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Murder in Italy: The Shocking Slaying of a British Student, the Accused American Girl, and an International Scandal


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Mike Wiesner , March 1, 2011 (view all comments by Mike Wiesner )
Once I picked this book up, I couldn't put it down. Previously, I had read a short booklet by Barbie Nadeau, but it completely lacked details. Since I have read a lot about this in the newspapers and blogs, I already knew the bare basics.

Dempsey takes you through the event of Nov.1st - Nov.6th in riveting detail. All the background is included also. Then we see how all the evidence is developed, and the controversial verdict comes about. While covering every aspect of the prosecution's case, we also see the heartrending plight of Amanda and her family.

If you have any interest at all on the tragic murder of Meredith Kercher, you really want to read this book. If you know nothing about the case at all, you will be reading a powerful murder mystery.
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True Crime Addict, May 24, 2010 (view all comments by True Crime Addict)
This is a detailed, well-organized and nicely written true crime book by an Italian-American journalist who comes from Knox's hometown of Seattle and witnessed many of the events that played out there and in Perugia. According to the acknowledgement's page, she has relatives in several parts of Italy and has been going there for many years and numerous times during the writing of this book. She is described as an award-winning journalist who covered the case from the very beginning on her seattle pi blog and appeared on CNN. Her book captures the events through court transcripts, autopsy reports and many other documents and interviews with prosecutors as well as representatives for the defense. We also read much from the well-known Italian reporters whom Ms. Dempsey got to know in Perugia. I am still not sure how I feel about Amanda Knox. She will always be an enigma. I like the fact that this author left room for doubt and tried very hard to present both the American and the Italian point of view on the case.
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Bookwormreader, May 24, 2010 (view all comments by Bookwormreader)
Wow, it's really rude to personally attack a person for having a different opinion then you. anitaballerina was saying to get both sides just as you did. But you ranted at them personally, that's really messed up.


I agree that the book was slanted in a proamanda way. It was well written though. I wish that it would have had both sides though and was weighed in a non bias light. I would say to read more books on the case as well.
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anchois, May 24, 2010 (view all comments by anchois)
anita ballerina's comment is not useful.

Candace Dempsey is of the belief (apparently) that Amanda Knox was not proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and on the other hand Barbie Nadeau believes sufficient evidence was introduced to justify it, although in interviews she states that on appeal and an essential retrying of the case, Amanda Knox may possibly be acquitted. Barbie Nadeau states specifically that the purpose of her book is to introduce to the American public the reasons the Italian authorities saw fit to pursue these charges against Amanda. In writing her book, she simply mirrors the theories of the prosecution - so in that sense it is indeed objective (in a way) - in that she does not apply her own interpretation of the events and personalities, but rather adopts the line of the prosecution.

I have read both books at least twice, to compare the contents. Your comment's about Ms Dempsey create misinformation. That you asked Italian friends or other is irrelevant - how can you base your comments on such, and then criticize Ms Dempsey?

Pick up both books and read and compare, and then you are free to decide either way you would like.

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anitaballerina, May 24, 2010 (view all comments by anitaballerina)
This book is beyond bias. It's very clear that the author is trying to get sympathy for Knox, instead of telling the truth. It's so slanted it's not even funny. The author went to Italy once or twice and is playing reporter and is reporting the same garbage that was portrayed to the American people.
I have a friend who lives in Italy and was explaining about the Italian court system,to me. I wanted to understand how they try cases so I would not have a BIAS view of the case. I also have a friend who when to high school with Knox and we talked about the case as it was unfolding. My friend who knows Knox followed the FACTS of the case not the bias garbage that Team Knox was putting out into the American public.
If you want to know about this case, PLEASE educate yourself. Read the BBC's articles on their site about the case, read Angle Face by Barbie Latza Nadeau, she was there the whole time, she speaks Italian, what we forget is often things really do get lost in translation.
Please get ALL the facts before you say Knox is innocent or guilty. This case was not a Salem Witch trial. America got a very slanted view, Knox's family paid people off to report things in a way that made it seem like Amanda Knox was being hung and was innocent. When presented with the facts, questions need to be asked about what all the American public did not hear, and why it's so slanted in the States.
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Dempsey, Candace
Berkley Books
Murder - General
Murder - Italy - Perugia
Knox, Amanda - Trials, litigation, etc
Crime - True Crime
Amanda Knox; Amanda Knox acquittal
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MM Picture Book
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"Synopsis" by , Award-winning journalist Dempsey gives readers a front-row seat at the murder trial of American Amanda Knox held in Italy, and reveals the real story behind the media frenzy. Includes photos. Original.
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