The Meredith Kercher Murder Case

Our Mission

This website presents the truth about the murder of Meredith Kercher and a scandalous miscarriage of justice, by using case documents and transcripts to dissect the reckless police investigation into her murder, a polizio-judicial system desperate to save face and the pseudo evidence which has lead to the wrongful conviction of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, while her real killer Rudy Guede is out on day release after six years.

Current Status Of The Case

Meredith Kercher

Meredith Kercher

Meredith Kercher was murdered by Rudy Guede in Perugia Italy, November 1st, 2007. Meredith was a beautiful young woman who had her life stolen from her in an act of pure evil. Three people were charged with her murder, Rudy Guede, Amanda Knox, and Raffaele Sollecito. Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito had absolutely nothing to do with her murder. They are both innocent.

  • On December 4, 2009, Amanda Knox & Raffaele Sollecito were wrongfully convicted for the murder of Meredith Kercher. Giancarlo Massei was the presiding judge.
  • On October 3, 2011, Amanda and Raffaele were declared innocent on appeal and were released from prison. Claudio Pratillo Hellmann was the presiding judge.
  • On March 26, 2013, the Italian Supreme Court overturned the acquittals of Amanda and Raffaele and ordered a new trial.
  • On January 30, 2014, the appeals court in Florence reinstated the guilty verdicts for Amanda and Raffaele. Alessandro Nencini was the presiding judge. The court released a motivation document on April 29, 2014, explaining the decision.
  • On June 12, 2014, Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito filed their appeals to the Supreme Court.  Sollecito Appeal Document. Knox Appeal Document

The Nencini Trial Farce in Florence

Update June 29, 2014: New book by DNA pioneer Professor Peter Gill is out with a chapter discussing the clasp and knife evidence. Misleading DNA Evidence: Reasons for Miscarriages of Justice

Update August 3, 2014: Summary Of Amanda Knox Appeal To Italian Supreme Court Against Conviction In Florence

Nencini Report: Dissection of a conviction (excerpt)

Written by Luca Cheli

1 – Foreword

The ruling begins with a foreword dealing with the scope of the trial (page 73 of the Cassation ruling quashing the acquittal is almost integrally quoted) and with what relevance the definitive judgment concerning Rudi Guede may or may not have in the trial concerning Knox and Sollecito.

Nencini considers “generic and abstract” Hellmann’s assessment that Guede’s ruling, having been “held under the fast-track system, so that the judges who considered the position of Rudi Guede were not able to conduct the investigations of a [ordinary proceeding] trial — in particular the independent expert review that we performed– either at the first level or at the present level, despite the complexity of the case, at least with regard to the current defendants” (Hellmann page 27) and instead states he sticks with the opinion of the Court of Cassation as expressed in ruling 7993/2012.

The gist of Nencini’s position is best expressed by the following paragraph (page 36): “In conclusion, if in point of law this Judge expresses adherence to the principle mentioned above, adhering to its precepts, in point of fact the existence of a definitive judgment attributing the murder of Meredith Kercher to a specific culprit, Hermann Rudi Guede, in complicity with other people, makes unquestionable the assumption that any fact finding having to be carried out with reference to the evidentiary compendium emerging from the documents of this proceeding will have to be performed having as an inescapable reference point the aforementioned judicially ascertained fact, and hence facing the datum, definitively established in the proceeding, that Rudi Hermann Guede participated, along with others, in the murder of Meredith Kercher .

The language is convoluted in Italian too, so it is not one hundred percent straightforward to “decode” it, however my interpretation can be obtained by putting together the parts in bold: they speak for themselves.  Continue reading →

The Charges Against Rudy Guede

See: Meredith Kercher’s Killer Rudy Guede

The Knox-Sollecito defense teams have never been able to question the man who admitted being covered in Meredith’s blood and watched her die about the night of the murder.  Kercher family attorney, Francesco Maresca, had no questions for him at the Hellmann trial and objected to the Knox-Sollecito defense questioning him and again objected to him being called at the Nencini trial. Why? Giuliano Mignini never appealed his sentence reduction from 30 years to 16 years knowing he’d get day release after 6 years. Why?

Watch Giuliano Mignini defending Rudy Guede during closing arguments in 2009 as if Guede was his client. Click here

The Charges Against Amanda Knox & Raffaele Sollecito

Amanda & Raffaele

Amanda & Raffaele

A) multiply-aggravated murder of Meredith Kercher, in material conspiracy [concorso materiale] with Rudy Guede;

B) carrying a knife (Exhibit 36 of the narrative to follow), allegedly constituting the murder weapon, taken from Sollecito’s residence without a justifiable reason.

C) sexual violence, in conspiracy with Rudy Hermann Guede in the role of [primary] perpetrator, against Meredith Kercher, aggravated under the present circumstances [ipotesi aggravata] in the sense of C.P. Article 609-ter no. 2 due to the use of the knife under Charge B, employed to accomplish [mettere a segno] the violent and threatening behavior [le condotte di violenza e minaccia].

