‘Amanda Knox’ Movie Scores Perfect Timing Award

It’s only been a few years since the murder of Meredith Kercher and the conviction of Amanda Knox in Italy. But there’s already a movie about it.

Yep, premiering this Monday, February 21, we’ll see Hayden Panettiere playing Amanda Knox in the Lifetime Original Movie Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy. Of course, based on true events, this movie poses the question of whether Amanda Knox, the Seattle honors student accused of murdering her college roommate in 2007 with her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and acquaintance Rudy Guede, actually committed the crime or was herself a victim.

After the movie, the network will air an hour-long documentary, Beyond the Headlines: Amanda Knox, which features Amanda’s mother and father, as well as friends, investigators, prosecutors and legal scholars who take viewers inside the Italian justice system and reveal what it’s like to be a foreigner locked up and convicted in another country. Supposedly, the documentary will unravel the legal evidence and allegations to look at what really happened to Meredith Kercher on November 2, 2007 – and what Amanda Knox’s role might have been.

You’re probably wondering why this movie and documentary win the perfect timing award. Beyond those involved, I’m sure few of us still wonder about the Amanda Knox case, so dredging up a movie might not grab as many viewers as you’d hope. That is, unless, someone else around the case gets arrested.

Amanda Knox’s parents, it’s been reported today, are now standing trial for alleging that Italian police abused their daughter. You can read the article here. By making potentially false allegations (I’m not here to say what did or didn’t happen), the Italian government has decided it’s libel and is therefore pressing charges.

Talk about a coincidence in timing. I haven’t yet watched the movie (the screener’s sitting in my living room waiting for me), but I’m certainly curious to see whether the alleged abuse happens in the movie and what these individuals have to say in the documentary. It certainly shows you how “based on a true story” can leave some doors and windows wide open to interpretation — and that even the real world, we still have questions.

Anyway, an interesting sequence of events leading up to a brand-new movie. Will you be watching?

Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy premieres Monday, February 21, at 9pm ET on Lifetime.

*image courtesy of Lifetime Television

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2 thoughts on “‘Amanda Knox’ Movie Scores Perfect Timing Award

  1. The evidence against Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito is overwhelming. They gave completely different accounts of where they were, who they were with and what they were doing on the night of the murder. Neither Knox nor Sollecito have credible alibis despite three attempts each. All the other people who were questioned had one credible alibi that could be verified. Innocent people don’t give multiple conflicting alibis and lie repeatedly to the police. 

    The DNA didn’t miraculously deposit itself in the most incriminating of places. 

    An abundant amount of Raffaele Sollecito’s DNA was found on Meredith’s bra clasp. His DNA was identified by two separate DNA tests. Of the 17 loci tested in the sample, Sollecito’s profile matched 17 out of 17.

    According to Sollecito’s forensic expert, Professor Vinci, Knox’s DNA was on Meredith’s bra. 

    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.

    There were five instances of Knox’s DNA mixed with Meredith’s blood in three different locations in the cottage.

    Knox tracked Meredith’s blood into the bathroom, the hallway, her room and Filomena’s room, where the break-in was staged. Knox’s DNA and Meredith’s blood was found mixed together in Filomena’s room, in a bare bloody footprint in the hallway and in three places in the bathroom. 

    Rudy Guede’s bloody footprints led straight out of Meredith’s room and out of the house. This means that he didn’t stage the break-in in Filomena’s room or go into the blood-spattered bathroom after Meredith had been stabbed.

    The bloody footprint on the blue bathmat in the bathroom matched the precise characteristics of Sollecito’s foot, but couldn’t possibly belong to Guede. Knox’s and Sollecito’s bare bloody footprints were revealed by luminol in the hallway. 

    It’s not a coincidence that the three people – Knox, Sollecito and Guede – who kept telling the police a pack of lies are all implicated by the DNA and forensic evidence.

    Amanda Knox voluntarily admitted that she was involved in Meredith’s murder in her handwritten note to the police on 6 November 2007. After she was informed that Sollecito was no longer providing her with an alibi, she stated on at least four separate occasions that she was at the cottage when Meredith was killed. At the trial, Sollecito refused to corroborate Knox’s alibi that she was at his apartment.

    Knox accused an innocent man, Diya Lumumba, of murdering Meredith despite the fact she knew 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 on 10 November 2007.

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