May 18, 2024
The Murder of Meredith Kercher

Meredith Kercher was a very bright person. However, her murder and untimely death on November 1, 2007, sent shivers through the Italian nation. It was a matter involving not one, but two countries. The murders left the public with numerous unanswered concerns and arguments about who is right and who is wrong.

About ‘Mez’

Susanna Meredith Cara Kercher or Mez was a South London girl who was passionate about the Italian language and culture. Kercher further attended the University of Leeds and majored in European politics and Italian. To supplement her income, she worked as a bar waitress, tourist guide, and in marketing.

She enrolled in the University of Perugia, where she undertook classes in contemporary history, political philosophy, and film history. Her classmates afterwards regarded her as compassionate, brilliant, humorous, and popular.

her roommates

Meredith and her roommates

The city of Perugia is a popular choice for college students. As for Kercher’s accommodation in Perugia, she shared a four-bedroom ground-floor apartment in a Pergola home. There were three people living in her apartment: two Italian ladies, Filomena Romanelli and Laura Mezzetti, and an American, Amanda Knox.
Kercher and Knox were friends with the four young Italian males who lived in the house downstairs. Kercher and Knox had an encounter with Rudy Guede late one night. After becoming friends with a few of the Italian tenants in the lower-level apartment.
Kercher and Knox went to the EuroChocolate event, where Knox met a computer science student named Raffaele Sollecito.

Discovery of Meredith’s body

Knox was the one who discovered Meredith’s body. She claims that she was out with Raffaele the previous night when Meredith was murdered. When she returned the next morning, the door was unlocked and Meredith’s room was closed. Knox discovered her body after her room door was opened.

Conflicting stories of the guilty

In Meredith’s murder case there were two different stories that came to light.

Rudy Guede

Rudy Hermann Guede was from Ivory Coast. He had previously been charged with a number of minor offences. Rudy had met Meredith and Knox at the young men’s house, which was located under theirs. Rudy was proven to be the murderer of Meredith.
He claimed to have met Meredith and had an intimate interaction with her. He didn’t feel well, so he went to the restroom. Screams could then be heard. He spotted a black shadow clutching a knife after he came out. He then noticed Meredith bleeding and tried to stop the bleeding, but he couldn’t, so he panicked and left.
Rudy went to Germany after the incident, where he was arrested and sentenced to 30 years in prison under an international warrant.

Amanda Knox

Amanda Knox was Meredith’s roommate. It is believed as stated by her that she was with her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito while the event took place. She was the first one to be taken into custody along with her boyfriend. It was confirmed by Sollecito that she was with him. They both were the primary suspects and were given a sentence of 28 years for Knox and 26 years for Sollecito. Facts were contradicting against them but due to lack of evidence, both were acquitted from the case.

Final views

Though the case is now ended, with Rudy doing time in prison and Knox and Sollecito free, there are still many unanswered questions. The evidence pointed to Rudy, although there were times when traces of the other two were discovered but were not clear enough to be used as proof. Many witnesses arrived, but even they were unsure what they saw or heard. As a result, if there are still unanswered questions concerning the case, the judgement is not yet complete.

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