By Barbie Latza Nadeau
Regardless of all of the airtime dedicated to Amanda Knox, it’s nonetheless challenging to reconcile the fresh-faced honor pupil from Seattle with the sexually rapacious killer convicted of the November 2007 homicide of her British roommate. Few americans have heard the entire robust facts that confident a jury that Knox was once considered one of 3 humans to sexually attack Meredith Kercher, brutalize her physique, and minimize her throat. In Angel Face, Rome-based day-by-day Beast senior author Barbie Latza Nadeau – who cultivated own relationships with the most important figures in either the prosecution and the protection – describes how the Knox family’s heavy-handed efforts to manage media insurance distorted the proof, infected an American viewers, and painted an offensive, erroneous photo of Italy’s justice procedure. An eye-opener for any dad or mum contemplating sending a baby away to check, Angel Face finds what quite went on during this incomprehensible crime.
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Extra info for Angel Face: The True Story of Student Killer Amanda Knox
But the release of the video also highlighted a sensual side of her at odds with the prosecution’s theory of the case. She had, since her murder, been portrayed as a somewhat prissy British girl who was scandalized and intimidated by her roommate’s aggressive sexuality. In reality, though, Meredith was hardly a prude. “She was no angel,” her family’s lawyer, Francesco Maresca, fifty, once told me at his office in Florence. “She was simply a young woman of her time. She had more than one boyfriend.
Even when all the facts of the case seem to point so tellingly in her direction, how and why could Amanda, apparently without motive, have helped slash her roommate’s throat with the aid of her boyfriend and a seedy drug dealer—and then gone on to repeatedly lie about the events of that terrible autumn night? These questions obsessed all those involved with this case, from the legal professionals to the journalists and spectators who packed the Perugia courtroom for the trial. To the Italian prosecutors and the British tabloid press, she was a drug- and sex-obsessed vixen.
Amanda’s parents divorced when Amanda was two years old and Edda was pregnant with Deanna. Edda eventually married Chris Mellas, a tech consultant twelve years her junior, and Amanda grew up in the lower-middle-class White Center neighborhood in West Seattle, where the neighbors’ yards are littered with rusty cars. Her father, Curt, married his mistress, Cassandra, and lived in a nicer, middle-class district about half a mile away. Amanda was close to her two younger half-sisters, Ashley and Delaney, but somewhat jealous of them, too.
Angel Face: The True Story of Student Killer Amanda Knox by Barbie Latza Nadeau