Death in Perugia

Okay, I’m fascinated by the Meredith Kercher/Amanda Knox story, embarrassing as that is to admit. The recent acquittal in Italy of two of Meredith’s accused murderers has not really put the media speculation to rest- many commentators are utterly convinced that two killers have now managed to evade justice, while others believe the convictions should never have happened in the first place.

Unsurprisingly, there are a great many books about this case on the market, but Death in Perugia: The Definitive Account of the Killing of Meredith Kercher, by John Follain, appears to be one of the less sensational ones and is about the only one to include the most recent developments.

Death in Perugia feels thorough and for the most part balanced. I would question, though the amount of weight given to the victims’ friends opinions regarding the personality of accused killer, Amanda Knox, and the book also does seem to lean fairly heavily on some now discredited prosecutorial theories about the crime. Still worth reading for it’s lack of hysteria, a refreshing change from the shrill takes on this case that focused more on the titillating notion of a beautiful, wanton murderess than on actual provable fact.

Frankly, reading this has made me even more devoutly glad not to be in the suspects’ shoes, if the effects of failing to have the “correct” emotional response to a crime can be so catastrophic and long reaching. I was left wondering what the future now holds for all the players in this tragedy, that like it or not is probably not over yet, at least in the eyes of a thrill hungry media.

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