Monday, March 30, 2015

'I vaguely remember that he killed her.'

Amanda Knox, recently absolved by the Italian Supreme Court of having participated in the murder of one of her roommates (Meredith Kercher) on November 1, 2007, once tried to blame that murder on her friend and employer Patrick Lumumba. In a statement to Perugia police, on November 6, 2007, she testified;
I met Patrick soon after [9:00] at the basketball court of Piazza Grimana and we went home. I do not remember if Meredith was already there or if she came later. I find it difficult to remember those moments but Patrick had sex with Meredith with whom he was infatuated but I do not remember well if Meredith had been threatened before. I vaguely remember that he killed her.
Which was the second of Amanda Knox's stories about the death of her flatmate. In the first one, Knox was spending the night of the murder at her boyfriend's home and didn't find out about the murder until the next day. When Italian Postal Police showed up at the shared apartment to investigate the appearance of two cell phones belonging to Ms. Kerchner in a garden of another house some distance away from where the girls lived, she told them not to worry that Meredith's room's door was locked, because she always locked it, even to take a shower.

That was the story told even as she and her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were awaiting another Italian police squad to investigate the broken window in the room of yet another roommate of a possible burglary. Until THAT roommate turned up and put all the circumstances together; broken window, her clothing strewn on the floor, police on the scene asking about cell phones found elsewhere, blood in one of the apartment's bathrooms, and a locked door to Meredith's room....

When permission was given to the Postal police to force open that locked door, the body of Meredith Kercher was found. She'd been killed in a knife attack. But not by Patrick Lumumba, who had about 100 alibi witnesses who'd observed him working at the bar he managed, at the time Kercher was killed. Nor was there any DNA evidence putting Lumumba at the scene of the crime.

However, there was DNA evidence of Knox, her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, and a third party, Rude Guede. As well as other physical evidence--bloody footprints of Sollecito in the murdered girl's room, the knife used to kill her in Sollecito's apartment, an obviously staged burglary with glass broken from the inside by a rock, witnesses who'd seen Knox and Sollecito on the streets of Perugia at times they claimed they were inside Sollecito's home--that was adequate for them to be convicted.

In fact, Guede is still in prison for the crime. A murder that the evidence shows he could not have accomplished by himself--someone had to have assisted him in holding Meredith while he stabbed her and sexually assaulted her. Which seems to have escaped the notice of Doug Longhini of CBS News;
The first clue that there was maybe something amiss with the case against Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito came from stories I'd heard about what can be, at times, one of the most merciless groups around - high school kids.
Then there were the Italian Air National Guard memos he got from Lucy Ramirez?

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