- Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; 1st edition (April 27, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 042523083X
- ISBN-13: 978-0425230831
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 148 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,132,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Murder in Italy: The Shocking Slaying of a British Student, the Accused American Girl, and an International Scandal Mass Market Paperback – April 27, 2010
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MURDER IN ITALY by Candace Dempsey was the first book published on the Meredith Kercher murder and it remains one of the very best, 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 of this enormous travesty of justice that sent an innocent American girl to an Italian prison for four years, you must read this book, reprinted after Knox's acquittal with a new ending. --Douglas Preston, co-author of The Monster of Florence.
*Winner Best True Crime Book 2010 Editor's Choice and Reader's Choice awards.
*Library Journal Bestseller.
Murder in Italy, a real-life mystery as compelling and terrifying as any work of fiction. --P. Segal, Femme Noir
I think Candace Dempsey has written the definitive book about the arrest and trial of Amanda Knox. I found it to be fair and quite objective. It reads like a novel, yet is dense with details most people don't know. --Frank Shier, KIRO 97.3 Radio
Candace Dempsey's accuracy and fairness while examining the evidence made her one of the most knowledgeable American journalists on the case. --Ashleen Aguilar, The Daily of the University of Washington
Reporter Candace Dempsey has grabbed hold of the true-crime story of a lifetime --Jim Kershner, The Spokesman-Review
Shocking headlines exploded to tabloid proportions claimed Amanda Knox and boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito murdered Kercher in an evil sex game. Was this young woman capable of murder? Read Murder In Italy and find out. --Dana Neuts for Virtually Yourz
Murder In Italy is a fascinating read... a thorough account and timeline of the events relating to Meredith's murder, immensely helpful in understanding the case against Amanda, Raffaele and Rudy Guede. -- Seattlest
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Candace Dempsey talks candidly about Murder in Italy, the true story of Amanda Knox, the U.S. college student convicted of killing Meredith Kercher her college roommate. Interview by Amy Mikel of Seattlest
I'm a Italian-American writer whose life got sideswiped by the Amanda Knox case. Before I got pulled in, I'd been a magazine editor, a newspaper editor and a Web producer at MSN. I'd written for many newspapers and magazines, including The Chicago Tribune, and many of my travel stories had been anthologized. I fully intended to do a travel book called "From Rome to Africa," but once I began covering Amanda's case, I couldn't write about anything else.
Everything changed in November 2007. I'd just returned from the Rome to Tunisia adventure when I heard that British student Meredith Kercher had been murdered in Perugia, Seattle's sister city. Amanda Knox, the main suspect, was from Seattle, my hometown. She was an honor student at the University of Washington.
All of that struck me as horribly ironic and sad. Because who hasn't dreamed of Italy? Who wouldn't want to study there? I'd dreamed of doing that myself, but I'm the middle child of seven children. I worked my way through college. I could barely afford my tuition, let alone anything extra.
Why has the Amanda Knox case mesmerized the world?
It's a once-in-a century crime story. Sex, drugs, lies, videotape, money, beautiful young people. Characters that John Grisham couldn't invent. Trial by media in Italy, the U.S. and the U.K. Paparazzi. British tabloids. Facebook, MySpace, leaked diaries, wiretaps, a prosecutor under indictment.
It reads like a novel, but it's all true: Two lovely college students from two different nations dream of studying in a hilltop town and become roommates. Right after Halloween night, one roommate is stabbed to death; the other is locked up for killing her. Why? How? What does it mean? Who's telling the truth?
The Amanda Knox case is a train wreck. I couldn't look away. I still can't.
When did you start covering the Amanda Knox case?
That made me curious. Who killed Meredith Kercher? How did Amanda Knox become the prime suspect? Could she possibly be innocent?