D) theft of property belonging to Meredith Kercher (two cellular telephones, a sum of money, two credit cards from British banking institutions) ;

E) the crime under C.P. Article 367 with the aggravating circumstance of [criminal] purpose [nesso teleologico, lit. "teleological nexus"], assuming that the defendants had staged an attempted burglary in the bedroom of Meredith Kercher and Amanda Knox’s roommate (Filomena Romanelli) with the aim of attributing the responsibility for the murder and hypothesized sexual violence suffered by Meredith Kercher to the unknown persons [who would have] penetrated the apartment;

F) for Amanda Knox only, the crime of calumny against Diya Lumumba, known as “Patrick”, an offense charged as a continuation [nella forma continuata] in that the alleged false accusations, regarding Lumumba’s responsability for the murder of Meredith Kercher, were contained in several statements made by Knox to investigators on November 6, 2007 and in a note [memoriale] presented to the Police on 11-6-2007; a crime aggravated in the sense of C.P. Article 61 no. 2 given that it was hypothesized that, with this false accusation, Amanda Knox sought to obtain impunity for herself, for Raffaele Sollecito, and for Rudy Hermann Guede.

The trial opened on 1-16-2009 (the first hearing having been delayed from 12-4-2008 to that date) and lasted for about a year.

Italian Supreme Court And Prosecution Theory About What Happened

Prosecutor Alessandro Crini

Prosecutor Alessandro Crini – “Meredith murdered because Guede didn’t flush the toilet.”

Supreme CourtThe Chieffi Report

The outcome of such an osmotic assessment will be decisive, not only to demonstrate the presence of the two defendants at the crime scene, but to possibly delineate the subjective positions of those who acted with Guede, before the range of situations which might be hypothesized, from a genetic agreement on the death option, to the modification of a plan which originally envisioned only the involvement of the young Englishwoman in an unwanted sexual game, to solely forcing her into an extreme, group-led erotic game which exploded, going out of control.

Giuliano Mignini closing arguments at the Massei trial:

page 46

“It should be emphasized that, in any case, for those pathologically addicted to the commission of sex and violence, it is not far-fetched to connect the project to the tradition of Halloween, because if it is true that the night between October 31 and November 1 was passed (and Meredith had spent with her ​​friends and fellows), it is equally true that, at 9 pm circa of the first of November and for the next three hours, it was still the day of All Saints’ Day and what you do not was able to achieve on the eve night of Holiday of the Saints, could be realized in the night to pass from the last one to the “Holiday of the deads”.

and page 49

“Moreover, the three, and especially Sollecito, were all addicted to the suggestions of erotic – murdering “culture”, which has previously been discussed and that night it was still the day of the Holiday of Saints, “inheritor” of the Catholic Samhain Celtic New Year, with all the implications that have their central point in the Holiday eve, that is the night between October 31 and November 1.”

Prosecutor Crini

At the Nencini trial, Prosecutor Crini rejected the Supreme Courts “erotic sex game” scenario and theorised that shortly after loading a cartoon at 9.26pm, Amanda and Raffaele left his apartment armed with a 5 euro kitchen knife and arrived at the cottage as early as 9.31pm. They murdered and sexually assaulted Meredith Kercher with Rudy Guede after an argument/confrontation about Guede not flushing Filomena’s toilet which upset Meredith. After Guede left the cottage, Amanda and Raffaele cleaned and staged the crime scene to simulate a break-in and returned to his apartment with the murder weapon which was cleaned and placed back in the kitchen drawer. They also stole Meredith’s money, keys and credit cards which were never recovered and disposed of her two phones which were recovered.

Other prosecution theories in previous trials offered motives including theft, hatred, a sex game gone wrong, a ritualistic killing, killed for nothing, Amanda directed the murder from the hallway and Judge Massei’s ridiculous theory in his motivation document where Rudy Guede knocked on the door and became aroused while Amanda and Raffaele were having sex in her bedroom so Guede made a move on Meredith and they spontaneously decided to join him attacking her. See Massei vs Common Sense

Prosecution Closing Arguments Excerpts (English) Prosecution Closing Arguments (Italian)

The Truth About What Happened

Possible semen stain on the pillow fund underneath Meredith's body. The court refused to allow testing on this stain. Image achieved using crimescope technology.

Possible semen stain between the victims legs on the pillow underneath her body. The court refused to allow testing on this stain. Image achieved using crimescope technology.

The Night Of The Murder

Amanda and Raffaele watched the movie Amelie between 6.26pm and 9.10pm while she waited to go to work. At 8.40pm a friend, Jovana Popovic, dropped by to say she no longer needed a ride to the train station later that evening. At 9.26pm, a 23 minute Naruto cartoon was opened on Raffaele’s computer and they spent the evening at his place. After replying to Patrick Lumumba’s text saying work had been cancelled, Amanda switched off her phone in case Patrick asked her back to work.

