By Nina Burleigh
The sexually violent homicide of twenty-one-year-old British pupil Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy, at the evening of November 1, 2007, grew to become a world sensation while one in every of Kercher’s housemates, twenty-year-old Seattle local Amanda Knox, in addition to her Italian boyfriend and a afflicted neighborhood guy Knox stated she “vaguely” knew, was once arrested and charged with the homicide. The deadly present of Beauty is award-winning writer and journalist Nina Burleigh’s captivating literary research of the homicide, the debatable prosecution, the conviction and twenty-six-year sentence of Knox, the machinations of Italian justice, and the underground depravity and conflict of cultures in a single of critical -Italy’s so much liked cities.
whilst Perugia experts concluded that the homicide was once a part of a depressing, twisted rite—a “sex game”—led by way of the yank with an uncanny resemblance to Perugia’s Madonna, they unleashed a media frenzy from Rome to London to big apple and Seattle. the tale drew a global cult passionate about “Foxy Knoxy,” honor scholar on a junior yr out of the country, who both awakened one morning right into a nightmare of superstition and misogyny—the darkish aspect of Italy—or participated in anything unspeakable.
The research starts within the outdated stone cottage overlooking bucolic olive groves the place Kercher’s physique used to be present in her locked bed room. It winds during the shadowy, arched alleys of Perugia, a urban of paintings that also is a magnet for tens of hundreds of thousands of scholars who common its bars, golf equipment, and drug bazaar at the steps of the Duomo. It climaxes in an up-close account of Italy’s dysfunctional felony approach, because the trial slowly unfolds on the town’s Tribunale, and the prosecution’s thunderous ultimate entice God sooner than the quivering woman defendant resembles a scene from the Inquisition.
to bare what really occurred on that negative evening after Halloween, Nina Burleigh lived in Perugia, attended the trial, and corresponded with the incarcerated defendants. She additionally delved deeply into the heritage, secrets and techniques, and customs of Perugia, well known both for its Etruscan tunnels, early Christian artwork, medieval sorcerers, and pagan roots.
A New York Times bestseller, The deadly reward of Beauty is the considerate, compelling exam of a permanent secret, an historic, storied position, and a disquieting aspect of Italian tradition: an obsession with woman eroticism. By including the genuine tale of Rudy Guede, it's also an acute window into the minds and personalities of the accused killers and of the conservative Italian Justice of the Peace striving to make experience of an inexplicable act of evil. yet at its center is an indelible portrait of Amanda Knox, the unusually childlike, enigmatic attractiveness, whose photogenic face grew to become the focus of overseas hypothesis concerning the shadow part of teenybopper and freedom.
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Extra resources for The Fatal Gift of Beauty: The Trials of Amanda Knox
Meredith’s mom and dad. CURT KNOX. Amanda’s father, an accountant on the time of the homicide, operating within the finance division of Macy’s in Seattle. EDDA MELLAS. Amanda’s mom, a Seattle user-friendly university math instructor. CASSANDRA KNOX. Curt’s moment spouse, a housewife and the mum in their daughters, Ashley and Delaney. CHRIS MELLAS. Edda’s moment husband, an IT specialist. DEANNA KNOX. Amanda’s more youthful sister. FRANCESCO SOLLECITO. Raffaele’s father, a urologist dependent in Bisceglie, Italy, together with his moment spouse, Mara. VANESSA SOLLECITO. Raffaele’s older sister, a Rome-based carabiniere who misplaced her activity after her brother used to be arrested. ROGER GUEDE. Rudy’s father, a bricklayer born in Ivory Coast and residing in Bastia, Italy. THE HOUSEMATES AT 7 through DELLA PERGOLA FILOMENA ROMANELLI. Intern at a Perugia legislation enterprise, age twenty-six on the time of the homicide. LAURA MEZZETTI. Intern at a Perugia legislations enterprise, age twenty-six on the time of the homicide. STEFANO BONASSI. scholar from Marche, lived within the downstairs flat. MARCO MARZAN. pupil from Marche, lived downstairs. GIACOMO SILENZI. scholar from Marche, Meredith Kercher’s lover within the weeks ahead of her homicide, lived downstairs. RICCARDO LUCIANI. scholar from Marche, lived downstairs. PERUGIANS DIYA “PATRICK” LUMUMBA. Congolese immigrant, musician, bar proprietor, and Amanda’s corporation. PAOLO CAPORALI. filthy rich Perugia businessman, proprietor of the Liomatic merchandising corporation and the Perugia basketball workforce; followed the teenage Rudy Guede, then disowned him. ILARIA CAPORALI. Paolo’s daughter. IVANA TIBERI. Rudy’s first Italian instructor and de facto Italian mom. NARA CAPEZZALI. aged lady neighbor of seven through della Pergola who testified that she heard screams on November 1. ANTONIO CURATOLO. Homeless heroin addict who testified that he observed Amanda and Raffaele close to the homicide scene on November 1. MARCO QUINTAVALLE. Perugia grocery proprietor who testified that Amanda entered his store because it opened the morning after the homicide. HEKURAN KOKOMANI. Cocaine broker and Albanian immigrant who testified that he observed Amanda and Raffaele including Rudy within the days prior to the homicide. BISCARINI relations. filthy rich villa proprietors who discovered Meredith’s telephones. FRANK SFARZO. Perugia-based blogger whose case documents have been confiscated via police. FRANCESCA BENE. Reporter for the Perugia day-by-day Il Giornale dell’Umbria, detained via police for her research into the witnesses. THE “BRITISH women” SOPHIE PURTON. Leeds collage Erasmus scholar in Perugia, the final individual to work out Meredith alive. SAMANTHA RODENHURST. Erasmus scholar in Perugia, pal of Meredith. AMY FROST. Erasmus scholar in Perugia, pal of Meredith. NATALIE HAYWORTH. Erasmus scholar in Perugia, good friend of Meredith. ROBYN BUTTERWORTH. Erasmus scholar in Perugia, buddy of Meredith. acquaintances BRETT LITHER. Amanda’s straight forward and highschool good friend, West Seattle. MADISON PAXTON. Amanda’s college of Washington good friend, Seattle and Perugia. DAVID “DJ” JOHNSRUD. Amanda’s Seattle boyfriend. THE POLICE MONICA NAPOLEONI. Head of the Perugia murder squad, one of the first at the homicide scene, current on the November 5–6 interrogations of Knox and Sollecito.