The story of two ordinary people who stumbled on an extraordinary circumstance, the brutal murder of an English student in Italy, and came perilously close to spending the rest of their lives in prison because the authorities misinterpreted their unguarded willingness to help as a sure-fire indication of guilt. It’s that simple. And that absurd.
Andrew worked extensively with Raffaele Sollecito and his family to reveal a fascinating and largely untold story behind the headlines of the Amanda Knox murder case in Italy: the independent detective work undertaken by the Italian family to resolve the case behind the scenes, and the repeated punishment they all suffered for daring to challenge the prosecution’s ultimately untenable assertion that Knox and Sollecito were responsible for murdering the young English student Meredith Kercher in her bedroom in Perugia in November 2007. One review, in The Daily Beast said: “At times witty and often sarcastic, [the book] brilliantly rehashes four years of hell, dispelling many theories on what was really going on behind the scenes and shedding an interesting light on what it’s like to be a bit player in a major media show. [Sollecito] is candid and believable.”
Book available here.
Andrew continued to write about the case after the book’s publication, including this piece in the Los Angeles Review of Books examining what the case reveals about the Italy’s idiosyncratic and endlessly fascinating criminal justice system.