Rudy Guede was an unemployed criminal on a crime spree in the five weeks before the murder who approached the cottage around 7.50pm. He left and then returned a short time later and broke-in via Filomena’s 2nd story window smashing it with a rock just like he did at the law offices of Paolo Brocchi two weeks earlier. Meredith arrived home around 9pm while he was on the toilet which wasn’t flushed most likely because it would have alerted her someone was in the house. Meredith went to her bedroom and while undressing, Guede attacked, stabbing her in the throat from behind. He dragged and positioned the body on a pillow, suffocated her and then sexually assaulted her post-mortem. He stole Meredith’s cash, keys, credit cards and phones and left the cottage before 10.13pm when an incoming MMS pinged off a tower that serviced the Sant’Angelo Park area where the phones were found. Later that night, Guede went dancing and fled to Germany 2 days later.

How can we say with certainty that’s what happened? Because it’s what the crime scene photos show, the autopsy says and what the timeline and evidence proves. Raffaele didn’t know Guede and Amanda had briefly met him twice through her neighbours downstairs. The prosecutions nonsensical conspiracy theory of them both assisting a virtual stranger to murder a friend for nothing is, as former FBI agent, John Douglas and Mark Olshaker write, absurd.

The Investigation

The investigation into the murder of Meredith Kercher according to retired FBI agent Steve Moore in his new book, The Forgotten Killer: Rudy Guede and the Murder of Meredith Kercher:

“As I began to delve into the case, I learnt to my dismay that the investigation was botched at a level I have rarely seen outside of totalitarian or Third World countries. The forensics, “interrogation”, and conclusions of the detectives were at best completely and nightmarishly wrong, and at worst, intentionally corrupted. The conclusions and prosecutions in the Kercher murder investigation were based solely on (flawed) intuition, profound ignorance about the science of investigation, social and religious bias, superstition, corruption, and self-preservation.”

The Police and Prosecution Case

This website is a work in progress and will present the entire Meredith Kercher murder case as thousands of pages of court testimony continue to be translated.

Knox Defence Closing Arguments Excerpts (English) Defence Closing Arguments (Italian)

“Case Closed!”

After the arrest of the three suspects, Amanda Knox, Raffaele Sollecito, and Patrick Lumumba, the police held a press conference stating that they had evidence that all three killed Meredith because she refused to participate in a sex game. They boasted that the case was solid. They were even bold enough to announce, “case closed.”

The problem was, they had barely begun to study the actual forensic evidence. And when that evidence started coming in, the police had a problem. There was substantial evidence pointing to the presence at the crime scene of a 4th suspect, Rudy Guede, and almost nothing pointing to Amanda, Raffaele, or Patrick. Guede left a handprint in Meredith’s blood, in the room where she was killed. His DNA was found on and inside Meredith. He had also left his DNA on Meredith’s purse. His DNA was also linked to feces left in the toilet.

There was also another problem: Patrick Lumumba had an unshakable alibi. He had witnesses that were with him in his pub all evening. He was released.

At this time the authorities, led by prosecutor Mignini, should have realized their mistake. It wasn’t a sex game gone wrong but a burglary gone wrong. Local thief and burglar Rudy Guede had broken-in and murdered Meredith Kercher.

But the authorities, who had made such a big production to the media about solving the crime earlier, refused to admit their mistake. They simply pulled Patrick Lumumba out of their fantasy and plugged in Rudy Guede. The prosecution pushed forward to prove that Meredith was murdered by this “revised” trio in a sex game gone wrong.


Map Of Perugia Showing Key Locations

Map of Perugia

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Books About The Wrongful Conviction Of Amanda Knox & Raffaele Sollecito

Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir by Amanda Knox

Honor Bound: My Journey to Hell and Back with Amanda Knox by Raffaele Sollecito & Andrew Gumbel

Murder in Italy: The Shocking Slaying of a British Student, the Accused American Girl, and an International Scandal by Candace Dempsey

Injustice in Perugia: a Book Detailing the Wrongful Conviction of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito by Bruce Fischer

The Fatal Gift of Beauty: The Trials of Amanda Knox by Nina Burleigh

Finding Justice in Perugia: a follow-up to Injustice in Perugia: a book detailing the wrongful conviction of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito by Bruce Fischer

The Monster of Perugia: The Framing of Amanda Knox by Mark Waterbury PhD

The Forgotten Killer: Rudy Guede and the Murder of Meredith Kercher by Douglas Preston, John Douglas, Mark Olshaker, Steve Moore, Judge Michael Heavy, Jim Lovering and Thomas Lee Wright

Trial By Fury: Internet Savagery and the Amanda Knox Case by Doug Preston

Law & Disorder:: The Legendary FBI Profiler’s Relentless Pursuit of Justice by John Douglas

Misleading DNA Evidence: Reasons for Miscarriages of Justice by Professor Peter Gill

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Author: Injustice Anywhere on January 5, 2014