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Hayden Panettiere as Amanda Knox

HaydenPanettiere.jpgAmanda who you might ask? Well if I told you she was the young woman found guilty and convicted of murdering her room-mate Meredith Kercher in the Italian town of Perugia, you might know now.

The story was all over the news as the murder seemed to be quite torturous and horrific, and Knox and her Italian boyfriend were arrested on suspicion of murdering her which they denied.

It seems that now is the time to make a film about their story, and Amanda Knox's life, although I suspect that the film will be more keen to focus on the murder and that night, for that's where all the media excitement lay, and Hayden Panettiere is set to play Amanda Knox as she turns away from her Heroes role.

The story is that after a violent night of drugs and sex her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and Rudy Guede sexually assaulted Meredith Kercher and at some point Knox slashed her throat.

The court case ran for eleven months and all three were convicted. Knox received twenty six years, Sollecito twenty five years, and a separate trial for Guede saw thirty years.

Amanda Knox still protests her innocence and Deadline Hollywood Daily, who carry the story of the film being made, raise the point that the U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington state, where Knox comes from, spoke out about the guilty verdict and stated that it...

”...serious questions about the Italian justice system and whether anti-Americanism tainted this trial”

However a jury found them guilty, and sentenced them to most of their lives in jail.

Now the article tells us that Hayden Panettiere will play Amanda Knox in a film about her, and most likely not just her life but the events of that night. Right now there's no word on which way the story will turn, but I suspect that it will present them as guilty and scheming, after all they were found guilty and convicted.

Yet Knox still protests her innocence, and it's clear that others believe that too, and it's not just Knox.

Reading more about the events after the trial Rudy Hermann Guede did receive a thirty year sentence on 28th October 2008 which was then reduced to sixteen years on appeal, and another appeal which was filed in March 2010, I'm not sure if it has actually been heard yet or not.

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were convicted on 4th December 2009 and their appeals are expected to be heard in December with a verdict in early 2011.

There was a great deal of controversy around the trial and there's just as much about the appeal coming from both sides for and against Knox's innocence with recognised experts on both, allegations of violence against the prisoners, lawsuits raised against Knox and her family for stating they were hit by the police, allegations of anti-Americanism and biased juries with full access to the media throughout, and so on.

I must admit to not knowing all the facts, and the Wikipedia article is under dispute, but at the same time, it's reading of the evidence is rather surprising as my memory of the media was that these three were guilty without a doubt.

This is where my concerns about a film lie. With calls of the seemingly biased nature of the trial and of the appeals, how is a film going to help? Surely a film is going to present a pretty set point of view, coming from a few screenwriters and one director? Unless they are very clever about the writing and production it's undoubtedly going to be from some point of view, and that could have an influence on public opinion, a public that could reach to Italy and perhaps even one of those jurors.

Of course the film can't be blamed alone for this, there are already books out there about the events and the media was leaping all over it from the initial few hours. It's difficult to say whether this film should go ahead or not, but it is.

The question is not whether Knox is guilty or not, but will this film affect the appeals that are still to take place?



Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were unanimously found guilty of the murder of Meredith Kercher because the evidence against them was overwhelming.

They repeatedly told the police a pack of lies in the days after Meredith's murder.

On 5 November 2007, Knox and Sollecito were confronted with proof that they had lied and were given another opportunity to tell the truth. However, they both chose to tell the police even more lies.

Sollecito's new alibi was shattered by computer forensic evidence and his mobile phone records.

Knox accused an innocent man, Diya Lumumba, of murdering Meredith despite knowing full well that he was completely innocent. She didn't recant her false and malicious allegation against Lumumba the whole time he was in prison. She admitted that it was her fault that Lumumba was in prison in an intercepted conversation with her mother.

Knox's account of what happened on 2 November 2007 is contradicted by her mobile phone records.

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito both gave multiple conflicting alibis. Neither Knox nor Sollecito have credible alibis for the night of the murder despite three attempt each. At the trial, Sollecito refused to corroborate Knox's alibi that she was at his apartment.

Rudy Guede's bloody footprints led straight out of Meredith's room and out of the house. He didn't lock Meredith's door, remove his trainers, go into Filomena's room or the bathroom that Meredith and Knox shared.

He didn't scale the vertical wall outside Filomena's room or gain access through the window. The break-in was clearly staged. This indicates that somebody who lived at the cottage was trying to deflect attention away from themselves and give the impression that a stranger had broken in and killed Meredith.

Guede had no reason to stage the break-in and there was no physical evidence that he went into Filomena's room.

The scientific police found a mixture of Amanda Knox's DNA and Meredith's blood on the floor.

There was no physical evidence that Rudy Guede went into the blood-spattered bathroom. However, the scientific police found irrefutable proof that Knox and Sollecito tracked Meredith's blood into this bathroom.

Amanda Knox’s DNA was found mingled with Meredith’s blood in three different places in the bathroom: on the ledge of the basin, on the bidet, and on a box of Q Tips cotton swabs. Knox's DNA and Meredith's blood had united into one single streak on the basin and bidet which means they were deposited simultaneously.

Sollecito left a visible bloody footprint on the blue bathmat.

According to two imprint experts, the woman's bloody shoeprint on the pillow under Meredith's body matched Knox's foot size. The bloody shoeprint was incompatible with Meredith's shoe size.

Knox's and Sollecito's bare bloody footprints were revealed by luminol in the hallway. Knox’s DNA and Meredith’s DNA was found mixed together in one of the bloody footprints.

An abundant amount of Raffaele Sollecito's DNA was found on Meredith's bra clasp. Sollecito must have applied considerable pressure to the clasp in order to have left so much DNA. The hooks on the clasp were damaged which confirms that Sollecito had gripped them tightly.

Amanda Knox's DNA was found on the handle of the double DNA knife and a number of independent forensic experts - Dr. Patrizia Stefanoni, Dr. Renato Biondo and Professor Francesca Torricelli - categorically stated that Meredith’s DNA was on the blade.

Sollecito knew that Meredith's DNA was on the blade which is why he twice lied about accidentally pricking her hand whilst cooking.

The defence experts were unable to prove that there had been any contamination. Alberto Intini, head of the Italian police forensic science unit, pointed out that unless contamination has been proved, it does not exist.

Amanda Knox voluntarily admitted that she involved in Meredith's murder in her handwritten note to the police on 6 November 2007. She stated on at least four separate occasions that she was at the cottage when Meredith was killed.

The English translation of Judge Massei's sentencing report can be downloaded from here:


The English translation of the Massei report can be downloaded from here:



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