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In February of 2011, a teen thriller came out in theaters called “The Roommate.” This drama-filled movie features Leighton Meester and Minka Kelly as college roommates, Rebecca and Sara, at University of California, Los Angeles. Sara soon finds out that her psychotic roommate Rebecca is becoming a little too comfortable when she begins torturing Sara’s close friends.
This movie director probably had a slightly similar scenario in mind, using the scandal of Meredith Kercher and Amanda Knox—the original roommate gone wrong scenario.
Kercher, 21, from South London was a student at the University at Perugia at the time of her death. Knox was a 20-year-old college student at the University of Washington at the time of the arrest, and she went to Perugia, Italy for a year as a foreign exchange student.
On Nov. 1, 2007 in Perugia, Italy, Kercher was found dead in her apartment with a slit throat. Knox, who was one of Kercher’s roommates, was convicted of sexual assault and murder, along with her Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito on Dec. 4, 2009. The trial was appealed in December 2009 and a second verdict was scheduled soon, after.
As a result, Knox and Sollecito have been imprisoned for four years since the incident. Her family and close friends all swear that Knox is absolutely not guilty and that she is not the kind of person to do something that horrific.
Evidence surrounding the case seems to be shifty with DNA tests and results coming back inaccurate, crime scene investigation mistakes and the opposite jurisdiction systems of Italy, Great Britain and America.
Since the murder, there has been several books, documentaries, and even a Lifetime movie about the Knox case entitled “Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy.”
Another person involved in this case is Rudy Guede, a local Italian man who was accused of Kercher’s murder and was sentenced to jail, as guilty. DNA evidence has come back with his fingerprints on the knife used on Kercher’s throat and one of his cellmates confessed to reporters that Guede was in fact guilty.
So now the question is, Is Knox America’s wrongly accused sweetheart, or a foreign exchange student turned wrong by sex, lies, and drugs? From what I can tell, the trial does not have enough evidence against Knox for her to be proclaimed guilty for Kercher’s murder but that does not mean she should go scot-free.
It’s obvious that Knox was involved in the murder but whether it’s as big as the media claims it to be is hard to tell. The judicial system will soon make its final appeal as to whether Knox was innocent or guilty.