In those days Amanda Knox's guilt was simply assumed, everywhere in the world. She was Meredith's killer. Case closed. I wondered how we could be so sure. She was an excellent student and had no motive. No criminal record. She'd known Raffaele Sollecito, her boyfriend and supposed co-conspirator, only six days. Raffaele had never met Rudy Guede, their alleged co-conspirator.
So I started checking the facts. I wrote "Trial by Trollerazzi," and "What If She's Innocent?" I reaped the whirlwind.I got attacked all over the blogosphere. Murder in Italy grew out of all that.
I love it when people tell me that Murder in Italy reads like a novel. That means I've told a good tale, as well as done the hard reporting. I also like it when people come to my readings, have opposite ideas about Amanda's guilt, and yet can have civil conversations. That never happens on the Internet, where everything is polarized and vicious. I've had husbands and wives disagree completely about the case and yet tell me that they enjoyed talking to each other about my book. I also love to hear from readers and find out what they think.
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The rest of the book explains how it all got to this place.
Dempsey's humor and profound understanding of human nature (and adolescence) and Italian, American and British culture (and media!) will make you smile a lot. Spot on.
A thoroughly enjoyable read. You'll really 'get it' after you read this.
ps - Look for the latest edition to keep up with the ever-changing moves of the Italian judicial system. Hopefully, one day they will finally be done!
Hope Amanda's case will help the Italian people demand some Miranda rights. Almost every other nation in the world has some form of them, especially in Europe.
Why should the Italian people be so terrified of their own courts?
If there appears a slight bias toward Knox, it is perhaps inevitable because the case against her was so absurd. Edgardo Giobbi of Italy's Serious Crimes Squad boasted on video that physical evidence was not necessary because "psychological observation" quickly allowed them to arrest the guilty parties:
Search YouTube for: Amanda Knox - Behavior = Guilt/Giobbi:"Case Closed"
The physical evidence, when finally processed, told an entirely different story. Rudy Guede, a serial burglar released by police only a week earlier, broke into the apartment through a roommate's window. Kercher was murdered when she returned home unexpectedly and caught him in the act.
Guede was quickly arrested and convicted.
But Giobbi, Prosecutor Magnini, and the Perugia police had already paraded three innocent people though the streets of Perugia. Amanda had been slandered in the press as a "she-devil" who vindictively seduced two men into killing her roommate. Despite a lack of evidence, she was convicted and sentenced to 26 years for having masterminded the crime. Her boyfriend received 25 years. Guede's 30 year sentence was reduced to 16 in return for implicating them, and with good behavior he will likely be released in another two or three years.
Amanda and Raffaele have since been acquitted. After the final appeal in March of 2013, Perugia's police and prosecutor will likely face serious charges of forced confessions, falsifying evidence, and destroying evidence.
This saga still has many more years to play out.
Those wishing to know how it began cannot do better than Candace Dempsey's chilling and fascinating page-turner.
Ted Watson N.Z.
First, Candace Dempsey can write! I was amazed at how well she relayed the story. She is one of the most skillful authors I have ever read. The book just flows, and tells this compelling story in a manner that anyone can understand. It answered my questions about the facts of the case, and gave great insight into the cast of characters. I couldn't put it down until I was completely finished. I hope that she does a sequel when the case is finalized in 2014.
If you are looking for an objective book about what really happened in Perugia, Italy on November 1, 2007, then this is the book for you
This is a well-written account of the events leading up to the murder of Meredith Kercher, and the manner in which the police investigated this case. The author also situates this case within the context of potential xenophobia in Perugia.
Know was interrogated by police officers for 40 hours before her arrest. Once she was told she was a suspect, Italian law required that she be afforded a right to a lawyer during interrogation. Because that right was denied, Italian prosecutors were unable to use certain of their statements in their case in chief. However, the civilian cases tried concurrently with hers -- the wrongful death action by the victim's family and a defamation claim by a man Knox wrongfully accused -- made use of these statements. The same judges and jurors decided both cases.
I don't know whether Knox is guilty or not. I do know that this book made me determined to learn more. A worthy read.
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