A new documentary on the 2007 Meredith Kercher murder traces how the tragic event morphed into salacious media entertainment – and talks to Knox about being reduced to a ‘sex-obsessed’ cartoon character - From the Guardian
A new documentary on the 2007 Meredith Kercher murder traces how the tragic event morphed into salacious media entertainment – and talks to Knox about being reduced to a ‘sex-obsessed’ cartoon character Tom Seymour Wednesday 28 September 2016 11.01 EDT Last modified on Wednesday 28 September 2016 17.00 EDT On the morning of 1 November 2007, in Perugia, Italy, Meredith Kercher lay beneath a duvet, in the house she shared with Amanda Knox.
After Knox cautiously agreed to the project, the directors spent years gaining access to the main players of the case – Knox’s Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, the sombre Italian prosecutor Giuliano Mignini and the voluble Nick Pisa, a freelance journalist who broke the story for the Daily Mail.
Knox’s motive for the murder of a girl she scarcely knew, the prosecutor explains in the film, was her “lack of morality”, her desire for “pleasure at any cost”, which compelled her to wield a knife “that teases then plunges” into Kercher’s neck.
She claims, in the film, to hate the attention and the impact it has had on her life.
So, the person at the centre of the trial of the century, as it was dubbed, and the circumstances that led to her torture, rape and unthinkably violent death, has remained abstracted – throughout the trial, and, subsequently, in this film.