Perhaps if you are a fan of criminal cases, you have come across the name of either Amanda Knox or Meredith Kercher. These 2 names are forever tied in history as 2 of the main characters in one of the most contentious trials we’ve seen in recent memory. In fact, the case has boiled over so much that the international media even covered it with serious interest, despite the fact that neither Knox nor Kercher is involved in politics or showbiz. Who is Knox, who is Kercher, and what is the gist behind their story?


Amanda Knox

Amanda KnoxKnox is an American born and raised in Seattle. She took her preparatory education at the Seattle Preparatory School before enrolling in the University of Washington, taking up the course of linguistics. It’s safe to say that she’s been a relatively good and willing student, which eventually led her to decide to continue her education overseas. With the desire to learn German, Italian, and creative writing more, she enrolled at the University for Foreigners located in Perugia, Italy. It is here that she got to know Kercher, a housemate of hers at Perugia.


Meredith Kercher

Kercher is British, born and raised in South London. She took her preparatory education at the Old Palace School in Croydon, and would later attend the University of Leeds, taking up the course of European Studies. Because of the Erasmus exchange student program, she became a student at the University for Foreigners, where she would major on 3 courses within 1 year: modern history, cinema history, and political history. This coincidental turn would provide the first step on what’s soon to become one of the most compelling court cases of the decade.


The murder of Meredith Kercher and the trial of Amanda Knox

Amanda KnoxOn November 1, 2007, Kercher’s body was found dead inside their apartment. The house was empty mainly because practically all of her housemates have either gone home to their families for the weekend or had their personal trips. It was found that she might have been sexually abused. She’s apparently also a victim of theft, with her cash, 2 credit cards, 2 mobile phones, and house keys found to be missing. 5 days later, Knox and her boyfriend Raffael Sollecito, were accused of the murder of Kercher. They would end up being jailed and put into one of the more grueling and media-intensive trials of our time. It was during the trial where some irregularities, as well as some potential evidence of legal foul play, were seen, adding more fuel to the media-set fire. Eventually, Knox was able to win a re-appeal of her trial, and she and Sollecito were sent free on October 2011, almost 4 years since being sent to prison.


What lessons can be learned from this case?

There are actually a lot of lessons to be learned from the case. Its controversial handling has made it the talk of the town for some time, and that didn’t stop even with the release of Knox. Truly, the case of Amanda Knox and Meredith Kercher is a landmark case for both the good and bad reasons.