, but a great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2011

    Great Book !

    I thought this was definitely a good read for anyone. It read like a novel instead of a true story.

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    Posted February 27, 2011

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