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Crime in Perugia: The Murder of Meredith Kercher

Crime in Perugia: The Murder of Meredith Kercher
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Author(s): Beatrice Ugolini (University “N. Cusano”, Rome, Italy & British Society of Criminology, UK)
Copyright: 2023
Pages: 16
Source title: Cases on Crimes, Investigations, and Media Coverage
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Liam James Leonard (University of Winchester, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-9668-5.ch007


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On the night between 1st and 2nd November 2007, a 21-year-old English student called Meredith Kercher was killed in Perugia, Italy. After a long and controversial court case, the American, Amanda Knox, and the Italian, Raffaele Sollecito, after initially being found guilty, were acquitted of the crime. The only convict remains the Ivorian Rudi Guede. The case aroused unexpected media attention and international outcries. Many questions on the whole affair remain unresolved, which has contributed to adding conspiracy-like theories to standard criminological analysis. This chapter intends to provide a reconstruction of the events, highlighting the reasons that explain the case's great media attention.

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