I’ve been following this story (some say obsessively) since its beginning. When I was a producer at KVAL News, KOMO’s sister station, it was natural to cover it since Knox is from Seattle. A good-looking, rich American student charged with murdering her British room-mate? Juicy, for sure. The incident soon became a pop culture phenomenon, people tweeting “guilty” or “innocent”, online debates raged whether or not the Italian court system was flawed or whether or not Knox “would burn in hell” (the average American argument, you know, the eye-for-an-eye mentality, case in point? the Anthony trial). In 2009, Knox and her ex boyfriend, Italian Raffaele Sollecito, were sentenced to 26 and 24 years in prison, respectively. I don’t know why, but I felt a weird sympathy for Knox. We were both young exchange students in foreign countries. I also shared a house with several girls when I went to school. What if one of them had been found dead? Would I have been charged with murder? God knows I didn’t get along with them, so how would that look in the eyes of a jury? It’s important that we don’t forget the victim here. Somebody IS guilty of killing Meredith Kercher. But for now, Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito go free. Rudy Guede is still serving a 16 year sentence.
Maybe some day we’ll know what happened.